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It’s Not Too Late for These New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Maria Porto on Apr 21, 2016 3:11:38 PM

I was recently reading a Career Builder survey that showed the top employee New Year’s resolutions. There were five outlined and I’ll share them here, but first let me ask you this. April is almost coming to an end, so how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Are your plans still on track? Do you even remember what they were?

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Topics: Financial Education

You had to let employees go… now what?

Posted by Maria Porto on Mar 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

It’s happened: you’ve had to lay off an employee, or maybe a group of employees. It’s an emotional event, and one that requires professionalism and respect for the employees that are being let go. But what about those who are left behind? What do you do to manage their concerns and morale when they see their glum co-workers cleaning out their desks and turning in their keys? 

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Topics: Financial Education

The Top 3 Questions (with Answers!) We Get on Credit Scores

Posted by Patti Conty on Mar 1, 2016 2:57:05 PM

We regularly offer free classes, called Lunch and Learns, to the public on a variety of money topics. One of the most popular is our seminar on credit scores. The class takes the mystery out of understanding the credit score, and people have an opportunity to get their questions answered. 

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Topics: Financial Education

Nearly 30% of Employers Offer Personal Financial Education Programs

Posted by Maria Porto on Jan 28, 2016 12:47:56 PM

It was very encouraging to read this blog from HR pro Lenny Sanicola this morning. In it, he talks about the growing number of employers who are adding financial wellness programs to their employee benefits programs. Great news, indeed. But with only 28 percent of employers offering such programs, we still have a long way to go.

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Topics: Financial Education

Our 3 Top 2015 Blogs Show an Interest in Retirement and Food

Posted by Maria Porto on Jan 26, 2016 8:26:56 AM

In 2015, I published over 50 blogs on a variety of topics to benefit employees everywhere. My goal is to provide useful and current information on work and financial life – and to introduce you to the extraordinary tools available for companies that offer Hanscom FCU as an employee benefit. In looking over the past year’s top blogs, I kind of chuckled when I realized that food and retirement topped the list. I mean, what could be better than retiring with some good food?

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Topics: Financial Education

Our 3 Top 2015 Blogs: Chip Card Security, Winter Home Prep, Auto Refinace

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Jan 26, 2016 7:53:51 AM

In 2015, we published nearly 200 blogs on a variety of money management topics. Our goal is always to provide you with the most useful and current financial information – and to introduce you to the many budgeting tools you have available to you as a Hanscom FCU member. This past year, our three top blogs included information on chip cards, winterizing homes, and refinancing cars. ICYMI, we have this brief recap and links here for you.

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Topics: Financial Education

Do you trust your employees with the budget?

Posted by Maria Porto on Dec 16, 2015 7:00:00 AM

“If you are wrought with financial stress and self-inflicted misfortune, you are a less effective employee. Your employer not only should be concerned with how you handle their financial resources, but how your mishandling of your own personal financial resources affects you as a human resource.” – Peter Dunn, speaker and radio host

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Topics: Financial Education, Financial Stress, Partner Relations

Why skipping breakfast can toast employee productivity.

Posted by Maria Porto on Oct 8, 2015 12:46:57 PM

Are your employees trying to jumpstart their workday with copious caffeine coursing through their veins but nothing else? A lot of them likely are. According to a 2011 survey, over 31 million Americans, or 10% of the population, routinely skip the breakfast: the one meal that everyone agrees is the most important meal of the day, heading out the door every morning on an empty stomach.

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Topics: Financial Education

If you want to attract happy employees, offer free food at work

Posted by Maria Porto on Sep 24, 2015 8:19:00 AM

It sounds like a bribe, doesn’t it. But a new survey suggests it might work. The study, released by online grocer Peapod confirms what I’ve always suspected: employees like free food, especially millennials. The 18- to 34-year-old group was nearly three times as likely to value snacks in the workplace over those 45 and older.

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Topics: Financial Education

Want to hire great employees? Ask them these questions.

Posted by Maria Porto on Sep 22, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Every manager or business owner wants to find the best possible candidate for the job — a person who is qualified, has both a great aptitude and attitude, and is a team player. One who not only succeeds but is interested in exceeding expectations. The question is, how do you identify this type of person in the context of the interview process?

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Topics: Financial Education

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