United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

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

Yes, Boss/HR/Your Honor, That's My Email

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 2, 2018 12:21:50 PM

Ever hear of the acronym “CLEM”? That stands for career-limiting email and is a reminder to reconsider sending anything out in writing when a phone call may be the better option.

If you have to think twice about hitting that send button, then you shouldn’t hit it.

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Topics: email, human resources, employee communication, work performance, work environment, cyberbullying, workplace culture

Everyone Wins When Growth is the Goal

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jul 24, 2018 1:22:06 PM

Its a dilemma. On the one hand, todays buzzing, multifaceted working environments challenge employees more than ever before. On the other, these same working environments are often also overwhelming and stressful. Sometimes it seems like success means mania—but this doesnt have to be the case. More and more frequently, experts urge offices to focus not on performance but on growth.

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Topics: Growth Culture, work environment, teamwork

Addressing Mental Health Care at Work

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jul 17, 2018 1:00:23 PM

Nancy Spangler, senior consultant at the Center for Workplace Mental Health of the American Psychiatric Foundation, says that one in five adults has a mental health disorder, and one in 10 has a substance abuse problem. In addition, major depression and its associated conditions cost the U.S. over $210 billion every year. Clearly, mental health is an issue we need to investigate both in our offices and across the country.

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Topics: mental health, substance abuse, work environment

What About Them?

Posted by: Ken Spencer    Jul 5, 2018 12:57:55 PM

The office team arrives at 8:00 AM and is there every day until 5:00 PM. They work hard answering questions for clients, doing invoicing, and other important administrative tasks. The production team often shows up at 10:00 AM or later, takes a long lunch and quite often is seen leaving at 2:00 or 3:00 PM. From the office team’s perspective, they are doing all the work and the production team is goofing off.  Over time the office team begins to talk about it among themselves, feeding the sense of unfairness and inequity of their work environment. In some instances, office team members leave the organization or reduce their output and engagement level to adjust to what they perceive is unfair.

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Topics: work environment, work performance, employee satisfaction