United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Bill Olson

Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors

Recent Posts

How to Train and Develop Your Employees — the Right Way

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 10, 2019 11:44:59 AM

In today’s corporate landscape, training and development, or learning and development (L&D), plays an integral role in the way employees are scouted, retained, and promoted.

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Topics: HR Elements, Learning and Development, Programs, Employee Training, Career Development

Balancing Food and Fitness this Holiday Season

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 3, 2019 8:22:00 AM

With our busy lives and schedules, it can be difficult to find the right balance between food and fitness. The holidays compound the challenge even more. Between work and personal life, deadlines and sleep, indulgence and healthful eating, somewhere there is surely a balance! We’re here to show you how to do it.

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Topics: wellness, healthy eating, Holiday Wellness, Stay Fit the Holidays

A Recession in 2020? Here’s What the Experts Say, and How You Can Prep for It

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 26, 2019 11:11:45 AM

With the upcoming decade bringing new benefit opportunities, open enrollment, and brand new positions, the future looks bright for businesses of every size and sector. But as the world looks to 2020 and beyond, some finance experts say the next decade won’t be all smooth sailing.

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Topics: HR Elements, Labor Recession, Outsourcing, 2020

It’s Time to Give Your Performance Review … a Performance Review

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 19, 2019 9:17:00 AM

If you’ve felt the itch to reimagine your company’s performance review structure, your head is probably in the right place.

According to a recent Deloitte survey, 58 percent of executives believe that their current performance management processes neither drive employee engagement nor high performance. If engagement and performance are low, it’s time to start addressing how you’re conducting performance reviews.

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Topics: HR Elements, Performance Reviews, Performance Management, 360 Review

How to Handle Pay-History Inquiries —The Right Way

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 12, 2019 8:42:00 AM

We’ve all been there. You’ve gotten deep into the job interview process, and then you’re face-to-face with the awkward question: would you share your previous salary? 

Whether the question rears its head in a digital application or during initial in-persons, none of us like answering it. Many people, especially young people, are less committed to their employers and seek new jobs every few years in order to rapidly spike their salaries, yet having to confront the pay question is never comfortable.

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Topics: HR Elements, pay gap, Pay Scale, Pay History

What is Emotional Agility, and How Can You Manage Your Emotions in the Workplace?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 5, 2019 9:30:00 AM

It’s a buzzword we hear all the time: emotional agility. So you may be asking, what exactly IS emotional agility? It’s defined as one’s ability to deal with stressors and discomfort in work and life. People are preprogrammed to deal with situations in certain ways, but these types of reactions don’t always allow room for emotional growth.

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Topics: wellness, stress, Cope with Stress, Emotional Agilty

It’s Time to Stop Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 31, 2019 8:27:00 AM

The kids are more than all right: they’re the stars of the show.

It seems like developing market research in every business sector is all about millennials and Gen Z. How do we capture and retain their interest? How do we market and remarket to them? What are they interested in to begin with? What do they find attractive in a brand or company?

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Topics: HR Elements, Generational Differences, Generation Z, Generational Diversity, Ageism

4 Steps to a Pet-Friendly Workplace

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 24, 2019 9:16:00 AM

If your team is waving goodbye to doggy day-care and the days of leaving furry friends at home, congratulations! The trend of bringing dogs to work started soon after what is widely considered the most influential research on dog-friendly offices, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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Topics: pets at work, HR Elements, pets, Dog-Friendly Offices

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

How to Take your 2020 Benefit Change Rollout to the Next Level

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 15, 2019 9:42:00 AM

With open enrollment right around the corner, employers are faced with the annual question: how are we going to get employees engaged, while helping them make the smartest benefit decisions for their individual situations?

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Topics: employee benefits, Open Enrollment, benefits enrollment, HR Elements