Feb 18, 2015

Janet McNichol: Six Simple Steps to Meaningful Goal Setting


It’s that time of year again — time to set our goals for 2015. Too often the process of setting and evaluating goals becomes transactional. When the big picture is lost, we rarely accomplish something that makes us proud. We’ve developed this simple process to help us anticipate the needs of our organization and develop meaningful team and individual goals. Continue reading »

Jan 4, 2015

Zack Pace: 17 Key Benefit Questions

My colleague Joe Ellis and I recently led an educational webinar for Lorman: Getting the Most for Your Money – Auditing your Employee Benefits Plan. Afterwards, Lorman kindly designated us “Distinguished Faculty” and endorsed us with this badge:

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Nov 29, 2014

Janet McNichol: The Crossroads Conversation

Imagine that you’re a supervisor and you’re heading down the path to letting someone go. You’ve observed the individual’s work, provided feedback, coached, counseled and put a performance improvement plan in place. The individual still has time to complete the plan, but the outcome is clear. Unless something miraculous happens, the person will fail. You’re repeatedly explaining to the individual while their work doesn’t meet expectations. It’s difficult, unpleasant and you hate spending your time this way. Continue reading »

Nov 24, 2014

Zack Pace: Evaluating the 11 Month Initial Measurement Period

Is your company subject to the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Shared Responsibility Regulations (AKA the ACA Employer Mandate)?

Do you have employees that qualify for the Variable Hour Employee safe harbor?

If so, are you planning on tracking your newly hired Variable Hour Employees for 12 months before determining their full-time status?


If so, I’d like to bring to your attention an alternative 11 month measurement method that may make your life a little easier. Continue reading »

Oct 15, 2014

Zack Pace: Private Exchange: A Practical Primer

Are you interested in learning more about Private Exchanges?  Does your organization have less than 2,000 employees?  If so, this essay will:

  • Outline the Private Exchange model that’s available for employers with less than 2,000 employees
  • Examine the components
  • Suggest ways to leverage these concepts into your 2015 Benefits Planning process Continue reading »
Oct 1, 2014

Zack Pace: Town Hall Meetings, Homework Assignments, & Paul O’Neil

My colleague, Jim O’Connor, was recently named the CBIZ National Employee Benefits Practice Leader.  During his first 100 days, he’s visiting our regional offices, holding town hall meetings, and sharing his vision for CBIZ.  He visited our office just recently.

At the end of our town hall meeting, as our homework assignment, he gave us five key questions to consider.  Continue reading »


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