Business Tips to Cultivate: Learn From the ‘Best Places to Work’

Google, Facebook, and Southwest Airlines are among the top five companies on job search site Indeed’s “Best Places to Work 2017” list. You may not have the resources of these large companies, but you can incorporate some of their ideas into your company’s culture.

Business Tips: Things We Can All Learn to Cultivate

Respect. The best companies cultivate a culture of respect, according to a poll conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management. Employees say they feel valued by their leaders and their coworkers regardless of their background, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or gender.

Opportunities for growth. Leaders at the best companies evaluate staff regularly and look for ways to challenge them in new areas.

Communication is key. At the best companies, leaders and staff talk constantly. The organization regularly seeks feedback about its culture, practices, and operational challenges. Leaders are accessible and open to discussion about business problems and successes.

Clear goals. The best companies openly state well-defined objectives and the steps required to achieve them, according to Fortune magazine.

Accountability. The best companies make sure workers are confident they’ll be rewarded for performance and held responsible for achieving their objectives.

Bottom line: When you treat your employees with respect and keep challenging them, they’re less likely to leave for greener pastures.

Have Adult Children? Take Steps to Avoid Medical Access Denial

Imagine your college-aged daughter has an accident while away at school and ends up in the emergency room. When you call the hospital, you are denied information about her care because you do not have the proper forms signed.

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), you do not have legal access to your child’s health information after they reach age 18. This is true even if your child is still your dependent and their health insurance coverage is in your name.

To avoid this administrative nightmare, take the following steps.

  1. Make sure your health insurance coverage will cover your child at his or her new campus home.
  2. Have your son or daughter sign a HIPAA authorization form allowing you access to their medical information.
  3. Create a multipurpose medical power of attorney authorization, which will not only give you authorization to help make medical decisions; it can also include an advance directive or living will.
  4. Scan two copies of these documents – one for you and one for your child – and keep them in a secure place along with a copy of your student’s insurance card.


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