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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Outdoor Exercise Safety Tips



As we move into summer, many will want to exercise outdoors to stay active and get some fresh air. That’s great news, as experts recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Working out in hot and humid weather can put extra stress on your body; however, there are simple precautions you can take to protect yourself.
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Wear light-colored clothing. 
  • Apply sunscreen. 
  • Stay hydrated with water.
  • Replenish your electrolytes. 
  • Listen to your body.
Download the Live Well Work Well June Newsletter for more details on how to safely exercise outside during the summer. As always, talk to your doctor before you start a new exercise regimen.

For more information on healthcare and employee benefits changes, contact HANYS Benefit Services by email or by calling (800) 388-1963.

This is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. © 2021 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved

Monday, May 17, 2021

The Hybrid Work Model



Hybrid workforce strategies will factor into HR planning this year and beyond. The pandemic has resulted in thousands of employees working from their kitchen tables or living rooms rather than the office or other workplace. If that’s the case, organizations are likely in or will be in the process of deciding how much remote work will continue to play into the workplace. Furthermore, a hybrid model is becoming a growing standard for many organizations in some capacity—and might even be a common long-term option.

Hybrid workplaces can look very different based on the organization’s priority of the following factors:
  • Talent access
  • Individual productivity
  • Team productivity
  • Cost of real estate
Download the HR Edge Q2 2021 Newsletter to learn the challenges and advantages of hybrid workplaces and additional features on the Strategic Employee Communication and Preparing for Future Health Crises.

For more human resources trends, industry insights and proactive strategies to maintain a competitive edge in today’s workplace, contact HANYS Benefit Services by email or by calling (800) 388-1963.

This is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. © 2021 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

HBS Q1 2021 Market Recap: Wheels up for U.S. economy

The equity rally that began in November of last year with the much-anticipated Pfizer vaccine announcement continued in earnest in the first quarter of 2021. Most of the market trends first observed in late 2020 persisted through Q1, thereby ending market domination by select high-growth technology companies.

As Congress passed the American Rescue Act, the Wall Street Journal survey of 60 economists raised its prediction for the growth rate of the U.S. economy in 2021 to 5.95%. The survey increased its prediction for 2021 growth three times during Q1, an indication of the rapidly improving economic conditions.

Read the Q1 Market Recap to learn more about the Q1 market performance. Also included is the feature article, Active versus passive investing styles.

If you have any questions, or would like to begin talking to a retirement plan advisor, please get in touch by email or by calling (800) 388-1963.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

IRS outlines priorities for 2021

The Internal Revenue Service’s Tax Exempt and Government Entities division issued a “Program Letter” that outlines its priorities for the 2021 fiscal year. The letter supplements the “Fiscal Year 2020 Compliance Program Letter,” which outlines the IRS’ examination initiatives.

While the letters list several initiatives, among particular interest with respect to retirement plans are the following:

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Self-care and Your Mental Health


More than half of adults in the United States will experience mental illness at some point in their life. Mental illnesses can occur occasionally, while others are chronic. Mental Health Awareness Month, observed every May, is a time to raise awareness about mental health, break the stigma and support people with mental illness.

One way to improve your mental health is through self-care. Self-care looks different for every person since it involves doing things that you enjoy or need. 

Download the Live Well Work Well May Newsletter for some ideas for how to practice self-care. If you have concerns about a loved one’s or your mental health, contact a doctor or mental health professional. 

For more information on healthcare and employee benefits changes, contact HANYS Benefit Services by email or by calling (800) 388-1963.

This is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. © 2021 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

 

Each quarter, the Attraction and Retention newsletter offers statistics about the employment market, suggestions on securing top talent and insight to attract and retain workers.

The 2nd Quarter 2021 Attraction and Retention newsletter focuses on balancing employee heath when returning to work, provides recruiting strategies amid COVID-19 and offers tips for reducing burnout. Download your copy today.


For more information on healthcare and employee benefits changes, contact HANYS Benefit Services by email or by calling (800) 388-1963.

This is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. © 2021 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Alcohol Awareness Month During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Observed every April, Alcohol Awareness Month is meant to raise awareness about alcohol use and break the stigma by discussing how alcohol-use disorders affect individuals, families and communities. This year is especially critical as COVID-19 restrictions and stress can increase your susceptibility to substance misuse, addiction and relapse. In fact, alcohol sales in the United States have grown nearly 30% in the last year.

Alcohol abuse can affect both your personal and professional life. Prolonged drinking puts you at risk for developing serious health complications—such as high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease and stroke—and can trigger other life-threatening consequences.

Know the Warning Signs

Alcohol use disorder can be mild, moderate or severe, based on the number of symptoms you experience. Keep in mind that symptoms often occur at the same time.

Download the Live Well Work Well April Newsletter to learn the common physical and behavioral signs and symptoms of alcohol misuse and for more healthy lifestyle tips.

If you or a loved one are concerned about alcohol use, talk to a doctor or use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Helpline by calling 800-662-HELP (4357). For more information on healthcare and employee benefits changes, contact HANYS Benefit Services by email or by calling (800) 388-1963.

This is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. © 2021 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.


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