United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Ready to Spark Joy in Your Office?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Apr 18, 2019 4:09:18 PM

shutterstock_134432759The hit Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” has set off a wave of house organization, purging, and general tidying. Many thrift stores and donation centers report being overwhelmed with bags and boxes of items recently filling American’s homes. What, though, of the workplace? Should a similar wave of de-cluttering and cleaning be happening at desks and in cubicles across the country?

Messy or cluttered spaces can make people feel more anxious and stressed, less able to focus, and more likely to procrastinate. It makes sense, then, that workers can boost both productivity and mood with some spring cleaning.

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Topics: office culture, office environment, organization

Perk Up Your Benefits Packages

Posted by: Bill Olson    May 29, 2018 3:44:29 PM

What people want in their benefits package is changing. Retirement and health care still rank high but soft perks and voluntary benefits factor into satisfaction more than any other benefits, so says “Employees Increasingly Excited About Soft Perks and Company-Culture Benefits,” in Employee Benefit News.

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Topics: retirement, office culture, health care coverage, benefits

Your Workplace May Want to Get Moving

Posted by: Bill Olson    May 8, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Rearranging workspaces may cause grumbling around the water cooler. The return on employee time and company money invested in reorganizing has long been difficult to prove. But, when Steve Jobs famously centralized bathrooms at Pixar for serendipitous interactions meant to spur innovation, it turns out he really was on to something.

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Topics: office culture, office productivity, office environment, empolyee engagement

Emails Never Sleep: Employers Consider Email Expectations

Posted by: Robert Black    Mar 8, 2017 9:30:00 AM

For some employees, when they leave work, they don’t even think about it until they return the next morning.  For others, while they may leave their place of employment, they’re never truly disconnected. That’s because there’s a workplace culture where some employees feel they must check and respond to their work emails 24/7/365. While this may be the new normal, there’s research that shows it may also be harmful to employees.

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Topics: office culture, Robert Black, work-life balance, email, office productivity, employee burnout