United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Bill Olson

Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors

Recent Posts

Tackling Workplace Bullying

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 19, 2019 4:16:51 PM

A recent study reports more than half of employees in global businesses witnessed or experienced workplace bullying. While that’s alarming, research focused on the U.S. says closer to 75 percent of employees have been impacted by workplace bullying.

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Topics: bullying, employee wellness, health related lost productivity

Seeds of Change

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 12, 2019 1:07:03 PM

Has anyone ever said to you, “Eat your vegetables!”? Have you ever admonished your own kids to do the same? Are you guilty of throwing away the banana your mom packed in your lunch bag, or ignoring that apple you brought to the office — the one that’s now shriveled up and inedible?

Chances are you can answer “yes” to at least one of the above. While many people are trying to include more fruits and veggies in their diets, most of us could probably do better — in fact, most of us should probably eat twice what we’re currently eating. That’s because fruits and vegetables fill an incredible variety of essential nutritional needs and can help protect against certain diseases. These may include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and even some cancers. They can also help reduce the risk of digestive and eye problems.

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Topics: fruits, vegetables, diet, healthy lifestyles

The Ins and Outs of Warming up and Cooling Down

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 5, 2019 2:30:05 PM

OK, you’ve made it to the gym, you’ve donned your sneakers, and you’re ready to go! Or are you? If you’re headed for a workout, whether by yourself or in a group, it’s really important that you arm up before you get into it, and cool down when you’re done.

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Topics: employee health, exercise

4 Ways to Help Employees Keep Their Resolution

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 23, 2019 11:27:58 AM

As we ring in 2019, there are plenty of resolutions being made and likely already broken. Inc. Magazine’s list of the ten most common resolutions doesn't contain too many surprises. Prioritizing health and fitness through diet and exercise, spending quality time with friends and family, and other self improvement plans are on many people’s minds. Endless how-to articles and listicles are published this time of year to motivate and inspire individuals to stick with  their resolutions. 

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Topics: Resolutions, healthy lifestyles

Gen Z is Coming. Is Your Workplace Ready?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 15, 2019 3:06:55 PM

While it may feel like businesses are still reeling from adapting to the working millennial, the next generation is already knocking on the HR door. The Society for Human Resource Management went straight to a 16-year old source to see what is on the workplace horizon.

Here are a few trends and some potential takeaways for employers.

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Topics: Generation Z, Generational Differences, Society for Human Resource Management

Some Companies Going Above and Beyond to Support Mothers and Fathers

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 8, 2019 2:20:03 PM

While the last two decades witnessed a steady rise in pregnancy discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there is good news out there for working families.

Many companies are opting to create innovative and forward-thinking ways to support working parents and, in some cases, companies are blazing the trail ahead of state or federal legislation. There is no mandated federal parental-leave policy to follow, so many employers are opting to craft their own, according to HR Executive.

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Topics: Working Parents, EEOC, family planning

Top 5 Blogs of 2018

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 3, 2019 1:00:00 PM

As 2018 wraps up and we move into 2019, we wanted to recap some of the most popular posts we shared this year.

In everything from compliance updates to human resources news, UBA stays on top of the latest trends, new regulations, and hot-button issues in the industry so we can share knowledge about the benefits industry.

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Topics: benefits compliance, voluntary benefits, IRS, fringe benefits, retirement planning

Are Employers Smart to Deal with Student Debt?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 18, 2018 12:46:46 PM

In recent decades, a college education has become accessible to more Americans than ever before. Since most families or individuals can’t write a check for a full year’s tuition, student loans are one way to finance that attractive education. Students loans are often touted as “good debt,” worthwhile money spent that, with low interest rates and career advances, can improve credit and long-term earning prospects.

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Topics: student loan, debt, HR Elements, recruitment, talent retention

Make Your Employer Brand More Purposeful

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 13, 2018 1:09:20 PM

Branding is big news. Beyond hoping to boost sales and profits through consumer-facing brands, branding is also a critical component for companies in their roles as employers. As budgets are being made and communications planned for 2019, there are steps big and small you can take to make employer branding a priority for your team in the new year.

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Topics: Branding, Employer Branding, recruiting, talent retention, company culture, Job Interviews

Culture Questions

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 4, 2018 12:59:30 PM

With unemployment continuing at historically low numbers, it’s up to employers to win sought-after candidates. During an interview, employers are likely ready for the culture question. When asked about culture directly, according to an article in Fast Company, interviewers are quick to offer pat or polished answers.

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Topics: company culture, corporate culture, recruitment, recruiting