The HR Specialist: Compensation and Benefits

At the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa on Florida’s Gulf Coast, 70% of management positions are filled internally, and 18 employees were promoted into manager roles over the past year. HR execs there credit the resort’s “people before policies” philosophy.

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Like many trucking companies, family-owned National Retail Systems is having trouble recruiting new drivers to take over for employees who retire. So it’s asking truck drivers where they are applying for jobs, how many jobs they’re trying for at a time and what entices them to fill out applications.

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Employees of DaVita HealthCare Partners have a tough job, says Director Danny Shapiro: treating ­kidney patients with dialysis. So execs at the practice “believe nurturing each other better equips us to nurture our patients,” Shapiro says.

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Suspend all prejudices for a minute, and try to understand why these fresh young thinkers do what they do. It’s all about the economy.

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Just as it encourages employees to have their medical checkups, the city of Winter Park, Fla., pushes its staff to complete an annual financial well-being checkup.

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MGM Resorts International em­­ployees who want to eat healthy while at work can check their progress on their smartphones. So can lots of others, it turns out.

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The drug store chain that famously announced it would rid its store shelves of tobacco products by Oct. 1 first made its own corporate campus tobacco-free.

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Employees of Washington, D.C.-area companies that made The Washington Post’s inaugural list of the area’s top workplaces are apparently very well fed. Amid the medical, vacation and flex benefits cited by employees of the top firms are a huge number of perks involving company-supplied food.

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Why is employer-to-employee feedback in such short supply? The answer is simple: Managers rank it among their most difficult duties.

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They’re not guaranteed jobs and they don’t have to promise to work for Allstate Insurance Co., but military veterans get a small salary, free meals and a place to live during a month-long training program designed by the company to prepare them for careers in insurance and financial services.

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