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Leadership, Now with More Humility

More and more, we are learning that scientists, marketers, programmers, and other kinds of knowledge workers lead office lives very similar to famous innovators like Watson, Crick, and Franklin, who discovered the structure of DNA. How so? All of these people live work lives structured around progress in meaningful work. And when this progress occurs, it boosts emotions, perceptions, and productivity.

Eat to Live Well: Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

For heart-healthy living, it turns out a great dietary option for many dates back centuries.

Beware of Tech Overload

With each digitization of traditional job and team functions comes a cost in diminishing associated skills.

Ribbon Cutting for New UBA Chicago Office

UBA celebrates the opening of its new Chicago office.

Higher Satisfaction through Higher Education

When evaluating employee benefits, essentials such as health and dental plans, vacation time and 401(k) contributions quickly come to mind. Another benefit employers should consider involves subsidizing learning as well as ambitions.

Employer News

PTO for When the Wind Blows

This year, much of the United States had some form of major natural disaster—hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornados—and millions of people were either directly affected, or had a family member or close friend who was affected. This life-changing disruption often meant that people couldn’t, or weren’t able to, go to work.

Stop Handing Out Your SSN Like Candy

Social Security numbers (or SSNs) used to be tied just to your Social Security benefits. Now, that number is tied to just about everything used to identify you.

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.

Shhhhhh!

There are places where you expect things to be noisy, such as a rock concert, and places where you expect it to be quiet, like an office.

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 often the opposite. And, as in nature, in the absence of facts, people will often fill their minds with what is perceived.

Employer Webinar Series

What's Driving Claim Costs and Employer Solutoins

To help HR professionals and business owners better understand their benefit plan claim costs, United Benefit Advisors (UBA), in conjunction with Symetra Life Insurance Company, will host a webinar — “What’s Driving Claim Costs and Employer Solutions” — on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m. ET.

The Government is Knocking: IRS Penalty Assessment Letters and DOL Audits of Health and Welfare Plans

The IRS continues to send proposed penalty assessment letters to large employers. The Department of Labor continues to audit health and welfare benefit plans of all sizes. Being prepared is critical to an employer's success in responding to the government.

Activation Strategies: Incentive Solutions

Member incentive and reward programs can be a powerful strategy to fuel participation and engagement in a wide range of employer strategies – from health management programs to consumerism behaviors, to smart health actions. Join this webinar to hear key updates, strategies, and best practices for these programs.

What Employers Need to Know About the DOL’s Association Health Plans Final Rule

This webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. Department of Labor’s association health plans final rule and explain how small employers and certain self-employed individuals may join an association health plan (AHP).

Dental Benefits: A Bridge to Oral Halth and Overall Wellness

Good oral health is a crucial component of overall health and wellness. Not only is consistent, preventative dental care strongly related to oral health and overall wellness, but it can also significantly reduce future claims costs.