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Paul Ashley

It’s a good thing Paul didn’t follow in his father’s footsteps as a world-class actor because he’s much better at creating employee experience strategies for clients. Having been in the benefits industry for 13 years, Paul knows what he’s talking about when it comes to business needs. He’s known for being a connector and getting his clients to the best outcomes in the market.
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Workplace Trends for 2017 [Video]

By: Paul Ashley, January 6, 2017

It’s that time of year again when we share the workplace trends we see emerging for employers. While there’s some uncertainty going into 2017—like a new president—the best plan will be to stick with what we know works: Working with a multi-year strategy and adjust to course alterations as they come. It’s about thinking big picture, being strategic, and embracing design thinking when it comes to your people and business strategies.

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Trump and the ACA: Change Remains the Only Constant

By: Paul Ashley, November 10, 2016

From the day it was enacted, the Affordable Care Act – aka, Obamacare – has been more of a question than a statement. The various challenges, tweaks, regulations, and deadline extensions that became a routine aspect of the ACA created a scenario in which uncertainty was the only certainty.

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Don’t be Narrow-Minded About Narrow Networks

By: Paul Ashley, November 8, 2016

In late 2013, I predicted the future. Sadly for me, it did not include any lottery tickets or fantasy football excellence. Instead, I chose to use my clairvoyant powers to share what was coming to employer health plans and consumers: Narrow network solutions.

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Tips for Selecting a Great Business Partner [Video]

By: Paul Ashley, July 27, 2016

A while back we introduced a new approach to finding a business partner, which we equated to the process of hiring a key employee. Ultimately, you want to find a partner that fits the unique needs of your company and that you can build a lasting relationship with. I sat down with Compensation Advisor Julie Bingham to talk about her past experiences with the RFP process and share a few tips to keep in mind the next time you’re searching for a new business partner. Watch the video or read the transcript below.

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Five Steps to Selecting a Great Business Partner

By: Paul Ashley, May 18, 2016

Five Steps to Selecting a Great Business Partner

Imagine you’re going through the request for proposal (RFP) process. You send out a question set to a few potential partners, and then you play the waiting game until you receive the proposal submissions. Reading through them, it’s pretty straightforward as to what each company does. But who are they? How do they work?

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