Employee Benefits

VIDEO: What Does ESG Investing Mean?

Alex Assaley, AIF®

Alex Assaley, AIF®

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Have you heard of, or considered, socially responsible – or, what the industry now calls ESG, investments? These investmentvehicles have been gaining a lot of tractin this year for focus on sustainable, socially conscious, "green" and/or ethical screens for the companies they own in their portfolio (i.e. mutual fund or ETF) and also for their ability to point of potntial financial risks that can't be identifyied by typical quarterly results. They seek to consider both financial return and specific environmental, governance, and social metrics to do help investments do well by “doing good.” In this video, I sat down with Clarice Avery of Natixis Invest Managers. We talked about all the things you should know when considering an ESG investment for your investment line-up. You can learn more at Natixis’ site and ESG101.

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Are Your Employees Disengaged?

Alp Atabek, AIF®

Alp Atabek, AIF®

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It’s a usual weekday morning and you find yourself in an all too common situation that bogs down many executives and managers: Your employees seem unenthused and unengaged at the office. The worst thing you can do is sit there every day, watch this happen, and take no action to determine the root cause. So, what are the best ways to go about re-engaging employees, especially those paramount individuals that you don’t want to lose? Here are a few ideas for you to implement:

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Are Incentive-Based Programs Worth it?

Alex Assaley, AIF®

Alex Assaley, AIF®

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Companies and organizations across America are constantly struggling with two major workplace challenges: attracting top talent, and then, retaining that talent. When an employee thinks about your benefits program, is he or she content, confused, disappointed, or simply unaware?

Regardless of industry or service, every HR department and Corporate Executive wants to keep their best current and future employees satisfied. In order to push employees to their fullest potentials, leaders in an organization should demonstrate they are making positive strides to better their employees’ lives, both inside and outside the office.

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What’s the Future of Student Loan Benefits in the Workplace?

Finding the right employees – and keeping them – is becoming increasingly difficult for employers. Unemployment numbers are low which means employees can be more selective in their job searches. Now, more than ever, you must have the right benefits packages in place in order to win in this competitive landscape. And to attract the best and brightest young talent, you have to get creative.

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Is Financial Wellness Making an Impact for Employees?

“Are my employees on track for their financial picture?”

It's a question we get asked all the time, and whether you're an employee at an organization, an HR  executive, or a Retirement Plan Committee member, everyone wants to know if financial wellness programs are worth all the “buzz”. In this short video, I give my thoughts on why meaningful financial wellness programs are so essential, and I also encourage anyone to check out our 2017 whitepaper, Beyond Retirement: An Examination of Financial Wellness for Employers. This report aims to provide a clearer picture of what an average working American's financial situation looks like and how organizations can create programs to help their employees reach goals throughout their career for today, tomorrow, and their long-term future. 

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Which Unique Flavor is Your Investment Menu?

For many companies and organizations, the task of crafting the perfect investment menu can be an overwhelming mission; but it doesn’t need to be. It can be as simple as picking a dish from a menu. A well-made investment lineup is similar to the restaurant menu that offers just the right amount of options to make selecting the perfect dish an enjoyable experience.

When we’re constructing an investment menu for our clients, we advise committee members to build-out their investment menu to satisfy three types of investors: 1) the active investor, 2) the passive investor, and the 3) do-it-for-me investor. First and foremost, committee members need to be familiar with their plan's investment policy statement in order to design the line-up fittingly. Below, we detail a few items often included in a well-rounded investment menu.

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Is Your Company Culture Attracting the Millennials' Crowd?

Kacy Reece

Kacy Reece

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Many millennials are looking for their company’s employee benefits program to go beyond the typical healthcare and retirement plan by also addressing other key priorities, such as student loan assistance, financial education, and flexible schedules. While news headlines sometimes turned their demands into stories of “entitled” or “needy” millennials, at the core, their goals are similar to past generations - they want help to take actionable steps towards achieving a healthier lifestyle -  mentally, physically, and financially.

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How to Create a Holistic Benefits Package for the Future

Kacy Reece

Kacy Reece

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When you think about a 401(k) plan, do you consider why it has risen to such a popular option over a pension plan? Initially, when the IRS created the code that introduced 401(k)’s in the early 1980s, it was to give high ranking executives an added benefit to their pension plan. Today, most companies have done away with pensions plans and exclusively use defined contribution plans, such as 401(k)s and 403(b)s, as a way to mitigate costs.

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