United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Take Control Of Your Commute

Posted by: Bill Olson    Mar 5, 2020 7:30:00 AM

It’s a staple of office small talk, one of the first things we check when considering a new job, and a necessary evil for an overwhelming majority of American workers: the commute. While more and more companies are offering remote positions and flexible work-from-home options, the U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that the average commute is still hovering around 25 minutes. The fact that this hasn’t decreased significantly with the rise of telework tells us that while more Americans are working from home, more are also hunkering down for longer trips to and from the office.

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Topics: wellness, workplace culture, commute, flexibility in the workplace, Work Remotely, Work From Home

Battle Tips to Win the War for Talent

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 13, 2020 7:45:00 AM

In the late 2000s, major headlines concerning the economy and jobs were usually related to unemployment. Qualified people might struggle to get an interview or retain a position in a volatile job market. This was especially true for millennials graduating college at the height of the most recent financial recession in 2008. But unemployment is at a historic low here in the new decade, so it’s no longer the employee struggling to find a good fit—it’s the employer.

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Topics: workplace culture, employee benefit plans, HR Elements, attracting talent

Leading the Social Enterprise: Building a Culture of Community Experience

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 9, 2020 3:19:30 PM

If you’ve been considering developing a social responsibility plan for your company in 2020, now is the perfect time. Experts are predicting that the future of success for organizations lies in their ability to make a marked difference in their community — an initiative that is directly tied to boosting the bottom line.

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Topics: workplace culture, organizational management, Social Enterprise

What is Perfectionism, and Is It Affecting Your Work Life?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 17, 2019 9:25:00 AM

If you feel that perfectionism is associated with high performance and higher success rates, you might be surprised to learn that it has a dark side as well. It might seem that trying to work diligently with extremely high standards is good for productivity and success, but that’s not always the case.

 

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Topics: wellness, mental health, office productivity, workplace wellness, workplace culture, teamwork

Preventing and Beating Burnout

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jul 23, 2019 2:20:06 PM

Burnout. It’s something people might joke about after a particularly stressful stretch at work or post memes about on Instagram. It’s also a very real phenomenon first described in 1974 and, per a recent article by the BBC, a potential work hazard thanks to a reclassification by the World Health Organization.

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Topics: workplace wellness, workplace culture, stress

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, Feedback, work environment, creating culture

Moments of Clarity: Being Transparent

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 9, 2018 1:47:01 PM

Aristotle was right when he said, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Companies and politicians like to say that they’re transparent, when in fact, they’re often the opposite. And, as in nature, in the absence of facts, people will often fill their minds with what is perceived.

 

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Topics: workplace culture, company policy, Transparency

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

Facing Bias in the Workplace

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 18, 2018 2:14:37 PM

Data shows that when it comes to influencing people’s interactions in the workplace, generally information doesnt change behavior. As well-intentioned as diversity training might be, and while it is certainly a valuable tool for raising awareness and introducing language, unconscious cognitive bias takes time to change. Because of this, experts have started referring to bias not as a glass ceilingbut as a tax.

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Topics: workplace wellness, workplace culture, Workplace Bias

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, employees, workplace culture, progress