Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Russ Fradin: The New CEO at Hewitt Associates

Last week I promised to write about measuring risk related to group benefit plans and techniques on evidence based cost avoidance (when I put it that way, it sounds so boring!) I’m sorry, but some other news broke last week that I felt compelled to comment on. I’ll get back to measuring risk next week.

Last week, Hewitt Associates announced that it has appointed Russell P. Fradin as the company’s new chairman and chief executive officer, beginning September 5, 2006. The announcement came the week before a rather disastrous 3rd quarter earnings report in which the company posted a net loss of $202 million or $1.88 per share.

The announcement was seemingly timed to help mute the bad news that was coming. Indeed, the stock has taken a 10% hit since earnings were announced which offset the stock rise after the Fradin announcement.

But what can Russ Fradin do for Hewitt?

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

TCO in the Context of Risk

Many regular readers of SystematicHR know that I conducted a Total Cost of Ownership study to determine the cost of benefits administration. The results were released last December.

Double Dubs commented on it here, and it is how I originally came to find his great blog.
Generally, TCO is a means at getting at hidden costs. It is a way to determine the full and total cost of manufacturing, maintaining, administering, etc. a widget or function. Unfortunately, there is something TCO can’t do: measure and calculate risk or factor in quality.

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Relationship Management - Measuring Satisfaction

How do you know when an outsourcing initiative has been successful? At what point can you sit back, look at all that has been done and actually congratulate yourselves on a successful implementation, transition and effective and stable ongoing processing environment.

I think back to the system person I dealt with on a 401(k) conversion one time. This particular provider had gone through a major conversion to a new recordkeeping system and this system person was very proud. He claimed a perfect conversion. “Not a penny was lost. All financial data reconciled to the penny!”

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

TCO and the Line Manager

In the jobs I had before I started my own business, I always felt an important part of my responsibility was to develop the people who reported to me. In fact, I always went a step beyond and looked to develop one person to the point at which they could do my job.

Of course, this wasn’t complete altruism. In fact, it was rather selfish of me.