The FirstPerson Blog

Why We Live with Intention (and You Should, Too!)

Posted by Laura Lubus

October 29, 2014

It’s hard to believe we’re already just a few days away from November. As work ramps up, holidays approach, and the end of the year gets closer, we are moving full steam ahead. With so much going on in our lives, taking care of ourselves and others often falls to the wayside. Life can get so busy that you forget to look up or take notice of what is going on around you. It’s at these times of the year I remind myself to live with intention.

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Topics: Wellness, Employee Engagement

The Tipping Point for Self-Funding a Health Plan

Posted by Scott Thompson

October 28, 2014

Over the past few years, FirstPerson has worked with numerous organizations to evaluate the pros and cons of a self-funded health plan versus a fully insured health plan. Of the various reasons for this evaluation (i.e., continued growth, improving demographic mix, etc.), the one consistent reason has been the implementation of additional taxes applicable to fully insured health plans as a result of Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Topics: Health Care Reform, Health Care, Benefits

Entering Your Company's Mature Growth Stage: Are You Ready?

Posted by Jeff Good

October 27, 2014

If you want every angle of a transaction to be considered, including the upside and the risk, you want to talk to Jeff. He’s a CFO with 30 years of successful business management and executive leadership experience. With a solid foundation in finance and accounting, he has developed and implemented business growth strategies, with special focus in the areas of capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and employee compensation and benefits.

Each stage of a company’s growth cycle (startup, high growth, maturity) brings its unique challenges. How a company responds to these challenges can often mean the difference between success and failure. During the startup phase, it’s all about survival and developing an idea into a bona fide business venture. There’s a lot to do, and because resources are usually scarce, entrepreneurs must be experts in multi-tasking. Developing a creative idea into a commercially viable product or service, creating a marketing and sales strategy, and finding the money necessary to finance all of these activities are typical areas of focus for a startup enterprise.

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Topics: Guest Blog

Organizational Culture. What's That?

Posted by Amber Griffin

October 23, 2014

“I don’t want to go to work today.”

Let’s face it, most people say this at least once a week, if not more. Even I’ve been guilty of saying it at my previous jobs. And although we may say this, we never do anything different to change that mentality. The truth is many people don’t like their jobs. So if you fit into the I-don’t-like-my-job category, have you ever stopped and thought about why?

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Your Wellness Efforts are Going to Waste

Posted by Andréa Homoya

October 22, 2014

Picture this: you have a wellness program that you’re proud of, employees are engaged and excited, and leadership is encouraged because things are going so well. By all accounts, the program is a success, except for one thing—the donuts. Someone brings donuts to the office every morning and all that sugar-filled goodness is devoured before 8:30am. Now your wellness efforts have gone to waste because your message to employees is inconsistent.

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Topics: Wellness