The Pathfinder Podcast

The Pathfinder Podcast

Geared and tailored for small business owners everywhere, The Pathfinder podcast was born during or even because of the Coronavirus epidemic and acknowledges that we no longer can operate business-as-usual. Pathfinder seeks out experts to guide you on timely topics like how the CARES Act impacts your business, how to manage employees working from home, and how to bring the high cost of healthcare down. We talk to HR experts, doctors, and CPAs for advice on managing, surviving, and thriving in the new world of COVID-19. Episodes debut weekly and cover topics including mental health, employee stress, telemedicine, marketing your business, retention, leadership, technology, company culture, and much more! Pathfinder’s host Barbara Schlaefer is the founder and CEO of JC Rose Associates, an employee benefits firm. She has more than 25 years of experience as a business owner and an employee benefits advisor.

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October 8, 2021 32 min

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers have often been lauded for their heroic efforts in helping us battle the virus.  Many doctors, nurses, and others have taken on additional responsibilities and risks to serve the public.  However, a pivotal health care professional who is sometimes overlooked  is the pharmacist. 

On this episode of Pathfinder we talk to  pharmacist Matt Mabie, owner of Forward Pharmacy,  independ...

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We are heading into the fall of 2021.   Hopes that the pandemic would soon fade away have been dimmed by the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.  Infections and hospitalizations are on the rise again, even in communities with high vaccination rates. This rapidly spreading variant is forcing employers to rethink  strategies for handling and preventing infections.

Given this prospect, how can employers fulfill their difficu...

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  The good news is that vaccination rates against COVID-19 are climbing and vaccines are giving many employers hope their business  will soon return to normal.  Some employers are wondering if they should help in speeding up that return by requiring OR encouraging employees to get the vaccine. 

  Should/can employers mandate that their workforce  get vaccinated?    In this episode, we chat with Jane Clark, attorney and managing part...

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For some of your remote employees  with school-aged children, this past year has been  a whole year of  juggling the demands of the office, childcare and remote learning.  Employees are stressed to the max! 

Pathfinder talks to  Christine Bright, the founder of Parenting Game, a company that helps parents  manage their children's education while working from home. Bright says studies continue to prove a healthy work/life balance...

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COVID-19 has dominated our lives for over a year.  During that time, we have continued to take in news about infection and death rates as well as  information about treatments and projections about when life will return to normal.   All of these stats can make our head spin,  and also perhaps make us want to tune it all out. 

 The Pathfinder  talks to repeat guest Dr. Eric Miller, a direct primary care physician in Wisconsin, to hel...

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Barb sits down with Jamie Lagarde, CEO and President of Sedera, a cost sharing community  that every year has grown by more than 400%.  This episode, explores medical cost sharing as an alternative solution for out of control health care costs.  Lagarde explains the how and why medical cost sharing works to bring down healthcare spend by 20-40% for employees and employers alike. 

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  As more companies struggle during the economic downturn, business leaders are having to take harder look at overhead and fixed costs.  One area of concern is the increasing costs and burden of providing employee benefits, more specifically health care. In this episode, Mike Lichman, founder of Eagle Health Plans explains that self-funding can be a good option for all sizes of companies..  This conversation helps the business owne...

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? How do you communicate and advertise to your customers during a pandemic?? Do you change your message and focus? How do you sound appropriate to the times and not alienate your current and potential customers?? We talked to an expert in the area of branding and marketing in order to gather the best practices for getting your company’s message out.

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Can employers require their employees to sit or stand six feet apart? Wear masks?  Fill out daily health questionnaires?  Can employees refuse to come to work if they do not feel safe? Do they have grounds for suing their employer if they contract COVID-19? In this episode we talk with expert Business and HR Attorney Jane Clark, about  guidance and regulations around changing the workplace to make employees and customers feel safe ...

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  Covid-19 has disrupted many aspects of our lives and has exposed some of the fault lines in the way healthcare is managed and paid for in this country.  In this episode, we talk to Dr. Eric Miller, a veteran primary care doctor who helps shed light on how COVID-19 is shaping the way we talk with our doctors and explains a rising new trend called direct primary care or DPC,  that takes the middle man out of the doctor patient rela...

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With Shelter-in-Place orders still in effect in many states, employers are having to manage their non-essential employees from home. In this episode, we talk to an HR expert and an employer for advice and guidance on motivating and communicating with your employees from afar. We also give you some insight about what your future workplace could look like when your employees come back to the office.  

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The Pathfinder Podcast talks with veteran business consultant, John Hecht, CPA, about maximizing loan forgiveness now, and keeping your business afloat for the future in the wake of COVID-19.   

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