The HR Specialist: Compensation and Benefits

Starting this year, Kent, Wash.-based Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) began offering some full-time benefits to their part-time employees. That’s no small change because the retailer employs nearly 4,000 employees who work fewer than 20 hours a week at 82 stores. But it gives the company a competitive advantage in recruitment and retention, says Jeff Johnson, director of compensation and benefits …

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Four million employees at more than 3,000 companies now collect plastic instead of paper on payday (a debit card look-alike that allows users to withdraw cash at ATMs or pay for goods at retail outlets) …

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In their zeal to attract good candidates, HR people and hiring managers often show job candidates only a shiny, happy picture of the organization. That’s not smart …

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Employees of 1-800-Contacts in Salt Lake City can feast on prime rib with Yukon Gold potatoes and a vegetable for just $2.50 in the company restaurant, a treat from their employer …

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Q. I’ve just joined a new company, and our HR people give out employees’ information (wage data, demographic info, etc.) to anyone who calls to request it. Is that right? —P.L., Virginia

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Managers traditionally use employee development plans to give employees a say in the direction of their careers and to assess the organization’s future talent pool. Instead of using the tool just to focus on what an employee’s career would look like over the next one to five years, what if you used it to focus on what the person’s life would look like during that period?

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If your organization refuses to reimburse tuition for employees who enroll in online college courses, it might be time to reconsider

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Flexibility isn’t a program at accounting firm Jefferson Wells International, says Nadine Guirl, vice president of HR. It’s part of the company’s “fundamental structure”  …

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Employees at Amherst, N.Y.-based Ivoclar Vivadent started walking in the spring, and for 20 weeks, they didn’t stop. Thirty teams of four people each used pedometers to count their steps and competed to see who could walk the most. …

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If your employees hear “casual” when you say “business casual,” they might benefit from an emerging new perk: the employer-supplied image consultant …

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