United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

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

Be the Boss You Want to See in the World

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 30, 2018 12:46:14 PM

An article in the Harvard Business Review suggests that the traits that make someone become a leader aren’t always the ones that make someone an effective leader. Instead, efficacy can be traced to ethicality. Here are a few tips to be an ethical leader.

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Topics: leadership, workplace culture, creating culture, work environment, Feedback

Leadership, Now with More Humility

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jun 19, 2018 1:02:09 PM

More and more, we are learning that scientists, marketers, programmers, and other kinds of knowledge workers lead office lives very similar to famous innovators like Watson, Crick, and Franklin, who discovered the structure of DNA. How so? All of these people live work lives structured around progress in meaningful work. And when this progress occurs, it boosts emotions, perceptions, and productivity.

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Topics: leadership, workplace culture, employees, progress

Who’s Walking and Who’s Just Talking?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 24, 2014 9:41:00 AM

There is a lot of talk about the many cost-control and health care reform tactics available to employers, but what are companies actually implementing? The latest UBA Benefit Opinions Survey aims to define just that. While clients and prospects of UBA’s Partner Firms have contributed thousands of responses to the survey, any employer can participate and get a complimentary findings report. This landmark benchmarking resource compiles information from employers representing all major industry classifications, employee size categories and regions of the country, and delineates employers’ opinions in five key areas:

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Topics: PPACA, employee benefits, leadership, employee communication, ACA, benefit communication, benefit consultants, benefit management, compliance with health care reform, UBA Benefit Opinion Survey

Health Care Reform and the Balloonist

Posted by: Mick Constantinou    Aug 23, 2013 12:04:00 PM

By Mick Constantinou, Advisor, Employee Benefits
Connelly, Carlisle, Fields, & Nichols, A UBA Partner Firm

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Topics: health care reform, employee benefits, leadership, UBA, change management

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, leadership, employee communication

Leadership and Employee Engagement

Posted by: Peter Freska    Jan 15, 2013 11:02:00 AM

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

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Topics: PPACA, employee benefits, employee engagement, leadership

Tune Up Your Leadership Skills in 2013

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 8, 2013 11:06:00 AM

The advent of the New Year is always full of resolutions. Although we may recognize certain personal areas that need our commitment and growth, don’t forget areas for professional growth

Consider leadership improvement as a top professional resolution in 2013. In the busyness of our day, how often do a take a moment to reflect on what the word “leadership” personally means to us? And more importantly, how are we using leadership to achieve results for our organizations?

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Topics: employee benefits, HR webinars, retirement, leadership