United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

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

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, Feedback, human resources

VR for HR

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    Sep 26, 2017 9:30:00 AM

No matter how well traveled you are, or how busy your lifestyle may be, you likely haven’t been everywhere in the world, or done everything there is to do. There is technology out there, however, that can bring the world to you. That technology is called “virtual reality,” or VR for short, and it’s changing the way that people experience life. VR provides a simulated environment that mimics a real one.

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Topics: human resources, recruiting, virtual reality

Don't Put Up with the Bull of Bullying

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    Sep 19, 2017 9:30:00 AM

There’s no place for bullying and that’s especially true in the workplace, yet many employees bully their co-workers. So, how does this happen? It used to be that bullying was confined to the schoolyard, but now it’s spread to cyberbullying and workplace bullying. Now, if there’s a culture of bullying at an organization, often it’s repeated as people climb the corporate ladder even though they were bullied themselves when they held lower positions.

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Topics: bullying, cyberbullying, human resources

The Killjoy of Office Culture

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    Sep 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM

One of the latest things trending right now in business is the importance of office culture. When everyone in the office is working well together, productivity rises and efficiency increases. Naturally, the opposite is true when employees do not work well together and the corporate culture suffers. So, what are these barriers and what can you do to avoid them?

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Topics: corporate culture, human resources, teamwork

EEOC Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

Posted by: Nancy Bourque    Jan 31, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidance on national origin discrimination. National origin discrimination is discrimination because an individual is, or the individual's ancestors are, from a certain place or has the physical, cultural, or linguistic characteristics of a particular national origin group, including Native American tribes. A member of one national origin group can discriminate against a member of the same group. While many of the previous rules and regulations remain intact, new protections have been added.

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Topics: discrimination, national origin, Title VII, workplace discrimination, human resources, HR compliance

Economic Trends and Human Resources

Posted by: Robin J. Anderson    Jun 9, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Global economic trends have a profound impact on human resource management with effects on everything from talent management, hiring, outsourcing, investment strategies, wages, asset management and business development. As globalization continues to shrink the world, human resource departments are transforming themselves into strategic business partners with senior leaders in order to effectively lead their organizations. A look at current economic trends through the perspective of human resources paints a picture of what matters most to U.S. markets.

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Topics: economic trends, Robin J. Anderson, consumers, credit, globalization, Principal Global Investors, human resources, commodities