United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Bill Olson

Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors

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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

Ensuring Accurate Skill Matching

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 8, 2019 8:28:00 AM

Finding the right people to successfully execute in the workplace is the core responsibility of HR, but research shows it is becoming increasingly difficult to vet candidates manually. To compound this challenge, recruitment is flooded with hundreds or thousands of resumes to wade through (many of which are unqualified), and this is not the best use of their time.

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Topics: HR Elements, Skill Matching, Professional Development, Career Advancement

Incentivizing Corporate Wellness

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 26, 2019 10:47:00 AM

Nearly every large employer offers some type of wellness program, but if your team feels you’ve “been there, done that,” maybe it’s time to revisit your definition of wellness. With the expansion of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga in the west, modern wellness applications are so much more than just eating veggies and stepping on a scale.

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Topics: wellness incentives, wellness programs, healthy lifestyles, HR Elements

Expansion of the Remote Workforce

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 19, 2019 9:45:00 AM

Laptop on, loafers off. 

According to one Cision study, more than 50% of the working works from home at least half of the week. Remote work is exploding in popularity, expanding by 91% over the last ten years and 159% over the last 12 years.

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Topics: employee benefits, productivity, HR Elements, Work Remotely, Work From Home

Addressing Marijuana Usage and Testing in the Workplace

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 11, 2019 6:20:41 PM

Recreational cannabis legalization is rolling out across the United States, and many employers are faced with a big, hazy question: how should they address drug testing in the workplace? Eleven states have legalized recreational marijuana and 33 others have legalized medical marijuana. It’s safe to say that in the next few months or years this topic will hit nearly every employer nationally.

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Topics: HR Elements, Marijuana Legalization, Workplace Regulations

Fighting Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 4, 2019 5:39:06 PM

We are all familiar with overt biases in the workplace. From off-color jokes to discriminatory hiring practices, the experience of conscious bias is an unfortunate reality for many women and men at all levels of corporate hierarchy.

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Topics: HR Elements, Unconscious Bias, Proactive Training, implicit bias

Going Beyond Rainbows

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 22, 2019 10:00:00 AM

As summer comes to an end, let’s take a closer look at the nuances of 2019’s pride month. This year, a global conversation around pride-washing or rainbow washing — the practice of businesses making nods to LGBTQIA+ inclusion through marketing efforts or rainbow-infused temporary products but not through actions and policies — also took place.

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Topics: HR Elements, diversity

All About Bravery

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 16, 2019 1:15:00 PM

Were you one of the lucky ones to catch Brené Brown’s keynote at the Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference? If not, don’t worry. Many HR publications took notes on what this five-time best-selling author, whose most recent TED Talk has 41 million views and climbing, had to say.

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Topics: leadership, Society for Human Resource Management, HR Elements

The “Official” Lowdown on Physical Activity

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 8, 2019 12:25:56 PM

You can read fitness magazines or online blogs, get tips from friends and neighbors, or make up your own rules and regimens for staying active. But when the federal government speaks, you should probably listen.

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Topics: wellness