Tuesday, February 16, 2021

How HR Can Support Working Parents

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, working parents have been forced to contend with their children’s changing school routines. Unfortunately, these routines vary by school, with little universal guidance. On top of that, many schools continue to go back and forth between virtual and in-person learning. The uncertainty surrounding school routines and their impact on working parents will undoubtedly continue to have ripple effects in the workplace.

Accommodation Considerations for Employers

Although the specifics will vary, consider the following methods for accommodating working parents:
  • Expanded remote work opportunities
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Generous time off policies
  • Robust EAP offerings
  • Transparent and frequent communication
Download the HR Edge Q1 2021 Newsletter for detailed guidance related to working parents and additional features on the Impact of Employer Branding and Understanding Generation Z.

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.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

HBS Q4 Market Recap: 2020 in review

In 2020, we struggled through the worse pandemic in more than 100 years, causing the greatest turbulence in the global economy and financial markets since 1945. U.S. policymakers swiftly countered the economic aspects of the crisis with the most aggressive fiscal and monetary stimulus on record. The technology sector fast-tracked new digital and communication solutions, and the pharmaceutical and biotech industries created scientific solutions with unprecedented speed.

In the final months of 2020, we witnessed the emergence of new market trends.

Read the Q4 Market Recap to learn the emerging market trends in Q4 2020 and preview the market indicators at the start of 2021. Also included is the feature article, Volatility and risk: Are they the same and why does it matter?

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.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Volatility and risk: Are they the same and why does it matter?

HANYS Benefit Services does not believe there is a single definition or statistic that appropriately defines risk for investors, especially when it comes to the nuances of investing for retirement. Instead, we focus on both the art and the science of evaluating risk, and how both approaches can help investors make informed decisions. Statistical measures (the science) primarily focus on an investment’s historical price movement, which can shed light on the predictability, or lack thereof, of an investment’s returns. Understanding one’s own circumstances (the art) can be a great complement to the science in deciding what risks an investor should take on as they prepare for retirement.

What is volatility?

A popular interpretation of risk is a statistical measure called standard deviation, which measures how wide an investment moves around its average price; or said differently, the dispersion of its returns. Lower standard deviation percentages indicate that the majority of the returns in a data set are close to the average, while a high standard deviation means that the returns are more spread out from the average. Standard deviation is commonly referred to as volatility, and many view it as a reliable measure of risk since it can help gauge an investment’s return predictability.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

3 Ways to Boost Your Heart Health

 

Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. In fact, 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease.

Heart disease refers to several different types of heart conditions. Coronary artery disease—caused by plaque buildup in the walls of the heart’s arteries—is the most common. Other forms of heart disease include heart attack, heart failure, arrhythmia and congenital heart defects.

The symptoms of heart disease can vary, and some people may not even know they have a heart condition until they have a heart attack. Red flags include shortness of breath, chest discomfort, difficulty with speech, heart palpitations and sudden loss of responsiveness.

Take Control of Your Heart Health

There are certain uncontrollable factors that increase your risk of heart disease, including age, sex and family history. However, other factors that increase your risk for heart disease—such as stress, inactivity, obesity, diabetes, smoking and a poor diet—are controllable.

A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best methods to fight heart disease, so consider incorporating these three kinds of exercise into your routine to improve your heart health:
  1. Aerobic exercise 
  2. Resistance training 
  3. Flexibility workouts
Keep in mind that it’s the overall pattern of your life choices that determines your heart health. Contact your doctor to find out your risk for heart disease, or for more information, and download the Live Well Work Well February Newsletter for additional tips and healthy habits.

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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