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How to Help Employees Communicate More Effectively | NY Benefits Partners

In an ideal world, communication would be easy. We’d immediately know exactly what to say or write. Emails, Slack messages, and reply threads would practically write themselves. And there’d be no confusion about what anyone meant, ever. Of course, communication never works that way. We stare at the computer screen trying to decide how to … Continued

Be Alert: Employers Are Seeing a Spike in Phishing Scams | NY Employee Benefits Consultants

Phishing emails are a type of scam designed to obtain information or prompt certain behavior from their targets. To that end, they typically appear to come from a person or entity we trust. In most cases, careful inspection will reveal cracks in the façade, little signs that the message is not what it purports to … Continued

End of Year Healthcare | NY Benefits Group

As the weather turns cooler and shopping centers get busier, it’s easy to surmise that it’s nearing the end of the year. Are we all ready for 2020 to be over?! Yes, please! Since we are closing in on 2021, it’s time for you to maximize your healthcare plan by taking advantage of end-of-year healthcare … Continued

In Depth: The Future of Work Part 1 | New York Benefits Team

The hardest thing about the future of work is defining the concept. The chief reason has to do with change. It’s constant with new technologies coming online at an increasing pace and changing the way people complete their work. If the data is to be believed, what HR knows about work is quickly disappearing. Korn Ferry predicts … Continued

How To Make Meetings with Remote Employees Effective | NY Employee Benefits Agency

Even with video conferencing and messaging apps, fully involving remote employees in team and company meetings remains a challenge. There may be no replacing the experience of being physically in the room, but you can take steps to make meetings more productive and inclusive for remote participants. The most important thing to remember when “meeting” … Continued

Data Drop: The Latest Workforce Surveys for HR Professionals to Read | NY Benefits Consultants

It’s an interesting time for the workforce as big changes are in store for everyone across the spectrum of the professional landscape. Every industry has been impacted COVID-19 and the continuous evolution of the situation, the economy and the workplace means that data and our understanding of all these things is shifting with it. More … Continued

Ask the Advisor: Can we deny an employee’s use of accrued vacation time?| NY Benefits Partners

QUESTION: Can we deny an employee’s use of accrued vacation time? ANSWER: Yes, the decision to approve or deny the use of accrued vacation time is up to you, assuming you do so in a consistent and non-discriminatory manner. It would be acceptable, for example, to deny a vacation request because approving it would leave … Continued

Vaping in the Workplace | NY Employee Benefits Team

The health of our businesses during these uncertain times may be called “sickly” but the health of your employees and your bottom line doesn’t have to be. While we know cigarettes are a danger to your health, we are just now learning the risks associated with vaping.  This trendy new method of nicotine delivery may … Continued

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 … 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