Feedback: October 2017

by Jonathan Frutkin, Chuck McLane, Alexi Venneri

What programs or aspects of your healthcare benefits are you finding to be most important to your employees? 

Jonathan Frutkin

Radix Law
Sector: Law

In the modern workplace, providing a generous healthcare benefits package is essential for recruiting and maintaining top talent. Studies show that healthcare benefits are consistently a top priority for employees across the board. At Radix Law, we know healthcare benefits are a top priority for all of us: our attorneys, our professional staff and even the employees of our clients.

With so many laws and rules constantly changing, U.S. employees seem to find themselves constantly paying more for both deductibles and contributions to their family’s health insurance premiums. There is becoming a larger demand for insurance programs to offer maximum flexibility. In fact, a recent Metlife survey found that more than half of employees would even be willing to pay more for their benefits if they were able to customize their plan.

The good news is, many insurance companies are starting to listen to these requests, and companies that offer healthcare benefits are able to start allowing employees to hand-pick the benefits that make the most sense for them and their families.

As the founder and principal of Radix Law, Jonathan Frutkin has significant experience as an attorney, a business executive and business owner. Over the course of his career, he has owned a website design business, a software company and a real estate development company, and served as the developer for a national ice cream chain. Frutkin’s legal practice focuses on providing general counsel, including legal advice on capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, litigation strategy and intellectual property. 

Chuck McLane

Senior Managing Director, Phoenix office
CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann, P.C.
Sector: Financial Services

Healthcare benefits are considered a big factor in presenting a competitive employment opportunity. One of our business segments deals directly with assisting organizations in evaluating the many options that companies have to choose from.

We approach things from a holistic perspective. An employee’s No. 1 concern is often the amount of premium that is covered by the employer versus the employee. We cover 100 percent of the cost for preventive programs. We also offer a number of discounts to those who volunteer to complete a series of health-related actions.

Another key is having a variety of plans to choose from. The preventive care, earning discounts and variety of plan options have been a big plus with our team. There remains a greater desire for additional services beyond normal physician-related care. Our dental benefits and vision benefits are gaining greater attention. Going beyond these areas, some older individuals are looking toward long-term care. Dependent care for children and aging parents is also available. Our team appreciates this large range of services.

Chuck McLane is the senior managing director of the Phoenix office of CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann, P.C. and is responsible for supervision and oversight of the financial services area. He has nearly 30 years of experience serving small to mid-sized companies in Arizona. McLane also serves as the National Practice Group leader for the Private Equity Practice, as well as a National Training and Development advisor, assisting with the CBIZ National Career Path Development Program. 

Alexi Venneri

Co-Founder & CEO
Digital Air Strike
Sector: Technology

Digital Air Strike offers all full-time employees complete medical, dental and vision coverage. Employees appreciate that they can choose from a variety of options, including non-traditional providers that offer 24/7 consultations by phone. We also have wellness programs through which employees can get counseling and support they need to meet their fitness goals. They can also earn money, discounts and decreased premiums based on participation. Employees and their families also have access to free mental health counseling through our confidential Employee Assistance Program.

We also have unique healthy perks like fit desks — stationary bicycles with computer desks — as well as bicycles that employees can use to ride to nearby Old Town Scottsdale and weekly chair massages. Our company also encourages employees to take breaks and get their competitive juices flowing. We have cornhole on our patio, foosball and a ping pong table, and have tournaments regularly. In addition, we have a company softball team that’s hoping to win its second championship this year.

Alexi Venneri co-founded Digital Air Strike, the award-winning digital response and social media technology company. She is an accomplished public speaker and author of the best-selling book “Balls! Six Rules for Winning the Business Game.” Venneri has a B.A. in marketing from the University of Calgary. She supports numerous charitable organizations and works closely with nonprofit organizations that rescue and rehabilitate animals.

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