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New Rules Bring New Approaches to Employee Benefits

by Nancy Grasso

Employee benefits are a big challenge to many businesses today. Substantial costs of providing benefits affect company profitability, yet reducing or eliminating benefits can hinder a company’s ability to attract, recruit and retain the best talent. The January 1st deadline of the Affordable Care Act forced organizations with more than 100 employees to determine whether they would offer health insurance or pay a penalty and send their workers to public exchanges. Businesses with 50-99 employees should begin putting together a strategy before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st this year, as they will face a similar decision.

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Self Awareness and the Effective Leader

By Katie Prelwitz

Being “Aware” is such an overarching theme.  You can bring awareness to a foundation, nutrition and fitness, and social issues.  However, one of the most important ways to which you can bring awareness is by looking in the mirror.  How many times do we turn the spotlight on ourselves to learn how we can improve our own behavior?  Are we truly aware of how others perceive us?  If you have yet to participate in Digital’s LEAD program, you may not have taken a good look.

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It’s Time to Kick Butts

By Katie Prellwitz

… cigarette butts that is. Today, on Kick Butts Day, we celebrate smoking cessation programs and encourage the 42 million smokers in the U.S. to kick the habit. Everyone has a different way to approach their own tobacco battle. The most popular and obvious benefit of being a non-smoker is enjoying a longer and healthier life. Along with that, quitters can expect to lose the chronic cough and gain productivity, taste, and up to $5000 a year bypassing the box of temptations. We reached out to a couple of non-smokers within our Digital family to find out what worked for them.

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New Rules Bring New Approaches to Employee Benefits

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By Nancy Grasso, Principal, Richmond DBA

Employee benefits are a big challenge to many businesses today. Substantial costs of providing benefits affect company profitability, yet reducing or eliminating benefits can hinder a company’s ability to attract, recruit and retain the best talent. The January 1st deadline of the Affordable Care Act forced organizations with more than 100 employees to determine whether they would offer health insurance or pay a penalty and send their workers to public exchanges. Businesses with 50-99 employees should begin putting together a strategy before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st this year, as they will face a similar decision.

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Wellness Wednesday-When Life Gets Blurry, Adjust Your Focus

published by TheVisionCouncil.org in 2015

Digital devices permeate every aspect of the American life. According to The Vision Council’s annual survey, 69 percent of American adults use a smartphone on a daily basis — compared with 45 percent three years ago. And 42.5 percent use a tablet or e-reader, compared with 26 percent in 2012.

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Four Novel Ideas about Private Exchanges

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By : Mike Sullivan

Private exchanges experienced modest levels of adoption last year despite all the press and predictions. The first significant cohorts to embrace this approach were mostly large employers with savvy benefits resources and substantial money at risk in the “pay or play” analyses. They found private exchanges to be a viable strategy, and many chose this route rather than abandoning health insurance and sending employees to public exchanges. But private exchanges will be a choice for many more employers.

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Wellness Wednesday-“Sleep is the Best Meditation”- Dalai Lama

by Samantha Olson, Medical Daily

Sleeping keeps humans alert and ready for the 9-to-5. Whether that rest fuels them for work, school, or parenting, it is essential to daily function, performance, and even appearance. During Sleep Awareness Week 2015, the National Sleep Foundation’s trying to drive the broken-record medical advice to the public: Get more sleep.

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March – “Be Aware”

From the desk of Adam Bruckman

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The Be theme for the month- Be Aware- may seem a bit vague at first until you think about the many implications.  March is a month for several health awareness activities, which is a big part of our employer and employee education efforts. Thanks to both the Events and Wellness committees, we are bringing more awareness and activities to our offices to help us walk the wellness talk. But that’s just the beginning of how “Being Aware” can make us better individually and collectively.

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Take a Step into the Wide World of Wearables

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By: Nicole Consiglio

Tracking steps, sleep and heart rate, oh my! Today’s technology in the wearable fitness arena is really quite impressive.  There are gadgets and gismos that track just about anything.  Not only are some of these items really sophisticated technology wise, they are fashionably sophisticated, too.  Plus, it doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro—there is something out there for everyone.

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National Black History Month

By Jess Knight

“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world…” serves as the opening line to the preamble for The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. All over the United States, civil rights museums serve as an avenue to create awareness and provide further knowledge on an important part of our nation’s history. As we celebrate National Black History Month, we encourage you to take time to visit or revisit museums dedicated to civil rights. If you are visiting DBA Cambridge or Wellesley, you can go to the Museum of African American History in Boston, MA. If you’re in Tennessee near DBA Memphis, you can visit the National Civil Rights Museum. Nestled between the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca Cola in Atlanta, GA is the Center for Civil and Human Rights. 

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