United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

8 Ways to Better Manage Your Time

Posted by: Bill Olson    Apr 12, 2019 5:28:03 PM

shutterstock_1225617076Feel like there aren't enough hours in the day? It might sound strange, but you might want to slow your pace. When we try to operate at warp speed, we sometimes make more mistakes and often feel more stress. Check out these tips to make the most of your time without pushing yourself too hard.

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Topics: time management

Playing in the workplace

Posted by: Bill Olson    Mar 28, 2019 2:59:32 PM

shutterstock_1048652945Have you heard of gamification? To gamify an everyday activity, you add the best fun or competitive elements associated with games to help boost engagement, according to G2 Crowd. Why bother and not just slog through your paperwork? The idea behind gamification is that feeling accomplished or engaged in fun ways, whether by earning points, badges, or accolades, can help people stay motivated to stick with tasks they might otherwise abandon.

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Topics: office productivity, time management, gamification

More companies flirt with the idea of the four-day work week

Posted by: Bill Olson    Mar 21, 2019 3:22:14 PM

shutterstock_487208749Many white-collar jobs, particularly those in creative industries like PR, publishing, and design, have embraced summer hours for years, with shortened workdays on Fridays. Now, some companies are experimenting with “Winter Fridays,” says The New York Times. While clearly seasonal-specific options, both these trends are part of ongoing explorations on the impact of reduced workweeks. Though hardly ubiquitous in either summer or winter, research points to a year-round, four-day workweek gaining some popularity across industries and across the globe.

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Topics: work-life balance, flexibility in the workplace, time management

In Pursuit of a Better Meeting

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 26, 2019 6:24:38 PM

shutterstock_727613272Groans and sighs often greet the ping of a meeting invite hitting an inbox. While it may be impossible to make meetings more fun than the office holiday party, it is possible to lessen the dread, increase morale, and improve the results of a meeting.

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Topics: time management, meetings

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