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Angela Murphy, Chief Operating Officer at EZShield Identity Protection Angela joined EZShield in June 2010. As Chief Operating Officer, she is responsible for all aspects of business operations, including Customer Support and Client Services as well as Human Resources, Administration and Risk Management. Angela has over 20 years of experience in Operations, Client Management and Human Resources and has held senior level positions in organizations ranging from start-ups, to mature turnaround organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland, and was recently announced as a winner of the 2016 SmartCEO Brava Award honoring Baltimore’s Top Female Executives. She holds both a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland.

Are Your Employees Financially Fit?

financial well-being

Unexpected expenses can be crippling. According to a recent report, only 39 percent of Americans say they would be able to pay for a $1,000 unplanned expense.

Inevitably this financial stress hits the workplace, making the employer collateral damage. According to the world’s largest human resources consulting firm, Mercer, “Improving employees’ financial wellness can lead to healthier employees, reduce absenteeism and lower turnover rates while raising employee satisfaction and improving the employer’s brand.” Continue reading

Attracting the Best and the Brightest in Today’s Job Market

recruiting top talent

Current State of the Workforce

According to key indicators, the economic outlook for 2018 is moderately healthy. Experts forecast steady growth, with total employment expected to increase by 20.5 million jobs over the next two years.

Of course, with growth comes demand. As the economy improves, hiring has seen a steep increase resulting in a candidate driven market. Top candidates are also more likely to be employed and content in their current position. In other words, competition for the best candidates is higher than ever. In fact, 2018 is the first year that the number of jobs available exceeded the level of unemployed. Continue reading

Driving Success at Work Through Career Growth Opportunities

career growth

As we make our way through the first quarter of 2018, it’s fair to assume that most of us are still striving to stick to our New Year’s resolutions. Some of us want to ditch bad habits, while others want to spend more time with family. And for many, resolutions require a renewed focus on career growth.

Driving success at work directly involves you, the employer. How well do you know your workforce? Continue reading

How to Maximize Employee Potential (Without Breaking the Bank)

maximize employee potential

How do employees learn best?

Well, it’s kind of a complex answer…

Employers are increasingly aware of the importance of professional development and employee training. In fact, Training Magazine reports that U.S. companies spend an average of $4.5 billion annually on employee education programs.

However, these initiatives go much deeper than just skill development. Effective programs can increase productivity, improve accountability and enhance employee satisfaction. Ultimately, these benefits even combat turnover and add a real boost to your bottom line.

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Gear Up for a Great Open Enrollment: 5 Tips

Brokers Open Enrollment Guide

‘Tis the season for IRS limit research, presentation prep and collateral creation. After all, it’s open enrollment season for many employee benefits brokers and companies alike. 

This is easily one of the most exciting (and honestly, confusing) times in the industry. With new mandates, rising pressures to cut costs, emerging benefits to consider and a competitive landscape — it can be hard to boil everything down into one streamlined package.

Here’s what benefits professionals need to know:

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Time Off, Pays Off: The Science Backing Vacation Days

reasons why employees don’t use their vacation days

Last week, a poignant reminder of the importance of paid time off (and its lack of use) went viral. 

Madalyn Parker, a Michigan-based web developer, emailed her team to candidly tell them she’d be taking a few mental health days. Her boss was not only understanding of the request, but praised her for putting her wellbeing first and for helping to break through the stigma surrounding mental health days and time off as a whole. 

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