The HR Specialist: Compensation and Benefits

Once filled by students willing to run for coffee and make copies, internships have become regulated, and expectations for the experience have been raised. Are you ready to compete for interns?

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Happy receptionists make a good first impression on clients, say execs at Ruby Receptionists in Portland, Ore., who are trying their best to keep their staff of virtual receptionists smiling.

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It’s not easy recruiting long-distance truck drivers, so Con-way Truck­­load is piling on the pay. Its new compensation package raises per-mile pay; increases layover pay; and offers bonuses for loyalty and helping the company achieve its productivity goals.

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At BambooHR, employees are out the door after 40 hours a week. The 53-employee HR software company strictly enforces a no-more-than-40-hour workweek. Employees go home on time, take every weekend off and never answer emails after hours.

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Milwaukee-based agricultural firm Cargill laid off 600 employees on Aug. 1. On Aug. 14, it held a companywide job fair to help them find new jobs.

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Ten soldiers-turned-electric company apprentices became the first graduates of a training program set up by Southern Company at Fort Stewart, near Savannah, Ga. The energy giant partnered with the U.S. Army to offer the three-week training course on base as part of the utility’s effort to recruit soldiers who are about to return to civilian life.

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Wells Fargo has an international volunteer program that lends employees’ professional expertise to nonprofits in up to 30 countries.

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Managers at advertising and PR agency The Lavidge Co. in Phoenix encourage employees to “be creative, work smart, have fun”—words from the firm’s corporate philosophy. One particular perk definitely falls into the “creative” category.

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Car-shopping website Edmunds.com “can’t perform well without finding innovative ways to attract and retain top talent,” notes Avi Steinlauf, CEO of the Santa Monica, Calif., organization. To that end, the company has added a slew of employee perks over the past year.

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As Americans work longer hours, some organizations have become tolerant of sleeping on the job. Here’s the real headline: Naps work.

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