Wearables at Work

Wearables at Work

64% of companies on the 100 Healthiest Employers in America offer telehealth. 35% incorporate wearable devices. – Digital Commerce

Wearable technology: it’s not just for you and your friends to compete in closing your rings anymore. More and more workplaces are utilizing it to incentivize employees, encourage employees to use remote healthcare options, and to positively impact the bottom line.

So what can these employers actually monitor? The Washington Post took a look at how your every step (and possibly more) can be traced once your employer has access to your tech. Click here for the full story.

Outside of the “big brother is always watching” aspect, the direct impact on the bottom line is clear. By offering access to online doctors, less productivity is lost. Wearable technology allows remote monitoring for healthcare professionals, saving time and money for both the company and the employee.

The benefits of technology continue to be highlighted, as shown by Dr. Kevan Orvitz:

“The benefits of a wearable based wellness program extend beyond ROI as they increase productivity, dedication, and time spent on the job. Strong wellness programs are believed to reduce absenteeism while promoting productivity, increasing the efficiency of employees from an economic perspective. In addition to the physical repercussions of lacking a wellness program, unhealthy employees are more likely to disengage and are 43% more likely to have increased stress and anxiety. ” (HR Technologist)

You can click here to connect with a member of our expert team in benefits, who can work with you and your company on the latest trends for workplace wellness.

Orlando Drivers In the Top Ten Most Aggressive in The US

Using information from their app, GasBuddy has ranked Orlando has having the seventh most aggressive drivers in the nation.

With rankings that show Orlando drivers being nine percent more aggressive than the average driver, it’s the only city in Florida that cracks the top 10.

Click here for the full list and more information.

The rankings of aggressive drivers, construction factors, and the unpredictable dangerous weather is what makes the Florida auto insurance market so volatile. Our experts in auto coverage can discuss your options with you while looking at hundreds of carriers across the US. Click here to chat with one of our local experts.

International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of our key female leadership at Sihle. Representing all aspects of our business, these are just a few of the wonderful women who are great leaders and brand ambassadors.

Driverless Vehicles on Florida Roads

Driverless Vehicles on Florida Roads

It’s a new era on the roadway, and Florida is no exception. Recently, self-driving trucks started rolling on Florida highways. Starsky Robotics has begun testing new autonomous trucks on the roadways.

Now, we have driverless buses moving to Lake Nona. Beep has started implementing the mass transit system that will be fully functioning in the area this Spring. (Read more here).

The advances don’t stop at vehicles. More and more, cities in Florida are using technology to up the game. One of our partners, Travelers, explores ways cities have used technology for enhancements on the roadways and within the city limits:

  1. Smart traffic management. Smart traffic management systems, including smart street lights and road-embedded sensors, can help relieve gridlock by improving traffic flow and providing better traffic information directly to citizens.
  2. Smart parking management. Technologies, such as smart parking meters and wireless sensors, in public parking spaces have the potential to improve the parking experience for citizens, while enhancing what is often a revenue generator for communities.
  3. Smart public transportation management. Public entities are implementing systems to more seamlessly integrate bus, rail, trolley and other modes of transportation. Smart ticketing systems and onboard mobile gateway technologies promise to help improve the passenger experience.
  4. Smart transportation pricing and payment systems. Mobile payment systems offer riders a faster and more reliable experience, and they promise public entities a more reliable means to capture revenue from transportation services.
  5. Smart mobility-on-demand systems. Vehicle sharing and other mobility on-demand systems, which allow for people to share bikes, cars and driverless pods, offer convenience without the costs of fuel, insurance, taxes, maintenance and repair.

Read the full article here.

Tips for Flood Insurance

Tips for Flood Insurance

It can be a tricky subject to navigate as a homeowner, but here are some of the most common questions we receive at Sihle Insurance Group:

What Does Flood Insurance Cover? 
Flood insurance is an insurance coverage that can help protect your home against the damage caused by flooding. Flooding is caused by a variety of reasons including poor drainage systems, rapid accumulation of rainfall, and construction run-off.

Flood insurance rates are established by the federal government. As a result, all companies will use these same rates to determine your cost for flood insurance coverage. Quotes given for flood insurance are based on a customer’s geographic location and the flood risks associated with that area.

What do government regulations define as a flood?

A flood is a general and temporary condition where two or more acres of normally dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow. 

What about a flood zone?

According to FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program, any building located in an A or V zone is considered to be in a Special Flood Hazard Area, and is lower than the Base Flood Elevation. V zones are the most hazardous of the Special Flood Hazard Areas. 

In order for us to do a flood insurance quote outside the B, C, & X zones, we will need a copy of the FLOOD ELEVATION CERTIFICATE which is done by a surveyor.

Click here to find out if your property is in a flood zone.

Flood zones and regulations regarding insurance are constantly evolving. For the latest information, you can call our hotline: 844.221.1152 or click here to connect with an expert.