At renewal time, should I shop out my plan for the best deal?

By Michele Mactaggart

The joys of renewal time; when the temptation to shop around for a new plan can be oh-so-alluring. But before you dive headfirst into the world of comparison shopping, let’s take a moment to consider why sticking to your current plan might actually be the smarter move. First things first, let’s talk stability. Switching benefits […]

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How can I lower my costs without reducing coverage for my employees?

By Michele Mactaggart

One of biggest challenges in finding a benefits plan for an SME is the concept of cost vs. functionality. No two people, let alone an entire workforce, are living the same life, facing the same challenges, or experiencing the same hardships at one time; so how can you as an employer get the most functionality […]

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How can benefits help make my business stronger?

By Michele Mactaggart

As a small business owner, you’ve signed on to wear many hats in your day-to-day operations: manager, accountant, customer service… maybe even occasional therapist. It’s a balancing act, but if you’ve been able to master it, congratulations! That’s no small feat. While many small businesses prove that a job or service can be well executed […]

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Benefits for Smaller Small Business

By Michele Mactaggart

Small businesses face tough challenges when it comes to recruiting (and retaining!) top talent because the job market is competitive, and as a small business owner, you’re competing with companies of all sizes. To remain successfully competitive in today’s business world, it’s imperative for small businesses to be offering employees real value, which means meeting […]

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On the Rise: Trending Benefits of 2023

By Michele Mactaggart

Employee benefits have gained attention over the past few years, and rightfully so. Today’s growing Millennial and Gen Z workforce understands the importance of basic healthcare, and the advantages of working for an employer that offers other types of benefits that support their lives outside work. As we navigate an age of high turnover and […]

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Asking the Right Questions: Employee Benefits Surveys + Template

By Michele Mactaggart

There’s a phrase I like that says, “if you don’t ask, you’ll never know,” which I think applies to most things in life, and your employees’ job satisfaction is no different. But we usually only hear answers to the questions we’re asking, and sometimes miss out on pertinent information. It may be time to ask […]

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Getting the Most out of Benefits Means Knowing What They Are

By Michele Mactaggart

What good is having something if you don’t know about it? Whether it’s because you don’t know it exists, or you simply don’t know how to use it, how do you know if you’re reaping the benefits? The same goes for employee benefits. You could offer the best, most comprehensive benefits to your staff, but […]

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GRSPs: Benefiting Everyone’s Future

By Michele Mactaggart

If you’re anything like me, you occasionally dream about what you’ll be doing after retirement. Floating on a yacht around the Spanish coast? Travelling the globe now that your kids have left the nest? It’s easy to dream big, but with the cost of living at an all time high, many feel the yacht may […]

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Rethinking Big Bonuses: Get Creative with Your Incentives

By Michele Mactaggart

In a super broad, umbrella definition, a bonus refers to cash payments given in lump sums. The term itself is rather exciting – it’s extra, additional… more! And in the language of making money, more is always good. As we’ve been reading, a signing bonus is becoming increasingly popular as employers pull out all the […]

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Preparing for Fallout: Disability, Critical Illness, and Life Insurance

By Michele Mactaggart

Even if you’re not an avid air traveler (thanks, COVID), you likely know what they say when it comes to how to act in an emergency: always put your own mask on first. You’re better off putting your own mask on first so you’re best able to focus on helping others who may need your […]

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