United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Geoff Mukhtar

Communications Manager at United Benefit Advisors

Recent Posts

The Perk of Pets

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    Oct 12, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Companies on the leading edge of employee benefits, especially those that want to stand out within an industry, will offer such pet-friendly perks in order to attract top talent. But what exactly are these benefits?

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Topics: employee benefits, employee perks, pets at work

Shhhhhh!

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    Oct 10, 2017 9:30:00 AM

There are places where you expect things to be noisy, such as a rock concert, and places where you expect it to be quiet, like an office. And while nobody likes being “shushed,” there are few things more annoying than trying to work when someone else is talking in the background.

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Topics: office environment, distracted workers, office noise, working conditions

VR for HR

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    Sep 26, 2017 9:30:00 AM

No matter how well traveled you are, or how busy your lifestyle may be, you likely haven’t been everywhere in the world, or done everything there is to do. There is technology out there, however, that can bring the world to you. That technology is called “virtual reality,” or VR for short, and it’s changing the way that people experience life. VR provides a simulated environment that mimics a real one.

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Topics: human resources, virtual reality, recruiting

Don't Put Up with the Bull of Bullying

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    Sep 19, 2017 9:30:00 AM

There’s no place for bullying and that’s especially true in the workplace, yet many employees bully their co-workers. So, how does this happen? It used to be that bullying was confined to the schoolyard, but now it’s spread to cyberbullying and workplace bullying. Now, if there’s a culture of bullying at an organization, often it’s repeated as people climb the corporate ladder even though they were bullied themselves when they held lower positions.

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Topics: human resources, bullying, cyberbullying

The Killjoy of Office Culture

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    Sep 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM

One of the latest things trending right now in business is the importance of office culture. When everyone in the office is working well together, productivity rises and efficiency increases. Naturally, the opposite is true when employees do not work well together and the corporate culture suffers. So, what are these barriers and what can you do to avoid them?

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Topics: human resources, corporate culture, teamwork

A Country Polarized? Make Sure Your Office Isn’t

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    Jun 22, 2017 5:13:25 PM

One of the latest things trending right now in business is the importance of office culture. When everyone in the office is working well together, productivity rises and efficiency increases. Naturally, the opposite is true when employees do not work well together and the corporate culture suffers. So, what are these barriers and what can you do to avoid them?

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Topics: office productivity, corporate culture, teamwork

New Benefits Target Employee Debt

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    Jul 14, 2016 2:44:48 PM

Today, most new full-time hires expect a company to offer certain standard benefits – health, dental, vision, and life insurance, paid vacation and sick days, and a 401(k) or pension. Some companies go beyond this and provide other benefits such as profit sharing, parking reimbursement, mobile phone reimbursement, wellness programs, and even on-site daycare. So what does the future hold for employees when it comes to their expectations of a traditional benefits package?

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Topics: employee benefits, group benefits, tuition reimbursement, student loan

In Focus: Digital Eye Strain and Vision Benefits

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    May 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Eighty-one percent of employees have elected vision benefits in 2016, up from 78 percent last year, according to Transitions. This increase moved vision into a tie with dental as the second most popular benefit election behind medical.

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Topics: vision benefits, vision care, eye strain, digital eye strain

When It Comes to Employees' Financial Wellness, Face Time Matters

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    May 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Many employers have done an excellent job of integrating financial wellness programs with their employees in order for them to improve their overall financial well-being. However, the most significant progress appears to be when employees actually speak with a qualified human being rather than relying on technology to manage investments. The key, according to an article on the website of Employee Benefit News titled, “Technology Alone Not Enough in Financial Wellness,” is the level of employee engagement.

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Topics: financial wellness, financial education, financial planning

How Long Commutes Impact Workplace Productivity

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    May 19, 2014 12:44:00 PM

What do all employees have in common? They all have a burning dislike for their morning commute! Let’s face it, it’s not the actual commute that most people dislike, it’s the hassle of dealing with traffic, long lines, and rude people that make the trip so despised.

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Topics: employee engagement, wellness, ancillary benefits, health care costs, ACA, voluntary benefits, employee satisfaction, employee benefits, health care reform, health care, wellness programs, absenteeism, employee health, insurance solutions, medical plan, self funded health plans