United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

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

The Future of the Office

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jun 12, 2018 1:15:29 PM

Earlier this spring, the quarterly Randstad Workmonitor survey revealed that while 82% of United States workers say the option to work remotely does help them maintain a healthy work-life balance, 62% of these same workers prefer to work in the office anyway. Perhaps most surprisingly, this preference is higher among millennial and Gen Z workers, despite the common perception that these groups prefer digital interactions over real-time ones.

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Topics: Benefit, workplace culture, benefits, remote work

Inclusive Workplaces Benefit Everyone

Posted by: Bill Olson    May 22, 2018 1:30:50 PM

While there’s plenty of talk about work/life balance, many employees want to feel human while at work, too. Being able to bring their whole selves, according to “3 Ways to Create a More Human Workplace,” from Workforce, is an essential piece of a welcoming, inclusive workplace environment.

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Topics: workplace discrimination, workplace wellness, workplace culture, diversity

Why Work? For More than the Money

Posted by: Bill Olson    May 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Discovering the individualized reasons people work is key to helping employers understand what will motivate employees.

According to the article "What People Want from Work: Motivation" on the website The Balance, successful companies need to start with money. Paying employees fair compensation, or ideally more than fair, brings the talent in and reduces the risk of losing great employees. Money helps employees check off responsibilities ranging from taking care of the most basic necessities to enjoying hobbies to long-term planning for retirement.

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Topics: employee engagement, employee communication, employee satisfaction, employee participation, employee burnout, workplace culture, motivation, working conditions