United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Bill Olson

Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors

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Gen Z is Coming. Is Your Workplace Ready?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 15, 2019 3:06:55 PM

While it may feel like businesses are still reeling from adapting to the working millennial, the next generation is already knocking on the HR door. The Society for Human Resource Management went straight to a 16-year old source to see what is on the workplace horizon.

Here are a few trends and some potential takeaways for employers.

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Topics: Generation Z, Generational Differences, Society for Human Resource Management

Some Companies Going Above and Beyond to Support Mothers and Fathers

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 8, 2019 2:20:03 PM

While the last two decades witnessed a steady rise in pregnancy discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there is good news out there for working families.

Many companies are opting to create innovative and forward-thinking ways to support working parents and, in some cases, companies are blazing the trail ahead of state or federal legislation. There is no mandated federal parental-leave policy to follow, so many employers are opting to craft their own, according to HR Executive.

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Topics: Working Parents, EEOC, family planning

Top 5 Blogs of 2018

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 3, 2019 1:00:00 PM

As 2018 wraps up and we move into 2019, we wanted to recap some of the most popular posts we shared this year.

In everything from compliance updates to human resources news, UBA stays on top of the latest trends, new regulations, and hot-button issues in the industry so we can share knowledge about the benefits industry.

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Topics: benefits compliance, voluntary benefits, IRS, fringe benefits, retirement planning

Are Employers Smart to Deal with Student Debt?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 18, 2018 12:46:46 PM

In recent decades, a college education has become accessible to more Americans than ever before. Since most families or individuals can’t write a check for a full year’s tuition, student loans are one way to finance that attractive education. Students loans are often touted as “good debt,” worthwhile money spent that, with low interest rates and career advances, can improve credit and long-term earning prospects.

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Topics: student loan, debt, HR Elements, recruitment, talent retention

Make Your Employer Brand More Purposeful

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 13, 2018 1:09:20 PM

Branding is big news. Beyond hoping to boost sales and profits through consumer-facing brands, branding is also a critical component for companies in their roles as employers. As budgets are being made and communications planned for 2019, there are steps big and small you can take to make employer branding a priority for your team in the new year.

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Topics: Branding, Employer Branding, recruiting, talent retention, company culture, Job Interviews

Culture Questions

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 4, 2018 12:59:30 PM

With unemployment continuing at historically low numbers, it’s up to employers to win sought-after candidates. During an interview, employers are likely ready for the culture question. When asked about culture directly, according to an article in Fast Company, interviewers are quick to offer pat or polished answers.

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Topics: company culture, corporate culture, recruitment, recruiting

Happier Holidays, the HR Way

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 27, 2018 12:49:58 PM

Most people, according to a new survey featured in HR Dive, have the greatest sense of belonging in their own homes. That may not be surprising news, but what is interesting is that one third of respondents felt the greatest sense of belonging in their workplace. A significant percentage, 40 percent, attribute that feeling to actions their colleagues and managers take to check in on them, both personally and professionally. Belonging improves employee retention and productivity, certainly, but it requires acknowledgement of diversity and efforts at inclusion.

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Topics: holidays, human resources, diversity, Inclusion

It’s Flu Season...Again

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 20, 2018 1:38:54 PM

When flu season hits, absenteeism skyrockets and productivity drops. In a recent article, Employee Benefit News points out that the first step is the "ounce of prevention,” the flu vaccine. Providing for vaccination can be a smart benefit to offer employees, and it requires navigating misinformation about the vaccine, motivating employees to act, and contending with supply issues. For employers who want to increase vaccination rates, experts suggest making the process more convenient or incentivizing getting a shot. On-site programs are more effective since they are not only more convenient but also allow employees to be motivated by seeing their coworkers getting the shot. Regardless of approach, careful planning – from scheduling to ordering to addressing employee concerns – can help an office place stay healthier.

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Topics: Flu season, vaccination, vaccination coverage, employee benefits, workplace wellness, productivity

Giving Thanks in the Office

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 13, 2018 1:05:32 PM

While our personal lives may offer plenty of opportunities to give thanks, it's also important to make a habit of it in our professional lives, according to an article in the Cobb Business Journal. Few people in a study cited expressed gratitude for their work, and that might be because a culture of gratitude needs to be cultivated in the office, and from the top. Business leaders worried that giving thanks will be seen as hinting at a promotion, showing weakness, or failing to inspire hard work should take note of leaders like Richard Branson and Oprah Winfrey. Both view gratitude as an essential element of success and built empires by cultivating a culture of thankfulness. The data supports that mindset, with the vast majority of employees reporting they'd work harder for a more grateful boss.

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Topics: company culture, corporate culture, leadership

8 Ways to Relate to Time as a Realist

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 6, 2018 1:11:26 PM

Productivity and time management expert Julie Morgenstern believes people can be grouped two ways when it comes to time management: Time realists and time optimists.

Time realists consider how long things take and what is going on in any given day. Time optimists are guided by what they hope to get done.

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Topics: time management, scheduling, personal time, personal management, avoiding burnout, employee burnout, productivity