MBriefs Byte Sized Benefits | November 2020 Edition

On The Hunt...

With this month’s MBriefs, we are on the hunt. Physically and emotionally, we are being challenged to hunt for better solutions. Researchers are racing to make a new sugar. We want an emotionally satisfying treat that won’t affect us physically, especially our children. Is that snack really a reward? Well, time will tell. As time with the coronavirus pandemic continues, we have learned from our Side Affects Podcast guest, Kristi Dinsmore, physically we want to be back in the office, and emotionally we need to be there. Maybe you can get detected by a specifically trained canine that clears you for duty.

The Real Stuff You Need to Know

Dr. Pooch to the Rescue!

Dogs can sniff out whatever it is you are searching for with the proper training. With early studies already concluded, reports see a very high success rate of detection of the coronavirus indicators. So here is the real question, would you rather have a technician cram a stick up your nose to the border of your brain or have an adorable golden retriever named Lucky give you a sniff and a lick? Sniff away, Dr. Pooch! Just saying…

On Your Mark, Get Set…. Make Sugar!

If sugar is monkeyed with, is it still real sugar? Since 2015, the World Health Organization has been encouraging adults to reduce their daily sugar intake - or no more than a total of six teaspoons of a 2,000-calorie diet. Currently, one 12 oz. can of Coke contains almost ten teaspoons of sugar. So, the race to get the best sugar out there has been going on for years.

Sugar. Is it sucrose, saccharin, or fructose? Perhaps it is lactose, Splenda, amylose, or glucose, but what the heck is allulose? Holy sugar packets, Batman. The battle is to not only get the taste of sugar right, but bakers and scientists have been battling the consistency that makes cakes, bread, candy still appealing. It would be amazing if we could continue our everyday pleasures, and yes, reduce the sugar intake, but maybe we should just…reduce our sugar intake.

Video Links for Quick Health Care Knowledge

Open Enrollment is once a year, and for that reason, you should be prepared to make the right plan choice for your medical needs. Each year you can adjust your coverage for any anticipated health concerns. Watch the video linked above to learn what to anticipate in your open enrollment meeting, and then you will be ready to listen close, take notes, and then, if necessary, you can share with your family!

Side Affects: Our Podcast to Provoke You to Think Differently

It has been said, considerably, that these are unprecedented times, specifically in our workforce. The US has never had so many employers insisting their staff do their job from home.

Join Side Affects producer, Kenzie Fell and MB CEO, Scott McGohan and frequent guest, Kristi Dinsmore as they discuss and measure how long companies and their employees can endure outside of their department walls. Most people need to be around other people, and if they aren’t, cracks begin to show in productivity. Learn how to transition your workforce back into the office by watching or listening to Side Affects Podcast.

Events You Should Probably Plan to Attend

We are excited to announce we have extended this year's Learning Center season. Wednesday, December 2, 2020, Jeff Bruner from Brixey Meyer will present some best practices of aligning Human Resources with the CFO.

As a CFO, Jeff partnered with his HR professionals creating a strong strategic alliance with positive business results. Look for MB communications with more details coming soon!

WE LOVE FEEDBACK. What kind of presentations and presenters would you like to see next year?! Let us know in the survey below and we can do our best to include them in the 2021 lineup.

To Post or Not to Post?

Hello HR Execs, it’s finally time for you to join the social media revolution. Embrace social media and use the tools that your employees will understand and accept. With the straight-forward tips listed below, you are one step closer to trending all the way home.

Let's Get Digital!

Open Enrollment season is in full swing at MB. This year, due to COVID-19, we have been faced with the task of virtual open enrollment presentations. Typically, OE isn't the most exciting - and now our teams and HR professionals are dealing with making an already tricky topic...virtually enjoyable. That's where technology comes into play! Specifically, the distribution. Zoom meetings are fantastic! But what do you do when you have a 45-minute presentation, and your employee's spouse wasn't home to watch it? (And they are the ones making the decisions...)

Below are our three favorite forms of distributing these important open enrollment presentations:

YouTube: It's the most universal and largest social media platform! As long as the video creator has a login, anyone who has the link can view it. You can label the presentation as unlisted, private or public, and embed it onto any website!

CloudApp: Oh no, more "cloud" things??! Don't worry -- this option is simple, too! Our team at MB loves utilizing this free software for larger documents and presentations. With this link, you can share it with anyone, and it never expires. Pro Tip: You do need a login if you're looking to download the file to your own computer.

DropBox: Ah, DropBox! It's like if YouTube and CloudApp had a baby! (Kind of.) We have found DropBox to be the most useful in regards to our Open Enrollment PowerPoint or video presentations. You can sign up for the free basic account, but we have splurged on a business account for the extra storage. With a DropBox link, you can download files instantly, for free, without a login. You can't beat that when your spouse quizzes you on the latest health insurance updates for 2021!

Rumor Has It…But Details to Come

“If you eat all your dinner, you can have dessert!”

… And then in 20 years, you will be loosening your belt to the last notch. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), their longitudinal research study, Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD), has shown results that correlate high-fat foods and reward stimulation for high obesity indicators in children with a logical transition to unhealthy adults. We’ve heard it all before, but now, we have a full year of evidence with statistics and data from MRI to confirm the hypothesis. With each passing year, the data will be interesting to review. In the meantime, let’s take these recent discoveries and try to help our kids now! Food shouldn’t be a reward.

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McGohan Brabender