Employee Benefits Program
A strong employee benefits program – including low-cost employee incentives, employee recognition programs, and employee appreciation programs – can help you improve morale and retention.
We provide employee appreciation day ideas, help you with employee retention strategies and employee benefits management
Paul Falcone, author of 101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees, offers these scripts to follow when you need to have awkward but essential conversations with employees. Here's what managers should say after they've said, "Hey, got a minute?"
Slower economies tend to reduce employers’ incentives to say “thank you,” either with pay, perks or actions. Still, a 3% dip in the percentage of companies using recognition programs since 2008 doesn’t suggest a permanent decline, according to a survey by WorldatWork. Eight tips to create a recognition program that drives performance:
As benefits continue to become a bigger portion of labor costs, employers are responding by offering more health education and financial advice to employees. According to a new report by WorldatWork, 45% of surveyed organizations report that senior executives consider turning employees into educated consumers of benefits a “very high” priority.
Employee recognition programs aren’t quite as popular as they once were, but the 86% of businesses that use them find that rewards and incentives can still spur sales, improve retention and employee loyalty, and raise productivity during an era of slim pay raises and uncertain bonuses.
Businesses must stay abreast of an alphabet soup of federal laws—ADA, ADEA, FMLA and so forth—each with its own requirements. Further complicating matters, most states have their own laws that override the federal requirements. To comply, you first must know which laws apply to your business, based on the number of people you employ ...
Regular attendance is obviously a key job function for most of your employees. But despite your freedom to set and enforce attendance rules, you also face key legal hurdles to your attendance policy, including complying with the FMLA and ADA. Manage absenteeism by establishing a reasonable and specific attendance policy that incorporates your organization’s needs and the functional requirements of various work areas and employee functions. A sound attendance policy should cover all of the following:
The federal government is suing the owners of a Columbus printing company and their pension plan administrator, claiming they all failed to execute their fiduciary responsibilities to employees. At issue is more than $400,000 in funds missing from two pension accounts set up for employees of Clark Graphics.
Three state agencies—the Minnesota departments of Commerce, Public Safety and Natural Resources—face nearly identical EEOC lawsuits claiming they discriminated against workers based on their age.
The action figures adorning the desks of employees at Arlington, Va.-based Decision Lens aren’t of ordinary superheroes. They’re of the employees themselves. That’s one of the rewards the employees can earn for their hard work.
The general manager of A Yard & A Half Landscaping says she spends nothing on recruiting because the firm’s employees are eager to get jobs there for their family and friends. That might be because the organization’s benefits include the usual (medical, dental and retirement plans) and also the unusual.
Dealing with an aging, financially unprepared workforce is a reality that should concern employers. It’s in the best interests of employers to improve the retirement outcomes for their employees by creating a culture of retirement readiness. Here's a six-step plan that works:
A report from SHRM and the Families and Work Institute identified dozens of small organizations—those with staffs of 20 or fewer—that think big when it comes to employee benefits and work/life initiatives. Examples of some big ideas:
A group of employers that participated in the Kansas City Collaborative avoided almost $11 million in direct health care costs by giving employees and their dependents access to better health information and making it easier to get preventive care.
The Florida Legislature is set to debate a proposed Domestic Partnership Act that would grant domestic partners the same rights married couples enjoy.
Q. I have a couple of questions about the parenting leave. We have 33 employees, so we are not subject to the FMLA. Can we require an employee to give advance notice of the need for leave to HR instead of the employee’s supervisor? Also, can we require employees to substitute paid vacation days while on leave?
The end of U.S. military combat operations in Iraq means that more "citizen soldiers" will be returning to the civilian workforce. That makes it critical for HR professionals to understand USERRA, the federal law that protects the employment rights of military reservists and National Guard troops. Here's a primer.
As you dust off the recruiting and retention plans that will keep your organization humming post-recession, you might want to take a look at your severance packages for rank-and-file employees. Here are seven things to consider when it comes to severance packages:
Employers are asking employees to shoulder a far greater share of the burden as health insurance premiums continue to rise, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. After several years of relatively modest increases, annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage rose to $15,073 this year, up 9% from last year.
Employers can regulate what employees do away from work—but only within narrow limits. There are often good reasons to. Some off-duty acts reflect poorly on employers, raise insurance costs and create conflicts of interest. Here's how to make the call.
When cash for pay raises is tight, it’s hard to use that as a carrot to attract and retain employees. But the uncertain economy has many workers increasingly focused on long-term financial security. That makes retirement benefits all the more attractive. If you don’t currently offer a retirement plan, it might be time to consider establishing a 401(k) plan.