United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

How To Manage On-Site Employees During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by: Colleen Kucera    Jun 9, 2020 1:30:00 PM

As we continue to self-isolate, executives and team leaders across the country are grappling with the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the toll it's taken on themselves and their workers—and have been handling all of this while in quarantine. But for many employees, working from home hasn’t been an option. Deborah Alvord, a senior director analyst for Gartner, told HRMorning that “Many (employers) can’t implement remote work for all of their employees due to the lack of available infrastructure, the physical nature of some … roles or union contracts.”

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Topics: return to work plan, HR Elements, Social Distancing, COVID-19, CDC

Can Companies Require Their Employees To Pass A COVID-19 Test Before Returning To Work?

Posted by: Colleen Kucera    Jun 5, 2020 2:15:00 PM

As the country gradually begins to reopen, organizations loosen their teleworking mandates, and employees return to the office, it may be tempting for companies to pick up where they left off and consider COVID-19 a non-concern. But for HR teams, the workplace challenges presented by the coronavirus are just beginning. Health authorities have made it clear that  the reopening of the country does not mean phasing out COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.

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Topics: EEOC, employee, return to work plan, COVID-19

New Policies For Returning To Work Post-COVID-19

Posted by: Colleen Kucera    May 21, 2020 1:15:00 PM

As more states either re-open entirely or unveil multi-step plans to return to normalcy in the coming months, some businesses will have the opportunity to phase out remote operations and return to on-site working. But just like every other aspect of our lives when quarantine ends, the office is going to be a different place than it was before COVID-19.

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Topics: return to work plan, HR Elements, COVID-19

When Grief Comes to Work

Posted by: Kathryn Schneider, LPC, CEAP    Aug 8, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Death and loss touch all of us, usually many times throughout our lives. Yet we may feel unprepared and uncomfortable when grief intrudes into our daily routines. As a manager, when grief impacts your employees it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of what they are going through as well as ways you can help.

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Topics: Employee Assistance Programs, employee leave management, grief, return to work plan