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Gossip: Social Bond or Bad Habit?

Gossip: Social Bond or Bad Habit?

“There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” —Oscar Wilde As most of us know, gossip is unavoidable. Whether it takes the form of blatantly bad-mouthing an acquaintance, co-worker, or friend, or the subtler variety of passive-aggressive insult like, “Has Tom gained weight?” People seem to take an almost perverse pleasure in talking about others. As most of us also know, rarely is this talk positive. It is thought that gossip played a role in the development of intelligence and…
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A and H Insurance Earns Finalist Spot in NNHRA’s 2019 “Best Places to Work” Event

RENO, NV -- We are honored to have been recognized at the 2019 Best Places to Work event last Thursday night at the Silver Legacy Casino. To be a finalist, a company must score 80% or higher in positive reviews on an anonymous survey of its employees. The survey is conducted by Quantum Workplace in conjunction with the Northern Nevada Human Resources Association (NNHRA). This marks two straight years that A and H Insurance has been a Finalist in the event. ​Said Luke Westberg, Director of Digital Marketing…
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Navigating the Frustrations of Medical Billing

Navigating the Frustrations of Medical Billing

Going to the doctor’s office to be treated for a certain physical pain shouldn’t also be a financial pain.  To ease the worry of getting doctor bills, below are a few steps that will help you to confidently open those dreaded bills. Know Your Benefits The most important part of the insurance puzzle is to know your benefits and what is covered by your insurance company. Prior to making an appointment, know if you need a referral to see that physician. Also find out whether the provider is in…
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The Power of Assertiveness

The Power of Assertiveness

Have you ever gone to a party, not because you wanted to, but because you were asked to? Have you taken on an assignment at work because you felt bad saying no, even though you didn’t have the time, resources, or even the interest? On the other hand, have you wanted something but were afraid to ask for it? Maybe you ordered a meal without onions, received the onions anyway but toughed it out because you didn’t want to be seen as a complainer. Times like these call for…
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A Different Approach to Burnout

A Different Approach to Burnout

Within the last few years, the number of articles written about the impact of burnout and ways to address or prevent it has risen sharply. Overwhelming demands, low pay and/or appreciation, and toxic work environments are frequently cited as causes of career fatigue. While burnout can be spurred by any number of external factors, research shows that it can also be a function of personality traits and attitudes about our work.  The first step to addressing burnout is understanding what brought us to our particular job and career. To be…
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A and H Insurance Opens Office in Mesa, Arizona

MESA, ARIZONA — We are excited to announce the opening of a new office in Mesa, AZ. This location—the first outside of Nevada—represents a major step in the growth of A and H Insurance. No strangers to Arizona, our agency’s connection to the Phoenix valley dates back to the 1970s, when late president Dick L. Rottman taught insurance and business courses at Arizona State University. With the opening of the Mesa office comes the addition of three new employees: Danielle Hernandez, Account Executive; Amanda Dente, Health and Benefits Consultant;…
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New Year’s Resolutions and the Power of the Written Word

New Year’s Resolutions and the Power of the Written Word

With the new year approaching, it’s time to think about the changes we hope to make in 2019. This tradition can be traced back to the ancient Babylonians and Romans, who made pledges to their gods at the beginning of each new year. The month of January, which ushers in the new year for those following the Gregorian calendar, was named after the Roman god Janus, a two-faced deity with eyes facing forward and backward. The patron of change and beginnings, Janus looks toward both past mistakes and future…
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The Risk of Rewards: Praise, Motivation and Performance

The Risk of Rewards: Praise, Motivation and Performance

I’ve heard a number of complaints about the somewhat recent trend of giving “participation trophies” to children after they’ve lost in a competitive event. “We’re raising a generation of wimps,” goes the usual refrain. To be fair, there is some cause for concern. Failure plays a critical role in learning, so trying too hard to buffer children from the experience of failure could prevent the development of resilience and persistence. But the issue may not be about whether or not members of a losing team should get a trophy.…
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5 Ways to Manage Public Speaking Anxiety

5 Ways to Manage Public Speaking Anxiety

“I saw a study that said that speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person. Number two was death. Death is number two?! This means to the average person, if you have to be at a funeral, you would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.” -Jerry Seinfeld Most of us have felt it—empty stares from an audience while we deliver a speech or presentation. Are they interested in what we have to say, we wonder. Or are they…
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