Make The Most Of The Next Open Enrollment Period

Open Enrollment Period 2021 - Employee Benefits - Valley Schools, Arizona

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

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

Turns Out, Grandma Was Right – Eat Your Veggies!

Turns Out, Grandma Was Right – Eat Your Veggies!

Among the food controversies that surround us, the vast majority of health authorities and experts can agree on one thing – vegetables have an important place in our diet. If media is the primary supplier of the health information you consume, then you’re aware of the confusing claims made both for and against most foods. We’ve seen sugar, fat, meat, … Read More

Supporting Your Employees in a Post-pandemic Workplace

Ideas to Help Support Employees in the Public Sector

It’s hard to believe the pandemic started a year ago – and what a long year it has been. Thanks to the phased rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to essential workers, EMS, and now, K-12 school staff, as well as law enforcement and protective services, it’s finally beginning to feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel. … Read More

Get Moving: Tips To Get In More Movement Throughout Your Day

Get Moving - Ideas to incorporate more physical activity into your day

Human life has evolved in a way that makes it very easy to avoid movement. We sit in cars on the way to work. At work, we sit at our desks for much of the day. Then we come home and sit down to relax. That’s not what our bodies are built for. We may move less but movement is … Read More

Boost Employee Retention With Your Benefits Plan

Employee Retention -Employee Benefits for Educators and Government Workers - Valley Schools

Employee retention, as well as job satisfaction, have always been important priorities for forward-thinking businesses. Benefits, vacation time, and ongoing employee development are a good start. However, in today’s business climate, you must go the extra mile to retain employees for the long-term. This is especially relevant to civic workers and teachers who are always in high demand in Arizona. … Read More

COVID-19 Relief Legislation and Employee Benefits 2021

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In the last days of 2020, Congress passed yet another COVID-19 Relief Bill. Moving forward into 2021 there will be an impact on employee benefits that you need to be aware of. Significant restrictions on so-called “surprise” medical bills, changes to Health Flexible Spending accounts (HFSAs), and Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) are among the key changes that will impact … Read More

Recognize and Overcome ‘All or Nothing’ Thinking

Recognize and Overcome All or Nothing Thinking - Wellstyles - Valley Schools

You’ve set a goal for the new year to meditate every night before you go to bed. You do this every night for the first three weeks until you unexpectedly fall asleep watching a movie on Saturday night. The next day you wake up disappointed and think to yourself, “I didn’t keep my New Year’s goal, I fail at everything.” … Read More

Why Working With a Employee Benefits Consultant is a Must

Employee Benefits Consulting in Arizona - Valley Schools

With a wide array of health plans, benefit options, and employee needs, it almost goes without saying that working with an employee benefits expert is a must. In an era where remote working and risk mitigation is crucial to your operations, Valley Schools has several key reasons why you should work with a trusted employee benefits consultant. Resolving Compliance Issues … Read More