eESI Week’s Best this week:

Increased wages and benefit costs have employers looking for cost reducing solutions; discover what the best salespeople all have in common; and offices across the U.S. may go dark on Monday as employees head out to not see the sun (or maybe they just found a good deal on luxury travel).


Wages and other workforce costs weigh on the minds of employers.

Employment rates are up, but will raising the minimum wage benefit American workers?  A study highlighted in this week’s Washington Examiner indicates that rather than helping employees, it appears to be contributing to an earlier adoption of automation.

Employers Finding Healthcare Savings in Delivery Models

Meanwhile, employers competing for a dwindling supply of employees must focus on delivering benefits that are desirable and affordable. In our downloadable eESI report, Amid Continuing Cost Increases, More Employers Look at Healthcare Delivery, we detail how employers are looking at healthcare’s delivery models as an avenue for reducing costs while maintaining employee satisfaction.

Want to be rich and successful?

According to this article in Inc., 5 of the Surprising Things the Richest Salespeople Do in Every Industry, these five skills can get you there. What’s it all about? Prioritization and focus.

Here comes the… um, un-sun?

Don’t be surprised if your salespeople and all your other employees are more focused on getting out of the office on Monday than getting rich. The opportunity to view a total eclipse of the sun will be far too tempting for many people across the U.S. to pass up.

This week, contributing editor Tammy Binford offers employers some tips on how to handle employees who step outside to watch the sun go undercover. She surveyed several experts who all advise that employers probably aren’t responsible for harm caused to employees who stare at the sun. Still, it’s a good idea to educate your staff.

Sunglasses aren’t enough to protect your eyes. Any eyewear should be obtained from a reputable source and worn throughout the entire eclipse — even when the sun is totally obscured.

We leave you today with the best simulation of what to expect on Monday.