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Tools for the Remote Workplace | New York Benefits Agency

The traditional workplace of physical offices and desks has changed. The new normal we are all experiencing is the remote workplace. While some are adjusting to this change without any growing pains, some may find it difficult to transition. Follow these tips to help manage your time in this new space.SET UP A PHYSICAL WORKSPACEYou … Continued

How Leaders Can Set an Example for Remote Employees | NY Employee Benefits

For many of us, the experience of working entirely from home is a new one. It has required us to rethink the way we work and function as a team. Many of the routines, patterns, practices, and processes we have created over time are no longer effective, and we’ve had to institute new means of … Continued

How to Support the Mental Health of Your Employees During COVID-19 | New York Employee Benefits Consultants

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. People have experienced financial hardship, additional challenges with childcare and school cancellations, job loss, reduced hours, sickness, and grief. The future is uncertain, and the present is extra stressful. And to make matters worse, many of the networks and practices that people use to … Continued

5 Tips for Building Trust When Employees Return to Work | New York Benefits Group

The day where people return to normal routines around work doesn’t seem as far off today as it did just a few weeks ago. As politicians itching to “re-open” the world look at ways to revive normalcy, companies now have to do the same as they consider operational needs and employee safety.As the work environment … Continued

CBD: Fact or Fiction? | NY Employee Benefits Advisors

The cannabidiol (CBD) market in the United States has taken off like a rocket. Some projections have this market reaching $16 billion by 2025. After years of singing its praises for treating, albeit illegally, a myriad of health issues, supporters of cannabis have seen an uptick of mainstream support in the last 2 years with … Continued

What You Need to Know: How COVID-19 Could Impact Your Clients’ Insurance | Employee Benefits Consultants

As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens and becomes increasingly widespread, you will likely be facing more and more questions from your clients regarding business continuity planning.COVID-19 has already led to huge business interruptions, supply chain issues and liability concerns—all of which can open your clients up to claims. Employers, no matter their industry or size, are … Continued

A Financial Lifeline You May Have Forgotten About | New York Benefits Firm

So much has happened in the last few days and weeks that I feel like months have passed. Social distancing is now on everyone’s lips. And the goal is noble: flatten “the curve” and prevent more people from getting sick from the Coronavirus.The impact, though, is being felt in so many ways by so many … Continued

Stop – Stay Home – Start Something | NY Benefits Team

We are seeing so many changes to our work, personal, and social life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While these changes can seem daunting and the obstacles they create insurmountable, this can be a time of healthy change. There is always the chance for good to happen when you stop, stay home, and start something. STOPAre … Continued

Ask the Advisor: What’s the Difference Between a Furlough and a Layoff?

Question:What’s the difference between a furlough and a layoff?Answer:First, you should note that the language used when sending employees home for a period of time is less important than communicating your actual intent. Since temporary layoffs and furloughs are only used regularly in certain industries (usually seasonal), you should not assume that employees will know … Continued

Remote Work Challenges for HR | New York Benefits Group

It’s been said the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has created the largest remote work experiment ever devised.  In fact, there are many recently documented cases where companies have asked at least some of their employees to work from home.  Three of those companies are Amazon, Twitter and Microsoft.Remote work, of course, is not something new.  … Continued