Voluntary Benefits

How HR Should Manage an Employee Going Through a Divorce

Approximately 90% of people in western cultures get married by the time they turn 50. In the U.S., nearly half of the couples end up getting a divorce. Yikes! If your company has a hundred employees, there’s a very good chance that you will deal with multiple employees that will go through a…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Workplace Benefits

There is a fine line to walk while balancing a company’s bottom line and attracting great talent. Because the employees who work for you are the most valuable asset that your company has at its disposal, making sure they are productive and healthy and happy both in and out of the office is…

Is Your Parental Leave Policy Sending the Wrong (Maybe Illegal) Message?

On average, organizations gave mothers 41 paid days of maternity leave, compared with 22 paid days of paternity leave for fathers. That statistic comes from 2016 Paid Leave in the Workplace, a survey recently conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management. Does this disparity demonstrate discrimination against men? Not necessarily. If the maternity…

How to Keep Working Parents Working For You

Becoming a new mom or dad can present trials for both employees and employers. Working parents are looking for more work-life flexibility in order to continue working, but not completely sacrifice being a good parent. An August FlexJobs survey of 1,200 parents found 91% of working parents say having children living at home…

Elder Caregiving: The Invisible Workforce Epidemic

An invisible epidemic is impeding employee productivity at businesses of all sizes and in every industry. That epidemic: the time-consuming and stress-inducing challenges employees face as modern caregivers. As noted in a recent Wall Street Journal article on paid leave, Deloitte and Nike are both taking steps to support their employees as they…

What You Can Do About Shrinking Take Home Pay

Big companies. Small companies. Private. Public. For-profit. Nonprofit. Manufacturers. Tech shops. Banks. Hospitals. Retailers. You name it. They all want to do right by their employees. To be a place people want to work. To support work-life balance. To pay a fair, living wage wherever possible. As a provider of employee discount programs,…

What Happens When Employees Bring Babies to Work?

At W.S. Badger, an organic skin-care company in Gilsum, New Hampshire, one employee’s idea turned into a benefit available to all. The company’s unique Babies at Work program encourages the parent/child bond at a critical time, while also providing business benefits to Badger: reduced turnover, increased employee engagement, and fewer new parents leaving the workplace….

Your Millennials Will Thank You For Offering Pet Insurance

Picture every employee in your organization under the age of 35. Now, picture replacing two-thirds of them over the next four years or so. Ouch. This is the enduring reality employers are likely to face, since millennials now represent the workforce’s largest generational cohort and could account for 75% of working people by…

How a Corporate Volunteering Program Benefits Everyone

Research consistently shows that employees are the happiest and most likely to stay at companies that are innovative, align with personal values, offer opportunities for growth and development, cultivate and encourage collaboration and teamwork, and foster an environment where employees feel inspired and play an integral role in making a positive impact in…

Here’s How You Can Make Open Enrollment Great This Year

After months of planning and building your benefits package, open enrollment is finally right around the corner. Now, how do you ensure your employees are paying attention and participating? One of the most effective ways to maximize engagement is to limit the confusion and hesitation employees feel around open enrollment. Start by arming…

Some Simple Steps “Traditional” Employers Can Take to Modernize Their Pay Practices

At PayScale, we strive to help all kinds of organizations embrace modern compensation practices to engage their workforce and drive results. Even employers that think of themselves as more “traditional” than “modern” can take a few steps in this direction, and the good news is that you don’t necessarily have to spend a…

With So Many Paid Leave Laws, How Do You Know What Applies?

Let’s face it: The national conversation on paid leave has changed. Looking back even one year ago, news outlets were mainly focused on decrying the state of the unpaid sick and parental leave protections offered in the U.S., as compared to other developed countries. That reality is rapidly changing. A number of states…

5 Parental Leave Trends You Need to Know

You already know about the so-called “arms race” in which companies are upping the ante on parental leave plans and other family-friendly benefits in an effort to recruit and retain today’s top talent. And you’ve seen the headlines – hardly a week goes by, it seems, without another company announcing an expanded maternity…

Understanding Your Employees Is the Key to Offering Personalized Benefits Programs

HR professionals today are challenged with developing a long-term reward strategy that suits the individual requirements of each employee. According to my company’s research — 2015 Global Employee Benefits Watch — employees’ expectations of their companies are shifting. When it comes to finance, health and protection, employees expect a level of cover and…

Employee Financial Well-Being Is An HR Concern

When it comes to financial priorities, many employees are primarily concerned with paying down debt, saving for large purchases, or affording child care and college education. Employees must figure out a plan to address these immediate expenses before they can turn their attention to saving for retirement. However, many employers are shifting their…

Student Loan Help: A Benefit That Will Get You Noticed

There will be roughly 1.8 million graduates in the class of 2016, adding to the most educated generation in U.S. history. But a pool of educated candidates does not necessarily equate to jobs filled. So how to attract this next generation of talent? A recent survey by Indeed shows that one employee benefit…

The ROI of Hulu’s Baby Leave Policy Is In Retention, Engagement

Editor’s note: This article was written in April during HR Tech Fest, an event previously held in Australia that came to the U.S. for the first time this year. Don’t confuse it with HR Tech, which will be held in Chicago in October. Hey, gang! I’m at HR Tech Fest in Washington D.C….