Ep. 28 – Disaster Recovery vs. Business Continuity

In this episode of the Lead. Learn. Thrive. Podcast, Nate Solloway, Director of Raffa’s  Managed Technology Services and Kerry Mickelson, CIO for Hire, discuss the difference between something happened to my data and I have to stay in business versus something happened to my building and I have to stay in business.

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Got Excuses? It’s Time to Toss Them Out

taking out the trashHow often have you stuck with the same dentist, bank, mechanic, or other provider because the thought of switching things up seemed more stressful or difficult than settling for the same okay-ish service you’ve been getting?What about your financial advisor? Or your insurance provider? These key consultants can do so much to help your business grow and thrive.

Or so very little.

If you’ve been rationalizing your decision to stay with your employee benefits broker, it’s time to get over the fear and drop the excuses. Continue reading

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How Are You, Really? Why Busy is a Bad Answer

busy imageRemember when you used to ask someone how they were doing and they would say something like great, fine, or not-so-good?

Ask the same thing today and you’re much more likely to hear how hectic everything has been. It seems as though “Busy!” has become the new knee-jerk response to the classic “How are you?” question.

And that’s not a good thing. Continue reading

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How Working at Raffa Made Me Healthier! (And Why You Should Care.)

Imagine joining a company and pursuing a rewarding career— all while becoming the healthiest you! This is what’s happening at Raffa, and it can happen at your business, too.

Because our business is so closely tuned into the insurance industry, we see first-hand the impact that employee health has on company insurance premiums. Not only do we see this with our clients every day, we see it in our own business as well. Continue reading

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May Jobs Report, US Imposed Tariffs and more

US stocks were broadly higher driven by the strong jobs report and easing of concerns over Italy potentially heading down the path of leaving the euro.  The S&P 500 rose 0.5%, while the Dow was down 0.5% for the week.  Internationally, Europe fell 1.1% and Japan declined 1.2% for the week.  The yield on the 10-year treasury eased over the week ending at 2.90%.  Oil declined 3% to finish at $65.81 a barrel. Continue reading

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You Know When to Fire a Bad Employee. But What About a Bad Client?

All employees are good employees, right? Wrong. As a business owner or HR professional, you can probably  recall plenty of instances when this wasn’t the case and you had to let staff members go. Continue reading

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Ep. 27 – Navigating Change – Impact on Our Mission

In this episode of the Lead. Learn. Thrive. Podcast, Karen Schuler, Managing Director at Raffa is joined once again by Tony Cancelosi, President and CEO of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. Change is ever present, we see it happening quickly.  Join Karen and Tony as they discuss how change impacts our organizations and our missions. Continue reading

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