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Workplace Wellness: Creative Ways to Get Employees Moving at Work

Posted by Jill Yaconelli, Health & Productivity Specialist on March 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Workplace Wellness: Creative Ways to Get Employees Moving at Work

It’s no secret that health insurance costs are increasing year-over-year well above inflation. To accommodate those increases, employers are looking for ways to share some of those costs with employees. And who can blame them when the CDC reports that 75% of Americans’ chronic health conditions are caused by lifestyle choices?

But before pointing the finger at the employee, we may want to rethink the office environment. The CDC identified four lifestyle choices, including physical activity, and then assigned responsibility to either the employee or the employer. In the case of physical activity, four out of five “fingers of responsibility” pointed at the employer. On average, office workers spend almost 6 hours per day sitting.

Add to that the findings from a recent study by the Work & Health Research Centre at Loughborough University which found “those who sit for longer at work are more likely to sit outside of work” and you can conclude that a key contributor to a sedentary lifestyle is the office environment. University of South Carolina looked at sedentary behaviors’ effect on the mortality of men and found that risks for heart disease, diabetes, and a number of health problems increased alongside levels of LDL Cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”), triglycerides, blood sugar, and BMI among men who sit more.[1]

So what can employers do other than simply asking employees to exercise more? Consider the following suggestions to build physical activity into the office environment:

  • Walking Meetings: Offices are never lacking in meetings. An easy way to implement activity is to make at least one meeting a day a walking meeting.
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Topics: Employee Benefits, Wellness, Human Resources

Intern Diaries: Foster Our Growth

Posted by Marie Wathen, Employee Benefits Communications Intern on September 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Intern Diaries: Foster Our Growth

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. This is part two of Marie Wathens 3-part blog series that provides tips on retaining Millennial employees.

By 2020, nearly 40% of the U.S. workforce will be comprised of Millennials, according to U.S. Census data. As Millennials become more prevalent in the workplace, they’ll also need to take on increasing levels of responsibility. This leaves employers wondering- will their millennial employees be ready?

Though Millennials may be young and inexperienced, there’s good news for employers. We want to be transformed into the leaders your organization needs.

Millennials aspire to grow professionally, and look to employers to help. The 2014 Deloitte "Millennial Survey," which polled more than 7,800 Millennials in 26 countries, found that 50% of Millennials believe their organizations could do more to develop future leaders.

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Topics: Inside B&B, GROW, Human Resources

Intern Diaries: Providing Work That Matters to Retain Millennials

Posted by Marie Wathen, Employee Benefits Communications Intern on August 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Intern Diaries: Providing Work That Matters to Retain Millennials

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. This is part two of Marie Wathens 3-part blog series that provides tips on retaining Millennial employees.

You would think from watching movies like the Devil Wears Prada or Wall Street that Millennials are only interested in soul-sucking, drama-filled work. The truth is that we are drawn to diverse industries and locations and, while we are willing to pay our dues like the best of them, we want to know we have a future beyond making coffee and copies. First and foremost, we look for the opportunity to be part of something that matters.

Millennials want to work for companies that create positive societal change. The Deloitte Millennial Survey, which surveyed nearly 7,800 Millennials from 28 countries, found that “roughly three-quarters believe businesses have a positive overall impact on the wider society in which they operate.” Millennials are drawn to companies that will help them fulfill their potential by doing meaningful work.

Here are three ways you can engage Millennials in your company:

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Topics: Human Resources, Inside MMA

Intern Diaries: Collaboration is Key for Retaining Millennials

Posted by Marie Wathen, Employee Benefits Communications Intern on August 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Intern Diaries: Collaboration is Key for Retaining Millennials

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

Posted by Nora Corcoran, REBC, CLU, Client Service Executive on July 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Communicating the Health Care Reform Story to Employees

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

Posted by Erin Quigley, Corporate Communications Director on May 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Sustainability Pays Off

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?

Posted by Shawn Pynes, Principal, Director of Employee Benefits Division on April 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Employee Benefits…There’s an App for that?

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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