May 22, 2017

Volunteer Committee


VAST promotes a variety of committees for employees to participate in. From the Nerd Herd to the Zen committee, there’s something for everyone.  Here at VAST, giving back is something that is very important to us. One of the newest committees, The Volunteer Committee, was created to provide opportunities for VAST team members to give back to our amazing community by volunteering for different causes and organizations. Our goal is to provide easy access to these opportunities by having a list of options to choose from right at our fingertips.  A few of these opportunities include JJ Packs, UPAWS, The … Continue reading

May 19, 2017

Anatomy of an Auto Accident


What happens when you’ve had an automobile accident?  Nobody truly expects to experience an accident, but all should be prepared to handle what to do after one takes place.  Take it from me, I had the unfortunate experience this winter.  I work for VAST, so I should know exactly what to do in a situation like this, right?  I learned quickly that adrenaline and chaos in a situation like this make it hard to keep things straight! Important tips I learned to act upon as quickly as possible once an accident occurs: Turn on your vehicle hazard lights and stay … Continue reading

May 16, 2017

Small Business Insurance


A small business often comes with big risk; ask any business owner around. Even before the first employee is hired, you better be sure you’re covered. Fortunately, business owners have access to a variety of insurance coverages to protect their newest venture.  Here are several types of insurance a small business should consider: Commercial General Liability: No one likes a lawsuit! Liability insurance will pay for damages for which you are found liable. In the event someone claims your business has caused them harm as a result of a hazardous environment, defective product, an error in a service or disregard … Continue reading

May 12, 2017

Employee Spotlight – Brittney Schaeffer


Have you found how different a conversation can be once you’ve put ‘a face to a name’? We love connecting with our clients, whether it’s in the office, out in our community or even through our social media. Today’s post is just another way we want to connect with you and let you know a little bit more about us. We’re putting the spotlight on some of our employees and giving you an inside look! Brittney Schaeffer | Benefits Account Manager | 4 Years with VAST What is your favorite thing about working at VAST? The people and the environment. … Continue reading

May 8, 2017

Pedestrian Safety


As that warmer days approach (I promise, they’re approaching), the streets will be bustling with pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 there were 5,376 pedestrians and 818 bicyclists that were killed in crashes with motor vehicles. Whether you’re on a bicycle or going for a run, there are a few safety precautions you should take as a pedestrian. Make sure you’re visible to drivers. Wearing bright colors, reflective clothing, or flashing lights will increase your visibility and signal drivers to slow down. This is especially important around dusk and after dark. Know where you belong. … Continue reading

May 3, 2017

Employee Spotlight – Sarah Boyce


Have you found how different a conversation can be once you’ve put ‘a face to a name’? We love connecting with our clients, whether it’s in the office, out in our community or even through our social media. Today’s post is just another way we want to connect with you and let you know a little bit more about us. We’re putting the spotlight on some of our employees and giving you an inside look! Sarah Boyce | Commercial Lines Account Administrator | 6 Months with VAST What is your favorite thing about working at VAST? I love that VAST … Continue reading

March 31, 2017

Wellness – It’s More Than Just Avoiding the Flu


You wouldn’t be very interested in a boat with a hole in it, or a bike with a wheel missing; yet too often we accept missing pieces in our overall wellness because we don’t see the bigger picture of what wellness actually means. Wellness isn’t just about whether or not you’re sick. Wellness encompasses one’s overall state of being—physically, mentally, and socially. Being aware of your overall wellness and taking steps to improve upon any areas of need can have a positive impact on your quality of life. Here are three basic areas to consider when checking in on your … Continue reading

March 22, 2017

When Can I Enroll In My Company’s Group Health Plan?


Here are some of the most common scenarios regarding enrollment in your company’s group health plan. A New Employee  Are you new to your organization? For new employees, your group has a New Hire Waiting Period. This is the amount of time a new hire must be employed before they can enroll in group coverage. The date at which you’re eligible for coverage will depend on your organization. While some organizations offer coverage on the first day of employment, others may have up to a 90 day waiting period. The waiting period for your organization may be listed in your … Continue reading

March 20, 2017

New Job


“I am starting a new job today!” This is a phrase some of us may be more familiar with than others, yet still one that has huge meaning for all involved. Starting a new position at a new company presents unique challenges and opportunities that can be nerve-wracking and exciting all at once. As one of the newest employees at VAST I had every single emotional feeling in the world you could think of leading up to my first day here, most notably nervousness. I was leaving a position and a place in which I had become familiar and comfortable … Continue reading

March 13, 2017

Travel Insurance


It’s that time of year again where we ditch the snow boots and frigid temps for flip flops and sunny skies. For those that are lucky enough to take respite from the Upper Peninsula’s infamous winters, it’s important to know how to cover yourself and loved ones while you travel abroad to your spring break destinations. Who wants their relaxing vacation to be interrupted by an unexpected sickness or injury? If you’re like me when planning a trip, I like to be extremely organized and plan for any situation. Unfortunately, you can’t always plan for the unexpected. Take the stress … Continue reading

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