Is Your Nine to Five Taking a Toll on Your Body?

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If you spend your work day sitting in front of a computer screen you may be unknowingly causing serious harm to your body. As a graphic designer, I know all too well about the negative side effects of a desk job. On an average day I find myself sitting for at least 7 hours and I can honestly say that I have some of the world’s worst posture. I squirm and slouch, lean and tilt, and by the end of the day my back is hurting and my energy level is at an all-time low.

If you find yourself getting sucked into a laundry list of bad habits like me MAYBE it is time you do something about it!  Luckily I’ve discovered an essential life hack for fixing my poor posture at work – it’s called yoga.

By doing yoga a few times a week, I alleviate the major areas of tension in my back and at the same time minimize my stress levels. If you are looking to improve your mind and body here are a few exercises to get you started: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/07/yoga-desk-job_n_3707818.html

Stop the Spread of the Dreaded Employee Benefits Folder

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We’ve all seen them, or gotten them. You are fortunate enough to get a job at an employer who offers benefits. Or, you get an opportunity to make changes in your benefit choices once a year during open enrollment. Your human resources department hands you a folder. A folder containing many different forms, brochures, booklets, flyers. All of them from different companies or organizations. No clear instructions, no sense as to what to fill out first, or how to fill it out.

It’s not because the human resources staff is trying to make this process difficult. Quite the contrary – they want it to be easy for you. If it’s easy for you, it’s easy for them. But they only have the materials they’ve been given by their third party administrators (or TPAs): the health insurance company, the 401(k) vendor, the dental insurance provider, for example.

What if there was a way to stop the spread of the dreaded employee benefits folder? There is.

It’s called strategic employee benefits communications, and it does the following:

FOR EMPLOYERS:
– Increases employee retention and satisfaction
– Reduces the stress on human resources staff
– Reduces the cost of benefits over time (educated employees choose and use benefits more appropriately and cost-effectively)
– Reinforces your employer brand
– Helps you stay in compliance with State and Federal regulations

FOR EMPLOYEES:
– Reduces the stress of choosing benefits
– Makes them feel like the company cares about them
– Helps them understand the choices they have
– Empowers employees to make the right choices for their individual needs
– Makes it easy to get the paperwork done

Some of our clients, like Manpower and Charter Manufacturing, have already stopped the spread of the dreaded folder, and we can help you to do the same.