United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Take Control Of Your Commute

Posted by: Bill Olson    Mar 5, 2020 7:30:00 AM

It’s a staple of office small talk, one of the first things we check when considering a new job, and a necessary evil for an overwhelming majority of American workers: the commute. While more and more companies are offering remote positions and flexible work-from-home options, the U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that the average commute is still hovering around 25 minutes. The fact that this hasn’t decreased significantly with the rise of telework tells us that while more Americans are working from home, more are also hunkering down for longer trips to and from the office.

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Topics: wellness, workplace culture, commute, flexibility in the workplace, Work Remotely, Work From Home

Beat the Winter Blues with These Helpful Tips

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 11, 2020 3:45:00 PM

With February’s arrival, we find ourselves in the midst of the winter doldrums: the holidays are far in the rearview mirror, the once-exciting sight of falling snow has lost its charm, and it feels like it's been ages since we’ve felt the sun.

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Topics: wellness, exercise, healthy eating, health, outdoors

Balancing Food and Fitness this Holiday Season

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 3, 2019 8:22:00 AM

With our busy lives and schedules, it can be difficult to find the right balance between food and fitness. The holidays compound the challenge even more. Between work and personal life, deadlines and sleep, indulgence and healthful eating, somewhere there is surely a balance! We’re here to show you how to do it.

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Topics: wellness, healthy eating, Holiday Wellness, Stay Fit the Holidays

What is Emotional Agility, and How Can You Manage Your Emotions in the Workplace?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 5, 2019 9:30:00 AM

It’s a buzzword we hear all the time: emotional agility. So you may be asking, what exactly IS emotional agility? It’s defined as one’s ability to deal with stressors and discomfort in work and life. People are preprogrammed to deal with situations in certain ways, but these types of reactions don’t always allow room for emotional growth.

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Topics: wellness, stress, Cope with Stress, Emotional Agilty

What is Perfectionism, and Is It Affecting Your Work Life?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 17, 2019 9:25:00 AM

If you feel that perfectionism is associated with high performance and higher success rates, you might be surprised to learn that it has a dark side as well. It might seem that trying to work diligently with extremely high standards is good for productivity and success, but that’s not always the case.

 

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Topics: wellness, mental health, office productivity, workplace wellness, workplace culture, teamwork

The “Official” Lowdown on Physical Activity

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 8, 2019 12:25:56 PM

You can read fitness magazines or online blogs, get tips from friends and neighbors, or make up your own rules and regimens for staying active. But when the federal government speaks, you should probably listen.

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Topics: wellness

Tips and tricks to help you stress less

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jun 11, 2019 2:50:26 PM

Stress. We all feel it. We all complain about it. And we probably just accept it as being the price we pay for living in today's hectic world.

 

While it's true that stress is probably unavoidable – whether it's caused by a traffic jam or a bigger challenge like a job loss or a chronic illness – it's also true that you can learn to deal with stress in a more healthy way. And that's important, because stress can wreak havoc on your health. The longer you're under stress, the worse it is for your physical well-being. Here are some things to try to help you manage stress.

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Topics: wellness, workplace wellness, stress

Kids and Body Image

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jun 4, 2019 1:44:51 PM

Growing up can be tough. The challenges of school, relationships with friends, sports and other activities can be stressful for children. Peer pressure, along with what they see and hear daily via social media, TV, movies and video games, can cause them to stress out about how they look. Comparing themselves with their friends—or, worse, with supermodels, movie stars, or pro athletes—can then lead to a negative body image.

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Topics: wellness, body image, children

Protect your pet, protect yourself

Posted by: Bill Olson    May 30, 2019 3:43:36 PM

Pets bring us joy and unconditional love. But sometimes they can bring us illness. Infectious diseases can be passed between animals and humans. These diseases are known as zoonoses. Zoonoses can be spread through direct contact, sometimes through insects, and sometimes via the animal's environment.

Let's face it. Animals do some gross things. Dogs drink from filthy puddles. Cats kill birds and chipmunks. And sometimes, our pets even—gasp!—bite and scratch. All of these things and more can cause the spread of infections and diseases between animals and humans.

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Topics: wellness, health, pets

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