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Healthy Snacking at the Office

By Kari Crow, Health & Productivity Representative

clock January 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Ever notice your energy tanking at about 3 pm?  It’s pretty easy—especially in an office setting—to reach for a sugary snack to get through the end of the work day.  Between the vending machine, the goodies in the breakroom, and the monthly office birthday celebrations, it’s all too easy to find a quick snack.  The problem, of course, is that quick snacks are usually not particularly healthy. 

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Topics: Wellness

Exercise in the Office: Brilliant Idea or Accident Waiting to Happen?

By Nicholas Tait, Principal, Property + Casualty Division

clock January 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Each new generation of workers brings their own values to the workplace. Millennials are no different. Travelers Insurance explored the changing face of the workplace in their recent report titled Workplace 2.0. The report identified a common theme among Millennials: an emphasis on work/life balance, including a focus on health and fitness.

Employers are taking note. It’s not uncommon in the workplace to find yoga classes, game rooms, sports courts, and gyms with all the amenities like free weights, treadmills and stair climbing machines.

These onsite exercise opportunities are great for attracting new talent, improving morale, and increasing productivity. But, they are also introducing a new set of risks.

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Topics: Wellness, Property + Casualty

Happy Holidays from Barney & Barney/MMA!

By Barney & Barney

clock December 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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Topics: Inside B&B

Why Gratitude is the Secret to the Happiest of Holidays

By Hal Dunning, President & Chief Operating Officer

clock December 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Throughout the year at Barney & Barney, we hold core value training for our associates.  In these sessions, we talk about our values and explore how those values impact our work and personal lives.

I enjoy each one of these trainings, but I especially like discussing our core value attitude. When the group is sharing about how to foster a positive attitude, the importance of approaching life with a spirit of gratitude always comes up in our discussion. It’s no accident that attitude and gratitude rhyme. They go hand-in-hand.

Gratitude shapes so many aspects of our lives and leads to the natural outflow of connection with others.  When I take the time to  make a list of all the “things” I’m grateful for, what always comes up first is not a “thing” at all, but the people in my life. I’m guessing the same is true for you, too.

In this way, an attitude of gratitude is intertwined with another one of our corporate values—community involvement. When we appreciate all that we have, especially our close relationships with family, friends, colleagues and clients, we naturally feel a strong pull to pay forward all that we have received. 

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Topics: Inside B&B, Culture

Barney & Barney Foundation Awards Grants to Non-Profits at Orange County Golf Classic

By Jennifer Swartz, Communications Associate

clock December 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The Barney & Barney Foundation’s 5th Annual Orange County Golf Classic took place on December 5th at Dove Canyon Country Club. Golfers from across Southern California teed off in support of two local non-profit organizations – Assistance League of Santa Ana and Mariposa Women & Family Center. In turn, they were treated to a beautiful day on the course, stylish new Travis Mathew apparel, and new and exciting activities provided by our generous corporate sponsors. Click here to see photos from the event.

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Topics: Community Outreach

Health Care Reform – Wrapping Up 2016

By Christopher K. Bao, Regulatory Compliance Manager

clock December 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM

In 2016, many employers anticipated significant changes or, at least, clarification on Health Care Reform.  For the most part, the feds made no substantial changes nor released any major clarification on requirements. However, employers were impacted by some minor developments in the law.  

The most notable developments included:

  • Paid sick leave was a huge trend, with many states and municipalities implementing legislation to increase the amount of paid time off.
  • The government further developed the Affordable Care Act’s non-discrimination goal, and helped provide paid sick leave to government contractors.
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Topics: Employee Benefits, Legislative Compliance

Bay Area Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Non-Profits

By Jennifer Swartz, Communications Associate

clock November 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

On November 7th, golfers teed off at the Barney & Barney Foundation’s 5th Annual Bay Area Golf Tournament at Sequoyah Country Club. With the support of our sponsors, players, and volunteers, the tournament proved to be our most successful one to date. Not only did we have the highest tournament turnout yet, but we also broke previous fundraising records. Click here to view photos from the event.

The Barney & Barney Foundation holds the tournament each year to raise awareness and provide grants to local non-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2009, the Barney & Barney Foundation has awarded nearly $2 Million in charitable grants.

This year, the Foundation awarded a total of $70,000 to two inspiring Bay Area non-profit organizations: Junior Achievement of Northern California and Girls Inc. of Alameda County.

Junior Achievement of Northern California helps provide youth with the skills they need to succeed in adulthood. Participants learn about finding a job, starting a business, and managing money. Junior Achievement is dedicated to preparing our youth for their dream career and will use their grant to further fulfill their goal of building a better workforce of tomorrow.

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Topics: Community Outreach

B&B GROW Welcomes Allison Compton as Orange County’s Inaugural Keynote Speaker

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock November 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

On November 2, 2016, B&B GROW* hosted its Inaugural Orange County Keynote Speaker Event at Center Club in Costa Mesa. U.S. Paralympian Allison Compton inspired the audience with her personal story of empowerment.

Allison lobbied to create the first U.S. Women’s Paralympic Volleyball Team and played for the team for many years. The team brought home the gold from Rio this past summer.  In addition to her success on the court, Allison has developed a successful career in business. In her address, she shared her experiences, the things she’s learned as a competitive athlete and how those lessons positively impact her life today.

Allison was born with an undeveloped femur and has worn a prosthetic leg since she began to walk. While she encountered obstacles along the way, Allison never let them keep her from living her life and playing the game she loved. She says, “It was never a matter of if I could do something, it was how.”

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Topics: G.R.O.W.

2016 Orange County Golf Classic Grant Recipient Volunteer Event: Prepping for School with Assistance League of Santa Ana

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock November 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Barney & Barney associates got the opportunity to volunteer with Assistance League of Santa Ana, one of our 2016 Barney & Barney Foundation Grant Recipients. The Barney & Barney Foundation will award grants to both Assistance League of Santa Ana and Mariposa Women & Family Center at the Orange County Golf Classic, taking place on Monday, December 5.

Assistance League of Santa Ana serves over 2750 children, teens, and seniors through multiple programs including dental care, eye care, and Operation School Bell, which supplies underprivileged youth with the appropriate clothing and school supplies they need for the upcoming school year. Operation School Bell aims to help make students indistinguishable from their classmates, build their pride, and reduce the problem of school absences due to inadequate clothing.

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Topics: Community Outreach

Barney & Barney Associates Give Back: 2016 Bay Area Golf Classic Grant Recipient Volunteer Event

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock November 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Last week, Barney & Barney associates volunteered with one of our 2016 Barney & Barney Foundation Grant Recipients – Girls Inc. Associates had the opportunity to spend some time with Girls Inc. at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in San Leandro and participate in one of their research-based programs. Girls Inc., along with Junior Achievement of Northern California will be honored and awarded grants on Monday, November 7 at the 2016 Bay Area Golf Tournament.

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Topics: Community Outreach

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