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The HR Specialist: Compensation and Benefits

Nestlé Purina Petcare’s employee benefits program offers workers a little help with their own pets. The pet food maker offers $200 to any associate who adopts or becomes a pet owner to help defray initial costs.

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More than three in five (61%) pre-retirees now say they are “terrified” of what health care costs may do to their retirement plans, according to a new Harris poll.

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Feeding employees is a fast-growing perk that can benefit staff and employer alike. Organizations of all sizes find that even occasional meals or simple snacks can reap many benefits. If you’re considering offering meals as an employee benefit, follow these guidelines.

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With the hiring of two minority women in December, the employee population of Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based Reagan Wireless is 90% minority.

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Employees of Boston’s Four Seasons Hotel get employee news via an in-house, co-worker-produced newscast. Every two weeks, employees put together a 10-minute show that airs on TV sets in staff areas.

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Execs at Geneca, a Chicago-based custom software development firm, took a cue from the hit TV show “Shark Tank” to encourage its 100 employees to come up with innovative ideas. The competition—set up like a science fair—is called the “Innovation Challenge/Shark Tank.”

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You probably track several HR-related numbers, but are you sure you’re tracking the right ones? Here are some of the more common metrics that experts say HR professionals should know how to track.

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Truly great work produces an outcome that makes a difference. It’s work that moves results from good to great—for example, improving a process, saving a customer or increasing revenues. Truly great work is produced by people who routinely do the same five things, says David Sturt, executive vice president of O.C. Tanner.

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Chrysler Group employees who can’t make the trip to the auto manufacturer’s 25,000-square-foot War­­ren, Mich., training center can attend remotely via a new mobile classroom.

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College students who are lucky enough to land internships at Knox­­ville, Tenn.-based WeScore.com will earn $22 an hour. The Internet startup—slated to launch early this year—relies on more than a dozen University of Tennessee students to fill out its small staff.

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