Optimizing Your Sleep Environment – Black Out Challenge

Sleep is a complex process meant for restoration of the mind and body. It is our innate time for rest, integration and repair. When we have persistent disturbances to a natural sleep pattern, we see detrimental consequences in our health. It is for this reason that sleep and proper sleep hygiene should be an everyday priority. Insufficient or poor-quality sleep … Read More

Benefits Plan Changing? Here’s How To Prepare

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The one constant in life is change. Employee benefit plans are no different. Whether your employer is changing vendors or adding new plan benefits, it’s important to be prepared, ask the right questions and understand how the changes are going to affect you. Here are a few tips to help you prepare. Plan, Prepare and Do Your Research One of … Read More

Managing Employee Burnout and How To Avoid It

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Cynical. Critical. Crabby. All are tell-tale signs of employee burnout and all are more common than you might think. According to Mayo Clinic, “job burnout is defined as a special type of work-related stress — a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.” The experts at Mayo add … Read More

3 Ways To Streamline Your Employee Benefits Education

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Open enrollment is likely happening now, or it’s right around the corner. Employers, as you help your employees through open enrollment, be sure to provide them with the information they need to make the best decision for themselves and their families. Here are a few ideas for you to help streamline communication to your employee about their benefits package. The … Read More

The Healing Power of Nature – Get Outside Challenge

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As we focus on lifestyle habits that promote health and wellness, research suggests that getting outdoors is an important part of reaching our goals. With the modern conveniences available today, it’s not uncommon for the average person to spend little time outdoors. So, what health benefits are we missing out on by not spending enough time in nature? Nature mixed … Read More

Make The Most Of The Next Open Enrollment Period

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If you are an employee of a school district or municipality in Arizona, the window for open enrollment is fast approaching for you to choose your benefits package for the next plan year. Many public sector employers operate on a fiscal year, running from July 1 through June 30. However, the open enrollment period is typically held in the spring … Read More

Ken Hicks joins the Valley Schools Board

Ken Hicks joins Valley Schools Board of Directors

Ken Hicks is the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services for the Dysart Unified School District. Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Peoria Unified School District (PUSD). Ken Hicks is a past President for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials (AASBO) where he also served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Ken is a member … Read More

Can Hobbies Improve Our Mental Health?

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There is no doubt that the pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health. In the last year, many individuals have understandably felt more anxious, lonely, and depressed than ever before. Organizations such as the CDC and the WHO have even issued guidance on how people can look after their mental health during this difficult time. While much of … Read More

Where To Start When Revisiting Your Employee Benefit Plans and Practices

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Revisiting your employee benefit plans and practices should be a continual effort, not a once every 5-year endeavor. Employers who regularly review and optimize their employee benefit plans and practices throughout the year reap the rewards of increased employee appreciation, improved employee retention, greater productivity, and ultimately, a happier workforce. While staying abreast and ahead of industry and compliance changes … Read More