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CHRO Champions | Kids and Careers: Strategies for Creating Meaningful Work-Life Balance w/ Virginia Means

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Imagine leaving the corporate world to take care of your family, staying home for a decade, and then jumping back into the corporate world and picking up where you left…

CHRO Champions | Leaving a Legacy of Top Talent w/ John Lucas

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An HR professional must go above and beyond to leave a legacy. Standing out from the crowd involves innovating, having a keen eye for talent, and developing the people around…

CHRO Champions | It’s Not all About Work: Engage Employees by Looking Outside the Office w/ Kelly Scheib

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Sometimes engagement at work doesn’t have to be about work. Listen to that again.  Sometimes (not always) the best way to foster engagement with employees at work is to realize…

CHRO Champions | The Secret Sauce to Creating Strong Culture w/ Jeff Shuman

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There are no shortcuts to great culture.  Leaders have a responsibility to demonstrate the beliefs of their company and reinforce behaviors that reflect those values. They create culture through transparency,…

School Districts Need Creative Benefits Solutions

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Totem kicked off the summer at the Georgia Association of School Personnel Administrators (GASPA) Spring Conference - an annual gathering where professionals come together to share best practice in human…

CHRO Champions | To Sit at the Table, You Need More Than a Chair: How to Add Value as a CHRO

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The CHRO role is about so much more than hiring; it includes being a part of the processes that achieve the overall targets for the organization and contribute to its…

Totem Solutions is One of Inc. Magazine’s Best Places to Work of 2021

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We are proud to share that Totem has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s Best Places to Work for 2021. We were selected from thousands of submissions and honored for creating…

What is the No Surprises Act?

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On December 21, 2020, Congress passed a new bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, consists of several bills combined into one piece of legislation.  Legislators have been working for…

Covid-19 Continues to Push America into a Mental Health Crisis

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Shortly after the pandemic, the world turned upside down, and the U.S. was on the brink of another health crisis. From isolation to suicide, the fear of the unknown for Americans…

CHRO Champions: People Over Policy: Manage People, Not Just Employees

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Supporting your team’s work-life balance and mental health means seeing them as people, not just employees. Stephanie Forand, VP of Human Resources at Cicis, uses her own experiences with mental…

CHRO Champions: Finding Your ‘Why’ in HR

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Before someone starts to really succeed in HR — or any field, for that matter — they have to uncover their ‘Why.’ Understanding your passion within HR is essential for…
Medical Care During COVID-19

The Importance of Continued Medical Care During COVID-19

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According to the CDC, by June 2020, 41% of the U.S. had delayed or avoided medical care including both routine and urgent or emergent care. Delay and avoidance of medical…

CHRO Champions: How to Leverage Transferable Skills in HR

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Not all great HR leaders start out in the field. In fact, some — like Quentin Misenheimer — transition into HR after the Army, leadership skills in tow. In this episode, Quentin,…

CHRO Champions: Health Information Exchange – Benefits & Challenges

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It seems like everything is interconnected nowadays: smartphones with laptops, sleep patterns with fitness trackers, doorbells with light switches. Why can’t our health records have the same level of integration?…

CHRO Champions: Introducing CHRO Champions w/ Geoff Rowson

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What do you get when you mix 4 generations of benefits consultants, a passion to help HR leaders, and one Shih Tzu named Weezy? You get Geoff Rowson, SVP of…

Employers May Make Tax Deductible Payments to Employees for COVID-19 Expenses

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The Federal government's ongoing legislation has provided timely relief for citizens and corporations facing the challenges caused by COVID-19, but there is an existing tax law that can also help…

Centers of Excellence Provide A Better Healthcare Model

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Many employers have implemented a Centers of Excellence (COE) model in an effort to improve the quality of care for employees and reduce procedures caused by misdiagnoses and unnecessary treatment.…

Webinar: How to Make Healthcare Better for Employers

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Each year the cost for healthcare continues to rise exponentially for employers, with no end in sight. The U.S. still consistently leads the world in per-capita healthcare costs, and still lags shockingly…

Health Rosetta: Quality Healthcare Costs Less

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Health costs have soared over the past 30 years. Public and private employers have paid the majority of costs. In 2018, 158 million people in the US received their health…

Fast Health: Tampered Healthcare Costs By Reversing Diabetes

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Fast Health: Tampered Healthcare Costs By Managing Reversing Diabetes In the U.S., obesity and diabetes have been on the rise for generations. The health complications and long-term consequences have reverberated…

April 28, 2020 Expansion of COBRA and Health Plan Deadlines

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A new IRS and DOL Notice entitled EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01 provides temporary relief from COBRA and health plan deadlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. What is the Outbreak Period?…

What Employers Should Know About Paid Leave Related to COVID-19

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In the continued effort to reduce the developing challenges caused by the novel coronavirus, the U.S federal government enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The legislation has two…

Patients vs Healthcare: the System’s Misaligned Incentives

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If U.S. healthcare costs were the GDP of a country in 2019, it could have ranked 5th in the world, behind Germany with a GDP of $3.8 trillion and ahead…

Summary of COVID-19 Legislative Initiatives

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Bill Number 1 - COVID-19 Emergency Federal and State Funding On March 6, 2020, Congress passed a supplemental funding bill in the amount of $8.3 billion.  The deal includes: $3…

Maintaining Business Continuity in the Midst of COVID-19

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More than ever, it is vital for businesses to adopt innovative solutions for the evolving challenges arising from the coronavirus pandemic. Whether a business requires onsite essential employees, has furloughed…

Medical Guide to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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How can you prevent the Coronavirus from infecting you? Fortify yourself now with these five steps...

Open Enrollment: A Success Story for a Public School District

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Open enrollment arrived like an ambush and was gone faster than a cappuccino order. Preparing for the time sensitive event carried significant importance that ultimately impacted the well-being and quality…

Returnships – Live, Learn, Mentor

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How the workplace has evolved to leverage retiree experience.

Employee Benefits Consulting: A Complete Guide to Building a Competitive Package

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What’s the secret to a fulfilled and engaged workforce in the modern age?   Three words: employee benefits consulting. For today’s workforce, employee benefits are the key to remaining competitive,…

6 Ways Your PBM is Ripping You Off (and what you can do about it)

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Despite significant pressure from the federal government, PBMs are winning, while employers and patients are struggling to keep up with the increasing costs. In every other industry, innovation has led…