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PTO: To Infinity and Beyond

Critics of unlimited paid time off (PTO) policies often believe this flexible approach will create havoc across the company; employees will take advan

Dealing with the Unknown: Return-to-Office Anxiety

The first day returning to the office after a 14-month hiatus may feel like the first day of school. You don a new outfit (your sweats don@t seem offi

FMLA Manager Refresher

Managers have a slew of responsibilities related to supervising employee productivity and overseeing business operations. But it doesn@t stop there. M

The Gratitude Ripple Effect

Positive psychology studies consistently show that giving thanks for the everyday parts of your life will contribute to greater happiness. Something a

The Desk Edit

The @Home Edit@ craze took over Instagram newsfeeds in recent months. Followers of this organizational powerhouse posted pictures of perfectly organiz

MOOCs: Free, Ivy-League Education

The quote @once you stop learning, you start dying@ is attributed to the great inventor Albert Einstein. The sentiment is a good reminder for those wh

Leading through Burnout

The World Health Organization (WHO) expanded its definition of burnout as an @occupational phenomenon,@ giving credence to a set of conditions that ma

Mentoring Program Mishaps - Avoid These Common Pitfalls

Influential business leaders often thank mentors for support in reaching their goals. Sheryl Sandburg credits Ariana Huffington. Mark Zuckerberg was m

The Ketchup Question: Building Diverse Teams

@It@s the right thing to do.@ This simple conclusion was an early driver for HR professionals and hiring managers to add diversity initiatives to thei

Does Your Company Have the Potential to Go Remote Permanently?

Last March, many employees were sent home to work remotely for a few weeks until this @pesky@ coronavirus (COVID-19) resolved itself. Almost a year ha

The She-Cession: An Unwanted “Ladies First”

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic affected our work lives in unprecedented ways...workers furloughed, jobs lost, businesses closed, bedrooms convert

Healthcare Deductible & Definition Drama

Do you search for a discount code before confirming an online purchase? Or cut coupons out of the weekly paper? If you are shaking your head yes, you

Exit Interview Gold

Departing employees are a wealth of information. Unfortunately, exit interviews are often treated by HR as a box to be checked rather than a treasure

Networking: What's Mine is Yours

Over the last year, LinkedIn has been painted green @ the color of the @open to work@ profile frames that pepper our newsfeeds. It seems as if everyon

SMART Goal Revamp

January brings chilly winds from the north and often marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for many in corporate America. Some use this month to pr

At the Corner of Diversity and Talent

When thinking of increasing diversity at work, recruiters may target applicants from a specific group or @candidate pool.@ For example, a financial se

Employee Assistance Program Myths Debunked

Does this sound familiar? You receive an email from your HR department reminding you of access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and without th

More than Reasonably Priced Furniture: The Ikea Effect

You may shudder recalling the last time you ordered something online, and it arrived in individual boxes with a lengthy set of instructions and an All

Key Tips For Conducting Virtual Interviews

When quarantine officially came into effect, thousands of businesses with no remote work policy in place scrambled to piece together teleworking proce

How to Manage On-Site Employees During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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 t

Can Companies Require Their Employees to Pass a COVID-19 Test Before Returning to Work?

As the country gradually begins to reopen, organizations loosen their teleworking mandates, and employees return to the office, it may be tempting for

Recalibrating Your Work-Life Balance

One of most indicative signs of a healthy lifestyle is a measured work-life balance. In fact, many candidates cite work-life balance as a deciding fac

Tips for Effectively Leading During a Crisis

The coronavirus crisis is, in a word, unprecedented. Business executives and department heads find themselves facing challenges that even a few months

New Policies for Returning to Work Post-COVID-19

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 opportunit

Preserving Office Culture, Without an Office

Organizational culture is one of the most crucial elements of a business and remains one of the most predictive indicators of a company@s health. It@s

Remaining ADA-Compliant under COVID-19

The coronavirus crisis has forced human resources teams to juggle more challenges than ever before, from employee benefits and sick leave to new telew

How to Communicate Effectively in an Isolated Workplace

With the world in isolation and social distancing in full effect, the coronavirus pandemic has suddenly transformed the workplace, maybe irreparably.

Self-Care Tips for Working from Home

The shift from traditional office environments to telework hasn@t just put a strain on businesses unaccustomed to remote work@it@s a major adjustment

How to Support Your Employees During a Global Pandemic

As companies frantically try to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, many HR teams find themselves with an alarmingly jam-packed workload. Employee inte

What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means for HR Teams

Last week, the House of Representatives ended ongoing negotiations and reached a finalized agreement on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a

Everything HR Teams Need to Know about Coronavirus

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic continues to outbreak across the globe, the Centers for Disease Control @ Prevention (CDC) has been regularly r

How Businesses Are Helping Their Employees Stay Politically Active

With Super Tuesday just in the rearview mirror and the 2020 general election looming ahead, we@re in the thick of election season. It can be a difficu

Looking to Improve Your Company's Training Program? Try Gamification.

Day one of a brand new job can be an exciting, invigorating experience, one that can rekindle your passion for your career and act as a re-energizing

Take Control of Your Commute

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

Why Some HR Teams Are Bringing in Health Coaches

Despite most companies implementing corporate wellness programs, bringing in the standing desks, and swapping out the coffee and donuts for more nutri

Using the Power of Predictive Analytics

How does your HR department make key decisions? Your personal experience? Cold, hard data? An educated guess? Gut feeling? All of the above?Making maj

Battle Tips to Win the War for Talent

In the late 2000s, major headlines concerning the economy and jobs were usually related to unemployment. Qualified people might struggle to get an int

The Potential of Pay Transparency

In the not-too-distant past, an individual@s salary was a topic to be avoided. Bringing it up in the break room or at a dinner party was a major faux

Aligning with the C-Suite Agenda

If your CEO@s Gmail calendar looks more like a colorful bar graph than a few simple meetings, it can be difficult to capture and retain their attentio

DOL Releases Final Overtime Rule, Effective January 1, 2020

DOL Releases Final Overtime Rule, Effective January 1, 2020 By Bill Olson, Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors Dec 24, 2019 10:08:34 AM

How to Train and Develop Your Employees — the Right Way

How to Train and Develop Your Employees @ the Right Way By Bill Olson, Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors Dec 10, 2019 11:44:59 AM In

A Recession in 2020? Here’s What the Experts Say, and How You Can Prep for It

A Recession in 2020? Here@s What the Experts Say, and How You Can Prep for It By Bill Olson, Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit AdvisorsNov 26,

It's Time to Give Your Performance Review...a Performance Review

It@s Time to Give Your Performance Review … a Performance Review By Bill Olson, Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors Nov 19, 2019

How to Handle Pay-History Inquiries —The Right Way

How to Handle Pay-History Inquiries @The Right WayWe@ve all been there. You@ve gotten deep into the job interview process, and then you@re face-to-fac

Diversity & Inclusion

It@s Time to Stop Age Discrimination in the Workplace The kids are more than all right: they@re the stars of the show.It seems like developing market

Ensuring Accurate Skill Matching

Ensuring Accurate Skill Matching By Bill Olson, Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors Oct 8, 2019 8:28:00 AMFinding the right people to s

Incentivizing Corporate Wellness

Incentivizing Corporate WellnessNearly every large employer offers some type of wellness program, but if your team feels you@ve @been there, done that

Addressing Marijuana Usage and Testing in the Workplace

Addressing Marijuana Usage and Testing in the Workplace By Bill Olson, Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors@@ Sep 11, 2019 6:20:41 PM R

Mentorship Matters

Mentorship MattersImagine highly tailored, expert advice for both professional and personal life goals and transitions being readily available. That@s

Is it Time for Unlimited Time Off?

While more and more perks @ catered lunches, on-site gyms, immunizations programs @ are about employee health, wellness, and happiness, they ultimatel

HHS Releases Bulletin that Extends Grandmothered Plans Through 2020

@As background, in the fall of 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a transitional relief program that allowed state insu

Ready to Spark Joy in Your Office?

@The hit Netflix show @Tidying Up with Marie Kondo@ has set off a wave of house organization, purging, and general tidying. Many thrift stores and don

In Pursuit of a Better Meeting

@Groans 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 holi

4 Ways to Help Employees Keep Their Resolution

@As we ring in 2019, there are plenty of resolutions being made and likely already broken. Inc. Magazine@s list of the ten most common resolutions doe

Gen Z is Coming. Is Your Workplace Ready?

@While it may feel like businesses are still reeling from adapting to the working millennial, the next generation is already knocking on the HR door.

Some Companies Going Above and Beyond to Support Mothers and Fathers

@While the last two decades witnessed a steady rise in pregnancy discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC),

Are Employers Smart to Deal with Student Debt?

In recent decades, a college education has become accessible to more Americans than ever before. Since most families or individuals can@t write a chec

Make Your Employer Brand More Purposeful

Branding is big news. Beyond hoping to boost sales and profits through consumer-facing brands, branding is also a critical component for companies in

Culture Questions

With unemployment continuing at historically low numbers, it@s up to employers to win sought-after candidates. During an interview, employers are like

Happier Holidays, the HR Way

Most people, according to a new survey featured in HR Dive, have the greatest sense of belonging in their own homes. That may not be surprising news,

Giving Thanks in the Office

While our personal lives may offer plenty of opportunities to give thanks, it@s also important to make a habit of it in our professional lives, accord

8 Ways to Relate to Time as a Realist

Productivity and time management expert Julie Morgenstern believes people can be grouped two ways when it comes to time management: Time realists and

Be the Boss You Want to See in the World

@An article in the Harvard Business Review suggests that the traits that make someone become a leader aren@t always the ones that make someone an effe

Making a Remote Team Work

In a tight labor market, a candidate@s potential commute can make a job more or less attractive. HumanResources reports that a quarter of employees su

Shrinking Talent Pools Mean Shifting Hiring Strategies

@The labor market is tighter than ever, so people in hiring capacities need to be ready to win potential workers from competitors.@@Accordi

Moments of Clarity: Being Transparent

@@Aristotle was right when he said, @Nature abhors a vacuum.@ Companies and politicians like to say that they@re transparent, when in fact, they@re of

Use Caution When Operating a Car or Dangerous Machinery

@Everybody knows that you shouldn@t drink and drive. However, not everyone knows that prescription drugs can also impair a person@s ability to drive,

Facing Bias in the Workplace

@Data shows that when it comes to influencing people@s interactions in the workplace, generally information doesn@t change behavior.@As well-intention

Leveraging Generational Factors for Overall Success

@No matter what your office looks like@in a gig economy or a more traditional one, with or without AI@interviews will be a part of the culture. Learni

Get Moving...To Live!

@@The phrase: @If I@m lying, I@m dying@ should be changed to: @If I@m sitting, I@m dying@ even though it doesn@t rhyme. If you haven@t heard by now, s

Managing Robots in the Work Force

@As the gig economy increases its influence, offices become more decentralized. Sometimes, whether to save money or finesse consistency, companies tur

A Real-Time Action Plan for Increased Revenue

@As@HR Technologist reported recently, current best-in-class companies know that the rising talent pool is composed of millennials, people of color, a

Habit-Forming Tech

@With apologies to singer Robert Palmer, you might as well face it, you@re addicted to technology. We all@love our various smart devices, and it seems

Solving Problems - While Increasing Employee Satisfaction

@@Design thinking@ is a fairly common term. Even if the phrase is new to you, it@s reasonably easy to intuit how it works: design thinking is a proces

Everyone Wins When Growth is the Goal

@It@s a dilemma. On the one hand, today@s buzzing, multifaceted working environments challenge employees more than ever before. On the other, these sa

Addressing Mental Health Care at Work

@Nancy Spangler, senior consultant at the Center for Workplace Mental Health of the American Psychiatric Foundation, says that one in five adults has

How Well do Your Employees Evaluate Risk?

In a recent column in Human Resource Executive, Carol Harnett reminds us that humans are notoriously poor at evaluating risk. We don@t always focus on

Perk Up Your Benefits Packages

What people want in their benefits package is changing. Retirement and health care still rank high but soft perks and voluntary benefits factor into s