HR Answers: The state of employee benefits

first_img continue reading » Chicago-based HUB International Limited, an insurance brokerage, has released the results of its second annual employee benefits study: Employee Benefits Barometer 2017: Why Human Resources Must Take a Long-Term View. HUB surveyed more than 300 employee benefits professionals from organizations with 50 to 1,000 employees. The study explored the complexity of managing benefits and the value of multi-year planning to better position human resources as business strategists to the executive suite.Mike Barone, president of HUB International’s employee benefits practice says, “Based on the research, it’s clear that there is still work to be done to position human resources as a strategic partner to the C-suite. As benefits are a major operating expense, HR leaders need to take a long-term view of their benefits plans to really demonstrate the value they contribute in talent acquisition, retention, attraction, productivity and ultimately company performance. HR isn’t quite there when 65 percent spend less than a year planning their benefits.”“Unfortunately, the limited commitment to planning and implementing strategies for cost management identified in the study—as well as the lack of focus on addressing what employees want—is troubling,” says Linda Keller, national chief operating officer of employee benefits, HUB International. “There are many different generations in the workforce, and when only 28 percent of respondents are focused on the new millennial employee population, there’s a missed opportunity for HR. It could be standing in the way of HR getting a seat at the senior management table.” 173SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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34 Raceway car show, kick off party March 15-16

first_imgWEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – 34 Raceway is gearing up for its 2014 season with the annual Midwest Performance & Power Westland Mall two-day car show and the Roederer’s kickoff party Saturday, March 15 and Sunday March 16. Racers in all divisions taking to the track this season will have their cars on display at Westland Mall during regular mall hours both days.Saturday night, March 15 will be the Roederer’s 2014 Season kickoff party starting at 6 p.m. There will be prizes, food and drinks and fun.The 2014 lidlifter is Saturday, March 29 with the Brockway Mechanical Sprint Invaders season opener. Join us at Westland Mall in West Burlington and Roederer’s Pit Stop, 1100 Chalfant Street in Burlington this Saturday and Sunday as we get ready for an exciting and fan-friendly 2014 racing season at 34 Raceway. For more information on the upcoming race season at 34 Raceway go to www.34raceway.com and facebook.last_img read more

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Louis van Gaal claims 2015 was “a very good year” and targets title in 2016

first_imgLouis van Gaal believes 2015 should largely be regarded as “a very good year” for Manchester United despite their current woes. United are out of the Champions League and in the middle of their worst run for 26 seasons, but the United manager thinks it would be wrong to judge the year based on their displays in December. After a dour 0-0 draw against PSV and a stalemate against Leicester, United began the month with a goalless encounter against West Ham. Press Association Defeats against Bournemouth, Norwich, Stoke and Wolfsburg followed – as well as another goalless draw against Chelsea – and all of a sudden United were nine points behind leaders Arsenal in sixth position. United may be ending the year on a low point, but after guiding the club to fourth last season and adding more “balance” to the squad in the summer, Van Gaal believes the team has moved forward over the last 12 months. “When you don’t assess December it was a very good year, 2015,” said the United manager, who has spent more than £250million since taking over 18 months ago. “But you cannot do that because a year has 12 months. “I think we have fulfilled the wish and our aim in the first season and after that we have managed to give balance to the team and that resulted in November we were first. “Then we are out of the Champions League and that gives us a big blow.” Those comments may not go down well with the United fans who voiced their concerns about Van Gaal and his style of play long before December. Some United supporters have booed their team off and implored them to attack during matches after becoming annoyed at the ponderous, possession-based style often on display at Old Trafford. Despite United’s poor form, Van Gaal still has his eyes on the title. “We need to win because at the end of the season I want to be top, not middle,” Van Gaal said. Although United failed to beat Chelsea on Monday, the team’s performance in the goalless stalemate was encouraging enough to prevent a fan revolt and save the manager. Van Gaal admits the pressure is still on him, however, as he cannot afford for the likes of Arsenal, Leicester, Manchester City and Tottenham to break away. Van Gaal added: “We have to get points otherwise the gap is too big and that is why we have to do what we have to do. “We have to work, prepare the game, perform and then evaluate the game again. That is of course much more difficult when you don’t win than when you win.” The pressure on Van Gaal will increase if United fail to beat Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday. “You have to show it for 90 minutes against the resistance of the opponent and also under the pressure of the environment and the pressure you put yourself under,” said Van Gaal, who has lost all three games against Swansea since becoming United manager. “And you have to cope with that. “I was three times lost against Swansea, and then you have to evaluate why you lost. It is always like that, then you continue with the same vicious circle of working. “There is no magic, it is looking at what has happened and what can improve, as a team but also as an individual player.” Jesse Lingard remains a doubt for the game on Saturday. last_img read more

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Heisler: Our NBA favorites are hoping for a happier New Year

first_imgJames – Who me?Davis – Who, me?Rich Paul, agent for James and Davis – Who, us?Silver – We see that Anthony bought a house there last July. Does that mean he has made up his mind about re-signing with the Lakers?Davis – Absolutely not. That $7.5 million, 16,000-square-foot mansion I bought in Westlake Village with a guest house, home theater, infinity pool, outdoor kitchen and indoor basketball court is just somewhere to do my laundry.Clippers star Kawhi Leonard – Hey, not everyone from around here wants to play for the Lakers. The Clippers were a better fit since they only expect me to play occasionally.Silver – I need to ask you about that. When you sat out our national TV game with a knee injury, what was wrong with it?Clippers coach Doc Rivers – Nothing. That was just load management.Silver – Ka-ching! That’ll be $50,000! We accept credit cards, personal checks or cash.Steve Ballmer – That’s tip money. I’m the guy with the $50 billion fortune who paid $2 billion for the Clippers … and made it up in my Microsoft stock in two years.Jeanie Buss – That’s good because you’ll need it after you move to Inglewood in 2024 and everyone forgets you’re in town.Ballmer – You mean the way everyone forgot you were here the last decade?Paul George, Clippers star – What’s so special about the Lakers? I’m from around here and I turned them down, too.James – We know. We got A.D., instead, so we’re cool with it.Clippers consultant Jerry West – Who says this isn’t fun? I was enjoying having Magic around so we could turn them upside down and shake them like a piggy bank, like when they gave us Ivica Zubac for Mike Muscala, whom they then cut.Silver – A commish’s work is never done. I have a bunch of complaints about tanking, including some teams you’d never have expected.Warriors players Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green – Who, us?Silver – Bingo!Grizzlies, Knicks, Hawks, Pelicans, Cavaliers and Wizards (all together) – Who us?Silver – Not to worry. Everyone knows you lames don’t have a choice.Nets guard Kyrie Irving – I know I’ve only played 11 games after running out on LeBron in Cleveland and wrecking two seasons in Boston. … Wait ’til next year, again.Knicks owner James Dolan – My dad told me there would be days like this when he gave me Madison Square Garden. So what if the Nets got Kyrie and Kevin Durant, who wouldn’t even sit down with us? This is still the Mecca of basketball. We have “the world’s most famous arena.” What more can our fans ask?Knicks fans (all together) – SELL THE TEAM!Dolan – Oh, and I probably shouldn’t have poured $140 million into the Forum before Inglewood officials partnered with Ballmer on a new arena to be built solely with private funds that would spur employment and affordable housing. … Unfortunately, I admitted in a deposition that I didn’t read my contract with the city and it doesn’t say what I keep claiming that it does. … And, oh, right, it’s true that I got so desperate, I asked Jeanie to move the Lakers back to the Forum for some of our Knicks-style retro chic.Phil Jackson, former Knicks president – Lie down with idiots, wake up with $30 million in severance pay.Silver – At least, people have stopped asking me about China. The Chinese actually asked me to fire Houston GM Daryl Morey for tweeting support for protestors, but I think he learned his lesson.Morey and the rest of NBA staffers and players (all together) – China? Never heard of it. Magic – I still can’t forgive Rob for stabbing me in the back. … Sorry, I’ve got to go. I’ve got ESPN, Yahoo, Fox Sports, ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, The Disney Channel and Ken Burns on the line, asking me to tell them about it again.Former New Orleans Pelicans GM Dell Demps – What are you complaining about? One minute Anthony Davis is talking about all the stuff that we can do together. The next, he’s a Laker and I’m unemployed.Lakers forward LeBron James – Yeah, I heard about that.Demps – I know you did, up close and personal the way I heard it.Silver – We’ve had a lot of complaints about tampering. Were you guys discussing joining up on the Lakers with A.D. under contract to the Pelicans? Happy New Year from the usual suspects, who have mostly learned their lessons.NBA commissioner Adam Silver – What a season! James Harden averaging the most points since Wilt Chamberlain! Everyone learning to spell “Giannis Antetokounmpo!” The Lakers and Clippers as marquee rivals!Former Lakers president Magic Johnson – Not everyone had such a bang-up time. I’ll never take another front office job. They’re no fun.Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, GM Rob Pelinka and the rest of the front office (all together) – You promise?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Arsenal hero says Gunners won’t be playing Champions League football next season

first_imgMartin Keown expects Arsenal’s late charge for a top four finish to end in failure.The Gunners are up to fifth in the Premier League table after following up their victory over rivals Manchester United by beating Southampton on Wednesday night.They are now just three points behind Manchester City, who sit fourth, and four points off third-placed Liverpool, who have played a game more.With their remaining fixtures against Stoke, Sunderland and Everton, Arsene Wenger’s side look to be in with a real shot of securing Champions League football for the 21st consecutive season.But Keown believes their resurgence has come too late, telling talkSPORT: “It was a huge win [against Southampton], but I can’t see they are going to do it. “City are purring at the moment. Liverpool are maybe just limping over the line.“Arsene Wenger has shown a good reaction from the terrible form they were in. He has turned it around, he is heading towards the FA Cip final against Chelsea, but I can’t see Arsenal doing it.“Wenger every year gets back on track and rebalances as a group but they have been too short of quality.”Martin Keown was speaking at the launch of The McDonald’s Player Escort Programme. McDonald’s is giving you the chance to register a child for the opportunity to be a Player Escort at the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 match between England and Scotland. To find out more click here.last_img read more

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