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Recent Webinars

Beyond Action Planning: The Manager’s Role in the Engagement Equation

Date: March 20, 2013

Time: 2:30 p.m. ET

As organizations move toward leaner, flatter and more matrix-based structures, the pace of change, innovation and the volume of communications are all growing. As a result, managers are caught between a rock and a hard place: more fluid, ambiguous and fast-paced work environments and, as player-coaches, less time to spend on their long list of competing priorities. So what do most organizations do? Many add “engagement action planning” to managers’ to-do lists, placing the burden of employee engagement solely on the managers’ shoulders. And the results? At best, patchy. Worst, disengagement occurs.

That’s because managers cannot make employees engaged; they can only facilitate their team members’ engagement journeys. And even the best-intentioned managers will shelve extra work such as action planning while they tackle their day jobs.

In this webinar, Christopher Rice and Mary Ann Masarech, two authors of The Engagement Equation: Leadership Strategies for an Inspired Workforce, will explore the challenges of equipping managers with the expectations, skills and tools to create a workforce that is enthused and in gear -- achieving more great days at work and more great results for the organization.

The authors will share a model for the role that managers need to play, examples of organizations that successfully built the commitment and competence of managers in creating more engaged teams, and pitfalls to avoid.

Please join us for what is sure to be an engaging and informative event.

Preparing for Healthcare Exchanges

Date: February 13, 2013

Time: 2:30 p.m. ET

There is a lot of buzz in the market about healthcare exchanges. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has resulted in the creation of state and federal public exchanges, while private exchanges are also being created. These private exchanges let employees purchase health plans -- using a defined amount of money provided by their employers, themselves or a combination -- that best meet their needs and those of their dependents. They represent a new trend commonly referred to as “defined contribution healthcare.” HR understandably has a lot of questions about what these exchanges may mean for their organizations.

Tracy Watts, a partner in Mercer’s Washington office and a nationally recognized expert on healthcare reform, will provide the answers to the most pressing questions HR executives have about these public and private exchanges from the potential plan member perspective and the employer perspective. By attending this webinar, HR leaders will gain insights into how private and public exchanges will play a role in health benefit delivery in the future and how employers may want to take advantage of these new options in 2014 and beyond.

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