United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Sharpen Those Soft Skills

Posted by: Bill Olson    Mar 12, 2019 4:29:21 PM

shutterstock_661818811Knowing how to code or being well versed in Artificial Intelligence or Virtual Reality are some ways for a recruit or employee to set themselves apart. In many companies, though, it’s soft skills like time management, public speaking and oral communication, leadership, and even emotional intelligence that are desperately needed, according to the LinkedIn 2018 Emerging Jobs Report.

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Topics: employee communication, employee education, soft skills

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: employee communication, human resources, email, workplace culture, cyberbullying, work performance, work environment

Leveraging Generational Factors for Overall Success

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 14, 2018 1:17:14 PM

Millennials, commonly but not exclusively defined as people born between 1981 and 1996, occupy a complicated space in today’s workplace—predominantly because they’re the youngest generation in it. While many consider this group “ambitious” and “tech-savvy,” others understand it to be “whiney,” “distracted,” or “entitled.” As with any stereotype, this is a flat, un-nuanced version of a partial truth. The most important thing to remember, says Brad Karsh, CEO and founder of JBTraining Solutions, is that each generation in the workforce—from Boomers to Millennials—has been shaped by their upbringing.

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Topics: employee communication, Millennials, Millennials in the Workforce

Can You Handle the Truth?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jun 5, 2018 12:57:11 PM

Direct feedback culture, according to “Mastering the Art of Negative Feedback,” from Society for Human Resource Management means simultaneously challenging someone while also showing you care. Many employees skew toward caring over candor, and that can lead to dissatisfaction.

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Topics: employee engagement, employee communication, human resources, Feedback

Why Work? For More than the Money

Posted by: Bill Olson    May 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Discovering the individualized reasons people work is key to helping employers understand what will motivate employees.

According to the article "What People Want from Work: Motivation" on the website The Balance, successful companies need to start with money. Paying employees fair compensation, or ideally more than fair, brings the talent in and reduces the risk of losing great employees. Money helps employees check off responsibilities ranging from taking care of the most basic necessities to enjoying hobbies to long-term planning for retirement.

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Topics: employee engagement, employee communication, employee satisfaction, employee participation, employee burnout, workplace culture, motivation, working conditions

Strategic benefits communication: Five key steps to success this open enrollment season

Posted by: Kevin D. Seeker, GBA    Aug 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

In previous posts, I have talked about several aspects of strategic benefits communication. Now it’s time to put those strategies into action. As we approach enrollment season, let’s look at five key steps to ensuring this year’s open enrollment is successful for you and your employees.

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Topics: employee communication, voluntary benefits, Open Enrollment, benefits communication

Template Letter to Employees about IRS Forms 1095-B and 1095-C

Posted by: Danielle Capilla    Dec 8, 2015 12:00:00 PM

UBA has created a template letter that employers may use to draft written communication to employees regarding what to expect in relation to IRS Forms 1095-B and 1095-C, and what employees should do with a form or forms they receive. The template is meant to be adjustable for each employer, and further information could be added if it is pertinent to the employer or its workforce.

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Topics: employee communication, IRS Form 1095, minimum essential coverage, Danielle Capilla, minimum value coverage

Who’s Walking and Who’s Just Talking?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 24, 2014 9:41:00 AM

There is a lot of talk about the many cost-control and health care reform tactics available to employers, but what are companies actually implementing? The latest UBA Benefit Opinions Survey aims to define just that. While clients and prospects of UBA’s Partner Firms have contributed thousands of responses to the survey, any employer can participate and get a complimentary findings report. This landmark benchmarking resource compiles information from employers representing all major industry classifications, employee size categories and regions of the country, and delineates employers’ opinions in five key areas:

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Topics: employee communication, ACA, employee benefits, PPACA, leadership, UBA Benefit Opinion Survey, benefit communication, benefit consultants, benefit management, compliance with health care reform

Insurers Given Permission to Renew Policies That Don't Meet PPACA Requirements

Posted by: Linda Rowings    Nov 21, 2013 2:54:00 PM

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Topics: employee communication, health insurance, ACA, health marketplace, employee benefits, health care reform, health care, PPACA

Explaining Health Care Reform to Your Employees

Posted by: Peter Freska    Oct 30, 2013 10:06:00 AM

Peter Freska, CEBS
Benefits Advisor
The LBL Group, A UBA Partner Firm

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Topics: employee communication, ACA, hr consulting, health care reform, PPACA, UBA Partner Firms