The HR Specialist: Compensation and Benefits

A coder for National Medical Bill­­ing Services just finished his medical degree, which he earned as a part-time student while working full time as a coder for the St. Louis-based organization. The company worked out a flexible schedule with him and also allowed him to work remotely so he could move out of state to attend classes.

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Pay-raise budgets at U.S. employers have picked up from all-time lows four years ago, going from a mean of 2.2% in 2009 to 2.9% in 2013, according to the “WorldatWork 2013-2014 Salary Budget Survey.” While employers plan to loosen the purse strings next year, spending on pay raises will be far from lavish.

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To attract 3,000 new salaried em­­ployees this year—800 more than the company anticipated—Ford Motor Co. launched a recruiting campaign that relies heavily on social media.

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Organization-wide diversity can’t just be the diversity professional’s job or the HR manager’s responsibility. It requires true partnership and participation across functional areas to align efforts that support a shared vision for diversity and inclusion.

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Employees of Dimension Data Americas have half a dozen ways to develop their skills and further their careers with the Virginia-based tech company. For example, its Dimension Data University is an e-learning platform that allows em­ployees to log on when they have time to take skills-development classes.

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Walmart has promised to hire any honorably discharged veteran for up to a year after he or she leaves active duty. Through its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the retail giant aims to hire more than 100,000 veterans over five years.

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Regardless of the kind of retirement plan your company offers, it pays to know what all your company’s options are. Here are definitions of five basic kinds of retirement plans.

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As long as they don’t smoke, the 600 employees of Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore can get free annual physical exams and discounted medical plan premiums.

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Women of the Millennial generation are turning their backs on career paths that could give them the keys to the C-Suite. The problem lands squarely in HR’s lap—as do the solutions.

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Some lucky employees have all kinds of options when choosing where to get their work done. Their em­­ployers have embraced what I call the “nonterritorial workplace.” It allows employees to work wherever they will be most productive on any given day.

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