North Bay Business Journal – June 2017

Culture is key to retaining, recruiting employees
by Andrew McNeil

If you were asked what the single most-important factor is in attracting and retaining top performers to your company, what would your answer be? Wages? Benefits? Time off?

What about your company culture? Is culture really that important to the success of your business?

The short answer is yes.

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North Bay Business Journal – July 2017

Plan now for possible changes in employee health coverage
by Jordan Shields

Pre-existing conditions. While it’s no doubt this term has been a hot topic in recent months — and notably misconstrued — one thing has not changed: Insurers cannot deny coverage to anyone with a pre-existing condition.

Now that House Resolution 1628 has moved to the Senate floor, what can employers and individuals alike expect?

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North Bay Business Journal – August 2017

North Bay employers urged to get heart-saving devices
– Interview with team Arrow about the impact of the AED donations to the community by Cynthia Sweeney

The No. 1 health-crisis death in the workplace is by heart attack. But having an automated external defibrillator (AED) on hand can improve the chances for survival of a heart attack victim by about 70 percent.  So why don’t all workplaces have one?

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NorthBayBiz Magazine – October 2017

Balancing Act
– Interview with Arrow Benefits Group Partners & Industry leaders on Balancing life/work by Judith Wilson

Andrew McNeil, principal at Arrow Benefits Group, a full-service employee benefits firm in Petaluma, got a picture of what happy, fulfilled employees look like when he visited Zappos, an online shoe and clothing shop based in Las Vegas in 2016. As he walked around the campus, he noticed that everyone got along well, and he learned that Zappos’ 1,500 employees have to be a good cultural fit. The company is open about its culture, purpose and mission, and people don’t necessarily make a lot of money, but they stay, because they love what they do. “It’s about putting a smile on people’s faces,” he says.

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NorthBayBiz Magazine – January 2018

What Works
– Medical Insurance & Language Barriers by Rosario Avila

Tengo Seguro medico, pero no se como usarlo! Or as we say in English– I have medical insurance, but don’t know how to use it. The employee benefits world can be confusing, and providing information in an unfamiliar language only adds another obstacle, making it difficult to understand and use. With so many types of medical plans and employer arrangements, it’s no wonder Hispanic employees would rather go to a local clinic or emergency room than use the medical benefits given to them by their employers.

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