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Stay up to date on the latest insurance and financial products and services trends, including return to work/stay at work, compliance, voluntary benefits, retirement readiness, paycheck protection and annuities. Learn more about The Standard’s insights and perspectives on these topics with the resources below: research studies, survey results, white papers, infographics, story angles and experts.

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Return to Work / Stay At Work

Disability Survey Results

A recent survey of employees from various industries examined the link between disability management and employee productivity.

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Workplace PossibilitiesSM

Learn about how our Workplace Possibilities experts — nurses or vocational rehabilitation specialists — partner with employers to help keep their employees on the job or ensure a healthier and earlier return to work.

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Disability and Absence Management

We asked HR business decision-makers to rate their organization's absence and disability practices and used their scores to produce our Absence & Disability Readiness Index report. Here’s what we learned.

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Meet the Experts

Our industry experts are available to explain, advise and contribute to the trending conversations about the resources, plans and programs to help employees return to work or stay at work while managing a health condition in the workplace.

Brian Kost
Senior Director of the Workplace Possibilities
Dr. Jeff Guardalabene
Senior Behavioral Health Case Manager
Jeffery D. Smith
Workplace Possibilities℠ Practice Consultant
Tom Foran
Vice President of Underwriting and Product Development
Jung Ryu
National Accounts Practice Leader
Dan Jolivet
Workplace Possibilities Practice Consultant


Workplace Possibilities

Visit the Workplace Possibilities blog for best practices and success stories shared by our consultants.

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Story Ideas

  • Employers have started adding PFL benefits as a helpful recruitment and retention tool, as well as to provide a financial safety net for employees.
  • Mishandling, delaying or refusing accommodations could result in an employee filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — or worse — a lawsuit for failing to accommodate a disabled employee.
  • Stay-at-work and return-to-work assistance programs can help alleviate compliance responsibilities from an employer and help an employee receive the resources he or she needs to work comfortably.

Paid Family Leave

Stay up to date on Paid Family Leave developments, including the latest news and resources, with our Relatively Speaking blog.

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Meet the Experts

The expert compliance team at The Standard can help navigate complicated industry regulations, stimulate discussion around paid family leave benefits and offer tips about absence management.

Brian Kost
Senior Director of the Workplace Possibilities
Breanna Scott
Product and Service Management Director

Voluntary Benefits

Easy Benefits Guidance

Empower employees to make confident Voluntary insurance enrollment decisions with the persona-based Decision Support Tool.

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Story Ideas

  • To meet today’s evolving workforce needs, voluntary benefits carriers have expanded their offerings by adding new benefits products and enrollment technology solutions.
  • As more companies move to employer-sponsored high-deductible health plans, gaps in medical coverage are becoming increasingly common, requiring employees to pay larger sums out of pocket for care.
  • As the largest living generation by population size, millennials will continue to be major influencers in the marketplace.

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Voluntary products can help employers to minimize costs and provide employees access to much-needed protection.

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Meet the Experts

Learn more about how voluntary benefits and enrollment technology can be the answer to the latest trends in coverage gaps and for growing demographics, such as millennials.

Danielle Lehman
Senior Voluntary Product Manager
Kevin McNamara
Senior Enrollment Specialist

Retirement Readiness

Fiduciary Protection

This guide helps plans sponsors understand their fiduciary risks by outlining the kinds of violations and penalties they can face, and describes characteristics to look for in a service provider.

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Story Ideas

  • Millennials are earning more discretionary income and may be inclined to use that money to pay off their student loan debt — instead of saving for retirement.
  • For employers with plan participants craving more conservative investment vehicles to help protect their money for retirement, a stable value fund can be the ideal product.
  • Key findings have proven that specific tips advisors provide upfront can help combat plan participants’ typical behavioral tendencies and make retirement planning seem simpler and more attainable.

Guidance for Each Life Stage

Put saving for retirement on your to-do list at every stage of your life and career. To see what actions to take now, choose the life stage that fits.

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Meet the Experts

Our retirement planning experts know the ins and outs of preparing for one’s financial future. They speak to the challenges of timing, behavior and lack of information with tips and advice about the products, resources and support available.

Ken Waineo
Senior Director of Business Development and Sales Operations
Kent Bartell
Director of Investment Research

Paycheck Protection

Connect With 3 Generations

Surf the waves of changing values. Learn how to best connect with Millennials, Gen Xers and Boomers.

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Story Ideas

  • New individual disability insurance products can help clients focus on family caregiving should a family member become seriously ill or injured, without worrying about income.
  • Millennials finding their footing in adulthood presents advisors with a huge opportunity to tap into this market for individual disability insurance (IDI) sales.
  • When it comes to selling individual disability insurance (IDI), it’s important to recommend the coverage that provides clients the best value — that is, a policy that best suits their income protection needs in the long run as well as their budgets.

Family Care Benefit

Educate clients about coverage that provides a benefit if they need to take time away from work to care for a child, parent or spouse with a serious health condition.

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Meet the Experts

The knowledgeable individual disability insurance team at The Standard knows the importance of providing for one’s family. Their depth of expertise on the products and plans available can help families protect their income. Contact us for an interview or contributed article to learn more. 

Jill Frohardt
Second Vice President of Individual Disability Insurance
Sue Schweitzer
Senior Director of Individual Disability Insurance Underwriting


What Is the Cost of Waiting?

Even in a low interest-rate environment, an annuity's compounded growth and tax-deferral can grow your savings faster than you may think. What are you waiting for?

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Using Fixed Annuities to Help Clients Transfer Wealth

As your clients get ready to retire, there is a huge opportunity for you to help them craft a wealth transfer strategy using fixed annuities.

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Meet the Experts

Learn more from The Standard’s individual annuities experts on how annuities can offer peace of mind to one’s financial portfolio. The team is versed in providing successful sales tips, clarifying misconceptions and articulating how clients can reduce risk and provide a predictable financial future.

Chris Conklin
Vice President of Individual Annuities
Rich Lane
Senior Director of Individual Annuity Sales

Corporate Community Involvement

Employee Volunteerism

From donating millions of dollars annually to volunteering thousands of hours each year, The Standard and our employees make a real difference in the communities we call home.​

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  • Giving back to our community through volunteer hours, events and company initiatives.
  • Each year, our employees donate millions to nonprofits across the nation.
  • Our executives serve on dozens of nonprofit boards. To prepare, then participate in annual board training sessions sponsored by The Standard.
  • Our buildings feature locally sourced supplies, recycled materials and renewable energy.


Community Engagement Report

Our legacy of giving is grounded in a partnership between employees and the company that drives our commitment to our communities. Discover how we make a splash in our communities.

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Meet the Experts

Learn more from The Standard’s subject matter experts on a range of corporate community involvement topics from volunteerism and giving to operational sustainability. Contact us for an interview or a contributed article.

Bob Speltz
Executive Director of The Standard Charitable Foundation and Senior Director of Public Affairs
Robyn Shuey
Program Officer of The Standard Charitable Foundation and Program Manager of Public Affairs
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