The HR Specialist: Compensation and Benefits

If we’ve learned anything from the recent GSA scandal involving a lavish Las Vegas convention and expensive gifts to employees, it’s that not every kind of incentive program is justifiable. Follow these eight steps to create an incentive program that appropriately promotes your performance goals:

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Employers are increasing employees’ options for managing when and where they work, while reducing some options that affect how much they work, according a new study by researchers at the Families and Work Institute.

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ARAMARK employees are putting the culinary, hospitality, nutrition and facilities management skills they use at work to good use in their communities as well. The Philadelphia-based professional services company has devoted more than $7 million to its volunteer and philanthropic program.

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As temperatures soar and vacation season kicks into high gear, your organization can score significant points with employees by making short work of summer Fridays.

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Even if they’ve been diligently socking away money in their 401(k) plans, employees who are about to retire are no doubt nervous about their financial futures. The nagging question: Will their retirement savings last as long as they do? Believe it or not, the IRS wants to help.

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The Fairmont Hotel Resorts Kea Lani on Maui, Hawaii, got a lot of publicity, recruited a few new hires and taught its own staff a thing or two about energy conservation by lending Kil-A-Watt meters to its employees.

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Supplemental health insurance plans can build good will among employees, make your benefits package more competitive and enhance HR’s image. To make sure you secure the best coverage at the best prices, ask insurance brokers about the following topics.

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When it comes to retaining and motivating employees, compensation is important, but communication is key. Especially for a company with a combination of on-site and virtual employees, regular, required communication between management and staff—and among peers—is essential.

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Employees of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services are tapping their inner art critics to better understand their co-workers. In partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts, the company is exposing workers to the work of artistic masters in a setting where they can express their views on the artwork—and learn about their colleagues.

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Recruiters for video games company IGN Entertainment don’t care if would-be employees went to college or have experience with another firm. They’re looking for raw talent. The media company has kicked off a “no résumés allowed” recruitment program—the Code-Foo Challenge.

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