Mental Health and the Workplace

MHM2015 B4Stage4 Twitter Profile PicMay is Mental Health Month. Sponsored by Mental Health America (MHA), the theme for this year’s observance is “B4Stage4.” According to MHA, mental-health concerns are no different from any other physical health concerns. They should be thought about and treated the same way – long before they reach Stage 4. Shining the spotlight on mental health makes sense, particularly in light of the fact that – in any given year – some 26 percent of American adults have a diagnosable mental illness.

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ACA: Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) Reporting Requirements

All Western Region Brokers:  ACA: Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) Reporting Requirements for Insurers and Health Plans (ACA Section 6055)

Under Section 6055 of the ACA, entities that provide minimum essential coverage, including health plans, insurance carriers and self-insured groups, must

  • Report data to the IRS about the coverage for each enrolled individual, including spouses and children using Form 1095-B.
  • Issue annual statements to “responsible individuals” (this is usually the subscriber) about their coverage that can be used as documentation for tax purposes.

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Work-Life Balance is Good Business

relax good businessCompanies and company owners who are committed to helping their employees achieve work-life balance may be driven by altruism or they may just be shrewd. That’s because facilitating work-life balance is simply good business. In fact, studies have found some key benefits for both employer and employee, including reduced stress levels.

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Improving Work Relationships with Better Communication

Co-workers talkingGood working relationships are important. They can help employees meet work goals and make work more enjoyable. One way to strengthen work relationships is by improving communication skills.

From walking in your co-worker’s shoes and recognizing the interests of others, to active listening, the following tips can help employees learn how to be better communicators.

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Shaping Up for the New Year!

Start your year getting in shape!Now that the holiday cookies and other good cheer has found you feeling a little less cheery as you step on your scale, maybe it’s time to think about a fresh start to the new year with your approach to living a healthier lifestyle. Even though this time of year leaves less time for exercising, in order to avoid welcoming 2015 with a Santa-like physique, make a commitment today start anew with these tips.

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The Five Pillars of Happiness

ContentmentIn a little over a year, Pharrell Williams’ music video “Happy” catapulted to over 503 million views (and counting) on YouTube. The video’s upbeat tune and joyous dancers may leave us wondering, “How do I get that happy?”

The good news is that most of what determines happiness is due to personality and thoughts and behaviors within our control. In other words, we can learn to be happier.[1] And we can do so by focusing on the five pillars of happiness: spending time with loved ones, appreciating what we have, staying optimistic, finding our sense of purpose, and living in the moment.

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