The FirstPerson Blog

Ideas & Insights

Benefits, Compliance

The Ins and Outs of Health Savings Accounts

October 25, 2016

With many employers moving to high deductible health plans (HDHPs) to control plan costs, many employees are gaining access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for the first time.

HSAs are a hot topic in the benefits world these days. Whether you’re new to HSAs or looking for a refresher, you will find some key questions and answers regarding the ins and outs of HSAs below.

Read More


Choosing How to Show Up

October 21, 2016

In this post, I am going to share the framework that I have developed to guide my work and interactions – in other words, how I choose to show up. These choices are unique to each person. How do you choose to show up?

Sometimes life offers up an unexpected situation that yields surprisingly meaningful results. I recently had one of those experiences, and it provided me with the opportunity to clarify and make explicit my personal values around “showing up.”

Read More


Top 5 Ways to Maximize Your Employee Benefits in 2017

October 18, 2016

For a majority of employers—more than 80%—and their employees, open enrollment has started or is right around the corner. The months of October and November will be filled with meetings and decisions. Here are five tips to help you and your family make better decisions when it comes to choosing your health care and maximize your benefits in 2017:

Read More

Culture, Leadership

The Employee Experience is Critical to Business Success

October 14, 2016

My company, in its early years, was a traditional employee benefits provider. Twenty years ago we offered other employers strategies and solutions to their compensation packages – those ‘gold standard’ benefits like major medical, life insurance, possibly short- and long-term disability, and the occasional 401(k).

Read More


Staying Healthy On the Road

October 12, 2016

With the nature of today’s workplace, many of us experience some kind of business travel every now and then, and some are even constantly on the go. Whether it’s you or your employees, someone is hitting the road. Frequent travel can wreak havoc on a person’s health—the sedentary transportation, high-calorie takeout foods, and mental exhaustion are all damaging.

Read More