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Healthcare Reform's Impact on Business

Healthcare Reform has passed through the House of Representatives and is well on its way to debate on the Senate floor.  Many Americans are relieved to know they are one step closer to insurance and a more secure healthcare situation.  However, many companies who provide healthcare to their employees are planning to manage the increased cost of the public option.  It has been acknowledged by both Congress and the White House that companies that provide healthcare to their employees will absorb the decreased consumer cost of healthcare reform.  This means companies need to decrease their healthcare costs by keeping their employees healthy. Incenting employees to stay healthy through health and wellness programs is an easy way for provider companies to keep their healthcare costs low.  Rewarding employees for taking care of themselves and their families is a win-win, especially with useful, flexible incentives, such as small denomination gift cards.  To learn more about how healthcare reform will affect you, or your employees see the video below, courtesy of Businessweek.com.
BusinessWeek take on Healthcare

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Buy One Get One... For A Discount!

The incentive industry has been under continual price pressure during this economic down turn.    There has been continual pressure from 3
rd party incentive  companies who purchase Gift Cards in bulk to receive ever bigger discounts on the bulk purchase of retailers gift cards.  This is a key competitive advantage in buying using the Bonus+ Suite of products which are paired together synergistically on both price and fit. Giftcard Partners new Bonus+ suite of products adds a new and innovative twist to traditional gift card buying in the B2B market..  The incentive industry continues to seek out fresh new ideas surrounding the purchase of gift cards.  The Bonus + ™ suite of products provides an answer by bundling 2 unique gift cards in one. For example, A SUBWAY® card with a subscription to Fitness Magazine, an Express Gift Card with VH1 Save the Music card. The customer who select a bundled card as an employee reward for doing a good job receives a double treat, two cards in one reward! (Just like the old Double Mint Gum add) The incentive industry has been under continual price pressure during this economic down turn.    There has been continual pressure from 3
rd party incentive  companies who purchase Gift Cards in bulk to receive ever bigger discounts on the bulk purchase of retailers gift cards.  This is a key competitive advantage in buying using the Bonus+ Suite of products which are paired together synergistically on both price and fit. This program is a perfect solution to meet the needs of companies in the Incentive and Promotional Industry due to their constant price consciousness.  This program is strong and unique because gift card bundles are for highly desirable and recognizable brands only.  This provides price conscious, high perceived value products with strong brand recognition for companies looking for solid promotions and incentives.

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Prevent absenteeism and get your employees vaccinated

The flu, its on everyone’s mind, and as the various recommended vaccines become available to the public here are some things you should know to keep yourself, and your employees healthy.  The seasonal flu vaccine is now available and will continue to be through the duration of the flu season.  The nasal spray is an equally effective alternative to the traditional “shot” vaccine.  Getting vaccinated is recommended by the Center for Disease Control so as to prevent flu outbreaks from effecting large populations and becoming disruptive to society.  Special populations that should ensure that they get vaccinated are listed below

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Be Nice...It Pays Off

Being nice.  Its not hard, and most people do it most of the time.  But there is more to being nice than the simple satisfaction.  Nice people and nice environments can help your business thrive.  Niceness can show clients, and employees you and your business care, and they will be treated well in your hands.  Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval, CEO and President of the Kaplan Thaler Group created the “Guiding Principles of Nice” from their book
The Power of Nice, How to Conquer the Business World with Kindness.  The guiding principles are listed below.

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Employee Retention During Economic Downturn

As the economic downturn continues to take a toll on companies' employee retention, and lay-offs ensue, it is important to retain current employees and make them feel secure in their job positions.  After a lay-off, remaining employees often harbor a sense of fear and worry, making them less productive.  They have a hard time focusing and being productive because they spend their time worrying if they are going to be next in line for a lay-off.  It is important for both the employee and the company that the employees feel secure and motivated to work hard.

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