MBriefs Byte Sized Benefits | September 2021 Edition

"Change is the End Result of All True Learning"

– Leo Buscaglia

Ah, it’s September, and we are back into the swing of school. No matter the age, learning is a key to longevity. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep it simple… simple activity, simple curiosity to simply make a change. With curiosity comes education, and some kind of conversion will follow. This month’s MBriefs reveals individuals who are sharing their curiosity that will educate us. If we put their recommended steps into action, we could improve our living space, health care, and communication style, which could, in turn, help others.

We have all heard it before… “the only constant in life is change.” It’s going to happen, so make the change for the better…. It’s simple.

The Real Stuff You Need to Know

Home Safe and Sound? For Some, Not Exactly

Where and how you live could be killing you. This article from Medical News Today shares specific documentation of the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights, reiterating that appropriate housing is a right for everyone in all nations. Whew, big stuff. Seriously though, this isn’t a new concept. COVID-19 has reminded us that for those living in crowded, urban communities with dirty, overcrowded conditions with extreme temperatures and extensive noise and air pollution, their physical and mental health is in danger.

How do we change this? Well, don’t change your address. The first step is to understand that everyone has “basic needs, but there are differences, such as the need for privacy, whether families are nuclear or extended, how strong and connected the community is, and so on. This is shown worldwide in differences in housing design, in streets, and neighborhoods.” Consider taking the next steps in the right direction by driving less, walking more, and enjoying outside space with neighbors, no matter your differences.

Side Affects: Our Podcast to Provoke You to Think Differently

In 2017, our nation was losing 115 people a day to drug misuse, with Dayton, Ohio flagged as the epicenter of the opioid epidemic. This Side Affects episode, Kenzie McEvily and guest host, Scott McGohan welcome Marti Taylor from onefifteen, a not-for-profit organization that asked the questions, “What can we do? How can we understand addiction to the point of creating a roadmap to alter the stigma of drug abuse and then use the science to understand the cause, and the user’s need to hopefully avoid an accidental overdose?”

Logic pointed the onefifteen crew to base in Dayton, at the heart of the problem, with the intent to provide good care right here in our city. Our hospitals, the mayor’s and sheriff’s offices are all working together to make a difference. Listen to this incredible organization’s process and learn how they gather and activate the data to see what is working and what isn’t.

Video Links for Quick Health Care Knowledge

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Events You Should Probably Plan to Attend

Leading with a Systems Mindset

All 2021 Learning Centers are virtual.

Who should attend: This session is designed for business owners and Presidents looking to improve organizational performance. If you’re representing your organization as a member of an HR, operations, or leadership team, bring your President along so you can collaborate about these organizational shifts and learn together.

What you’ll learn: If you’re caught up in having the same conversations with your team time and time again, there’s a way to end the cycle. This symptom is often an indicator of process problems, not people problems. In 90 minutes together, we’ll introduce how you can recognize opportunities to reduce costs, increase productivity, inspire growth, and champion innovation, all by rethinking how your systems and processes support your business and your people.

What to expect: Our time together will be highly interactive. You’ll spend time with a facilitator as a large group and break out into small, interactive groups. Come prepared to listen, share, and engage with your peers.

This course is approved for 1.5 SHRM and HRCI CE Credits.

Presenter: Joni Fedders, President of Aileron

Thursday, September 23rd | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Video, presentation & studio tips from Multimedia Specialist, Malisa

Fidgety fingers. Sweaty palms. Ravenous thirst. A newly discovered stutter…they all make guest appearances when the bright studio lights turn on, the microphone, strategically placed on your shirt, and the camera rolls…You are now recording!

Communicate with Style!

Let’s be honest… during Open Enrollment, you need to have an engaged workforce who understands the benefits offered! Do you have employees dozing off during these informative meetings because it is so monotonous? Why not consider adding “a little bit of spice” to make your presentations come alive!

At MB, we utilize modern broadcast software to appear as if you are presenting from a newsroom. For example:

With our green screen, we can pop your PowerPoint on the virtual TV screen and add any background to enhance the presentation. It's the fun, personal touch that is going to keep everyone’s attention!

If live virtual sets aren’t your thing, why not take your employees on an animated adventure? We can morph YOU into an animated character and you can lead your viewers as you wander through the open enrollment journey. Here is a glimpse:

The animated videos turn complex benefits into easy-to-understand tid-bits.

Communicating your benefits is essential during Open Enrollment, but it doesn’t have to be dull or boring. Be creative! If you have any ideas, please don’t hesitate to schedule a meeting with your MB Account Team to discuss the options. Let’s have some fun.

Rumor Has It…But Details to Come

For Vocab Brilliance, Just Add Water

Okay, maybe you need to do a little more than that. A recent study from the University of Delaware reflected how aerobic exercise, like swimming, improved the vocabulary of elementary-aged students versus those students that participated in anaerobic CrossFit activities. The researchers determined that although CrossFit is physically challenging, compared to swimming, CrossFit requires mental energy. We have two article links that discuss this same study. So, what have we learned? Yes, exercise is good for you. It aids in learning, but it doesn’t require high-tech, expensive equipment that takes up your guest bedroom, instead take a brisk walk, jog, dance, or go jump in a lake.

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McGohan Brabender