United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Bill Olson

Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors

Recent Posts

Shrinking Talent Pools Mean Shifting Hiring Strategies

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 16, 2018 12:45:32 PM

The labor market is tighter than ever, so people in hiring capacities need to be ready to win potential workers from competitors.

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Topics: Job Candidates, Job Interviews, recruiting, company culture, attracting talent

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: Transparency, workplace culture, company policy

Use Caution When Operating a Car or Dangerous Machinery

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 4, 2018 12:55:52 PM

Everybody knows that you shouldn’t drink and drive. However, not everyone knows that prescription drugs can also impair a person’s ability to drive, or operate machinery. Even if they do know, they may not think that the impairment is significant enough to warrant avoiding the activity. Interestingly, while drunk driving has decreased, driving while on prescription or illegal drugs has increased.

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Topics: prescription drugs, Prescription Medication, Effects of Prescription Drugs

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

Dear Brain, Please Let Me Sleep

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 25, 2018 12:13:06 PM

There are alarms to help people wake up, but there isn’t anything similar to help people fall asleep. It seems that no matter how much you zone out just before going to bed, the minute your head hits the pillow your brain kicks into overdrive. Thoughts of every decision made that day, things that need to be done tomorrow, or that stupid song just heard continue to flood the brain with activity.

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Topics: wellness, human resources, healthy lifestyles

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 culture, Workplace Bias, workplace wellness

Leveraging Generational Factors for Overall Success

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 11, 2018 12:53:35 PM

No matter what your office looks like—in a gig economy or a more traditional one, with or without AI—interviews will be a part of the culture. Learning about best practices benefits everyone, whether you are the interviewer or the interviewee. Especially at busy times, it can be easy to forget that an interview isn’t simply to learn about potential coworkers. In fact, a solid interview often uncovers and develops potential growth strategies for future-looking companies.

 

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Topics: job search, Job Interviews, Interview Questions

Get Moving...To Live!

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 6, 2018 1:55:42 PM

 The phrase: “If I’m lying, I’m dying” should be changed to: “If I’m sitting, I’m dying” even though it doesn’t rhyme. If you haven’t heard by now, sitting for long periods of time increases the chance that you’ll die early, regardless of your race, gender, age, body mass index (BMI), or even if you exercise. The longer you sit, the higher your risk of dying sooner rather than later.

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Topics: healthy lifestyles, exercise, workplace wellness

Managing Robots in the Work Force

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 4, 2018 1:29:12 PM

As the gig economy increases its influence, offices become more decentralized. Sometimes, whether to save money or finesse consistency, companies turn to artificial intelligence, or AI, for assistance. While robots have been employed to operate machinery or sort objects for years now, they are increasingly working white-collar jobs too.

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Topics: artificial intelligence, Robots, Gig Economy

UBA and Symetra to Host Plan Sponsor Webinar: "What's Driving Claim Costs and Employer Solutions"

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 30, 2018 12:56:52 PM

CHICAGO — (Aug. 29, 2018) — To help HR professionals and business owners better understand their benefit plan claim costs, United Benefit Advisors (UBA), in conjunction with Symetra Life Insurance Company, will host a webinar — “What’s Driving Claim Costs and Employer Solutions” — on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m. ET. To receive complimentary access to the webinar, enter code SYMUBA2018 at registration.

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Topics: UBA news, webinar, WisdomWorkplace Webinar