The HR Specialist: Compensation and Benefits

After a year on the job at Beten­­bough Homes in Lubbock, Texas, employees may accompany execs and colleagues on an all-expense-paid “mission trip.”

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Engineers and others who work for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in The Woodlands, Texas, are expected to make decisions that will help the company profit and grow. Not all of them are used to that. So when any of its 3,500 employ­­ees expresses a lack of confidence about reaching beyond his or her comfort zone, the organization teaches the would-be decision-maker how.

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Employees of Boston-based C-4 Analytics joke that they “already get to play on Facebook all day” as part of their work as digital marketers, says managing partner Michael Weiss. Yet execs have woven time into employee schedules to get them away from their workstations to “recharge their creativity and focus.”

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Safeway is making its support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and shoppers visible with some perks for workers and the communities where its grocery stores are located.

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It’s clear that reducing employee turnover is a smart management strategy. Here are six ways to do that.

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Have technology and the global economy made it just about impossible to compartmentalize work and life separately?

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New hires at public relations agency Steinreich Communications spend their days participating in client meetings and brainstorming sessions with their new colleagues. It’s all part of a first-year program devoted to honing skills in client service, writing and placing client stories in the media.

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The world’s “most attractive” employers are catering to the wishes of millennial employees. So says Universum, an employer branding firm, after ranking employers based on a survey of more than 200,000 business and engineering students in the world’s 12 largest economies.

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A lot of moms work for the maker of Guinness beer and Smirnoff vodka, so Diageo North America has a lot benefits to keep them on board.

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Social media represents a fundamental shift in how business is evolving. Employers need to establish clear expectations about what employees can and cannot post.

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