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Mathew Augustine, GPHR, REBC

CEO of Hanna Global Solutions, a UBA Partner Firm

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It's not that simple!

Posted by: Mathew Augustine, GPHR, REBC    Aug 2, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Exit or remain, welcome refugees or build a wall to keep them out, guns or no guns, black or white, include all or be exclusive… the list of extreme positions that people are taking goes on and on. What is driving this sudden increase in polarized thinking in the world? The world was getting smaller, technology was supposed to ”level the playing field,” and people were supposed to become more connected. What happened to the ”it’s a small world after all” thinking we hoped to grow up to realize?

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Topics: employee benefits consulting, Mathew Augustine, independent employee benefits advisors, benefits compliance

How to Get Employees' Attention during Open Enrollment

Posted by: Mathew Augustine, GPHR, REBC    Oct 1, 2015 12:00:00 PM

It’s that time of the year – open enrollment season is here! Insurance carriers are presenting renewals and brokers are presenting ways to alleviate the cost pressure with innovative cost management strategies. HR and benefits professionals are under pressure to think out of the box and come up with new and improved benefit programs to engage employees. Benefits administration companies are busy getting staffed, trained and ready for long hours and last-minute client decisions. And employees are getting ready for the barrage of benefits-related communications that are coming their way.

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Topics: employee engagement, employee benefits, Open Enrollment, Hanna Global Solutions, Mathew Augustine

"Technology Doesn’t Always Beat Labor"

Posted by: Mathew Augustine, GPHR, REBC    May 14, 2015 5:15:11 PM

iStock_000022693501_SmallThe above title of a Harvard Business Review (HBR) article1 caught my eye. The author was commenting on a number of recent books that addressed the issue of technologies putting people out of work. The article began with an 1867 quote from Karl Marx that went like this: “History discloses no tragedy more horrible than the gradual extinction of the English handloom weavers by the rapid and persistent progress of machinery.” Referring to this situation with the 19th century weavers, James Bessen, in his book Learning by Doing, noted that as humans work with new technologies over the long term, they improve them and boost their own fortunes in the process. Wages of weavers remained flat for a decade, but from 1860 to 1890, weavers’ pay more than doubled.

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