Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Astronology - Employ Voluntary Programs to Enhance Your Benefit Offerings

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Volume IX
Issue 25
February 10, 2009
Dear Andrew,

Astron Solutions provides high-quality, low-cost, innovative human resources consulting services to organizations like yours. Call us for advice, innovative program design, and user-friendly Web/PC based software.

Fact or Fiction?
Fact or fiction: Companies want you to go home and make babies!

Absolutely Fact

Canon's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan has gotten into the habit of letting employees go early twice a week with one goal in mind: go home and multiply. Japan, like America, is in the middle of a recession. Canon is using this technique to help offset their costs, while also trying to fix one of Japan's major health issues: low birthrate.

You can read the full article here.

The Astron Road Show
Two months into 2009, and it's time to grab your calendars and mark Astron's first Road Show event of 2009. Our first show of the New Year is in Houston, TX. National Director, Michael Maciekowich, will be presenting at the Houston Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administration conference held on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009. For more information, please click here.

Also, stay tuned for details on an exciting spring seminar series we'll be presenting across New York State in partnership with Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC!

We hope to see you there!
Employ Voluntary Programs to Enhance Your Benefit Offerings

handshakeToday we provide you with a special article written by guest author Doug Mantz of The Farmington Company. You can reach Doug directly at or 860-678-6703 with your questions and feedback.

Attracting and retaining quality employees is becoming increasingly challenging for many employers. Rising medical insurance rates and scaled-back benefit offerings are prompting employees to place greater emphasis on their total compensation package "beyond the paycheck." With 45 percent of employees reporting that benefits are an important reason why they stay with their employer, it is clear that benefits have taken on a greater significance among workers and their families....more

The Office Romance Dilemma
Amour. The French translation of the romantic feeling of love is something most people want in their life at some time or another. Interestingly, many are finding love in what could be considered an unconventional location...the places where they work. Consider the results from Vault's 2008 Office Romance Survey....more
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