United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

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

EEOC Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

Posted by: Nancy Bourque    Jan 31, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidance on national origin discrimination. National origin discrimination is discrimination because an individual is, or the individual's ancestors are, from a certain place or has the physical, cultural, or linguistic characteristics of a particular national origin group, including Native American tribes. A member of one national origin group can discriminate against a member of the same group. While many of the previous rules and regulations remain intact, new protections have been added.

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Topics: discrimination, HR compliance, human resources, Title VII, workplace discrimination, national origin

Economic Trends and Human Resources

Posted by: Robin J. Anderson    Jun 9, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Global economic trends have a profound impact on human resource management with effects on everything from talent management, hiring, outsourcing, investment strategies, wages, asset management and business development. As globalization continues to shrink the world, human resource departments are transforming themselves into strategic business partners with senior leaders in order to effectively lead their organizations. A look at current economic trends through the perspective of human resources paints a picture of what matters most to U.S. markets.

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Topics: economic trends, Robin J. Anderson, consumers, credit, globalization, Principal Global Investors, human resources, commodities