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|Tuesday, August 01, 2006|
Out of all the benefits besides cash with which companies can attract and keep employees, none is more appreciated than health coverage. But at a time when health care costs are rising faster than inflation, offering a high-quality plan is easier said than done.
To find out how this year’s 100 Best companies meet this challenge, we identified 10 that were rated particularly high by their employees for health benefits, and polled company representatives on what they were doing right.
How to get more for less• Involve employees:
Most of the companies stressed the value of employee participation when choosing health plan carriers, options and other de-tails. Not only does this help tailor the plan to employees’ health care preferences, it makes them more aware of the costs and limits among the available choices. Employees can help decide whether the rising cost of premium health care — potentially impacting profit sharing and overall success of the business — is worth it. When Becker Capital Management (Small Company No. 35, Portland) was shopping for a provider, CEO Janeen McAninch says, “We looked at the geographical locations of hospitals and clinics and asked our employees where they would likely go for major medical care.”
— Brandon Sawyer
100 BEST RESULTS
Not surprisingly, in our 100 Best employee survey this year health plan-related issues were ranked high in importance: fifth, sixth and eighth out of 50. However, they dropped about 10 ranks in satisfaction, indicating that most of the 29,000 Oregon employees who participated are not wholly satisfied with their employer’s health care coverage.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Dean of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Oregon's roads are crumbling, and revenues from state and local gas taxes are not sufficient to pay for improvements. We asked readers if the private sector should help fund transportation maintenance and repairs. Research partner CFM Strategic Communications conducted the poll of 366 readers in February.
"I feel private enterprises are capable of operating at a higher efficiency than state government."
"This has been used in Oregon since the mid-1800s. It is not a new financing method. This form of financing may help Oregon close its infrastructure deficit by leveraging funds."
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY DAN COOK
The Affordable Care Act has triggered a rush on health care plan redesign, a process fraught with hidden costs and consequences.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY SAM BLACKMAN
Storyteller-in-chief with the CEO and co-founder of Elemental Technologies.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Photographer Jason Kaplan takes a look at Murray's Pharmacy in Heppner. The family owned business is run by John and Ann Murray, who were featured in our July/August cover story: 10 Innovators in Rural Health Care.
Monday, July 06, 2015
Picking a business partner is not much different than choosing a spouse or life partner, and the business break-up can be as heart-wrenching and costly as divorce.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
When gossip crosses the line.
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One of the many reasons why businesses fail is due to the lack of attention to analytics. Sure, you can go on running your business, but mastering the science of analytics will translate into a business advantage. But what exactly are analytics and why are they so important?
Court experience helps legal firm anticipate potential problems for clients and prevent expensive litigation.
When Garmin AT needed to consolidate operations for its 550 employees, it scanned its entire corporate map for possible sites.
Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) and the College of Business at Oregon State University is offering “Business Analytics for Competitive Advantage”, a two-day intensive workshop.
34 spots for food, 17 places to sip, and 7 sites to choose a brew beckon visitors.
A look back at the shifting sands of Portland’s growth and development.