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Did you miss our WI SHRM TED Talk? Watch it now

Did you miss our WI SHRM TED Talk? Watch it now
Another great year of the WI SHRM Conference is in the books! We hope you and your organization gained some fresh insights and practical applications for attracting and protecting your talent. We always appreciate the wide-range of topics covered by industry leaders, though it's hard to attend them all! So, in case you missed it, we wanted to share Forsite’s TED talk presentation on attracting all-star talent with benefits. This 15-minute talk,...
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Communitywide Step Challenge Finishes Strong

Communitywide Step Challenge Finishes Strong
Corporate competition raises more than $7,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters October 5, 2017 (GREEN BAY, Wis.) — Move Greater Green Bay, a communitywide step challenge, finished strong on September 30 with more than 30 teams from businesses and nonprofit organizations competing. Winners of the month-long challenge, sponsored by Forsite Benefits, were awarded Thursday during a presentation on City Deck Landing that included a check presentation to ...
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Wellness: Your People Maintenance Plan

Wellness:  Your People Maintenance Plan
Here's a question for you... As a company executive, would you ever invest in capital equipment or infrastructure without a plan for upkeep? Asked a different way, would you ever purchase a vehicle and not expect to get the oil changed in order to keep it running? Clearly the answer is no. Yet, when considering the topic of wellness, many organizations struggle with their reason for investing in a plan. Perhaps it’s because wellness can mean an...
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Making Benefits an All-Star in Your Employee Recruiting & Retention Strategy

Making Benefits an All-Star in Your Employee Recruiting & Retention Strategy
In today’s tight labor market, there seem to be two types of people, those who want an extra $1-2 per hour for the same type of work and those who want something more than a paycheck. Yes, paychecks are important, but, when a person isn’t at home in a culture, they’ll quickly become restless and look for an easy way out. The key to attracting the second type of person is by selling them on something different than compensation. It becomes more ...
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3 Reasons Workplace Wellness is so Important

3 Reasons Workplace Wellness is so Important
What challenges does your organization face? Too many sick days? Tight budget? High healthcare costs? Low morale? A wellness program can help. Encouraging employees to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle is a win-win for you and your employees. Here's why: 1. It Decreases Healthcare Costs Increasing healthcare costs continue to be an issue facing many organizations. Employers have seen a 77% increase in the average health insurance p...
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Another great year of the WI SHRM Conference is in the books! We hope you and your organization gained some fresh insights and practical applications for attracting and protecting your talent.

\n\n

We always appreciate the wide-range of topics covered by industry leaders, though it's hard to attend them all! So, in case you missed it, we wanted to share Forsite’s TED talk presentation on attracting all-star talent with benefits.

\n\n

This 15-minute talk, presented by Drew Leatherberry, covers:

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Watch now >

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Winners of the month-long challenge, sponsored by Forsite Benefits, were awarded Thursday during a presentation on City Deck Landing that included a check presentation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin, the charitable beneficiary of the initiative. \n\nZepnick Solutions, Inc. an engineering consulting firm in Howard, came out on top with an average of 17,588 daily steps per team member. Second place was Packer Fastener, with an average of 12,721 steps, and third place went to Greatland, with an average of 11,605 steps. \n\nMore than 1,000 individual participants logged their daily activity using fitness trackers to compete to become the highest average stepper for the month. The challenge tied in perfect with the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission to model positive behavior for the community’s youth, and coincided with National Childhood Obesity month during September.\n\n “Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to be part Move Greater Green Bay,” said Katie Hess, Executive Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin. “Our message is focused around modeling positive behavior and we literally walked the talk! Initiatives like these show the true spirit of Greater Green Bay. The best way to make change in the community is to do it together one step at a time.” \n\nThe team registration fees helped raise more than $7,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs.\n\n“In addition to raising money, what this is truly about is inspiring and challenging each other to be healthier,” said Drew Leatherberry, Benefits Consultant at Forsite Benefits. “We’re all responsible for building a healthier community. A healthier tomorrow starts with the steps we take today.”\n\nCollectively, the challenge participants reached impressive milestones. A total of 273,707,117 steps were taken in the month of September. This translates to roughly 13,685 miles. Also, the average number of steps per participant was 9,086, which high exceeds the national average of 5,900 steps per day.\n\nThe top finishing team from Zepnick Solutions used the challenge to take an already active staff to a new level.\n\n“Our team has always been physically active,” said Cindy L. Kobielak, Zepnick’s Wellness Coordinator.\n\n“It was fun to see our team’s competitive spirit shine this past month.  We’re proud to be the winners and we’re equally proud to be part of a community striving to be more wellness-minded, while raising funds for a meaningful cause like Big Brothers Big Sisters.”\n\nMany other organizations reported an increase in team member activity as part of the challenge. One participant noted, “I find I look for opportunities to move to get steps in, even to the point of walking around during commercials when I am watching television.” \n\nAnother individual reported, “I hadn't been doing much for the past three-plus months, but wanted to be more active. This was the push I needed to get going. I now have been getting up before work each day and working out. A little motivation went a long way.” \n\nA leader at another organization noticed her team moving more throughout the day, “We were delighted that we had such wonderful participation in this event. It promoted a more team environment which matches what we want to promote with the rest of our company.”\n\nIf you are interested in participating in next year’s challenge please visit www.forsitebenefits.com/move and subscribe to our emailing list.\n","mobiledoc":null,"html":"

Corporate competition raises more than $7,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

\n\n

October 5, 2017 (GREEN BAY, Wis.) — Move Greater Green Bay, a communitywide step challenge, finished strong on September 30 with more than 30 teams from businesses and nonprofit organizations competing. Winners of the month-long challenge, sponsored by Forsite Benefits, were awarded Thursday during a presentation on City Deck Landing that included a check presentation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin, the charitable beneficiary of the initiative.

\n\n

Zepnick Solutions, Inc. an engineering consulting firm in Howard, came out on top with an average of 17,588 daily steps per team member. Second place was Packer Fastener, with an average of 12,721 steps, and third place went to Greatland, with an average of 11,605 steps.

\n\n

More than 1,000 individual participants logged their daily activity using fitness trackers to compete to become the highest average stepper for the month. The challenge tied in perfect with the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission to model positive behavior for the community’s youth, and coincided with National Childhood Obesity month during September.

\n\n

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to be part Move Greater Green Bay,” said Katie Hess, Executive Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin. “Our message is focused around modeling positive behavior and we literally walked the talk! Initiatives like these show the true spirit of Greater Green Bay. The best way to make change in the community is to do it together one step at a time.”

\n\n

The team registration fees helped raise more than $7,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs.

\n\n

“In addition to raising money, what this is truly about is inspiring and challenging each other to be healthier,” said Drew Leatherberry, Benefits Consultant at Forsite Benefits. “We’re all responsible for building a healthier community. A healthier tomorrow starts with the steps we take today.”

\n\n

Collectively, the challenge participants reached impressive milestones. A total of 273,707,117 steps were taken in the month of September. This translates to roughly 13,685 miles. Also, the average number of steps per participant was 9,086, which high exceeds the national average of 5,900 steps per day.

\n\n

The top finishing team from Zepnick Solutions used the challenge to take an already active staff to a new level.

\n\n

“Our team has always been physically active,” said Cindy L. Kobielak, Zepnick’s Wellness Coordinator.

\n\n

“It was fun to see our team’s competitive spirit shine this past month.  We’re proud to be the winners and we’re equally proud to be part of a community striving to be more wellness-minded, while raising funds for a meaningful cause like Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

\n\n

Many other organizations reported an increase in team member activity as part of the challenge. One participant noted, “I find I look for opportunities to move to get steps in, even to the point of walking around during commercials when I am watching television.”

\n\n

Another individual reported, “I hadn't been doing much for the past three-plus months, but wanted to be more active. This was the push I needed to get going. I now have been getting up before work each day and working out. A little motivation went a long way.”

\n\n

A leader at another organization noticed her team moving more throughout the day, “We were delighted that we had such wonderful participation in this event. It promoted a more team environment which matches what we want to promote with the rest of our company.”

\n\n

If you are interested in participating in next year’s challenge please visit www.forsitebenefits.com/move and subscribe to our emailing list.

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Asked a different way, would you ever purchase a vehicle and not expect to get the oil changed in order to keep it running? Clearly the answer is no.\n\nYet, when considering the topic of wellness, many organizations struggle with their reason for investing in a plan. Perhaps it’s because wellness can mean any one of a number of activities or initiatives. Or perhaps it’s because they haven’t made a commitment to the business case for wellness.\n\nThink about wellness as your maintenance plan for your greatest investment, your human capital. Not encouraging your people to stay healthy is a missed opportunity and a great threat to your organization. \n\nUnhealthy employees not only drive health claim costs but they miss work more frequently, tend to not be as productive and, on the whole, don’t reap the mental benefits that come from living a healthy lifestyle. \n\nThe threat of not having a wellness plan is simple – if you only spend dollars on caring for the health of your population once they are sick or injured (i.e. health insurance), how are you spending dollars to prevent that from occurring in the first place?\n\nIn reality, a results-oriented wellness plan is your maintenance plan for your people. It’s the only possible way to help employees avoid unnecessary health expenses. \n\nBeyond that, it is a maintenance plan that pays dividends for years as it not only can keep people healthy but it can send a strong message about your culture. And culture is a critical sticking point for employees deciding where they want to work.\n\nAuthor:\nDrew Leatherberry | Benefit Consultant\n\n[Follow him on LinkedIn >](https://www.linkedin.com/in/dleatherberry/)","mobiledoc":null,"html":"

Here's a question for you...

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As a company executive, would you ever invest in capital equipment or infrastructure without a plan for upkeep? Asked a different way, would you ever purchase a vehicle and not expect to get the oil changed in order to keep it running? Clearly the answer is no.

\n\n

Yet, when considering the topic of wellness, many organizations struggle with their reason for investing in a plan. Perhaps it’s because wellness can mean any one of a number of activities or initiatives. Or perhaps it’s because they haven’t made a commitment to the business case for wellness.

\n\n

Think about wellness as your maintenance plan for your greatest investment, your human capital. Not encouraging your people to stay healthy is a missed opportunity and a great threat to your organization.

\n\n

Unhealthy employees not only drive health claim costs but they miss work more frequently, tend to not be as productive and, on the whole, don’t reap the mental benefits that come from living a healthy lifestyle.

\n\n

The threat of not having a wellness plan is simple – if you only spend dollars on caring for the health of your population once they are sick or injured (i.e. health insurance), how are you spending dollars to prevent that from occurring in the first place?

\n\n

In reality, a results-oriented wellness plan is your maintenance plan for your people. It’s the only possible way to help employees avoid unnecessary health expenses.

\n\n

Beyond that, it is a maintenance plan that pays dividends for years as it not only can keep people healthy but it can send a strong message about your culture. And culture is a critical sticking point for employees deciding where they want to work.

\n\n

Author:
\nDrew Leatherberry | Benefit Consultant

\n\n

Follow him on LinkedIn >

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In today’s tight labor market, there seem to be two types of people, those who want an extra $1-2 per hour for the same type of work and those who want something more than a paycheck. Yes, paychecks are important, but, when a person isn’t at home in a culture, they’ll quickly become restless and look for an easy way out.

\n\n

The key to attracting the second type of person is by selling them on something different than compensation. It becomes more important to sell your culture.

\n\n

When you promote your company and extol its virtues, what tells your story? Your people, your processes, your product are all critical without question. They drive culture. And, at the end of that story, with dollars and cents being marginal to a lesser degree, your benefits program is the truth serum of your story. That’s right; you can’t talk culture, people, vision, family-oriented, progressive, growth-driven, etc.… and then hand them an old-fashioned insurance and wellness benefits package.

\n\n

According a 2016 study by Glassdoor, over 50% of job seekers still see benefits and perks as a top consideration. It’s not enough to simply convey a checkbox approach. If you’ve told a compelling story to this point, and your benefits don’t bring a similar message, a job seeker may call your bluff.

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So, how do you make benefits an attraction tool?
\nHere are a few strategies:

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  1. Tell your benefits story using mediums that people are used to learning from in the modern age. (think videos, apps, social media sites)

  2. \n
  3. Don’t simply offer one or two similar types of insurance plans with no variety of choice. Consumers want choices, as with any other purchase. Design your benefits in such a way as to offer quality protection and diversity of price to suit lifestyle and medical needs.

  4. \n
  5. Lead with a positive, activity-centric wellness benefit. Building a wellness program that rewards for positive behaviors and motivates people to make healthy changes throughout the course of the year helps not only attract quality people, but will help with retention and motivation as well.

  6. \n
  7. Support people according to their stages of life. Think about your workforce demographics. What do they likely struggle with based on their lifestyle needs, wages, education, etc…? Build a program and support system to provide hands-on assistance without requiring HR to micromanage.

  8. \n
  9. Lastly, become a quality storyteller. In order to successfully sell your benefits to a prospect employee you need to move past the line item pitch. Instead your benefits package needs to become an integrated part your story, of your “why”.

  10. \n
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Do this and you’ll be an All-Star. All-Stars attract All-Stars. And they stick together. They don’t leave for an extra $1/hour.

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Want to learn more about using your benefits as an attraction tool? Attend our talk at the Wisconsin SHRM conference in October.

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Not attending SHRM? No worries, sign up for our mailing list here and get the recording emailed to you after the show.

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Tight budget? High healthcare costs? Low morale? \n\nA wellness program can help. Encouraging employees to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle is a win-win for you and your employees. Here's why:\n\n**1. It Decreases Healthcare Costs**\n\nIncreasing healthcare costs continue to be an issue facing many organizations. Employers have seen a 77% increase in the average health insurance premium costs in the past 10 years, while employees have seen a 89% increase in their contribution towards those costs. (Kaiser/HRET Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits, 2003-2013) In essence, employers have absorbed as much of the increases as they’ve been able to, but employees are feeling the brunt of it now. Employees now face higher deductible plans, higher co-pays, and overall greater out-of-pocket costs.\n\n\nDecreasing overall health of the workforce is another major issue at hand. 77% of U.S. workers today are dealing with one or more chronic diseases. 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By adding wellness tools to the benefits portfolio employees will feel more valued because your company is investing in their well-being and care about their quality of life.\n\n\n**3. It Reduces Absenteeism**\n\nBusinesses run most efficiently when all employees are present and productive. But with overweight or obese U.S. workers struggling with other chronic conditions missing an estimated 450 million additional days of work compared to the healthy workers (Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index Survey, 2011) it’s easy to see how having an employee who takes multiple sick days can cost you valuable money and time. (An estimated $153 billion is lost annually in productivity) While some sick days are inevitable, a wellness program that promotes healthy behavior changes, along with providing the right prevention tools can reduce issues surrounding absenteeism. \n\n\nSimply put: providing the tools to make healthy activities a part of the workplace culture improves your organizations bottom line *and* improves the lives of your employees.\n\nWant to learn more about creating a results-driven wellness program in your organization? 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What challenges does your organization face?

\n\n

Too many sick days? Tight budget? High healthcare costs? Low morale?

\n\n

A wellness program can help. Encouraging employees to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle is a win-win for you and your employees. Here's why:

\n\n

1. It Decreases Healthcare Costs

\n\n

Increasing healthcare costs continue to be an issue facing many organizations. Employers have seen a 77% increase in the average health insurance premium costs in the past 10 years, while employees have seen a 89% increase in their contribution towards those costs. (Kaiser/HRET Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits, 2003-2013) In essence, employers have absorbed as much of the increases as they’ve been able to, but employees are feeling the brunt of it now. Employees now face higher deductible plans, higher co-pays, and overall greater out-of-pocket costs.

\n\n

Decreasing overall health of the workforce is another major issue at hand. 77% of U.S. workers today are dealing with one or more chronic diseases. (Newsweek web exclusive) Chronic diseases include diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease etc., and are brought on in part by unhealthy behaviors.

\n\n

The good news is, a strategic workplace wellness program combats the increasing health costs & unhealthy behaviors by improving employees’ health. This, in turn, reduces employees need for expensive medical care, prescription drugs and doctor visits.

\n\n

2. It Increases Morale, Productivity & Retention Rates

\n\n

Companies with high morale can enjoy higher productivity and higher retention rates. Llona Bray, Author and legal editor at Nolo, said it best: “At small or medium-sized businesses with wellness programs, employees consistently report that they’re working harder, performing better, and are motivated to stay with the company. And it’s not just the employees, Wellness Managers report that wellness programs improve workplace morale, as well.” – (“Healthy Employees, Healthy Business”). By adding wellness tools to the benefits portfolio employees will feel more valued because your company is investing in their well-being and care about their quality of life.

\n\n

3. It Reduces Absenteeism

\n\n

Businesses run most efficiently when all employees are present and productive. But with overweight or obese U.S. workers struggling with other chronic conditions missing an estimated 450 million additional days of work compared to the healthy workers (Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index Survey, 2011) it’s easy to see how having an employee who takes multiple sick days can cost you valuable money and time. (An estimated $153 billion is lost annually in productivity) While some sick days are inevitable, a wellness program that promotes healthy behavior changes, along with providing the right prevention tools can reduce issues surrounding absenteeism.

\n\n

Simply put: providing the tools to make healthy activities a part of the workplace culture improves your organizations bottom line and improves the lives of your employees.

\n\n

Want to learn more about creating a results-driven wellness program in your organization? Reach our to one of our consultants using the contact link here >

\n\n

Sources:
\nGallup Poll //\nKaiser Family Foundation \n

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this post originally appeared in myInertia's Corporate Wellness Updates.

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