By Aimee Johnson, Account Executive
According to Josh McWhorter, a Linguist and Columbia Professor, English is on its way to becoming the world’s universal language for better or for worse. There are currently more Mandarin speakers in the world, yet more Mandarin speakers are learning English then English speakers learning Mandarin. Additionally, by the end of the century, only a few hundred languages will remain of the current 6,000 languages spoken today.
So, why learn a foreign tongue even if you speak English?
- To embody or drink in a culture, you must control to some degree in which the culture is conducted.
- If you speak two languages, dementia is less likely to set in and you are likely a better multitasker.
- Languages are a lot of fun!
- It’s never been easier!
Interested in learning a new language? John recommends the lesser known Glossika’s innovative “comprehensive input” method.
Listen to John McWhorter’s alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue here: https://www.ted.com/talks/john_mcwhorter_4_reasons_to_learn_a_new_language?utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social&utm_content=2021-5-06-cutdown#t-2744
Form 5500 Filing: Practical Tips for Preparation and Compliance
My 20 2021 | 10:00 AM AKDT
The consequences for Form 5500 filing failures can be steep, making compliance with the Form 5500 filing requirement imposed by ERISA on health and welfare benefit plans a primary obligation for employers. This webinar will walk through the basics of the Form 5500 filing requirement, including best practices for determining which plans need to be filed and when, common tips for form preparation and solutions for finding and preventing any filing errors or omissions.
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Surviving a DOL Audit in 2021
June 17, 2021 | 10:00 AM AKDT
One of President Biden’s key objectives during his presidency is to ensure workers “are treated with dignity and receive the pay, benefits, and workplace protections they deserve.” As a result, employers can expect more investigation, legislation and enforcement of wage and hour rules than under the previous administration. This webinar will provide an overview of generally what to expect during a DOL wage and hour audit, some tips and strategies to minimize liability, and likely compliance target areas to be prepared for under the Biden administration. Whether an employer has never been through a wage and hour audit or simply needs a refresher on what to expect, this webinar will provide useful guidance for employers to prepare for the likelihood of greater enforcement in the coming years.
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COBRA Compliance 101
July 15, 2021 | 10:00 AM AKDT
The Federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) applies to employers with 20 or more employees and places strict requirements on the employer-sponsored group health plan to provide continuation coverage to qualified beneficiaries. Whether you’re an employer who is newly subject to COBRA or one with years of experience, this webinar will provide you with an in-depth review of the continuation coverage rules, including the details of qualifying events, administrative requirements, and solutions to common mistakes.
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By Casey Kirkeby, Strategy Consultant
Cryptocurrency have seen their biggest boom in the last four years than any other currency out there. Bitcoin, the most popular and the most valuable, hit a record high of $63,000 per bitcoin in 2021 alone. There is still a lot of unknown risks out there on how to invest, what is trending, and how to convert coins to digital currency, so I thought I shed some light on what is trending for May of 2021.
I personally use Robinhood for most of my cryptocurrency investing but it has its limitations and there is a plethora of other platforms to use that are cryptocurrency only and have more capabilities but have fees. If you are a novice (like me) in the cryptocurrency trade world or an expert and hang out with Elon Musk from time to time, here are five trending cryptocurrencies to consider investing in for May of 2021:
- Binance Coin- current value in USD – $663.43
- Solana- current value in USD – $47.07
- Dogecoin- current value in USD – $0.4392
- Cardano- current value in USD – $1.32
- Ether- current value in USD – $3,376.34
These five cryptocurrencies show promising growth (especially Dogecoin) and I believe it’s safe to say that they are not going away. In fact, after Tesla invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin, the owner of Tesla, Elon Musk, will start accepting Bitcoin as payment for electronic cars. Now get out there and start researching today!
You can learn more here- https://www.analyticsinsight.net/5-promising-cryptocurrencies-that-you-can-buy-in-may-2021/
By Alison Nelson, Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Sometimes I’ll say a phrase at work and receive blank stares from my colleagues. It’s easy to forget that different generations have varying phrases and slang and, while the world focused on Millennials, Gen Z has slowly entered the work force. According to this article, Gen Z was born from 1996-2015. Having been born in ’96 myself, I’m 25 years old and have been at RISQ Consulting for nearly four years, making me a prime example of how the older members of Gen Z are already starting their careers.
If you find yourself working alongside a Gen Z coworker (and if you’re not already, it’s only a matter of time), you may find yourself a bit off-put by some of the things we say. Below are some common Gen Z phrases and terms, along with their definitions, so you can understand what in the world is being said.
*Say the below terms at the risk of aging yourself and embodying the “fellow kids” meme. Think of this more of a translation guide.
Phrase: What’s the tea?
Meaning: What’s the gossip? The equivalent of “what’s the skinny”
Term: Dead / 💀
Meaning: That’s funny, basically the new “lol” and cry laughing emoji 😂
Meaning: They’re not trying to place a bet. It means “ok” and “yes”, some say that it’s short for “you bet”
Phrase: It’s the _____ for me!
Meaning: Calling out something you like or dislike. This phrase can be used positively, negatively, and ironically. More often than not, it’s used negatively as a comedic insult. For example “it’s the unibrow for me”
Meaning: This means lying. It’s commonly used said like “no cap”, meaning “no lie”
Term: A bop
Meaning: A very catchy song
Meaning: Something that it cool, often used to describe a good song
Meaning: Something that is really cool
Meaning: Someone who is trying to hard to impress another person. This is usually used negatively.
Phrase: Clap back
Meaning: A comeback to an insult
Phrase: Big yikes
Since slang is constantly changing, here are a few phrases that are now considered out of vogue:
- I did a thing
- VSCO girl
- I’m not crying, you’re crying
- The struggle is real
- Sooo this happened
- I’m just gonna leave this here
Before you start to change your lingo, throw away your skinny jeans, or switch to a middle part, it’s important to note that a key characteristic of Gen Z is our value of diversity. Inclusion is also an important value to this generation so I wouldn’t worry about trying to conform to the new norms or fit in. At the end of the day, the divide between the varying generations is smaller than it seems.
I hope you found this guide helpful and enjoy working with your Gen Z coworkers, I promise, we don’t bite.