United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

The Road to Better Absence Management

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 11, 2014 4:14:00 PM

By Stephen Coffman, Group Practice Leader
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America  

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Topics: employee engagement, wellness, ancillary benefits, health care costs, ACA, disability management, voluntary benefits, employee satisfaction, UBA Partner Firm, employee benefits, hr consulting, health care reform, health care, wellness programs, absence management, absenteeism, disability insurance, employee health, insurance solutions, medical plan, self funded health plans

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

Happy and Well: Employee Wellness Under Obamacare

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 21, 2013 4:00:00 PM

A recent article in Human Resource Executive Online shared a startling statistic: It takes about 16 years to realize a positive return-on-investment on employer-sponsored wellness programs. That’s a long time, and more importantly makes you wonder why we implement wellness programs at all? According to this article, it’s not so much about the health care dollars you gain back for your business with wellness programs, but more about how these initiatives can transform your company culture for the better.

Here’s a quick article excerpt:

“Edington believes wellness programs can't save enough in healthcare costs to make a difference – ‘maybe $200 to $300, at best’ – but he thinks a wellness program can create shareholder value.

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Topics: employee engagement, HR webinars, wellness, employee wellness, UBA, employee benefits

Happy and Well: Employee Wellness Under Obamacare

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 21, 2013 2:20:00 PM

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Topics: employee engagement, HR webinars, wellness, employee wellness, UBA, employee benefits

Five Ways to Get Employees Engaged

Posted by: Holly Parsons    Jun 25, 2013 2:13:00 PM

By Holly Parsons
The Wilson Agency, A UBA Partner Firm

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Topics: employee engagement, employee communication, UBA, hr consulting

Developing a New Approach to Disability Management

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jun 18, 2013 1:48:00 PM

Most employers are, unfortunately, all-too-familar with the traditional approach to disability management: employees must prove they’re disabled. While this traditional strategy may seem effective to some, research shows that its adversarial nature actually leads to higher costs due to more medical tests needed to demonstrate disability.

Ninety-five percent of disabilities are caused by illnesses, rather than accidents (1) – for this and many other reasons, employers should reevaluate their approach in handling employee absences.  This startling statistic shows that illnesses are complex and often involve multiple factors that can, and do, prohibit a quick recovery.

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Topics: employee engagement, HR webinars, employee communication, disability management, UBA, hr consulting, absence management, absenteeism

Grow Your Business by Being Pro-Social

Posted by: Holly Parsons    May 29, 2013 10:53:00 AM

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Topics: employee engagement, employee communication, wellness, employee wellness, employee satisfaction, UBA

Helping Employees During Their Darkest Hours

Posted by: Bill Olson    May 23, 2013 12:37:00 PM

The tragic tornadoes that struck Oklahoma earlier this week remind us all again how important Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are for the workplace. Yet, according to the preliminary UBA Ancillary Benefits Survey, of the 8,557 employers answering questions about employee assistance programs (EAPs), only 21.8 percent of employers offer EAPs. That percentage drops to 9.4 among small (fewer than 50 employees) and to 19.2 percent among midsize companies (fewer than 500 employees). Employers shouldn’t forget to incorporate these programs into their benefits plans.

Though sometimes stigmatized, these programs are so important, not only to help employees with personal crises such as divorce, substance abuse and financial/legal matters, but also when an organization is reeling from an employee death, tornado or hurricane recovery or even tragedies like those at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Topics: employee engagement, employee wellness, employee benefits, EAPs, Employee Assistance Programs

Leadership and Effective Teams

Posted by: Peter Freska    Feb 19, 2013 11:36:00 AM

Peter Freska, CEBS
Benefits Advisor
The LBL Group, A UBA Partner Firm

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Topics: employee engagement, employee communication, leadership

Smart Employee Benefit Strategies Used by 10 Best Companies

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 12, 2013 11:56:00 AM

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Topics: employee engagement, HR webinars, employee communication, health care costs, employee benefits, health care