Posted by: danielrashke | December 1, 2020

Giving Tuesday

This holiday season, the biggest thing we can give is our love, our time and our heart. This season is different because though we may not be able to physically join together to give back it has never been more important to find ways to help those in need and the organizations that support them.

No matter where you are or what cause you champion, this Giving Tuesday and for the remainder of the year find ways to give back. We heal through giving. We unite through giving and in this, the season of giving, I want to encourage you to find your spirit of giving.

On this Giving Tuesday, I reflect on the year we’ve had and look forward to the year ahead. There is no doubt that 2021 will bring its own unique set of challenges but I am proud of our organization for stepping to the plate in 2020 and make giving a priority during this difficult time. It brings me hope for the future; that we can come together to help those in need even when faced with our own challenges.

Giving back is engrained in who we are at TASC. Our support aligns to our communities’ needs, harnesses our employee’ passions, and supports the TASC Mission. It is our goal to lead by example and inspire others to make a difference in their own communities and the causes that are close to their hearts.

We encourage employees to give back in a variety of ways. In addition to drives held both virtually and in person, employees can request TASC support for organizations in which they are actively involved. TASC also accepts requests from nonprofits and organizations helping to better our communities.

Providing a wide variety of options for employees to take part in and ways to become involved, means that more people are likely to participate. This allows us to support diverse efforts across the country for a variety of causes that our employees are passionate about. From environmental, health, seniors, children, hunger, animals, social justice and more, TASC is broadening our horizons with giving.

Through August 2020, 269 TASC employees utilized 3,606 hours of our Paid Volunteer Time Off program. Each TASC employee receives up to 40 paid annual volunteer hours to serve their communities during business hours. We’ve seen entire TASC departments work the evening rush at a local food pantry, participation in national disaster relief efforts, and some who have even started their own charitable organizations.

This year we expanded the program to go beyond traditional 501c3 organizations to provide additional opportunities for our employees to help and want to be involved. TASC encouraged involvement in social justice causes and organizations and we also encouraged our employees to support local bipartisan election efforts including working at local polling places.

The employee participation in our Paid Volunteer Time Off programs is valued at over $115,000.

The TASC Dollars for Doers program encourages employees to volunteer during non-working hours. For every hour of volunteering outside of work hours, TASC donates money into their giving account that can then be re-gifted to a nonprofit organization of their choosing. In 2020, 1,921 hours has been attributed to Dollars for Doers as of August. 53 employees participated in the program.

From 2016 through August 2020, TASC has dedicated $2,135,444 in total giving through our giving programs. This includes Dollars for Doers, Paid Volunteer Time Off and other giving focused programs. As an organization whose employees are spread throughout the United States, that’s a lot of communities impacted by TASC employees.

We are proud to be an organization dedicated not only to our business endeavors but to investing in the communities we live, work and play. On this Giving Tuesday and for all of December, I encourage you to take the time to give back to your communities and encourage your employees to do the same. We are at our best when we give back.

Posted by: danielrashke | November 24, 2020

Leadership in a Remote Workplace

Remote work is the new normal around the world. Even before the coronavirus pandemic forced many businesses to transform, there were nearly five million remote employees across the globe. From 2005 to 2017, remote work opportunities saw a 159% increase.[i] Prior to the onset of coronavirus, just 3.4% of the U. S. population worked remotely. That number has certainly increased in the wake of the current circumstances with estimates of 33% of the US workforce moving to remote work.

According to a PWC report, a majority of CEOs surveyed (78%) say the shift towards remote collaboration is enduring, a nod to the momentum building around flexibility. More than half of the respondents (54%) believe the trend away from traditional employment and towards the gig economy is here to stay.[ii]

A remote workplace brings about the need for a new type of leadership. Leading remotely. Leadership and management must adapt to fit current and changing circumstances. Right now, we need leaders who can motivate, inspire, and drive in new and unique ways. One thing is for certain, communication is the key to effective leadership especially in a remote workplace.

Even TASC, whose workforce was 75% remote prior to this shift, needed to adapt to the fully remote work model. We had to increase our communication with employees to support them. We set up weekly video conference company meetings to keep morale up and maintain engagement in the company. These meetings helped keep us on track with company goals, personal goals and working as a unit. After all, employees need to know what is expected of them and any change in process in order to be set up for success. It’s even more important when you can’t see them in person.

Managers shoulder the responsibility of setting measurable goals and expectations that are specific for the company, the team and the individual and working diligently to ensure understanding. We’ve found regularly revisiting and updating goals and expectations ensures everyone is remaining on track even without in person meetings

Encouraging and fostering collaboration and team building is crucial. One way to do that is emphasizing the importance of giving back and engaging in unique ways with the community. It is important not only for those being serve but for individual and team morale. Everyone can be an Everyday Philanthropist and what better way to bring your employees together than through remote philanthropy. Fostering a culture of giving within your organization boosts morale, increases pride for your organization and encourages team members to work together for the community, even if it’s in a remote capacity.

A corporate culture of giving has been shown to increase employee engagement and make a positive impact on the community. To help businesses learn more about what can work for your organization, TASC has a list of programs that can easily be implemented. You can view that list and learn how they can work for your business, employees and community here.  

TASC has a number of ways to encourage employees to give back. From a Giving Savings Account that provides employees the opportunity to put money into a savings account earmarked for a charitable cause of their choice. A Crisis PTO Account that can be made available to other employees in their time of need or a Donor Advised Fund Individual Giving Account offering employees a simple way to give to any of thousands of 501(c)3 organization through a giving account. Encouraging service to the community helps employees feel bonded to the organization and instills a sense of investment and comradery with the organization.

Communication, advocacy, and creating an inclusive environment despite remote challenges is key to providing crucial leadership in a remote workplace. Keep your employees engaged and connected to each other and the organization to keep your business thriving in times of change.


[i] Reynods, Weiler Brie. 159% Increase in Remote Work Since 2005. Flexjobs and Global Analytics Report. Flexjobs. 2020.

[ii]How Business Can Emerge Stronger. CEO Panel Survey, p. 8. https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/ceo-agenda/ceo-panel-survey-emerge-stronger.pdf.

Posted by: danielrashke | November 16, 2020

Calling on Leaders to Unite This Country

We are the United States of America. But at this point in time, we are far from united. We are a nation divided. How did we get here and how do we heal?

In 1933, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in his inaugural address, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” His words came during the throes of the Great Depression. He continued with “This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously. There are many ways in which it can be helped, but it can never be helped merely by talking about it. We must act and act quickly.”

President Elect Joe Biden on Friday, November 6 said in his acceptance speech, “For all those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight,” Biden said. “I’ve lost a couple of times myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance.”

Even in the darkest times and facing the steepest challenges, Americans are known for our strength and resilience and it’s time to come together and bring positive change to this nation. We all must work collectively to overcome the challenges in front of us. Leaders need to bring unity to our entire country. We can’t work just for the people who agree with us, but instead must work for the greater good for all of us.

The recent election brought home the chilling reality that our country is not okay and we have a lot of work to do. So, let’s get to work.  

It’s time to forge a path that acknowledges, addresses and overcomes the challenges we face. We can no longer brush them under the rug and act like our problems don’t exist. This year and this election have exacerbated our issues and it’s time we face them.  

We need leaders from around the country, in every industry, from every walk of life, to come together with messages of unity not division. Leaders who will acknowledge and address the problems America is facing, not turn away from them.

People crave leadership. They want to be inspired.

The role of a leader is not to take everything on alone. Lead the charge in gathering your community, whether it is your business community or your social community and empower them to stand up, speak out and act.

Oftentimes, the best place to turn is those who are disenfranchised. How can you help others? What can you do to lead the charge in bettering your community and the communities crying out for help? Helping others can help you find your own focus and re-center your priorities.

Let’s take a look at some key components leaders need to embrace that are crucial in driving us down the road toward unity. 

7 Key Ingredients to Leading Towards Unity:

Vision: Establish your vision for unity, share the vision with those in your organization and those outside your organization who can help bring that vision to fruition. Create a plan to implement your vision.

Integrity: Stand by your words. Follow those words with appropriate actions. Be accountable for your mistakes and the learning process you went through to get where you need to be in this unity process.

Focus: Be clear to your organization and your community that everyone will be accountable for unity. Moving forward together is not only the right path but the only path. Present your plan as an empowering opportunity for individuals to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

Engagement:  In 2020, engagement has taken on a new form; especially in business. It’s important to connect with your organization and your community in new ways to effectively communicate expectations.

Empathy: Acknowledging our division is important. Understanding where people with varying viewpoints might be coming from is even more important. We can’t come together until we understand what and where other people are coming from. We all have a different story. Leaders need to try to understand varying viewpoints to know what is best for everyone not just what you think would be best.

Resilience: Life isn’t only about success. Sometimes we have to tumble before we can climb higher. As a leader, it’s okay and even encouraged to be open and honest with your organization and your community about the trials it has taken to be successful. Honesty about resilience enables those around you to be positive about their journey.

Flexibility: I’ve never met a leader who focuses on only one thing at a time. Leaders must be able to pivot, adapt and see the big picture. 2020 is the biggest example of leaders who have been successful by being flexible in circumstances out of their control.

By embracing these traits and using them to lead your community, your business, maybe even your family toward unification, we can change the direction this country is going. We can bring about greater achievements by inspiring unity than we can by encouraging division. The traits listed above are essential to this path.

You are stronger than you know and when we work together for the common good we are stronger than we ever thought possible.

Posted by: danielrashke | October 12, 2020

TASC Votes

If you want your voice to be heard and you want to be a facilitator of change, vote. As an employer, I am taking action to empower my employees and providing them opportunities to make voting easier, which in turn, will hopefully encourage more to vote. That’s why myself and TASC leadership have decided to offer ways for our employees to vote and take the time they need to do so.

The most effective way for a company to impact the political process and empower employees is by whole-heartedly encouraging and providing opportunities for employees to vote and be involved in the election process.

TASC is excited that our organization will be affording our employees paid time to not only vote but also to get involved in their community election process by volunteering at the polls. TASC will be expanding our Paid Volunteer Time Off (VTO) program to include volunteering for bi-partisan election purposes.

The TASC VTO program affords TASC employees 40 hours of paid time to volunteer with an organization they are passionate about. This program encourages community engagement and involvement and allows employees to take time out of their workday to give back and get paid for it.

Earlier this year, we announced the expansion of our Volunteer Time Off (VTO) program By expanding the program beyond 501(c)3 organizations, we enabled our employees to use their annual 40 VTO hours for activism, standing up for change and getting engaged with organizations and causes that were meaningful to them beyond an official 501(c)3 organization.

This expansion also includes time for voting and assisting others to vote. Employees can use some or all their VTO hours to get community members to the polls to vote and/or assist in their local community by working in the election, as a poll worker.  

For election day, TASC will also be making a concerted effort to have a ‘no-meeting’ day to avoid congested schedules and allow employees every opportunity to get out and vote.

In addition, TASC has joined forces with over 1,300 other companies from all over the United States in a movement called Time To Vote. One of the frequent reasons given by registered voters who didn’t vote is the lack of time to do so between demands of work and life. Time to Vote is a commitment by these organizations to encourage employees to vote and be afforded time to do so. It’s great to see companies all over the country providing the opportunity for employees to get engaged this election season to ensure a safe and fair election. We are excited to join the movement.

TASC is dedicated to change for the better and encouraging our employees to use their voice and their time to get involved and be the change they want to see in this country. We have pledged to be a part of the solution and be a leader in changing the way we do business, view our employees and engage in our communities. One way we can do that is by getting out the vote and encouraging others to do the same.

There is a shortage of poll workers this year due to COVID-19. Generally, poll workers are over the age of 60 and those people are considered higher risk for the current situation and it’s up to the younger, lower risk generation to become empowered and step during this election season.

We took the opportunity during a recent all company webinar to discuss the importance of volunteering at the polls and becoming engaged in the election in that way. We had two TASC employees who serve as election officials discuss the work involved and the logistics of serving at the polls.  

These individuals are responsible for ensuring election protocol is followed for in-person voting, counting ballots at the end of the night, issuing ballots, registering voters, monitoring the voting equipment and more. Training is required but varies by state. The election process is different for every state.

For anyone who is unsure about the integrity of our country’s voting process, we encourage them to volunteer and participate to get first-hand experience and insight into the process. If you are interested in learning more about and becoming an election official for this year’s election, visit the U.S. Election Assistance Website.

This year, concerns surrounding COVID-19 makes planning for how you will be voting more important than ever. There are several states allowing early voting, voting by mail, or absentee voting. What’s important if you are planning to vote through one of these methods is knowing the deadlines in your area for voter registration.

For specific voting information for all 50 states vote.org is a great resource to make sure you are up to date in voting laws including those that have been changed for 2020. This is especially important for companies like TASC who have employees all over the country (40+ states, 500+ polling locations). It ensures that your employees have the information they need regardless of where they are to vote and make sure their vote is counted.

According to the U.S. Census only about 67% of Americans are registered to vote. Who you vote for matters and is crucial in determining the path this country takes. Providing resources to employees about registering to vote is the first step to empower them to be a part of the process and have a say in the direction this country goes. USA.gov is a terrific resource to get started.

Make sure you’re registered to vote and encouraging your employees to do the same. Share communications with employees with information about voter registration deadlines. Headcount.org is a great source for finding voter registration deadlines for all 50 states.  It’s important to remember not every state allows you to register on election day.

TASC is committed to fostering a culture where employees feel valued and want to give back and be a part of the change we are dedicated to. Voting, encouraging others to vote and helping the process is a terrific next step for our organization to connect with our communities and be actively involved in the change we are striving to be a part of.

In the words of New Orleans Saints Defensive End Cameron Jordan, “only 60% of (us) voted in 2016, that’s not gonna get it done. We can’t win if we don’t play.” So, let’s do it. Let’s play to win. Commit to vote and be engaged for the upcoming election. We’re in. Are you?

Click here to see NBC15’s coverage of local businesses making efforts to encourage voting.

Posted by: danielrashke | October 5, 2020

Innovative Benefit Solutions with The TASC Card

For more than 45 years, TASC has been a leader, an innovator and a partner to employers committed to ensuring the health, wealth, and well-being of their employees and their employees’ families and community. We are a driven and visionary company.

We’ve set our goals and we know what we need to accomplish to meet and exceed them. Those goals include remaining the leader in third-party benefits administration in the markets we serve, achieving double-digit growth every year with positive returns and low debt and being a high-performance, engaged, and community-minded workforce.

How do we get there? Innovation and providing our customers with solutions that make their benefits easy to access and manage.

In uncertain and strained times, I know how important it is for people to easily access their money and manage their benefits. That’s why we have the TASC Card®. We have always been a leader in healthcare cards and our TASC Card continues to be the evolution of that.

The TASC Card is provided to participants to easily purchase qualified items from merchants and pay using funds from their benefit account. With the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the list of eligible expenses for FSAs, HSAs and HRAs to include OTC drugs and medicines as well as menstrual care products. That means there now are thousands of additional qualifying healthcare items. This allows participants save even more money by using their pretax benefit funds to purchase these items instead of using out-of-pocket funds. When you know that U.S. households spend an average annual of $442 annually on OTC items1, you see how impactful the potential savings can be.

The expansion led the Special Interest Group for IIAS Standards (SIGIS) to release a list of over 20,000 newly eligible OTC items that should now be recognized as healthcare qualitied in merchant Point of Sale systems. With these additions, SIGIS now has over 109,000 items that are included as covered expenses.

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27 and the change to include eligible over-the-counter expenses was made retroactive to January 1, 2020 meaning that expenses that were accrued since January 1 are eligible are reimbursable.

The TASC Card makes purchasing OTC items simple and quick because the card recognizes qualifying expenses for approval.  Should participants not use their TASC Card, receipts reimbursements can be submitted.

The CARES Act restores the ability to use HSAs, FSAs and HRAs to purchase certain OTC drugs and medications, like aspirin and other pain medications, allergy medication, etc., without a doctor’s prescription.

For the first time, menstrual care products are considered qualified medical expenses for payment or reimbursement with an HSA, FSA or HRA. Both provisions for OTC and menstrual products apply to amounts paid or expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2020 and are ongoing without an expiration date which means that at the end of 2020 this will continue and be available for those who need it.

What could this mean for you? Over the counter medications that would not have qualified previously are now eligible expenses on your My TASC card. Pain relievers, Athletic and orthopedic braces and supports, reading glasses, sunscreens with SPF 15 or higher and much more. It’s easier than ever to get the items you need and get reimbursed for them. Simply swipe your card and the OTC eligible items that are eligible will automatically be paid from your benefit funds.

As many of us start end of year planning, it’s important to point out that starting in 2020, a permanent increase for health FSA carryover has been implemented. Traditionally, this number was $500 but has been increased to $550. Stay tuned because we don’t believe this is the end of this carryover increase discussion. We expect a more realistic number could possibly be in the works that could really go a long way in helping with additional health expenses at the beginning of the year and allows more of your expenses to be utilized for additional qualifying expenses.  

Here at TASC we constantly monitor TASC Card activity for insights which improve a participant’s experience. TASC has observed an almost 100% increase in the number of approved TASC Card healthcare transactions at IIAS merchants which were not prescription related.  This increase occurred over a short time period as merchants updated their point-of-sale (POS) systems for the new items. 

The TASC Card and our TASC Mobile are just more examples of how we make benefits smart and easy. Benefits that feel like benefits.

For more information on the CARES Act and other COVID-19 related items check out TASCResponds.com. For specific information related to CARES Act and Over The Counter changes see our info sheet Here.

1- CHPA, “The Value of OTC Medicines to the U.S. Healthcare System”, March 2019.

Businesses don’t have to reinvent the wheel to work more effectively and efficiently. At TASC, we combine our own innovations and best practices with those from other leaders in their industries to create the best work environment and protocols for our business. Let’s dive into a few examples of best practices concepts from other industries that TASC has adapted to meet our own customer and business needs. 

Mass Customization

When people think of this concept the idea of a mill comes to mind and for many that isn’t a positive correlation with streamlined, efficient work. But, the work of a mill is to break down rough pieces until they become a finely milled product that is then put together into something useful and good like baked bread or a piece of furniture. TASC is working to mill our products down until they become fine-tuned, efficient and effective offerings that our clients can use in everyday life or can easily access when needed. We are breaking away the rougher pieces to create plans that easily work for our clients.

Right Touch

At TASC, we work hard to provide what we call Right Touch service to our clients. This means we want to get them where they need to be and talking to who they need to talk to as quickly and efficiently as possible. TASC serves the needs of both high-tech and high-touch customers. When high-tech is desired, TASC meets that need with our mobile and web applications. When the situation warrants high-touch TASC can do that as well with its Benefit Advantage Premium Services, a division of TASC and/or its dedicated client account management services. During the current situation this can be likened to what many restaurants are doing in order to provide service to their customers during unprecedented times when “normal” restaurant interactions are not possible.

For places that can’t offer services in their dining rooms, restaurants have gotten creative and are offering extended patio services. Tables that are set 6 feet apart, parking lots turned dining locations, expanded and creative take-out ideas and locations. Providing the right touch service to make customers feel safe, secure and welcome while complying with enhanced health and safety regulations.

Manufacturing mindset

Manufacturing mindset is the process of streamlining, standardizing, and speeding up processes across the board. Taking processes and making them more efficient for employees and for customers. TASC uses manufacturing mindset to set processes and procedures that help our organization work faster and smarter. It’s been shown that applying a lean manufacturing mindset to processes can reduce cycle time, paperwork and errors. We pride ourselves on accuracy and quick, reliable service and implementing manufacturing mindset processes help us to do that.

Other companies who utilize manufacturing mindset include Boeing and Amazon. Boeing used manufacturing mindset to streamline their assembly processes. By adapting new, more efficient protocols they were able to cut assembly time in half.

Amazon has adapted a manufacturing mindset for several areas of their business model. Enhancing their already sophisticated distribution processes they were able to streamline the entire customer experience; search, purchase and delivery.

TASC will continue to enhance employee processes, customer experience and innovation using a manufacturing mindset.

Fast Pass

In 1999, The Walt Disney Company introduced the Fast Pass system. This was an innovation for guests to skip the standby lines for some of their favorite attractions. The Fast Pass system is still in use today at both Walt Disney World and in Disneyland. Today, guests go through a separate queue for the same attraction. This is called a Fast Pass line. In Disneyland, guests wishing to use the Fast pass service pay an additional fee on top of their theme park admission.

TASC has adapted the Disneyland Fast Pass system for our own customers. For those customers who meet a condition that grants them the add-on Fast Track Service, there is a component to that service called priority queuing. Whenever they call or one of their employees call with any type of inquiry, TASC’s system recognizes that they have added on that service. The TASC system moves that call into priority queuing. Those calls receive faster resolution, transaction and service.

We are using the best practices of other industries combined with our own innovation and creativity to improve and advance TASC systems and processes. Employee benefits are complex; we strive to simplify the information and systems for employers and employees to provide the best service possible. This is all based on applying a Functional Work Design with strategic exceptions, coupled with context based workflow where work is contextualized and routed to the appropriately skilled resource. The underpinnings of this is all based on the core design of TASC’s benefit account management service model working in concert with the core design of TASC’s compliance service model. We didn’t become a leader in third-party benefits by reinventing the wheel. We build upon the successful systems of our industry and others. We improve upon our own ideas and constantly strive to be better and be open to improvement. 

If you are interested in learning about how we put these best practices into action for our clients and their employees click HERE.

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