Benefits Buzz keeps you up to date on the world of employee benefits. Learn from industry experts on a variety of topics including leadership, how to attract and retain talent, health savings accounts, lifestyle spending accounts, COBRA, compliance, effective communication, marketing and more!
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WEX is in the business of simplifying benefits for everyone. Focus on the things that matter most to you. We’ll take care of the rest. That's the WEX difference.
#5-15: LSA Plan Design ... One Step Further
Our "Build Your LSA Your Way" episode was one of the most popular episodes we've recorded this season. We take the lifestyle spending account (LSA) plan design conversation a step further in this webinar recording hosted by Benefits Buzz host Eric Piela. Our guests answer some common questions and share plan design examples to help you build an LSA that meets your employees' needs.
June 29, 2022
#5-14: Diversity, Inclusion, and Why Now is the Time
Everyone can make an impact. That’s at the heart of creating a purpose-driven workforce. And that’s one reason diversity and inclusion are so important in the workplace, because you can’t be your best unless everyone has a voice. We’ve invited WEX’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer onto Benefits Buzz so she can share her story with us. Check out WEX's inaugural Diversity, Equity & Inclusion report to learn more.
June 22, 2022
#5-13: A tattoo-friendly HR brand
We’re not wired to be loyal to products or services, no matter how well they perform. We’re only capable of being loyal to people and to well-managed brands that successfully humanize their presence by creating emotional resonance with us. Imagine the value to your company when you create an experience that compels loyalty. And that applies to your customers and your employees. Ken Schmidt shares his experience building tattoo-worthy customer relationships during his time at Harley-Davidson. To learn more about Ken Schmidt, visit https://kenspeaks.com/.
June 15, 2022
#5-12: Recognition Starts from the Top
The time is now to celebrate your employees. With so much change in how we work, where we work, and who we work for, developing an employee recognition program is vital to supporting and retaining employees. And when it comes from the top of the organization, even better! WEX Chair and CEO Melissa Smith is here to tell you about the impact reimagining employee recognition can have on your business or organization.
June 08, 2022
#5-11: People Analytics and the Value to HR
With employees leaving their jobs in record numbers, HR professionals are looking for ways to stay informed on their employees’ needs so they can better support them. One way they’re learning more is through people analytics. With this data, HR leaders can make informed decisions that lead to higher employer retention rates, reduced bias in the workplace, and improved employee wellbeing. Our own Melanie Tinto talks through her experience with people analytics, including the capabilities, learnings, and other considerations.
June 01, 2022
#5-10: 5 Takeaways After 25K Views/Listens
WEX’s Benefits Buzz podcast reached an important milestone, with over 25,000 views/listens of episodes all-time. Over the years, we’ve found new ways to reach you and brought on exciting guests, but our mission has remained the same. We wanted to share five big takeaways we’ve learned with our audience of HR professionals and benefits decision-makers.
May 18, 2022
#5-9: Removing mental health stigma
Since the start of the pandemic, mental and behavioral health requests increased 100 percent. For the youngest employees, that increase was even higher. While the mental wellness need was always there, employers are increasingly taking notice. One specific area we’re seeing is simply removing the stigma around mental health and illnesses and making sure we all know how to talk about it. That’s why we’ve invited Marna Canterbury, HealthPartners Senior Director of Community Health & Engagement and Joel Spoonheim, HealthPartners Senior Director of Worksite Health & Population Well-being, who help lead and support Make it OK, which is a community campaign to reduce stigma by increasing understanding and creating caring conversations about mental health and illnesses. Visit www.makeitok.org for resources that can help you.
May 11, 2022
#5-8: Growing a Team (and You) in 2022
Putting out fires. Not enough time for strategy. Even less time to focus on the personal and professional growth of yourself and your team (if you manage one). These are real issues. And the churn of Zoom calls in the last couple years has only compounded the issue for many. We want to talk through time management and prioritizing growth with a real expert in Jones Loflin, who is an author, keynote speaker, and coach. For more on Loflin, go to jonesloflin.com.
May 04, 2022
#5-7: Women, the workplace, and the power of support
The data is clear: In many ways, women have been more disproportionately affected by the pandemic than men. From February 2020 to January 2022, male workers regained all jobs they had lost due to the public health crisis, according to one analysis. However, 1.1 million women left the labor force during that span, accounting for 63 percent of all jobs lost. And 42% of women and 35% of men have felt burned out in the last few months (up from 32% and 28% respectively, last year). So what is going on? What challenges are unique to women in the workplace? And what can we do to better support them? Elayne Fluker from the “Support is Sexy” podcast is here to share her insight on how to better support working women. Check out Elayne's work at elaynefluker.com. Fluker's book: “Get Over ‘I Got It’”, Fluker's podcast: “Support is Sexy”
April 27, 2022
#5-6: Multiple HSAs. Multiple options.
Record-breaking job turnover has become a monthly headline. Fortunately for health savings account (HSA) participants, their HSAs stay with them even when they switch jobs. But now what are the options? We break down these options with an HSA when changing jobs. Or check out our blog post for more information.
April 20, 2022
#5-5: Year-Round Benefits Communication
Open enrollment might be the biggest moment on the benefits calendar year. How soon are you letting employees know it’s coming? And how can you get their attention early so they research now and save later? We talk with our own Steve Carroll, who will share his suggestions on building a year-round benefits communication plan to prepare for open enrollment.
April 13, 2022
#5-4: Retention Interviews - Talk before they walk
You can learn about your workplace culture through exit interviews, but your active employees might provide even more valuable insight. WEX recently started conducting “stay interviews” to learn why employees keep working here. What was the motivation behind it? And how do they work? Chelsie Camp from our HR team joins us to provide you with potentially another way to collect employee feedback.
April 06, 2022
#5-3: Build Your LSA Your Way
As employers explore new ways to support employee wellness, lifestyle spending accounts (LSAs) are a trendy benefit and a versatile way to show employees you care. LSAs are completely customizable by employers. With so many options, where do you begin? Arika Palloch on our sales team is here to talk through her experience in designing an LSA that’s a perfect fit for each employer. Get five ideas on how to better support employees' wellness needs. Download your free guide today!
March 30, 2022
#5-2: An HSA for everyday, but especially today
Did you know that more than half of Americans do not have enough savings to cover an unplanned expense of $1,000? While HSA funds can be invested, the vast majority of participants need these accounts to save on today’s expenses. One of our subject-matter experts on HSAs shares his insight on HSA messaging so employers can better connect the perks of these accounts with how participants typically use them.
March 23, 2022
#5-1: New Benefits. Now What?
Most employers are a couple months into their new plan years. Are your employees engaging with their accounts? Do they even know how best to get started? We’re opening Season 5 of our Benefits Buzz podcast with one of our resident experts, who will give you some tips on supporting participants just getting started in a new plan year. Check out our blog post for more tips!
March 16, 2022
#4-32: BONUS EPISODE! The new recruiting/retention world
Bonus episode! Hybrid and work-from-home opportunities have combined with the Great Resignation to make recruiting and retention a greater challenge for human resource teams than possibly ever before. We assembled a panel of experts to talk about this challenge and what they are doing during this unique time in HR. For more from HSA Day, go to https://www.wexbenefitsyou.com/hsaday/
November 09, 2021
#4-31: HSA Day 2021 and How HSAs Can Change the HR Story
There’s a common story in HR. You wear a lot of hats and those hats come with a lot of questions. Recruiter, therapist, referee, party planner, and benefits guru. Need we say more? Education is your ticket to fewer emails, IMs, and knocks at your door. The more employees understand their benefits, the more quiet time for you. HSA Day is a day to learn. Let’s change the HR story. Get everything you need for HSA Day at https://www.wexbenefitsyou.com/hsaday/
October 15, 2021
#4-30: Incentives and Employee Wellness
From mental health awareness to COVID risks to decreased medical costs, there’s value in you incentivizing employee wellness. What wellness initiatives should you focus on? And what are your incentive options? Jim Miller of KrowdFit talks to our hosts about his extensive experience with wellness incentives.
October 05, 2021
#4-29: LSAs, HRAs, and Prioritizing Wellness
This is a time of change for employee benefits. Mental health is getting much-needed attention. And with more employees working from home, inside-the-office games and events are no longer appealing. Employers are needing more flexibility in how they address benefits and employee wellness. Lifestyle spending accounts and wellness HRAs are two options employers can turn to. But which is the right one for you? We’ll break down these two accounts.
September 27, 2021
#4-28: All Aboard for Innovation!
Innovation can come from anywhere! That’s why it’s important all of your employees are engaged and feel like they have a voice in what your business is doing to provide the best products and services for its customers. We’ve brought on a pair of guests to discuss the inspiration behind our innovation challenge and provide just one example of how that challenge has made a difference for our partners, clients, and participants. Check out our video to learn more about EOB smart scan.
September 20, 2021
#4-27: Expense Eligibility - Game Show Edition
There are hundreds of expenses that are eligible for your HSA and FSA funds. And what is eligible may surprise you! We quiz our guests to educate them and educate you on some of the surprise eligible expenses for an HSA and FSA. Check out our complete eligible expense list for HSAs, FSAs, and more.
September 13, 2021
#4-26: Benefits Decisions Backed by Data
Two-fifths of workers say they are more likely to than they were a year ago to consider a new job that offers better benefits. The benefits employers offer their employees are as important as ever. But how do you know they are meeting your employees’ needs? One way is with data. We’ll chat analytics 101: What data is commonly available and what you should look for to boost your recruiting and retention effort?
September 07, 2021
#4-25: An LSA Success Story
In the midst of the Great Resignation and with recruiting/retention efforts at a premium, the lifestyle spending account (LSA) is one way employers can differentiate their benefits package. Learn how one client has leaned on LSAs for years to improve their recruiting and retention.
August 30, 2021
#4-24: Open Enrollment Shouldn't Need an Instruction Manual
The last 18 months have been unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. For our human resources listeners, it’s required you to be nimble and flexible in responding to dramatic changes to your employees’ needs. But with more changes this year as employees return to the office and with employment demand seemingly outweighing supply in many industries, this could be your most open enrollment period ever. Why? Find out in this episode of Benefits Buzz.
August 24, 2021
#4-23: Attention! We Have HR Comms Tips
You’ve probably been here before … an employee asks you, “When is our open enrollment?” or “Is our office closed to celebrate the upcoming holiday?” even though your HR team has already sent multiple emails to employees with these answers. How can you better get your employees’ attention when communicating important information? Two of our communication experts share their advice.
August 16, 2021
#4-22: Integrations - The Overlooked Way to Grow Your Business
Human resources professionals are responsible for a wide variety of tasks. However, when it comes to employee benefits, there are ways to reduce the HR workload. Learn the value of integrations with three specific examples of how you can cut down your to-do list with improved technology.
August 09, 2021
#4-21: 7 Things You Should Know About an HSA
Health savings accounts (HSAs) give you three ways to save on your healthcare costs today. But did you know they also have long-term perks that rival a 401(k) and IRA? Those are just a few of the reasons why the number of HSAs has doubled in the last five years. Learn more about how you can benefit from participating in an HSA. Shop HSA Store using the promo code "WEXPOD10" for $10 off a $100 purchase at www.HSAstore.com.
August 02, 2021
#4-20: Easily Save With Commuter Benefits
If you spend your hard-earned dollars on eligible mass transit or parking work-related costs, then commuter benefits can help you save. We walk through the basics of these pre-tax plans so you can learn more about the potential savings.
July 26, 2021
#4-19: 8 Things You Should Know About Medical FSAs
It’s open enrollment time for most employees. That means this is your best opportunity to save money on your healthcare costs by contributing pre-tax dollars to a variety of benefits options. If you’ve been offered a medical flexible spending account (FSA), we’ll share a few of the reasons a medical FSA could be right for you. Shop FSA Store using the promo code "WEXPOD10" for $10 off a $100 purchase at www.FSAstore.com.
July 19, 2021
#4-18: 7 Facts About Dependent Care FSAs
Do you have childcare expenses or care for a disabled loved one? If so, you may be able to save money by participating in a dependent care flexible spending account (FSA) if your employer offers one. Learn the basics of a dependent care FSA, so you can learn how to save money on your dependent care costs. Check out our blog post to learn more.
July 12, 2021
#4-17: Women, Leadership, and the Right Voices
A culture rooted in equality is vital to making sure your business reaches its full potential. It’s no surprise that companies with higher gender diversity in their executive team are more likely to experience above-average profits. But historically, women have experienced unique challenges in climbing the corporate ladder. For example, only 7.4% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. Our chair and CEO Melissa Smith sits down to share her journey, what she’s learned along the way, and her suggestions for what companies can do to promote gender equality.
July 06, 2021
#4-16: Leadership that Spans Generations
Millennials are now the largest generation of employees in the American workforce, but their Gen Xers and Baby Boomers aren’t far behind. And they will be central to developing self-sustaining and consistent leadership throughout the life of your business. That’s succession planning. We chat with Bethany Berkeley about how to effectively cultivate a leadership lifecycle across generations of employees.
June 28, 2021
#4-15: Diana Nyad and Finding "Our True Grit"
Author. Accomplished swimmer. Motivational speaker. Diana Nyad has been in the national spotlight for nearly 50 years. Her accomplishments in the water are unparalleled: swimming around the island of Manhattan or going from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. But her journey toward these feats was met with all sorts of challenges. Prepare to be inspired by the one and only Diana Nyad!
June 21, 2021
#4-14: Leadership is the Success or Demise of All
Creating a purpose-driven culture where every employee has a voice and feels comfortable being a leader is a key component to short-term and long-term buy-in of your business’ goals and objectives. Does your business encourage leading from any seat? We talk about what to look for, what the benefits are, and what you can do to develop a lead-from-any-seat culture.
June 14, 2021
#4-13: Crucial Conversations: Preventing Fight or Flight
Crucial conversations are just that … crucial. Your ability to have important, results-based conversations with employees help promote employee growth and lead to business success. The way you go about crucial conversations matters. We chat with an industry expert to give you tips on how to hold crucial conversations that will make a difference for your business and your employees. Check out Barbara Hauser's work at VitalSmarts.com and subscribe to the Crucial Skills newsletter.
June 07, 2021
#4-12: The Return-to-Work Playbook
Many employers, and specifically HR teams, whose employees pivoted to work-from-home during the pandemic are facing a tough question soon: Should our employees return to the office? When is the right time? What does our company culture look like if they don’t return? Our Chief HR Officer Melanie Tinto shares her thought processes and experiences in facing the same questions.
June 01, 2021
#4-11: Mental Health and the Modern Workplace
In the middle of last year, tens of millions of Americans were working from home to stay socially distant. This was a stark change for many, which led to potential mental health issues emerging. Now, with more employers bringing employees back to the office, a return to the daily grind also presents some mental health issues. We have a couple experts with us to talk about the current state of mental health in the workplace. Our guest Trevor Wilkerson says you should watch for the following symptoms from your colleagues: Showing up late and/or not at all Uncharacteristic mistakes Problems learning new tasks or following through with work Decreased productivity Lack of initiative Poor relationships with co-workers or customers New onset of irritability Accidents and/or injuries Complaints from other workers Erratic work performance
May 24, 2021
#4-10: A Whole New World for Recruiting
Companies such as Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft are incorporating some sort of work-from-home model permanently for some or all of their employees. They’re not alone. Due to this, the world of HR recruiting and retention will dramatically change. Many employers will no longer be confined to an office’s location in recruiting talent. But there are challenges too. We chat with our own Kurtis Karn to discuss this timely topic.
May 17, 2021
#4-9: COBRA ARPA Q&A When There's Little Guidance
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 allows workers who have been involuntarily terminated or experienced a reduction in hours to continue their employer health insurance coverage under COBRA with a 100 percent subsidy. This has led to increased interest in COBRA and compliance. We chat with an expert on some questions we fielded from employers at a recent webinar. We answer even more of your COBRA ARPA questions on our blog: https://www.wexinc.com/insights/blogs/health/ Learn more about Benefit Comply on their website: https://benefitcomply.com/ Questions our guest provides his thoughts on: 2:10 - Can you break down a few key points of what employers need to know about ARPA? 4:35 - How will employers be reimbursed for the COBRA subsidies by the federal government? 5:57 - What happens if a participant elects coverage but has access to group health coverage? Who is at fault? 7:49 - What are the rules around attestation within ARPA? Is attestation required by ARPA? 9:40 - What happens at the end of the subsidy period? Can someone continue on COBRA? Are there other options available to them? 12:30 - Does the COBRA subsidy apply to the extended COBRA periods, such as for disability? 14:13 - If an employee refuses to return to work after being furloughed, is that a voluntary or involuntary termination? 16:50 - What happens if a member terminates and is rehired by another company and terminates from that company as well. If they are both involuntary terminations, who is responsible for providing subsidized COBRA coverage? 18:13 - What guidance would you give on what plans to offer when the original plans are no longer available? 20:01 - Are members eligible for ARPA under a state continuation?
May 10, 2021
#4-8: Listen. Learn. Lead.
The way we collaborate and converse with our co-workers has evolved considerably in the last year. What has changed? What have we learned? And what does it mean going forward? Today’s guest, Whitney Johnson, has written a lot about the importance of listening and learning for today’s leaders. She joins us to discuss what she’s learned over the last year about how we communicate and what our leaders can take from it. Get more from Whitney at: https://whitneyjohnson.com/
May 03, 2021
#4-7: Stay Curious: Team Performance Edition
Does it feel like you are addressing the same team performance issues over and over again, no matter what you try? The issues, and the solutions don’t work, can be costly. Fortunately, there’s a way you can identify, diagnose, and address these issues for good.
April 26, 2021
#4-6: The Future of Open Enrollment is Here
Open enrollment took on a new, virtual format for many in 2020 due to work-from-home setups and the need to socially distance. Of those who conducted a virtual open enrollment, 85 percent said they will continue to do so in future years. Why did so many employers prefer virtual open enrollment? And what can you do to re-make yours in 2021? We share one employer's virtual fair success story
April 19, 2021
#4-4: HSAs and Changing the Retirement Strategy Story
The 401(k) and IRA have long been staples of retirement planning. But health savings accounts (HSAs) are as good or better than these accounts when preparing for your retirement years. Don’t believe us? We’ll show you how. Get your free white paper to learn how you can support your employees' retirement-planning needs with an HSA.
April 05, 2021
#4-3: How do you market HSAs? Don't ask Congress
2021 could be a big year for high-deductible health plan (HDHP) and health savings account (HSA) enrollment. Employees who are new to HDHPs might be surprised that the deductible isn’t as big of a leap as they would expect. And HSAs are often confused with FSAs, even though HSAs have a number of key advantages over an FSA. To learn more about HSAs and retirement, get your free white paper. Follow Bill Stuart on LinkedIn.
March 29, 2021
#4-2: COBRA, Childcare Relief Has Arrived
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law by President Biden on Thursday, March 11. For those of you who offer COBRA and dependent care FSAs, there were some pretty big changes. Fortunately, we have two big names at WEX to help us break down what this law means for COBRA and dependent care FSAs. Check out our blog post to learn more: https://www.wexinc.com/insights/blog/health/cobra/cobra-subsidies-covid-relief-bill/
March 22, 2021
#4-1: Blue-ish Wave and the Future of Healthcare
The U.S. presidency and both houses of Congress have taken on a new, blue look since the 2018 mid-terms, with Democrats first taking the House of Representatives in 2018, then winning the presidency and control of the Senate in 2020. What does this mean for the future of healthcare and HSAs? Chris Byrd, our executive vice president for the health division of WEX, joins us as we kick off Season 4 of our Benefits Buzz podcast.
March 15, 2021
#3-10: Healthcare and the 2020 Election
A pandemic, social unrest, and a recession ... this year's election is at the forefront of voters' minds for a variety of reasons. In our final episode of Season 3, we focus on the impact this election could have on healthcare and employee benefits.
September 28, 2020
#3-9: Speaking the Language of HSAs
Our annual consumer research survey yielded interesting results, as the COVID-19 pandemic has re-shaped employee benefits engagement. HSAs were at the center of it all. We break down our research, reveal four HSA consumer groups, and help you understand how to drive engagement.
September 21, 2020
#3-8: Disrupt. Ideate. Innovate.
These are disruptive times! That makes disruption and disrupting yourself more important than ever. We chat with leading business thinker, podcast host and author Whitney Johnson to discuss the value of managing disruption and growing yourself and your business in times of uncertainty. To learn more about Whitney Johnson and what books are available, go to: https://whitneyjohnson.com/books/
September 14, 2020
#3-7: FREEDOM ... for HSAs?
One of the healthcare conversations on Capitol Hill centers around the decoupling of health savings accounts (HSAs) from their high-deductible health plan (HDHP) requirement. Will it happen? And if so, when? And what would that mean for HSAs? We break it all down in this episode of Benefits Buzz.
September 08, 2020
#3-6: Are You a Self-Awareness Unicorn?
Studies show that while most of us think we're self-aware only 10-15% of us really are. Are you? And why is it important? Tasha Eurich, who is an organizational psychologist and popular speaker, tells us why self-awareness can have such a transformative impact on business and so much more! Take Tasha's quiz at: https://www.insight-book.com/Quiz And, you can sign up for her Future Ready Leader Course (and receive a 25% discount) at: https://thefuturereadyleader.com/friends
August 28, 2020
#3-5: Integrate to Make Benefits Great
Every second counts during the work day, especially for the always multi-tasking HR team. Integrating commonly used HR platforms helps save them time and preserve data accuracy. We chat with two of our in-house experts on integrations to talk about what integrations are, how they benefit you, and what to look for.
August 24, 2020
#3-4: Make Virtual Community Support a Reality
Social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic have transformed the way that volunteers and charities work together to support their communities. We sit down with two of the leaders of our community to discuss what's changed, what hasn't and what you can do to give back during these times. You can support by going to: https://www.unitedway.org/ http://www.unitedwaycassclay.org/
August 17, 2020
#3-3: ICHRA trends and takeaways
You were introduced to ICHRAs on a previous Benefits Buzz episode. In this episode, we go in-depth on this new benefits offering to help you get the WIIFM (what's in it for me) on ICHRAs. This type of HRA has a number of perks for employers and employees, which is why their availability is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years.
August 10, 2020
#3-2: Take Your OE Virtual!
What if in-person isn't the best way to do open enrollment? Many employers are hosting virtual open enrollments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And this may be the best approach, both now and going forward. We chat with two of our resident OE experts to share tips and insights on what it takes to pull off a successful virtual OE.
August 03, 2020
#3-1: Pivot! The COVID-19 HR strategy
So much has changed in human resources since the COVID-19 pandemic began. HR teams have had to pivot. And quickly. With no experience or expertise on how to manage a pandemic. We're talking to two HR leaders who will share their wins and their losses this year to help us all learn from the mistakes and mimic the successes.
July 27, 2020
#2-10: Benefits Solutions Resulting from COVID-19
The benefits needs of employers and employees have changed quickly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of Benefits Buzz, we share some solutions employers can use to help employees during this time. Check out our COVID-19 resource page at: https://go.discoverybenefits.com/covid-19
April 20, 2020
#2-9: Funshops, Gleadership and Re-Imagining Employee Learning
What are funshops? And what is gleadership? And how can you help employees get more out of your development efforts? We have a fun, insightful conversation with two fun, insightful guests: Kurtis Karn and Nicole Turchin from Sunshine & 79. Visit the Sunshine & 79 website at https://www.sunshineand79.com/
April 13, 2020
#2-8: Why You Should Provide A Recovery Supportive Workplace
Recovery supportive workplaces are so important, because they show your employees you care and you're there for them. And they also make business sense too. The First Lady of North Dakota Kathryn Burgum joins us to talk about her experience with addiction and what you can do to support addiction recovery at your business. For more on Recovery Reinvented, go to: https://recoveryreinvented.com/
April 06, 2020
#2-7: What Flexible Work Arrangements Can Mean For Your Business
Flexible work arrangements, such as the ability to work from home, were becoming more common, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of Benefits Buzz, we talk with two members of our HR team about how these arrangements can actually help boost your company culture and the best ways to implement them.
March 30, 2020
#2-6: An Easy Way to Offer a Lifestyle Spending Account
Are you looking for a simple way to help your employees, while also boosting your recruiting and retention efforts? Lifestyle Spending Accounts are the perfect offering for you! We take a deeper look at LSAs and our solution for this increasing popular plan. To learn more about LSAs, listen to our introductory episode last season.
March 23, 2020
#2-5: The State of Your Healthcare in an Election Year
2020 could prove to be a pivotal year for your health plans and employee benefits offerings. That's why we invited WEX Health Executive Vice President Chris Byrd to share his unique insight into what this election year could mean for healthcare.
March 18, 2020
#2-4: Breaking down HSA/HDHP misconceptions
In our second episode of a two-part series on the value of Health Savings Accounts, we examine how HSAs compare with Flexible Spending Accounts and share some traits about HSAs and High-Deductible Health Plans that are often misunderstood. For more on HSAs, check out our product page.
March 09, 2020
#2-3: How an HSA is the Perfect Health and Wealth Solution
Health Savings Accounts are typically used as a way to save in the short-term on eligible expenses. However, we're increasingly seeing them used as a retirement-planning tool, since funds can be invested and roll over from year to year. In this episode (the first of a two-part series), we compare an HSA with a 401(k). For more on HSAs, check out our product page.
March 02, 2020
#2-2: Why You Should Perform Non-Discrimination Testing
You are required to perform non-discrimination testing for a number of popular benefits plans, including Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). In this episode, we talk with a benefits attorney about the importance of testing your plans.
February 24, 2020
#2-1: Get Creative With Your Benefits
We kick off Season 2 by focusing on the value of offering your employees a creative benefits package. Listen to this episode for valuable insight on how to get creative with your employee benefits and to learn examples that will set your business apart in recruiting.
February 17, 2020
#1-11: OE Month - Learn the Basics of Commuter Benefits
We wrap up Open Enrollment month on Benefits Buzz. In this episode, we discuss how Commuter Benefits work and how they can improve the lives of your employees and enhance your benefits offering.
September 02, 2019
#1-10: OE Month - The Benefits of Flexible Spending Accounts
In our third episode for Open Enrollment month, we discuss the benefits you and your employees experience when offering a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
August 26, 2019
#1-9: OE Month - Why an HSA is Right For You and Your Employees
Open Enrollment month continues! In this episode, we discuss the benefits of offering Health Savings Accounts to your employees.
August 19, 2019
#1-8: Open Enrollment - Strategies for Effective Employee Benefits Communication
With Open Enrollment time just around the corner, we're kicking off a month of related episodes! First up, we discuss effective strategies and ideas for how to better communicate about your employee benefits offerings.
August 12, 2019
#1-7: Understanding Health Reimbursement Arrangements
There are a couple of new Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) on the horizon. We take a deep dive into these new options and this benefit as a whole! HRA Comparison - www.DiscoveryBenefits.com/HRA-comparison
August 05, 2019
#1-6: Paying for Healthcare in America
With all of the confusing acronyms and stress of finances related to healthcare, where can someone get actionable information on this topic? We dive into "Paying for Healthcare in America," a recent study published by WEX Inc. and talk insights and findings from the report.
July 29, 2019
#1-5: How to Keep Your Data Safe (For Both Businesses and Individuals)
When it comes to data security, what steps should organizations and individuals take to protect themselves? We talk about various ways to keep your data safe in a hyper-connected world. National Institute of Security & Technology - www.nist.gov Department of Homeland Security - www.dhs.gov Krebs on Security - www.krebsonsecurity.com MITRE ATT&CK - www.attack.mitre.org
July 22, 2019
#1-4: Empowering Your Sales Team
What can your company do to empower your Sales team each and every day? We talk about the support that a viable Sales team needs at any company! The Power of a Positive Team by Jon Gordon - www.amazon.com/Power-Positive-Team-Principles-Practices/dp/1119430240/ Harvard Business Review - www.hbr.org HireVue - www.hirevue.com Airtable - www.airtable.com
July 15, 2019
#1-3: Lifestyle Spending Accounts
We take a deep dive into Lifestyle Spending Accounts, including what they are, why you should offer them and why employees love them!
July 08, 2019
#1-2: How to Attract and Retain Talent
We cover tips and tricks for attracting and retaining top tier talent, with Katie Schultz and Jesika Jorgenson from our HR team! HR on Purpose by Steve Browne - www.amazon.com/HR-Purpose-Developing-Deliberate-Passion-ebook/dp/B071WMPVLB/ The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller - www.amazon.com/QBQ-Question-Behind-Practicing-Accountability-ebook/dp/B000OIZUQW/
July 01, 2019
#1-1: Servant Leadership
We chat with Discovery Benefits President John Biwer about how to develop and maintain a healthy workplace culture and his passion for servant leadership. The 360 Degree Leader by John C. Maxwell - www.amazon.com/360-Degree-Leader-Developing-Organization/dp/1400203597 The Servant Leader by Ken Blanchard - www.amazon.com/Servant-Leader-Ken-Blanchard/dp/0849996597
June 26, 2019
Benefits Buzz Coming Soon!
We are excited to announce our brand new podcast, Benefits Buzz! Hosts Kelsey Burgad and Tucker Lucas sit down every week with an expert guest, with topics ranging from employee benefits to business, leadership, administration, recruitment and retention, healthcare, company culture and so much more! New episodes every Monday! www.DiscoveryBenefits.com
June 18, 2019