blog

Fringe Benefit Analysts® is a full-service insurance, consulting and employee benefits firm. We serve a wide range of businesses with best-in-class expertise, services and support for their benefit programs. Our clients are assured of accurate, consistent solutions, attention to detail, responsiveness and a high return-on-value for their benefits dollars. Fringe Benefits Analysts helps ‘calm the waters’ of the complex and sometimes overwhelming world of insurance benefits. Please enjoy our blog!

Solving Problems-While Increasing Employee Satisfaction

August 15 | 2018
By: Bill Olsen
Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors

“Design thinking” is a fairly common term. Even if the phrase is new to you, it’s reasonably easy to intuit how it works: design thinking is a process for creative problem solving, utilizing creative tools like empathy and experimentation, often with a strong visual component. The term dates from 1968 and was first used in The […]

Read More

Everyone Wins when Growth is the Goal

July 25 | 2018
By: Bill Olson
VP, Marketing & Communications at United Benefit Advisors

It’s a dilemma. On the one hand, today’s buzzing, multifaceted working environments challenge employees more than ever before. On the other, these same working environments are often also overwhelming and stressful. Sometimes it seems like success means mania—but this doesn’t have to be the case. More and more frequently, experts urge offices to focus not […]

Read More

What About Them?

July 16 | 2018
By: Ken Spencer
SPHR
President & CEO, HR Service, Inc.

The office team arrives at 8:00 AM and is there every day until 5:00 PM. They work hard answering questions for clients, doing invoicing, and other important administrative tasks. The production team often shows up at 10:00 AM or later, takes a long lunch and quite often is seen leaving at 2:00 or 3:00 PM. […]

Read More

Leadership, Now with More Humility

July 5 | 2018
By: Bill Olson
VP, Marketing & Communications at United Benefit Advisors

More and more, we are learning that scientists, marketers, programmers, and other kinds of knowledge workers lead office lives very similar to famous innovators like Watson, Crick, and Franklin, who discovered the structure of DNA. How so? All of these people live work lives structured around progress in meaningful work. And when this progress occurs, it […]

Read More

Using Your Health Savings Account

June 20 | 2018

According to recent estimates by Fidelity Investments, a couple will incur an estimated $280,000 worth of medical expenses after turning 65 years of age. They estimate this cost every year and when they publish it, I can’t help but have an anxiety spike as I ponder the reality of that number. Even if they are off and […]

Read More

The Hidden Liability in Group LTCi Plans

June 11 | 2018
By: Ryder Kimmes
Vice President - Business Development LTC Solutions, Inc.

For those of you already offering long term care insurance to your employees, you are ahead of the curve! You are not only adding protection to each of your participating employees’ retirement and savings endeavors, you are affording employees the opportunity to maintain their assets if they should need long term care. As we know, […]

Read More

Can You Handle the Truth?

June 5 | 2018
By: Bill Olson
VP, Marketing & Communications at United Benefit Advisors

Direct feedback culture, according to “Mastering the Art of Negative Feedback,” from Society for Human Resource Management means simultaneously challenging someone while also showing you care. Many employees skew toward caring over candor, and that can lead to dissatisfaction. The feedback employees want can be very different from the feedback delivered. Direct, real time feedback is highly […]

Read More

Perk Up Your Benefits Packages

May 31 | 2018
By: Bill Olson
VP, Marketing & Communications at United Benefit Advisors

What people want in their benefits package is changing. Retirement and health care still rank high but soft perks and voluntary benefits factor into satisfaction more than any other benefits, so says “Employees Increasingly Excited About Soft Perks and Company-Culture Benefits,” in Employee Benefit News. When considering a job offer, these types of benefits are top of […]

Read More

Your Mouth Matters: The Importance of Dental Insurance

May 25 | 2018

You probably know the feeling well. Another six months rolls around and then one day you glance down at your upcoming week’s schedule and there it is, your bi-yearly dentist check-up. But don’t panic! The dentist really isn’t as bad as it seems and there are actually some very important reasons to have a dental […]

Read More

Inclusive Workplaces Benefit Everyone

May 23 | 2018
By: Bill Olson
VP, Marketing & Communications at United Benefit Advisors

While there’s plenty of talk about work/life balance, many employees want to feel human while at work, too. Being able to bring their whole selves, according to “3 Ways to Create a More Human Workplace,” from Workforce, is an essential piece of a welcoming, inclusive workplace environment. Putting employees first as a defined company value means helping […]

Read More

Categories