THE VANTAGE POINT

Introducing RISQ Consulting’s new blog, The Vantage Point! Get ready to learn about more than “just insurance”. We have experts on our team that know so much more than premiums and paperwork! At RISQ Consulting, we are proud to say we focus on educating ourselves in many areas of the business world, not just insurance. This quest for knowledge has inspired many of our team members to dive deeply into fascinating areas such as business technology, organizational management, team psychology, employee engagement and more! The Vantage Point is our way of sharing simple tips and valuable insights with you. Please enjoy!

LATEST BLOG POSTS

Read more +01 December 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

5 Hybrid Work Model Mistakes to Avoid

This article is from RISQ Consulting’s Zywave client portal, a resource available to all RISQ Consulting clients. Please contact your Benefits Consultant or Account Executive for more information or for help setting up your own login. The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to adapt and test their operational capacities. One of the most common pivots has
Read more +29 November 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

16 Personality Types in the Workplace

By Michelle Farmer, Senior Account Specialist (Property & Casualty) In the business world (and life) there are so many different personality types we encounter. Understanding those personality types can be the beginning of a successful and collaborative workplace.  Based on the Myers-Briggs personality assessment, there are 16 personality types that workplace leaders should identify and
Read more +24 November 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Breaking News – OSHA Suspends Implementation and Enforcement of Vaccine and Testing Mandates

Announcement by the RISQ Consulting Team  On November 16, 2021, OSHA published an announcement stating that they are unable to implement or enforce the vaccine and testing mandates for private employers that were set to begin in early December and early January. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered that OSHA pause
Read more +22 November 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Have your Cheesecake, and Be Thankful You Can Eat It Too!

By Taylor Brouillet-Stock, Account Specialist Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays as it is a time to hang out with loved ones and to reflect on what we are thankful for. Another great aspect of this holiday is the food! One of my favorite things to eat at Thanksgiving is a pecan
Read more +19 November 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Hearing Protection: How Loud Is Too Loud?

This article is from RISQ Consulting’s Zywave client portal, a resource available to all RISQ Consulting clients. Please contact your Benefits Consultant or Account Executive for more information or for help setting up your own login. According to the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, around 46% of all manufacturing workers have been exposed to hazardous
Read more +16 November 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

The Top 5 Attributes Every Employer Should be Fostering

By Andrew Kupperman, Employer Services and Workforce Technology Consultant Within just the last year, much has changed relative to the way organizations operate. I feel the most impactful change, which may be felt as a more lasting impression, is the way organizations recruit and retain employees. Some say we’re going through a revolution in the
Read more +11 November 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Make Me a Sandwich!

By Jennifer Outcelt, Creative Content Architect The old “Make me a sandwich!” demand is often associated with a ne’er-do-well man demanding immediate sustenance from their submissive partner from the comfort of their couch. Normally I wouldn’t have a syllables worth of agreement with the ideals of these entitled individuals… but I have to admit, there
Read more +09 November 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Let’s Talk Music

By Taylor Brouillet-Stock, Account Specialist Let’s talk music. Have you been feeling sad lately? There’s a song for that. Happy? There’s a song for that. How about stressed? You guessed it, there’s a song for that! Music is so interesting to me because I feel that there is a genre, artist, or song out there
Read more +04 November 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Reducing Auto Claims for Businesses

This article is from RISQ Consulting’s Zywave client portal, a resource available to all RISQ Consulting clients. Please contact your Benefits Consultant or Account Executive for more information or for help setting up your own login. Vehicle-related crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths. In addition to the potential for loss of life, work-related
Read more +27 October 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Cyber Risks & Liabilities

This article is from RISQ Consulting’s Zywave client portal, a resource available to all RISQ Consulting clients. Please contact your Benefits Consultant or Account Executive for more information or for help setting up your own login. Research Shows Malicious Document Downloads Are Surging Overview Using malicious software—also called malware—to compromise a victim’s data or technology
Read more +27 October 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Drink the Coffee, Just Don’t Forget the Water!

By Natasha Kwachka, Employee Benefits Service Manager Have you ever woken up in the morning so thirsty that you chug such a large amount of water you could put a fish to shame? I like to think that I’m giving myself enough water each day, but mornings like this tell me I’m wrong. Water is
Read more +21 October 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

By Madasin Jennings, Account Specialist Like most people during some point in their life, I struggle to cope with my stress and anxiety. I have spent countless hours scouring the internet for tools that can help me understand and change my anxious thoughts and behaviors into more positive ones. During this search, I happened to
Read more +20 October 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Lights, Camera, Spooky Season!

By Taylor Brouillet-Stock, Account Specialist It’s that time of year again, folks! Halloween is quickly approaching and if you’re anything like me, that means endless movies to get into the spirit of this exciting holiday. Some people prefer Christmas, others might prefer Thanksgiving, but I personally love Halloween and the general spooky vibe during this
Read more +19 October 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Lean & Green

By Elva Perez, Account Specialist If you can’t tell already from my last Blog post about plants, and this one about plants, then I’ll just come out and say it. I’m clearly the “crazy plant lady” in the office. This is the first career that I’ve gotten my own working space to make my own.
Read more +08 October 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Another Serving of YUM, Anyone?

By Bailey Penrose, Employer Services Account Manager It’s that time of year again, Alaska’s small window of Fall as we gear up for the snowy winter months.  As hot drinks become appealing, sweaters are lovingly taken out of storage, and the season’s chill starts to bite, the kitchen calls with its siren song as we
Read more +06 October 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Skating into Winter

By Madasin Jennings, Account Specialist It has begun. The leaves have changed, the temperature has dropped, and the days are getting darker. Winter is here and for me, this means it’s time to start thinking about winter activities. In the past, I have always preferred to spend my summers outdoors while spending my winters indoors.
Read more +06 October 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Is a 4 Day Work Week Best 4 You?

By Devin Jackson, Employer Services Account Specialist Are you still having problems with employee retention because of Covid? Well, I may have found just the solution you need to pique the interest of the new, forward thinking, and upcoming work force. A four-day work week. Which conveniently yields a three-day weekend! Employees are starting to
Read more +29 September 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

What President Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Means for Employers

This article is from RISQ Consulting’s Zywave client portal, a resource available to all RISQ Consulting clients. Please contact your Benefits Consultant or Account Executive for more information or for help setting up your own login. President Joe Biden’s administration is continuing its efforts to curb the COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of the deadly
Read more +22 September 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Zodiac Signs in the Workplace

By Taylor Brouillet-Stock, Account Specialist Have you ever had an instance when you didn’t get along with a coworker? Well, maybe it was because they’re a Taurus and you’re an Aries! Just kidding, that’s not entirely how astrology works. Astrology has become a contentious topic of discussion as its popularity has grown over the years.
Read more +21 September 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Are You Prepared? Tsunamis.

This article is from RISQ Consulting’s Zywave client portal, a resource available to all RISQ Consulting clients. Please contact your Benefits Consultant or Account Executive for more information or for help setting up your own login. Tsunamis, also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called “tidal waves”), are a series of enormous waves created by
Read more +17 September 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Expectation vs. Reality – The Digitization Dilemma

By Andrew Kupperman, Employer Services and Workforce Technology Consultant When an Employee starts working with an Employer, there are a variety of different expectations that go into forming that Employee/Employer relationship. For example, the Employer is going to expect the Employee to show up to their job and do the work asked of them. Correspondingly,
Read more +14 September 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

40 Best Books of 2021

By Jessica Carlson, Employee Benefits Consultant I’m about to take off on a much-needed vacation (jealous?) but spending twelve plus hours each way between planes and airports all by myself has the potential to get a bit boring.  I have loaded my iPad with various movies and shows to occupy some of that time, but
Read more +10 September 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Ring-Ring, Your Future Career Calling

By Tiffany Stock, Director of Marketing & Client Relations | Employee Benefits Consultant | Partner I know it may be hard to believe, but there isn’t a never-ending flow of resumes and applications coming in for people looking to get their foot in the door to start a career in insurance. In my almost 14
Read more +08 September 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

What You Need to Know About the Biden-Harris Administration’s Actions to Prevent Surprise Billing

This article is from RISQ Consulting’s Zywave client portal, a resource available to all RISQ Consulting clients. Please contact your Benefits Consultant or Account Executive for more information or for help setting up your own login. On July 1, 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and
Read more +02 September 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Listen While You Work (do do do, do do, do do)

By Jennifer Outcelt, Creative Content Architect [This infomercial is brought to you by: Music.] “Do you have work to do? Do you have hearing ears? If you answered “Yes” to both of these questions, then you need the newest technological advancement in workplace productivity. MUSIC! Music comes in all sorts of styles, tempos, and harmonies
Read more +31 August 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Nature in The Workplace

By Angela Baker, Employee Benefits Account Manager When I started my working life, the only plants in the office were the occasional dusty, limp palm. In recent years it seems as if every new office, café, and public building has a green wall. The research shows this is not just another office design fad. There
Read more +30 August 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Furloughs and Layoffs

This article is from RISQ Consulting’s Zywave client portal, a resource available to all RISQ Consulting clients. Please contact your Benefits Consultant or Account Executive for more information or for help setting up your own login. The last thing employees and employers want is lost jobs. It means financial uncertainty for everyone involved, which is
Read more +25 August 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Can We Change The Lens We View Our World Through?

By Natasha Kwachka, Employee Benefits Service Manager Taking the road less traveled has always been my specialty (insight into why some days I literally look as if a train may have run me over). I’m a mom of four and a full-time working professional, a modern feat for sure. And let me tell you, working
Read more +23 August 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

You’re Not Stressed… You’re Afraid

By Jennifer Outcelt, Creative Content Architect I was a bit stressed starting this blog post. You see, I follow this AMAZING podcast called Ologies, by Alie Ward, which explores the study of anything that can be studied with an -ologist of that field. Their tag line is, “Ask smart people stupid questions.” I’m a huge
Read more +19 August 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

I’m a FRAUD! – Imposter Syndrome Blues

By Jennifer Outcelt, Creative Content Architect I must admit something to everyone here… I’ve been worrying about this for some time and the immense fear of being exposed has led me to take control and expose myself. I’m a FRAUD. I have no idea what I am doing. I have no special skills. I’m not
Read more +11 August 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

How to be More Productive When Working From Home

By Jessica Carlson, Account Executive Since March 2020 with the beginning of the Pandemic and the world shutting down, working from home has become more and more common.  Even as we’re coming out of the pandemic more employers are not only allowing working from home, but some are requiring it.  If you are like me,
Read more +09 August 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Getting Smart About Your Risk

By Joshua Weinstein, Employee Benefits President Without risk, life would be a drab.  Without the opportunity to fail, success, and even life, loses its luster and meaning.  For example, if a cliff dive ensured absolutely no harm, would it be quite as thrilling or appealing?  If presenting in front of others had a 100% chance
Read more +09 August 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Plants and Productivity

By Elva Perez, Account Specialist Have you ever walk into someone’s home or office and see they have beautiful greenery and wished you had a green thumb? Below is a list of the top ten plants that require little attention but have great benefits to have around your home or office:     Snake Plant African
Read more +05 August 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

A Guide to Tattoos in the Workplace

By Shayla Teague, Individual and Family Benefits Consultant In 2005ish my husband was denied a job at a movie theater because he had a visible nautical star tattoo.  Nautical Star tattoos are one of the oldest tattoo symbols and have been around for over a century. Sailors used to use the stars to navigate their
Read more +29 July 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Good Neighbor: The Foundation to a Great Home

By Madasin Jennings, Account Specialist Most renters and homeowners have one thing in common: neighbors. Nearly everyone must live next to someone and there is nothing worse than being uncomfortable in your own home. This led me to think that the foundation of any great home, whether you own it or rent it, begins with
Read more +27 July 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Why Considering the Housing Market Should Make You Want to Benchmark Your Employee Benefits Plan

By Ashley Snodgrass, Executive Account Manager Have you ever wanted to peek over your neighbor’s fence to get a better view of their garden? Maybe look at their blossoming peonies, size up their tomato plants, or get a clue as to why their grass is always the greenest? There’s something similar that happens in the
Read more +21 July 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Is Nostalgia the Key to Marketing?

By Casey Kirkeby, Strategy Consultant For some people, this may remind them of that pivotal episode of Mad Men when Don Draper mentioned that, in Greek, nostalgia literally means “the pain from an old wound.” Man, I love that show. For others, it may remind them of a time in the past when they watched
Read more +15 July 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Utilizing Your Local or State Chamber of Commerce to Network

By Casey Kirkeby, Strategy Consultant For the last 7 years I’ve attended countless networking events, after hours and fundraisers and it has helped me create a network of friends and colleagues that really care about our community. 2020 was a very challenging year because everything was virtually virtual (see what I did there), even the
Read more +07 July 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Dazed and Confused

By Bailey Penrose, Employer Services Account Manager Marijuana is becoming a problem, y’all.  Not from any philosophical or moral viewpoint (that’s an individual’s point of view and out of my purview) but from an employment standpoint.  As it currently stands, 36 US states and 4 US territories have legalized cannabis products for medicinal use; 18
Read more +22 June 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Emotional Intelligence for Your Inner & Outer Child

By Alesha Combs, Account Manager Kids only know what they’re taught. What were you taught as a child and what do you want to teach your children? Think back to your 4- or 5-year-old self. For me, at that time, there was an emphasis on learning the ABCs and 123s, science, manners, and learning how
Read more +11 June 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

The Productive Value of Not Being Productive

By Alison Nelson, Sales and Marketing Coordinator A couple weeks ago, I wandered over to a colleague’s desk where we started chatting up a storm of, non-work related, topics. A few minutes into our conversation, the Employee Benefits President of the company walked by and asked me what I was up to. I told him
Read more +11 June 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

The Law of Attraction

By Shayla Teague, Individual and Family Benefits Consultant We all have suffered from a “case of the Mondays,” but what if we could turn all our bad days into good ones?  Have you ever noticed that bad days often just get worse?  First, you wake up in the morning feeling unrested, then you stumble to
Read more +09 June 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Mental Health in the Workplace

By Alison Nelson, Sales and Marketing Coordinator Last week, Naomi Osaka, a world-renowned tennis player, withdrew from the French Open. Why would she withdraw from such an important match, resulting in a $15,000 fine? The answer is simple: mental health. Naomi Osaka explained that she struggles with depression and anxiety and needed to put her
Read more +08 June 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Alcohol at Work, a Pro or a Con?

By Natasha Kwachka, Lead Account Specialist I have always loved the controversial topics, the cans and cannots, the dos and the don’ts, that are engrained in our society.  After all, discovering what went wrong to create the guidelines that were put into place is quite intriguing. For as long as people have been people, we
Read more +26 May 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Dressed to Impress

By Bailey Penrose, Employer Services Account Manager You can see the bottom of my face now.  I’m vaccinated, and when the CDC came out with their updated guidance on masks earlier in May, I rubber banded the mask I was wearing off my face so fast it hit a wall.  I still don the mask
Read more +25 May 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Thinking Critically

By Jessica Carlson, Employee Benefits Consultant I was recently required to watch a video for my job.  In the video, the presenter talked about how having a lack of critical thinking skills has become a major weakness due to API (application programming interface) influences.  When you look at your social media feed, you’ll notice that
Read more +19 May 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Don’t Forget to Break the Ice

By Ashley Snodgrass, Executive Account Manager For so many employees, the thought of coming back to the office evokes a mixture of thoughts of excitement and anxiety.  If you’ve been working from home for the past year, can you remember what it is like to be around other people regularly? Work has continued throughout the
Read more +11 May 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

4 Reasons to Learn a New Language Even Though English is Taking Over as the Universal Language

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
Read more +07 May 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

Top 5 Cryptocurrencies to invest in May 2021

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,
Read more +03 May 2021 By RISQ Consulting in Blog

What’s the Tea – Your Guide to Understanding Your Gen Z Coworkers

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
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