College Loan & Tuition Insurance: What Employees Need to Know

September 23,2014 at 1:00 pm
Filed under: educational advising

working dads planning for college loans and tuition insurance

I’ve written before about how financial well-being has a substantial impact on employee productivity. Money worries are distracting, and concerns about college financing — a huge worry — can weigh on job performance. As a College Coach finance educator, I work with families at all phases of the process to help them feel confident when the time comes to pay.

Understanding the full financial ramifications of the college process is a key to mitigating stress. One important element that doesn’t come up often enough in the planning process is what happens to a college loan if something happens to a parent or child (see this report of students being forced to repay loans in full when their co-signers passed away). (more…)

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Congratulations to the Working Mother Top 100

September 18,2014 at 11:56 am
Filed under: employer of choice

working mom and toddler

The Working Mother Top 100 Companies list was just released, recognizing employers for their progressive support for employees. We’d like to extend a hearty kudos to all, with an extra shout out to the 84 employers Bright Horizons is proud to call clients. The following is a profile of one of those valued clients. Congratulations!

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Employee Development Insights from the CLO Breakfast Club

September 17,2014 at 12:30 pm
Filed under: tuition assistance

innovation in employee development from CLO breakfast

At the Chief Learning Officer’s recent Breakfast Club event in Boston, I had the opportunity to hear about the challenges facing Learning and Development leaders today. The key lessons of the morning were summed up, for me, in an incredible quote from roundtable participant and Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard: “The only sustainable competitive advantage is your ability to learn faster than your competitors.”

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Benefits & Coaching Employees: A Tool for Behavioral Change

September 16,2014 at 11:30 am
Filed under: employee well-being

HR benefits administrator coaching employee on using work/life supports

Coaching is a recognized hero in management circles. But is management its only use?

I’ve begun looking at the value of coaching employees in a completely different arena – benefits. And it’s not as far-fetched as you might think.

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John Oliver’s Rant on For-Profit Colleges

September 12,2014 at 1:00 pm
Filed under: tuition assistance

a response to John Oliver's for-profit education rant

Recently, comedian and host of “Last Week Tonight” John Oliver went on a rant about higher education, with a specific focus on student debt and for-profit schools. I can’t help but respond to some of his comments.

For-Profit Education: It’s Not All Bad

First, it is important to recognize that the for-profit school industry is relatively new to the American education system. (more…)

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The Importance of Tapping Female Talent

September 11,2014 at 11:00 am

Tammy Erickson, award-winning author on women in the workforce

Solutions at Work values the input of the innovative thinkers of our field. We are pleased to offer the following guest blog from renowned author and expert Tamara J. Erickson. Tammy will be speaking at our September 23rd webinar: Modern Families, Modern Employers: New Research on Making Work Work.

Globally, over the past year, the number of employers who believe talent shortages will negatively impact their business increased by nearly a third. There has been a collective realization that the hunt for talent is on again – and those big populations loom as large and important targets for many. (more…)

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Paving the Way for Learning Parents

September 10,2014 at 11:30 am

working parent going back to college with child

The phrase “back to school” doesn’t only apply to children. More and more adults are hitting the books, too. The difference is that for adult learners, “back to school” may have been years (perhaps even decades) in the making. Tots also don’t have to manage spreadsheets after putting their parents to bed. (more…)

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Saving Employees Money with Early College Planning

September 8,2014 at 11:55 am
Filed under: educational advising

early college planning for employee children saves money

Many working parents wait until their child’s senior year of high school to think about how they’re going to pay for college. Who can blame them? Parents are busy.  Between work and family commitments, it’s easy to let college planning slip through the cracks. Plus, money is a stressful subject, particularly when you find yourself coming up short. When that first semester’s tuition bill arrives, most parents do.

Unfortunately, delaying college planning can cost a family thousands of dollars in financial aid. As former MIT and Babson financial aid officer Robert Weinerman recently explained, “I learned very quickly that the earlier a family thought about paying for their children’s education, the more likely they’d be able to plan without too much financial stress.

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“I Can’t Miss That Meeting!” A Unilever Employee’s Back-Up Care Story

September 4,2014 at 1:00 pm
Filed under: back-up care

working mother and infant using back-up child care

From a distance, work/life supports may seem like theoretical constructs. But up close, they’re part of real stories of real working families managing real jobs every day. Occasionally, we talk to an employee about one of their stories. Here, Rachel Maddox, an employee of Bright Horizons client Unilever, offers her perspective about her experiences with back-up care.

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Elder Care Responsibilities: Three Years Down the Drain

September 2,2014 at 11:30 am
Filed under: back-up care,Elder care

daughter caring for sick elderly mother

Some numbers just hit you over the head.

This is how I felt when I read a Gallup poll the other day called the Cost of Caregiving to the U.S. Economy.

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