OSHA Delays Electronic Reporting to Dec. 15, 2017

OVERVIEW

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) electronic reporting rule requires certain establishments to report information electronically from their OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301. Under the rule, the first electronic reports were due on July 1, 2017.

However, on Nov. 24, 2017, OSHA issued a new final rule officially delaying the first electronic reporting deadline to Dec. 15, 2017. Affected establishments will need to submit their reports through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) website by that time or face possible OSHA penalties.

ACTION STEPS

  • Affected establishments must create an account on the ITA website and submit information from their 2016 OSHA 300A form by December 15, 2017.
  • Other deadlines under the electronic reporting rule remain unaltered. Therefore, affected establishments should begin their preparations to submit information from all 2017 OSHA forms by July 1, 2018.

OSHA’s electronic reporting rule affects establishments that:

  • Are already required to create and maintain OSHA injury and illness records and have 250 or more employees;
  • Have between 20 and 249 employees and belong to a high-risk industry; and
  • Receive a specific request from OSHA to create, maintain and submit electronic records, even if they would otherwise be exempt from OSHA recordkeeping requirements.

The electronic reporting rule applies to establishments, not employers. An employer may have several worksites or establishments. In these situations, some establishments may be affected while others are not.

To determine whether an establishment is affected, employers must determine each establishment’s peak employment during the calendar year. During this determination, employers must count every individual that worked at that establishment, regardless of whether he or she worked full-time, part-time, or was a temporary or seasonal worker.

Finally, a firm with more than one establishment may submit establishment-specific data for multiple establishments.

Reporting Requirements


The data an employer must submit and the timeline for submitting this information to OSHA depends on the establishment size.

Establishments with 250 or more employees will be required to submit information from their OSHA Forms 300A, 300 and 301. However, in 2017, these establishments will only be required to submit data from their 300A Form. Establishments in high-risk industries with between 20 and 249 employees will be required to submit information only from their OSHA Form 300A.

For the first reporting year, the deadline has been delayed to Dec. 15, 2017. However, the final rule that delayed the first deadline did not alter subsequent deadlines, so reporting deadlines for 2018, 2019 and beyond remain as shown in the table above.

Submitting the Report

The ITA is a secure website that OSHA created specifically for the data required by the electronic reporting rule. The ITA allows employers three options to submit their reports:

  1. Manual entry;
  2. Comma-separated value (CSV) file upload; and
  3. Application programming interface (API) transmission.

The ITA offers affected establishment instructions and sample files and templates to help them complete the submission process.

OSHA-approved State Plans

The final rule required OSHA-approved State Plans to adopt the electronic rule or “substantially identical” requirements within six months of the final rule’s publication date. The final rule was published on May 12, 2016. This means that OSHA-approved State Plans have the authority to adopt reporting requirements that go above and beyond what is required by the federal rule. For this reason, establishments located in OSHA-approved State Plan jurisdictions should consult with their local OSHA offices to make sure they are satisfying all electronic reporting requirements.

However, the following OSHA-approved State Plans have not yet adopted the requirement to submit injury and illness reports electronically:

Similarly, state and local government establishments in IL, ME, NJ and NY are not currently required to submit their data through the reporting website.

More Information

Contact Hierl Insurance Inc. or visit the OSHA tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses webpage for more information regarding electronic reporting.

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CenterStage...Assure Elite: Could You Better Control Your Healthcare Renewal Costs?

Assure Elite is a partnership between Hierl Insurance, Network Health, and Agnesian Healthcare. It was specifically designed for employers in Fond du Lac, Dodge, and Green Lake counties. Assure Elite is a level-funded product, which means you benefit from the predictable, fixed monthly costs of a fully insured plan, but only pay for the health care your employees actually receive. Rates are underwritten so your premiums are based only on your employee’s (and their dependents) health status rather than being pooled with other employer groups that may not be as healthy. No more paying more due to the unhealthy conditions of others, which drives up the cost.

The Assure Elite plan allows employers to pay a flat rate each month to cover employees. If actual medical expenses are less than what the employer paid in a year, they'll get 50 percent of the difference back. If costs are higher, they won't be required to pay more. Level-funded plans can save eligible groups up to 30 percent versus a fully insured ACA plan. This type of plan design lacks the volatility often associated with self-insured plans that can cripple small businesses. Additionally, level funding is another way small businesses can get around ACA requirements such as state mandated benefits and premium taxes.

So, for small groups, the question is why not explore a level-funded plan?  With savings up to 30 percent, there is very little reason not to consider a quote!

"Every group with 2+ employees should be looking at these plan offerings! We’ve seen premiums reduce significantly with these plans. Companies can’t continue to take the financial burden of year-over-year increases on their medical premiums. We found a way, through Assure Elite, to solve the problem plaguing business owners. Assure Elite offers the same, if not better, coverage options with deep discounts that lower premiums. It’s a win-win."

 - Tonya Bahr, Employee Benefits Advisor at Hierl.

 

UNIQUELY DESIGNED PLANS

Q: While uniquely designed for 2-100 employees, tell me how larger organizations can also benefit from this plan?

A: As groups increase in size, we have more flexibility in how we finance health plans as well as with plan design. The provider discounts available through Assure Elite are also available for groups with 100+ employees.

Q: What are some of the main advantages of gaining access to Agnesian's Know & Go program?

A: For companies that already have a wellness program in place, this is a great added value. There is no additional charge for the Know & Go program. It includes a health risk assessment questionnaire, biometric screenings, one-on-one wellness coaching, and an employee portal with educational materials, food and exercise trackers, online workshops, and more.

Agnesian’s Know & Go program, which provides education and other services aimed at promoting healthy living, serves as a wellness benefit for Assure Elite plans.

“Agnesian HealthCare is excited to partner with Network Health and Hierl Insurance to offer an employer-sponsored health plan that provides cost certainty and improves the well-being of the citizens in the communities we serve,” said Steve Little, Agnesian HealthCare president, and CEO.

AFFORDABLE AND COST EFFECTIVE 

Q: How does this program provide the security of a fully insured plan with the advantages of a self-funded plan?

A: An employer experiences the convenience of predictable, fixed monthly costs just like a fully insured plan, but only pay for the care their employees/dependents receive through claim costs. The result - the elimination of cash flow concerns some businesses have regarding self-funding. If claims are less than the amount funded at the end of the policy year, employers get 50% of the funding surplus back. If claims are over the funded amount, the company is protected by stop loss coverage. Unlike traditional self-funding, an employer will never pay more than the maximum claim cost, which is the premium due each month.

Q: How does Assure Elite help control renewal costs?

A: Assure Elite offers deep discounts at Agnesian Healthcare and within Network Health’s footprint in Fond du Lac, Dodge, and Green Lake counties. These discounts are only available through this product offering and there’s potential for some groups to receive a 2-year rate guarantee.

IMMEDIATE ACCESS

You don’t have to wait until your next renewal to get a quote. There’s no reason to not look at the options and rates available now so you can reap the financial rewards sooner.

Q: How long does it take to get a quote?

A: The turnaround time for an initial/base quote is quick. To secure final rates, members need to go through the underwriting process, which can be done through paper applications or online.

For more information about level funding or the Assure Elite plans, please contact us at 920-921-5921 or hierlquotes@hierl.com.

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Certified Risk Managers Honored Scott Smeaton For Ten-Year Dedication to Education

Scott Smeaton, CRM of Hierl Insurance, Inc., Fond du Lac Wisconsin was recently honored by Certified Risk Managers (CRM) for leadership and professionalism in the field of risk management.

Mr. Scott Smeaton was awarded a certificate of achievement recognizing ten consecutive years as active affiliation with Certified Risk Managers. The CRM designation requires an annual continuing education update ensuring that his education is always up-to-date and relevant.

“Scott Smeaton’s ten-year accomplishment signifies an active commitment to advanced knowledge and professional development,” stated William T. Hold, Ph.D., CIC, CPCU, CLU, President of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, and co-founder of Certified Risk Managers. “Having and applying up-to-date technical knowledge is what distinguishes the most successful risk management practitioners. Customers, associates, and the insurance profession as a whole benefit from such dedication and committed leadership.”

Certified Risk Managers is a member of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. The CRM Program is an independent education and designation program designed expressly for professionals in risk management and related fields.

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Local Innovation in Health Insurance Brings Affordability and Unique Plan Design

Innovative insurance plan exclusive to Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Dodge counties incorporates competitive rates and unique plan design.

MENASHA, WI (June 14, 2017) – A recent partnership between Network Health, Hierl Insurance and Agnesian HealthCare is bringing a new health insurance option to employer groups in Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Dodge counties. This new insurance plan, Assure Elite, allows businesses with two to 100 enrolled employees to offer quality health insurance coverage to their employees at a competitive, business-friendly rate.

Assure Elite is a hybrid level-funded health insurance plan. Level-funding is a cost-effective health plan funding solution that allows companies to benefit from the predictable, fixed monthly rates of a fully insured plan, while only paying for health care that employees receive. Assure Elite eliminates some of the cost concerns usually associated with self-funded plans, making them available to smaller, local businesses. The new plan offers an opportunity for an extended two-year (24 month) rate.

“Network Health is based right here in Wisconsin -  we’re local and we’ve been the go-to community health plan for 35 years,” said Coreen Dicus-Johnson, Network Health president and CEO. “This partnership with Hierl Insurance and Agnesian HealthCare provides affordable, high quality, local coverage to our communities, and it’s perfectly aligned with our mission to enhance the life, health and wellness of the communities we serve."

Headquartered in the Fox Valley, Network Health covers more than 129,000 people throughout Wisconsin on its commercial, Medicare Advantage and individual health insurance plans. Network Health currently insures nearly 14,000 people throughout Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Dodge counties.

Employers in Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Dodge counties with two to 100 enrolled employees may contact Hierl Insurance to purchase Assure Elite plans from Network Health. Coverage under Assure Elite plans can begin as soon as August 1. Please contact Hierl Insurance at 920-921-5921 or hierlquotes@hierl.com for more information or to begin your quote. Network Health and Hierl Insurance also have plan options available for larger employer groups.

“Hierl Insurance has been offering high value employee benefit solutions to the greater Fond du Lac area for close to 100 years,” said Mike Hierl, president of Hierl Insurance. “We’ve been around for 100 years because we believe in taking proactive measures to stay ahead of market trends, and offer our clients dynamic, cost effective solutions to the challenges presented by the ever changing health care and benefit environment. Assure Elite is another step forward in that direction – a partnership with Agnesian HealthCare and Network Health that allows us to provide employers with a solution for quality, cost-effective care close to home. We’re excited to be able to bring this new product to market.”

Agnesian’s Know & Go program will serve as the wellness benefit for Assure Elite plans. The program provides tools, education and incentives to help plan participants live healthier.

“Agnesian HealthCare is excited to partner with Network Health and Hierl Insurance to offer an employer-sponsored health plan that provides cost certainty and improves the well-being of the citizens in the communities we serve,” according to Steve Little, Agnesian HealthCare president and chief executive officer.

“Network Health is always looking for innovative ways to serve our community and provide exceptional service to our members,” said Network Health’s Coreen Dicus-Johnson. “Health insurance affordability is a nationwide problem. Assure Elite is the local solution.”

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About Network Health
About Network Health Founded in 1982, Network Health offers customized commercial and Medicare health insurance services to employers, individuals and families in more than 23 counties throughout Wisconsin. Through its strong reputation for quality health care coverage and superior customer service, Network Health has grown to serve more than 129,000 members and 32,000 wellness participants. Learn more at networkhealth.com. Visit our blog at copilotwi.com.

About Hierl Insurance Inc.
A third-generation family owned business, Hierl’s goal is for you to “Expect More and Demand Better.” Since 1919, Hierl has earned the trust of Wisconsin employers by using insight and innovative technology to create unique strategies that protect business owners, their employees and their budgets. Hierl’s mission is to provide clients with the wisdom and tools necessary to build a more engaged, productive and loyal workforce. With locations in Fond du Lac and Appleton, Hierl’s expertise in employee benefits, commercial insurance, human resources and wellness creates a great business team. Learn more at hierl.com.

About Agnesian HealthCare
For more than 120 years, Agnesian HealthCare has been a cornerstone within the Fond du Lac region, and it continues its mission to offer high quality services with compassionate care. A total of 10 ministries offer a wide array of quality health and wellness services for individuals and families, including Agnesian Pharmacy/Prescription Centers and Agnesian Health Shoppe, Christian Home & Rehabilitation Center, Consultants Laboratory, Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, Ripon Medical Center, St. Agnes Hospital, St. Francis Home, Villa Loretto & Villa Rosa, and Waupun Memorial Hospital.

With hospitals in Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun, and 18 Fond du Lac Regional Clinic offices, the care of more than 100 primary and specialty care physicians is available. A staff of more than 3,500 associates and physicians are the backbone of Agnesian HealthCare, which is sponsored by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes. To learn more, visit agnesian.com.


Safety Focused January 2017

Sedentary Working Is a Top Health Risk

Sedentary working is a new top health risk that is getting increased attention from health and safety professionals. Sitting for long periods is thought to slow the metabolism, which affects the body's ability to break down body fat and regulate blood sugar and blood pressure. However, more research is needed in order to clear up some confusion over how employers can protect their staff from the perils of sedentary working.

Although studies have linked excessive sitting with obesity, Type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer and early death, most of the evidence is based on observational studies, which have failed to show a direct connection between sitting and ill health. Furthermore, more reliable research is needed regarding workplace interventions, such as sit-to-stand desks.

While there is not yet a clear answer as to what employers should do to address sedentary employees, there are things that employees can do on their own in order to stay healthy, including the following best practices:

  •  Stand up for at least two hours per day.
  •  Set a reminder to stand up every 30 minutes.
  •  Stand instead of sit whenever it is practical, such as during meetings or while on the phone.
  •  Walk over to colleagues’ desks for conversations instead of emailing or phoning them.
  •  Use the stairs instead of the elevator as often as possible.

The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep

A poor night’s sleep may not only affect your productivity at work—it can also have adverse health effects.

Although the average recommended amount of sleep is between seven and nine hours per night, the average employee gets six hours and 28 minutes of sleep, according to a recent study of 1,060 participants. Two of the top reported side effects of sleep loss were a lack of attention and taking longer to complete tasks. Both suggest that sleep loss may negatively affect productivity.

The effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling irritable and not working at your best, are well known, but they also include profound physical health consequences. Regular poor sleep is linked to an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and a shortened life expectancy.

Getting enough sleep is especially important during the cold winter months, when a lack of sunlight can make people feel more fatigued and sluggish.

With that in mind, the following tips can help ensure a good night’s sleep:

  •  Establish a regular bedtime routine. Doing so will help program your body to sleep better. Go to bed at the same time every night, and create a habit of winding down beforehand by doing activities such as reading a book or taking a bath.
  •  Create a restful sleeping environment. TVs and other electronic gadgets can interfere with your ability to wind down.
  •  Don’t overindulge before bedtime. Too much food or alcohol before bedtime can interfere with sleep patterns. While alcohol may help you fall asleep, it can interrupt your sleep later in the night

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Whitepapers: Making Wellness Programs Work, from United Benefit Advisors

Great article from our partner, United Benefit Advisors (UBA) by Bill Olson

UBA Announces New Resources for Employers Covering the Latest Trends and Legal Requirements for Wellness Programs

Two-thirds of employers believe that good benefits increase employee productivity, according to the 2016 United Benefit Advisors Benefits Opinion Survey of employers. Given the ever increasing cost of health care, UBA finds that one of the best long-term cost-containment strategies available to employers today is an effective wellness program that strives to keep low-risk individuals from becoming high-risk, and helps high-risk individuals reduce their need for medical services.

UBA finds that wellness programs have evolved substantially since they first appeared on the market, and today announces a new Whitepaper: Wellness Programs — Good for You & Good for Your Organization, to educate employers about the latest trends in wellness program success.

“Wellness programs were initially tacked on to an employee’s benefits and consisted of just the basics — physical activity, nutrition, and smoking cessation,” says Travis Horne, MBA, and Director of Health & Well-Being at Massachusetts-based UBA Partner Firm, Borislow Insurance.

“But there’s been a shift: the new thought is that it’s more important to target the solution for a client, rather than just putting something fun in place,” says Horne. “Employers are taking the holistic view of the employee so that there is meaningful change. Basically, there are five different elements — physical, financial, workplace, community, and mind/spirit. Some employers may only focus on three, but the majority focus on all five elements in order to create a culture of health & wellbeing, change unhealthy behaviors and develop a sustainable wellness program.”

According to UBA, some of the latest wellness program trends, include:

  • Comprehensive health evaluations and physician verification forms to identify (and provide early interventions to) chronic conditions before they become catastrophic
  • On-site health clinics
  • Wellness committees made up of both healthy and unhealthy employees

In UBA’s new Whitepaper: Wellness Programs — Good for You & Good for Your Organization, readers will learn which aspects of wellness programs are finding the most success and the most critical five steps to making any wellness program work.

Download UBA’s Whitepaper: Wellness Programs — Good for You & Good for Your Organization, athttp://bit.ly/wellness-whitepaper.

Compliance Advisor: Understanding Wellness Programs and their Legal Requirements

One of the main reasons employers are slow to adopt wellness programs is a lack of time and resources, startup costs, and not knowing the legal requirements, finds UBA.

The new Affordable Care Act (ACA) Compliance Advisor paper from UBA, “Understanding Wellness Programs and Their Legal Requirements,” reviews the five most critical questions that wellness program sponsors should ask and work through to determine the obligations of their wellness program under the ACA, HIPAA, ADA, GINA, and ERISA, as well as considerations for wellness programs that involve tobacco use in any way. With over 20 pages of comprehensive guidance, examples and frequently asked questions, this is an invaluable employer resource.

Download the UBA Compliance Advisor, Understanding Wellness Programs and their Legal Requirements at http://bit.ly/wellness-requirements (free registration required).

“Employers are starting to recognize that promoting healthy behavior internally is also a way to educate and change behavior at home and in families,” says Les McPhearson, CEO of UBA. “When it comes to reducing health care premium costs, wellness is one area that employers cannot afford to ignore.”

See the original article Here.

Source:

Olson, B. (2016 September 8). Whitepapers: making wellness programs work, from united benefit advisors. [Web blog post]. Retrieved from address http://blog.ubabenefits.com/news/whitepapers-making-wellness-programs-work-from-united-benefit-advisors


Cathleen Christensen, VP of Property and Casualty, Honored as Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club President

Join with us in congratulating Cathleen Christensen, VP of Property and Casualty, as the 2016-17 President for the Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club. Along with installing new officers, the Rotary Club was also awarded a Presidential Citations for the clubs's achievements. See the full news release below.

Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club Installs 2016-17 Leaders, Receives International Presidential Citation

Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club installed the following Rotarians to lead the club during the 2016-2017 Rotary year:  President, Cathleen Christensen; President-elect, Brendan Stormo; Club Secretary, Erin Lund; Club Treasurer, Don Millage; Sergeant-at-Arms, Scott Richter; Club Directors:  Donna Braatz; Ben Dreifuerst; Valerie Graczyk; Ted Miller; Dan Nielsen; Elaine Riedel;  Barb Senn; and Alyson Zierdt.  Mary Jo Keating continues on the Board as Immediate Past President.

At the installation, outgoing President Mary Jo Keating announced that Morning Rotary has received a Presidential Citation from KR Ravindran, 2015-16 Rotary International President.  The award recognized the club’s 2015/16 achievement of goals including membership gains, humanitarian service projects, public image expansion and others.  Out of fifty-four clubs in Rotary District 6270, only three received this recognition.

Morning Rotary’s 2015-16 humanitarian service projects included “Picnic & Pages with Pier” and “Lighting for Literacy”.  “Picnic & Pages” is a twice-weekly summer reading and book distribution program at Maplewood Commons, initiated by Pier teachers to slow the “summer slide” reading loss.  Morning Rotary provided funds for the books and volunteer readers.  Morning Rotary partnered with Boys & Girls Club members and Mid-States Aluminum Corp. on Lighting for Literacy, building solar lighting units to illuminate homes and schools in developing nations after dark so children can learn and study in the evening.

Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club has contributed over $700,000 to worthy local and international programs and projects, with special emphasis on projects to benefit youth and advance literacy in our community.  For more information: www.fdlmorningrotary.com, or like “Fond du Lac Morning Rotary” on Facebook.

Photo IdentificationL-R, front row: Treasurer Don Millage; Immediate Past President Mary Jo Keating; Sergeant-at-Arms Scott Richter; President Cathleen Christensen; Secretary Erin Lund; President-elect Brendan Stormo; Director-at-Large Barbara Senn.

L-R, back row:  Directors Ben Dreifuerst; Donna Braatz; Alyson Zierdt; Valerie Graczyk; Elaine Riedel; and Dan Nielsen.

Not pictured:  Director Ted Miller.


Hierl Insurance Launches New Brand: Strength. Heart. Results.

Fond du Lac, Wisc – Hierl Insurance is excited to announce the launch of its new brand and website beginning July 11 featuring a new logo, tag line and website revamp.

With the new brand, Hierl hopes to better define who they are at the core of the company through a clear, defined and consistent message.

“As we’ve grown throughout the years, we have discovered that what really matters to us is people-- those we work with, work for and the communities we serve. We believe this new brand better reflects our focus on helping both our employees and customers become successful. The new tag line, ‘Strength. Heart. Results.’ describes the essence of who Hierl is in one phrase”, said Mike Hierl, President.

STRENGTH represents Hierl’s dedication to their clients. Hierl is straightforward and transparent with their current and future clients to provide recommendations that are backed by expertise in all areas of service.

HEART is the passion Hierl has for people.  Hierl understands that what they do impacts more than the spreadsheet or the bottom line. It has a real impact, for real people and real families. It is the “extra mile” that is expected and delivered.

RESULTS   is what Hierl delivers. They hold themselves accountable for their promises and measure what they deliver to show its impact over time. This is reflected in their effort to develop meaningful relationships personally, professionally and financially. This is their ROR - Return on Relationship.

The new website redesign will feature a more user-friendly navigation, personalized tools and resources, and a modern design that emphasizes the Hierl brand.

For more information on Hierl’s new brand and website redesign, please visit www.hierl.com or contact Cathleen Christensen at 920.904.6556 or cchristensen@hierl.com.

About Hierl Insurance Inc.

A third generation family owned business, Hierl Insurance delivers results with the strength of industry expertise while developing strong meaningful relationships. Since 1919, Hierl Insurance Inc. has earned the trust of Wisconsin employers by using insight and innovative technology to create unique strategies that protect business owners, their employees and their budgets. Hierl’s mission is to provide clients with the wisdom and tools necessary to build a more engaged, productive and loyal workforce.  With locations in Fond du Lac and Appleton, Hierl’s expertise in employee benefits, commercial insurance, human resources and wellness delivers a great business team.

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Technology: Top Talent Prefers Being Recruited Via Their Mobile Device

Original post ubabenefits.com

If you haven’t noticed, newspapers are shrinking in size. Fewer people, especially the younger demographic of 18- to 40-year-olds, read them and this especially applies to when they’re searching for jobs. Employers who continue to use only the older methods of recruitment -- classified ads and job boards -- may not attract the most coveted applicants due to them not seeing the posting, or worse, feeling that the company looking to fill the position is old-fashioned and not technologically up to date.

According to an article on the website of Society For Human Resource Management titled, “The Most Sought-After Talent Prefer Mobile Recruitment,” almost 70% of applicants labeled as “high-potentials” were attracted more to companies with mobile recruiting options versus just over 50% of other applicants. Another comparison of high-potentials shows that about 75% use mobile devices when searching for jobs while only 40% of other potential employees do.

Because most people tend to do everything on their tablets or smartphones, it makes sense that searching for a job would just be another addition to that list. The article bears that out, noting that convenience is one of the primary reasons that high-potentials do this. Besides convenience, another benefit noted is that information can be obtained quickly via mobile device and high-potentials can respond faster to job postings.

The article states that everyone, at some point, will use a mobile device when job hunting, but those who are high-potentials take it to the next level. Everything from researching companies, receiving job alerts, filling out job applications, and even taking assessments was more likely to be done by a high-potential candidate on a mobile device. Furthermore, high-potentials were nearly two times as likely to prefer text messages and communication through social media (e.g., LinkedIn).

So, what’s the message to employers? If you want to attract top talent, then you must utilize mobile recruiting. Employers can build such a program by integrating all their job search functions, such as listings, applications, assessment tests, etc. on a mobile platform. They also need to make it simple and streamlined. As the article states, you don’t want a candidate who’s a high-potential to skip through your job recruiting process due to frustration.


Executive Vice President, Hierl Insurance, Inc., Honored By National Society of CIC for 15-Year Commitment

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, March 10, 2016 –Scott Smeaton, CRM, CIC, Executive Vice President of Hierl Insurance, Inc. of Fond du Lac, was recently recognized for professional leadership and advanced knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC), a leading national insurance professional organization.

Mr. Scott Smeaton was awarded a certificate marking more than fifteen years of participation as a designated CIC, which requires annual completion of advanced education and training.

Smeaton’s dedication and leadership brings added value to his clients, associates and the industry as a whole. His ongoing allegiance and support of the CIC Program is a testament to the value he places on “real world” education and customer satisfaction.

The Society of CIC is a not-for-profit organization of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, which is respected throughout the insurance industry for the high standards maintained in the hundreds of institutes conducted annually in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Other programs of The National Alliance include Certified Risk Managers (CRM), Certified Personal Risk Managers (CPRM), James K. Ruble Seminars, the Society of Certified Insurance Service Representatives (CISR), Certified School Risk Managers (CSRM), and the National Alliance Research Academy.

Download the Press Release here.

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