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The HR Specialist: Compensation and Benefits

In every workplace and on every team, all people have the innate desire to feel appreciated and valued by others. Leaders of teams—and team members themselves—should work to encourage a culture of appreciation.

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Employers are always on the lookout for low-cost well­­­ness practices that help employees prevent disease and illness. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the 72 “Healthiest Companies in America.”

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Taking a page from Twitter, which limits users to 140 characters per message, Pizza Hut invited applicants for a digital manager position to pitch themselves in just 140 seconds.

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The stock of organizations whose business practices, leadership and employee population reflect the diversity of their communities tend to outperform the S&P 500, according to DiversityInc.com.

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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO George Halvorson has written enough letters to his staff to fill a book. His compilation of 101 letters has been published as KP Inside: 101 Letters to Us at Kaiser Permanente.

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What works for employees of Cherry Hill Volvo in South Jersey? The attitude of the company’s owner. Workers at the 51-year-old Volvo dealership say the company’s president, Judith Krupnick, fosters a feeling of family in the workplace.

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Employees of the Council of Better Business Bureaus spend nearly 30% of all their working hours at home. The 114-employee organization last year was able to move out of the office building it has occupied since the 1980s and into one about half its size.

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UnitedHealthcare execs have an ulterior motive for encouraging their employees to volunteer in the community: It’s good for their health.

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There’s only so much an organization can do to help em­­ployees with their work/life balance. Some of it has to be up to them. Five simple steps:

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The U.S. Department of Labor has issued final regulations expanding the FMLA’s caregiver and military exigency leave provisions to include more employees and cover veterans. The new regs formalize amendments included in 2010 defense spending legislation.

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