United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

8 Ways to Relate to Time as a Realist

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 6, 2018 1:11:26 PM

Productivity and time management expert Julie Morgenstern believes people can be grouped two ways when it comes to time management: Time realists and time optimists.

Time realists consider how long things take and what is going on in any given day. Time optimists are guided by what they hope to get done.

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Topics: time management, scheduling, personal time, personal management, avoiding burnout, employee burnout, productivity

Tri-Agency Proposed Rule on Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Nov 1, 2018 1:37:24 PM

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, the Departments) released their proposed rule regarding health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and other account-based group health plans. The DOL also issued a news release and fact sheet on the proposed rule.

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Topics: HRAs, HRA, Qualified Small Employer HRA, QSE HRA, Compliance Advisor

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, creating culture, work environment, Feedback

Choosing the Right Flexible Benefit for Employees

Posted by: Blake London    Oct 25, 2018 12:56:25 PM

Trying to decide which of the many employer-sponsored benefits out there to offer employees can leave an employer feeling lost in a confusing bowl of alphabet soup—HSA? FSA? DCAP? HRA? What does it mean if a benefit is “limited” or “post-deductible”? Which one is use-it-or-lose-it? Which one has a rollover? What are the limits on each benefit?—and so on.

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Topics: Flexible Benefits, HRA, FSA, HSA, employee benefit plans

Making a Remote Team Work

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 24, 2018 10:55:46 AM

In a tight labor market, a candidate’s potential commute can make a job more or less attractive. HumanResources reports that a quarter of employees surveyed had left a job because of the commute. When looking at just Millennials, the number jumps to one third. Employees can be choosy, selecting a job that offers more of what they want, and that means less of a commute. Companies can work around this by offering transportation amenities, flexible scheduling or more remote working opportunities.

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Topics: remote work, Millennials in the Workforce, commute, flexibility in the workplace

Do you have a choice of where you will be taken care of?

Posted by: Rob Morrow    Oct 18, 2018 1:07:37 PM

If something should happen to you or one of your employees today that required Long Term Care, do you, or they, have a choice in where the care is received? 

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Topics: Long-Term Care, long-term care insurance, Medicaid, employee benefits, long-term care benefits, senior care

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

5 Social Media Tips For Insurance Brokers

Posted by: Neil Mammele    Oct 11, 2018 12:43:43 PM

Social media and insurance brokers, a match made in heaven? Believe it or not, this dynamic duo is far from an oxymoron. In fact, claiming professional pages on social media channels is not only a common marketing tactic but a marketing best practice. Though people do not want to be actively sold to via social platforms, they are used to having relevant brand content mixed in with posts from their friends and family. So, how can you blend in with the best and provide a killer social experience? Follow these five tips for social media success:

 

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Topics: social media, insurance brokers, Marketing

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