United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Let Data Deliver for You

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jun 26, 2018 1:04:41 PM

Using HR data can be legally and ethically complicated, but if analyzed with care, it can also be a team’s greatest asset. Because of these very real concerns, in the past information often went unused, but today, wise companies are turning facts into insight. When processed ethically, data can inform an office when employees will leave, where to recruit solid candidates, and most importantly, how to keep these candidates happy once they become employees. And this isn’t merely a suggestion: according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, 82% of surveyed organizations plan to either begin or increase their use of big data in HR before the end of 2018. The crucial point here isn’t simplicity but effectiveness: when HR data is braided effectively with a company’s strategic aims, wellbeing increases across the board.

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Topics: employee satisfaction, office productivity, HR Data, Workforce Analytics

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

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

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