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Featuring product release updates, industry views and news, and the latest from our valued clients and customers. 

Product Release | 12.20.2016

Product Release | 12.20.2016

In the spirit of the holidays, we've packaged up a few end of year surprises for all the good girls and boys. We wish you happy holidays and we look forward to sharing many more product development updates with you in the new year!

WHO SHOULD DRIVE YOUR COMPANY CULTURE?

WHO SHOULD DRIVE YOUR COMPANY CULTURE?

In a survey of over 1,800 U.S. adults conducted by the Workforce Institute, HR professionals, managers, and employees each feel as if they’re most important in defining workplace culture. In fact, only 9 percent of HR professionals and managers believe that employees play an active role in cultivating company culture, though 29 percent of employees would disagree. Alternatively, 28 percent of employees feel as if no one defines the workplace culture.

To say the least, this is troubling.

Flock & Beam Dental Announce Partnership

Flock & Beam Dental Announce Partnership

Beam Dental and Flock partner to offer a unique approach to dental plan coverage, HR and Benefits Administration. This partnership brings together innovative technologies to further enrich the user experience for Employers and Insurance Brokers.

 

Product Release | 11.17.2016

Product Release | 11.17.2016

No Turkey here... just a Flock product update stuffed with goodness. Seconds anyone?

May your stuffing be tasty, may your tofu or turkey be plump, may your potatoes and gravy have barely a lump, may your pies take the prize, may Flock free-up your time and keep it off your thighs :) 

Be the Proactive Benefits Adviser Clients are Looking for!

Be the Proactive Benefits Adviser Clients are Looking for!

As a health insurance broker, it's in your interest to become a true strategic partner by proactively managing your clients’ interests to ensure they don’t need, or want, to explore other options. But even under the best of circumstances things don't always go to plan, and with so many brokers vying for new business, it’s important to anticipate if your clients are becoming unhappy and in search for your replacement.

Luckily, you don’t have to be a mind reader to do this. Rather, you just need to know what to watch out for.  Read on for the 5 warring signs, with simple tips to maintain, impress and even build your book of business.

Defend and Grow Your Book of Business by Exceeding Client Expectations.

Defend and Grow Your Book of Business by Exceeding Client Expectations.

As an insurance agent, converting new leads and continuing to satisfy existing clients is the key to building and maintaining a strong book of business. There’s just one problem: knowing that you need to do this and actually executing a strategy that makes doing so simple.

Luckily, the team here at Flock understands a thing or two about building a strong book of business (one of which is using our small business human resource software, but more on that later!).

Here you’ll find 5 tips to maximize your own book of business and ensure that your clients aren’t just satisfied, they’re ecstatic with the benefits solutions and other features/services you provide.

Build a Thriving Workplace Culture: 5 Steps to a Better Business

Build a Thriving Workplace Culture: 5 Steps to a Better Business

Work culture is the linchpin of any successful company. After all, it’s the cultures behind massive brands like Facebook, Twitter, and even Google that reinforce their domination and have made them what they are today.

As a small- to mid-sized employer, it may seem intimidating to construct your own culture. This is all the more true if you serve an industry and are up against major competitors, each of which already have a thriving culture that retains employee loyalty while attracting customers left and right.

But doing so is important. Especially since according to a recent Bain & Company Survey of 365 companies worldwide, 81 percent believe that any company lacking a high-performance culture is “doomed to mediocrity” (yours included).

So, where to begin in the massive undertaking of building your company culture? Here are 5 steps to help you get started.

Product Update | 10.13.2016

Product Update | 10.13.2016

PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS/ENHANCEMENTS

From goofy to ghoulish our improvements will not cause a scare but make you more Flock aware, cauldrons and broomsticks take shape in the night, making your Halloween full of fun and of fright, don’t cross any witches or fall under their spell, and your Halloween night will go perfectly well! 

The ACA, Employer Spending, and Your Business

The ACA, Employer Spending, and Your Business

Though filled with tumultuous changes and constant headaches, employers are now adapting to what it means to remain compliant with healthcare regulations under the ACA. While news is still filled with articles revealing just how expensive it will be for employees with premiums set to increase yet again, other studies reveal that employer spending per employee is on the decline.

 

The reason for this is simple: Employee participation in ACA programs have remained steady in the preceding years. This has helped employers limit how much they’re spending on healthcare as in 2016 alone, 91 percent of employees were eligible for benefit programs and 69 percent participated. These statistics represent the status quo established in 2014 and 2015, with relative numbers of 89 and 69 percent for 2014 and 91 and 70 percent in 2015.


So, how have employers kept costs under control?

Why Employee Wellness Should Include Dental Benefits

Why Employee Wellness Should Include Dental Benefits

Employee wellness is often incomplete. In fact, most wellness programs promote physical fitness and regular checkups and exams but fail to acknowledge one critical area: Oral health.

 

Dental health is important because it can indicate more serious illnesses and disorders, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and even diabetes. However, many wellness programs don’t include dental benefits and instead, focus (almost) too much on medical health in an incomplete way.


In this article, we discuss why dental benefits are important and why if you’re an employer, you need to integrate oral health into your wellness initiatives.

Striking a Work Life Balance: 5 Steps to a Better Policy

Striking a Work Life Balance: 5 Steps to a Better Policy

Work life balance is something that’s essential for every workplace. After all, if employees are overworked, stressed out, or otherwise performing at less-than-their-best, your business will suffer.

 

However it’s one thing to believe you’re balancing work and life for employees and another to formalize a policy that ensures your employees enjoy the division of personal and professional they need to thrive.


If you’ve never formalized a work life balance policy for employees, it’s time you did. And in this article, we’re discussing 5 simple steps you can take to get you there.

Product Update | 9.15.2016

Product Update | 9.15.2016

Our engineering wizards have just completed another round of tasty usability features and product improvements. There's a little something for everyone... administrators, brokers and employees. Find the details below. Also, look for series of 15-minute webinars over the next few weeks where we will illustrate all of these new features as well as Q&A on using Flock to it's full-advantage. 

Student Loan Repayment: The Next Big Benefit?

Student Loan Repayment: The Next Big Benefit?

Today, major companies continue to push the benefits envelope with unique perks many employees only dream of. It’s this innovation that pushes even small business owners (yourself included) to consider and adjust benefits offerings to attract and retain top talent whether of millennials or older workers as well.

 

Most recently, a new benefit has emerged that has many employees feeling more financially secure: Student loan repayment.


There are several reasons why student loan repayment is an attractive benefit and one that you should consider for your own SMB. And, if you’re still unconvinced, we have 3 reasons why you should change your mind in this article!

ACA Updates: Is the ACA Less Affordable Than Ever?

ACA Updates: Is the ACA Less Affordable Than Ever?

Since it became law in 2010, the Affordable Care Act has been the source of much debate. Ironically, due to the name, much of the debate has centered around the cost of coverage not only for businesses but for employees as well. Now, with the 2016 presidential election looming in the distance, premiums are increasing once more, opening the dispute once again.


So, what’s set to come in the fall of 2016 before a new president is selected and healthcare (possibly) changes once again?

The Holistic Approach to Employee Engagement

The Holistic Approach to Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is important to every organization. So much so, that companies spend almost $1 billion annually on efforts to measure and improve employee engagement. However, even with all this money invested into the matter, companies still fail to overcome the hurdle so many face in actually turning strategies into success.

 

The issue isn’t that employees can’t be engaged. Rather, it’s that most companies approach engagement entirely wrong because they assume that employees fall into one of two categories: Engaged or disengaged.


There’s much more to employee engagement than that and if you want to be successful, reframing how you think about engagement is critical. Doing so will affect your bottom line when it comes to productivity, customer satisfaction, and employee turnover. And with that, let’s get started!

Product Update | 8.11.2016

Product Update | 8.11.2016

Thank you to our valued partners, administrators and end users.  Your feedback continues to help us in our quest to make Flock the most versatile HR/BenAdmin tool available. We are excited to release our latest product improvements that include enhanced functionality for company administrators, brokers and employees. Further details on each of these areas are below.

To Develop a Company Culture, You First Need Core Values

To Develop a Company Culture, You First Need Core Values

Culture is one of the most common buzzwords in any business, small businesses included. But it’s one thing to talk about a culture and think you have a culture and another entirely to strategize, create, and implement a culture in the proper sense of the term.

 

Many businesses experience the same issue when it comes to culture: They have a general idea of what it is but are completely unaware as to how they can turn the idea into an actionable strategy that bestows benefits unto their businesses. Just some of these benefits include increased productivity, improved employee happiness, and genuine engagement, among others.


So, are you interested in building a thriving company culture? If so, you’ll find out how in this article and it begins with core values.

The ACA and Summer 2016: What to Tackle

The ACA and Summer 2016: What to Tackle

While summer is a time of vacations and taking a “breather” from the more compliance-heavy times of the year, it isn’t time for you to take a break. In fact, taking a break during the summer months can easily cause issues for your business.

 

Now we know what you’re thinking: If the 2015 tax year is over, why are we still talking about compliance well into the summer? The answer is simple: Because there is no break when you must track and centrally store ample amounts of employee data for the upcoming tax year. It’s this kind of proactive, hands-on approach that keeps your business compliant (along with the support of a human resources software system like Flock, of course).


So one major question remains: What are you supposed to be focusing on this summer?

Employee Productivity and Pressure: How the Two Relate

Employee Productivity and Pressure: How the Two Relate

Pressure is often viewed as a negative influence in the workplace. Managers commonly believe that pressure leads to inhibited work performance and a poor mindset that can cause even the most experienced employees to work at less-than-optimal levels.


There’s just one thing wrong with this perspective: It assumes that you’re placing too much pressure on employees, immobilizing them and triggering fear that works against any productive workplace.

The ABCs of Benefits in 2016

The ABCs of Benefits in 2016

In 2015, there were countless updates and modifications to the Affordable Care Act. The administrative hassle has cost tens of thousands of businesses time, money, and energy to remain compliant. However, 2016 has proved to be tumultuous as well. This means it’s never too late to brush up on the ABCs of benefits, although we’re halfway through 2016.


The ABCs of benefits mean you don’t just need to understand the law, but need to implement a number of best practices as well. As such, we’ve compiled three of our best tips to ensure you’re always on top of compliance, no matter what happens to the law.