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Intern Diaries: Collaboration is Key for Retaining Millennials

By Marie Wathen, Employee Benefits Communications Intern

clock August 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Marie Wathen is a junior at Hillsdale College studying History and Graphic Design. This summer, she worked at Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) as our Employee Benefits Communications Intern. Throughout the course of her internship, we asked Marie to consider her experience at MMA and share her perspective on how employers can attract, retain and leverage the strengths of the Millennial generation.

As increasing numbers of Millennials (born between 1977-1997) enter and establish themselves in the workforce, many employers are asking themselves how they should adjust. One of the greatest concerns about Millennials is their willingness to jump from one job to another. According to the Future Workplace Multiple Generations @ Work survey of 1,189 employees and 150 managers, 91% of Millennials expect to stay in a job for less than three years.[1]

So what can employers do to increase retention?

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Topics: Inside B&B, Human Resources

Communicating the Health Care Reform Story to Employees

By Nora Corcoran, REBC, CLU, Client Service Executive

clock July 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Over the last few years, you can’t turn on the TV, read the news or listen to the radio without hearing about Health Care Reform. Information overload can easily cause confusion and stress for consumers. Since most of the American workforce access medical insurance through their company, many times they look to their employers for guidance on what the future holds.

This creates a unique opportunity for employers to not only educate employees on the facts behind Health Care Reform, but it also serves as an opportunity to remind employees of the value of their current corporate benefits and the tax advantages of electing coverage through their employer.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Health Care Reform, Human Resources

Sustainability Pays Off

By Erin Swain, Corporate Communications Director

clock May 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Productivity and Sustainability: 5 Tips for a Greener Workplace

Every April, Marsh & McLennan Agency - West hosts Spring Cleaning Week to encourage associates to clean up, get organized and this year, create a sustainable workplace. Research has shown that organized employees with tidy work stations are more creative and less stressed. Clutter can hinder productivity by invading open spaces that allow people to problem solve.* Less clutter coupled with eco-friendly, “green” habits result in a more productive and engaged workforce. According to a recent UCLA study**, employees who perceive their company to be environmentally friendly typically have higher morale and are more motivated, resulting in higher productivity.

Here are 5 tips to kick-start your sustainability program and help employees make a difference at work and in the community.

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Topics: Human Resources, Culture

Employee Benefits…There’s an App for that?

By Shawn Pynes, Principal, Director of Employee Benefits Division

clock April 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Your Employee Benefits Communication Solution in One Handheld Place

There is no denying it… We are glued to our phones these days. We constantly want to be in touch through email or text and enjoy surfing the web, playing Candy Crush, checking online banking, maybe dating and more. Even the health care industry is creeping onto our cellular and tablet devices. Insurance companies now have applications that allow members to schedule appointments and doctors can even use mobile apps to make treatment decisions. Crazy, huh?

To hit a little closer to home for you as an employer, companies are using the technology their employees already interact with to their advantage. They’re developing personalized apps to allow employees easy access to benefits communications, plan details and insurance company information.

Here at Marsh & McLennan Agency, we developed the iBenefits app. This provides employees with 24/7 access to customized  benefits information. Employers big and small are finding it useful in more ways than one. Specifically:

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Human Resources, Technology

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