CareerBoard Partnership to Provide Exclusive Benefits for COSE Members

The Council of Smaller Enterprises and CareerBoard are partnering to provide exclusive access to an online recruiting site that will provide quality applicants to COSE members through job posting and distribution products that maximize value and reach.

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    The new site—which can be accessed at www.cose.careerboard.com—features intelligent technology that will do far more than wait for a quality candidate to search and find a job. Available jobs will be actively marketed to more than 400,000 potential candidates.

    “We know that talent drives organizations,” says CareerBoard President Richard Padgett. “This is a unique opportunity in that COSE is well known as an organization intensely focused on the needs of small business owners and there are job candidates who are specifically looking for that type of employer. This is an outlet for those business owners who don’t have a department dedicated to attracting talent to reach those people.

    The site is based on tried and tested CareerBoard software that delivers more than 1 million applications every month and has been specifically enhanced for COSE to provide features expected on a leading job site. The addition of proactive features such as smart alerts and behavioral intelligence tools, CareerBoard ensures qualified job seekers across the country and local employers find each other. And, with 40% of all U.S. job searches taking place on mobile devices, the enhanced COSE mobile site fully supports the needs of today’s job applicants.

    COSE and CareerBoard are also pleased to offer a special, discounted rate for COSE members. COSE’s small business members are able to place a 28-day ad for just $175 or a one-week ad for only $50.

    “There are no excuses for not being able to hire that next person who will be able to help you grow your business,” says COSE Executive Director Steve Millard. “We’re making it very easy for you to put together the right staff.”

    CareerBoard has been an online job board recruiting local talent for employers and a consistent source of local employment opportunities in Northeast Ohio since 1997. This partnership provides a cost-effective local online recruiting solution that is capable of delivering quality candidates in every job category. For more information about CareerBoard, visit www.careerboard.com.

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    Did you know 80% of a company’s health insurance claims come from only 20% of its employees? Ensure a healthier workforce at your business by following these steps to creating a perfect wellness program.

    With an aging population, chronic disease on the rise and insurance premiums increasing, most employers know by now the benefits of a wellness program. But many are often still faced with the challenges of starting one or effectively engaging staff in a plan that works. During a recent COSE WebEd Series webinar titled “Anatomy of a Perfect Wellness Program,” hChoices President Steve Pelton explained what features need to be included in a company wellness program.

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    According to Pelton, 80% of a company’s claims come from only 20% of its employees. So, connecting with the group of people at greatest risk of suffering from health-related issues (and therefore filing health-related claims) is in everyone’s best interests, but doing so can be sometimes difficult.

    Pelton identified the following obstacles companies are facing when it comes to successful wellness programs:

    • motivating the well, not the sick by only offering the bare minimum, such as biometric wellness screenings once a year;
    • inadequate access to health monitoring with secure tracking;
    • insufficient educational opportunities;
    • difficulty building awareness and engagement; and
    • limited time and resources

    Change the conversation

    Companies need to overcome these obstacles by changing the conversation and the tactics used around wellness. Instead of talking with employees about needing to change what claims are filed, managers need to be talking with their staff about why their health is important. It must be an employee-centric approach to discussing wellness.

    An effective, successful wellness program will always be:

    • Inclusive: It can’t only be available to people on the company’s healthcare plan or only for the employees themselves. A good program will be available to everyone in the company, as well as their dependents.
    • Multidimensional: It must include not only the aspects of wellness related to physical health, but should also have financial wellness components.
    • Targeted: Cookie cutter programs don’t address the specific needs of the participants or the employer. Meet participants where they are; some people might already be on the track to good health, while others need more motivation and resources.
    • Personalized: Included in the program should be things that have been needed or wanted in the past by both the employees and employer. Technological algorithms can help deliver a personalized plan that will work best for individual companies.
    • Responsive: Ensure wellness program information is user-friendly and can be accessed across all forms of technology. This will increase participation and is another way to reach out to dependents.
    • Fun: Companies should use challenges, incentives and other engaging tactics to create a buzz about their program.
    • Available 24/7: If people can access it whenever it’s convenient for them, they’re more likely to do it.
    • Visible: The data needs to be made available so that both employees and employers know their effort is paying off. Share results and help spread the effectiveness (and therefore increase participation) of the program.

    Secure third-party help

    Pelton strongly recommends instituting the assistance of a third party to accomplish all of these steps. A HIPPA-compliant outside broker can hold the data on employee health and assist in the company’s wellness goals using technology, employee education and social engagement. He also suggests that companies secure testimonials from people participating in their wellness programs to promote effectiveness and drive participation.

    COSE has partnered up with hchoices to offer a turnkey wellness program called Y’s Choice, which includes such aspects as:

    • health assessments;
    • wellness challenges;
    • reporting and incentive tracking;
    • coaching and dietary consulting;
    • wellness portal and custom learning system; and
    • discounted memberships to YMCA.

    Pelton also explained the Workplace Wellness Grant Program through the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, which provides $15,000 to employers wanting to institute a wellness program.

    Like what you see here? We’ve got webinar coverage on a variety of other topics, too! View previous COSE WebEd Series webinars by clicking here.

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