Employer Blog

Relationship Complaints: Your Work Life and Your Love Life are Remarkably Similar

Oct 17, 2017 3:00:00 AM

There are definitely days when managing employees feels a lot like parenting. And times when training your new hire seems comparable to training your frisky new puppy. 

But does your relationship with your employer mimic your relationship with your significant other?

More than you might think.

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In Employee Benefits, Communication is King: 3 Tips for Better Understanding

Oct 13, 2017 3:00:00 AM
Guest blog content provided to Q4iNetwork Consultants by freshbenies


How often do you hear your employees comment about how easy it is to understand their health benefits? Yeah, me either. Confusion often plays a significant role in that lack of understanding. This is especially true in today’s complex and changing world of benefits. 

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Trump Administration Releases Guidance on ACA’s Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

Oct 11, 2017 12:42:00 PM
Content provided to Q4iNetwork Consultants by Marathas Barrow Weatherhead Lent LLP. 


On October 6, 2017, The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Treasury, and Labor (the “Departments”) released interim final regulations allowing employers and insurance companies to decline to cover contraceptives under their health plans based on a religious or moral objection. The new rules – which are effective immediately – scale back Obama-era regulations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that require non-grandfathered group health plans to cover women’s contraceptives with no cost-sharing, with limited exceptions for non-profit religious organizations or closely-held for-profit entities.

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Employee Engagement: Taking Your Team from Enraged to Engaged

Oct 6, 2017 3:00:00 AM

Just what is employee engagement, anyway?

According to HRZone, it’s “The emotional attachment employees feel towards their place of work, job role, position within the company, colleagues and culture— and the affect this attachment has on wellbeing and productivity.” 

Sounds like something employers should care about, doesn’t it?

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Federal Employment Law Update - September 2017

Oct 3, 2017 3:00:00 AM
by ThinkHR
Guest blog content provided to Q4iNetwork Consultants by Think HR  

Federal updates regarding minimum wage for federal contractors and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS-4212) report filing deadline, plus employment law updates for California, New Jersey and New York.

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Is Your Strategic Plan the Fast-Track to Success or a Meandering Road to Nowhere?

Sep 29, 2017 3:00:00 AM

Many businesses have jumped on board the strategic planning train, which is great.

But there are plenty of business leaders who hop on that train without thinking it through. Some of them don’t have a final destination in mind— or even a route to follow. Many others will become confused and jump off early, landing in the middle of who-knows-where, left to wander among the tumbleweeds.

Should your organization embark on a strategic planning adventure? Yes! But only if you’re committed to riding it out through the end, which is what we’re talking about here.

When done right, strategic planning can help you:

  • focus your time, energy and resources
  • develop your team and processes
  • achieve your organizational goals

Let’s talk about how you can make these things happen.

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Are You an Executive Suffering from Decision-making Paralysis?

Sep 26, 2017 3:00:00 AM

As advisors to executives, we are well aware that the CFOs and executive teams we talk to and work with are all under immense financial pressure to regain or improve their prior levels of company profitability and/or make dramatic increases in their bottom line operational efficiencies.  

And all too often, we see unworldly pressure on these leaders to the point that it’s amazing each updated financial statement doesn’t create a new DSM-5 definition for Financial Oversight Traumatic Stress Disorders. 

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Hate Strategic Planning? Tips to Take Away the Pain

Sep 22, 2017 3:00:00 AM

Does the idea of strategic planning make you want to clap your hands or roll your eyes?

Whether you’re weirdly excited or super cynical, strategic planning can be an extremely helpful process for your organization. When it’s done right.

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Ask the Experts: Speaking English in the Office

Sep 19, 2017 3:00:00 AM
by ThinkHR
 "Ask the Experts" guest blog content provided to Q4iNetwork Consultants by Think HR


Question: Our workplace is primarily English speaking with some employees who also speak Spanish. We’ve had complaints of employees speaking only Spanish in the breakroom. Can we request that employees speak only English in the workplace, including the breakroom?

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The Strategic Planning Process: Wise Investment or Waste of Time?

Sep 15, 2017 3:00:00 AM

Yep. You guessed it. That there is what we call a trick question.

Because strategic planning can definitely fall into both of these categories.

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