Describe the importance of employee benefits as a strategic component of fulfilling HRM goals.
Employee benefits are very important in today's highly competitive marketplace. They are function to meet a variety of their personal and family needs for employees and for that reason are highly desirable and sought offer. For human resource managers, they can serve to attract and retain the best and brightest personnel. There are legally required benefits and voluntary ones -- and each has its own associated costs to an organization and complexities. Popular benefits sought by today's skilled workers include health, dental and vision insurance, retirement plans, paid time off, stock options, tuition reimbursement, employee assistance and wellness programs, and all sorts of coverage extensions for family members and domestic partners.
Employee benefits are also important because they are expected. They can provide meaning and value to employees and impact work behavior. Poorly designed…… [Read More]
Yes, employees are replaceable. However, that does not mean they have no value. Genentech and Zappos see the value in each and every one of their employees, and so they provide benefits that motivate those employees to stay with the company (Genentech, 2011; Zappos, 2010). Many of the benefits offered by these two companies are not offered at other companies, so employees want to stay where they are. That encourages those employees to work harder, to make sure they can continue to enjoy their current benefits. The companies also benefit, because high morale and low turnover means higher productivity and lower cost.
3. Incentive benefits that stray outside the realm of a good salary and health insurance can be used at almost any company or organization. People like to feel valued, and when they feel valued they have a better outlook on life, including their job. They work harder, and…… [Read More]
Employee's do not have to sue the employer to get this compensation. It is normally paid through an insurance system that is financed through premiums paid by the employers. orkers' compensation premiums are based upon the accident and illness record of that organization. Obviously, larger numbers of paid claims results in higher premiums. The medical expenses are normally covered in full the under workers compensation laws. This is a no-fault system. In it, all job-related illnesses and illnesses are covered regardless no matter where the fault for the disability is placed. The workers' compensation coverage is compulsory in almost all states. In some states, it is elective for the employer. hen this is so, employers who reject the insurance coverage and give up many legal protections. The benefits paid out are provided generally for four types of disability, including permanent total disability, partial disability, temporary total disability and temporary partial…… [Read More]
Despite offering such a comprehensive benefits plan, Microsoft has not always been in compliance with laws governing these plans. In the case Vizcaino v. Microsoft Corporation the court ruled that the company denied some of its workers benefits under its Savings plus 401(k) plan (SPP) and Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) based on the mistaken assumption that they were independent contractors and therefore not eligible for its benefits.
Even though these workers were originally hired on the basis of being independent contractors, for tax purposes the IS reclassified them as being Microsoft employees. Due to this reclassification the workers requested eligibility for the SPP and ESPP benefits, of which they were subsequently denied. After initially losing the case at the District Court level the plaintiffs appealed, which led to the Oct. 3, 1996 Ninth Circuit Court panel ruling in favor of the plaintiffs. Microsoft requested for this ruling to be…… [Read More]
Employee Benefits and Services
Employers still elect to offer their employees healthcare benefits despite the ever increasing costs. This they do as a result of; pressure from the labor market, the need to increase or enhance employee performance, etc.
Some of the factors that affect employer spending on benefits include the financial health of both the company and the industry. Given the effects of the recent downturn in economic activity, I am convinced that most employers will not be able to pay out the pension benefits they have promised. Both the state and federal governments should in my view come up with strategies aimed at providing an alternative means of income to retirees who miss out on their pension benefits.
Mandated benefits are benefits mandated by an authority that has an obligation or powers to assign the said benefits. Government mandated benefits in basic terms are the various…… [Read More]
To address the issue of government mandated benefits it is important for the company to perform a regularly scheduled maintenance check to be sure the company is constantly in compliance. The rules and regulations for government mandated benefits are constantly evolving and changing, leaving even the best intentioned company in precarious positions at times. All it takes is one dissatisfied employee or former employee to lodge a complaint and if the company is found to be out of compliance with government mandated employee benefits it can be extremely costly. It is important for each company to have someone at the organization appointed as the person responsible to perform regular checks with government agencies to be sure the company remains in constant compliance.
The management of employee benefits can be time consuming and costly to a company. For many years the use of web site management options was cost prohibitive for…… [Read More]
(Koen 2011, pp. 61 -- 62)
The piece of literature that was written by Shreman (2006), talks about how employee benefits will vary from one location to the next. Once there is a merger or acquisition, this could be when the employee compensation structure will change. The reason why, is because one company is purchasing the other. This will have an effect on the value of certain investments that the staff will be receiving. At the same time, this is an indication that previous obligations will be adjusted to reflect what is happening with the parent company. This means that in some cases, employees will be receiving greater amounts of benefits. While at other times, this is a sign that there could be a reduction in these benefits. The information from this source is important, because it is an indication that the firm could have a number of different issues…… [Read More]
Employee Benefits Issues
Though most people usually have satisfactory relationships with their employers, a significant percentage of employees often have some sort of complaint or grievance against their employers. A grievance is defined as a feeling of discontent, while a complaint, though used interchangeably with a grievance, refers to a less deep-rooted grievance. When an employee has a grievance, the normal procedure is to seek some sort of remediation of the issue or issues from the management about the problem he or she has. However, the reasons of reported grievances can be either real or fabicated. For example, a real grievance may be caused by a wage cut or an increase in working hours, while a false or imaginary grievance may appear when an employer decides to closely monitor his staff when he or she feels that that particular employee is not performing optimally. If the employer does not communicate…… [Read More]
Employee benefits refer to the benefits that either full-time or part time employees get from the companies that hire them.
The package targets team members that work for two and a half days or less every week. They are eligible for health cover after six months. There are other benefits that all other employees get, including free vaccinations for the flu epidemic. They are also eligible for weight watch discounts and a twenty-four-hour nurse hotline.
The benefits mentioned incorporate a base pay that completes health care cover for part time and full time partners that work for an average of 20 hours every week, a bean stock equity in the company, a 401(k) savings scheme that comes with employer matching, reimbursement for tuition services, paid vacation, product discounts and short-term disability.
There are life insurance benefits and dental care cover for part time workers. Part time…… [Read More]
Human esource Management
Making employees happy is vital since it makes employees work better and satisfied working for the company. In this regard, it fulfills HM goals as it lowers turnover rates and employee complaints. Companies ensuring their employees receive the required benefits leads to employees' contentment but failure to do so results into dissatisfaction and quitting of duties. In addition, morals should be very good in the company to make the employees happy; mistreating employees makes them shun work. HMs biggest goal is to keep employees smiling and if employees are happy, even the management is happy and the company therefore runs efficiently. This ensures employees conduct their duties effectively and want to stay in the company.
The sole merit of issuing attractive benefits to employees is that it helps lower turnover rates while helping the firm recruit highly skilled workers at a competitive rate as opposed…… [Read More]
It would be in the call center's best interest to keep their employees feeling happy and appreciated, which will translate to a better attitude when working with customers (Saunders, 2007). Part of this would include showing trust and responsibility to those who have earned it; in this case, Connie after four years with the company, appears to be worthy of such trust. As well, the company's one-day-per-month sick leave policy could be reworked. It is understandable that the sick days are accumulated on a month-by-month basis, due to the high turnover at call centers, but management could add on benefits for top employees. For example, an employee who has been with the company for a year would earn an additional sick day every two months, with further days added each month as their time with the call center increases.
Ultimately, when it comes to dealing with Connie, and any other…… [Read More]
Accounting for Intangibles, Payables and Taxation, Employee Benefits and Long-Term Liabilities
Accounting has certain terms that are common to most accounting systems. Since the international standards are being accepted by all member countries (including the United State by 2014 (Gornik-Tomaszewski & McCarty, 2003), all reporting will be standardized. The terms intangibles, payables and taxation, employee benefits, and long-term liabilities may have similar meanings when the international standards are adopted, but there will still be some differences in practice among the member nations. This essay looks into the representation, measurement, presentation and pronouncements specific to these four terms.
Intangible assets are those which is not acquired during a business transaction. The criteria for such an asset are that it lacks physical substance and that it is not a financial asset. This is why many times this asset is called goodwill (Shoaf & Zaldivar, 2005). However, the text wishes to make a…… [Read More]
United States Department of Labor Case Study
Describe the major features of this website and how each feature can be used to monitor employee benefits
The website of The United States Department of Labor (DOL), www.dol.com describes the features of services offered by the department as concerns labor organizations, labor laws and employment in the United States (U.S.). The website has such features as navigation links that point the browser to the various resources on the website, sample questions that have been submitted by the website's visitors, reports, news and other statistical data plus other resources like an events calendar, and a toolbox as well as contact information (DOL, 2013). The DOL website contains a lot of useful information for the employed in the country concerning benefits that they can take advantage of. Specific issues that are of concern to most visitors are highlighted. The areas given most prominence in…… [Read More]
diverse workforce, the question of employee benefits has become increasingly complex. While salaries themselves remain important, other benefits have become increasingly so as workers seek to balance family work responsibilities in ways that -- when most families had two parents, one of whom stayed at home full time -- had not been dreamed of a generation or two ago. The current still-shaky state of the economy joined with recent corporate scandals have made more and more workers interested in the kind of guarantees about pension plans, 401ks or other retirement that companies are willing to give that are distinct from the company's own stock options. The rising cost of health care has made many employees especially concerned with the kinds of medical benefits that a company may offer. And the desire of many younger employees to have flexible hours so that they can continue their education, be able to contribute…… [Read More]
The employer, according to the rules laid out by the IMSS, is expected to contribute at least a minimum amount according to the risk factors involved in the job into the fund, that is, a sum of 17.42% of each worker's wage. Basic health care, medical facilities, accident care, as well as care for illnesses are all taken care of under the social security fund. In addition, the employer is expected to pay about 5% of a fixed payroll tax into a fund that will help the employee find a home of his own easily. This fund is known as the 'National Fund for Employee Housing' or INFONAVIT. "The goal of this federal program is to provide benefits allowing employees to more easily acquire a home"
2% or 25 times the minimum wage, of a worker's salary must also be paid into the SA or the etirement Savings System under…… [Read More]
Human Resources: Legal Environment -- Total Rewards
modern HRM consultant must be aware of the array of possible employee benefits. The modern trend is away from traditional notions of benefits and toward benefits that enhance the lives of employees and their productivity for the company. Two of the many possible modern benefits are training and educational opportunities and wellness programs. s specific examples will show, despite the several challenges of implementing such benefits, the reward for both the employees and the company are clear.
Two Employee Benefits That Provide Great Opportunities to Increase Employee Productivity
fter decades of research and practical experience, Human Resources specialists have moved away from traditional notions of employee benefits to a more holistic and integrated approach that simultaneously attracts talent, enhances employee growth, and motivates meaningful employee contributions to the company's goals. Competitive local and global forces have made measures once deemed extraordinary now highly…… [Read More]
Benefit Plan Design Analysis
Select and profile an organization for the benefit plan
Extraordinary and above average people are recruited by ABC. Their task force possesses a number of exceptional skills and many of them are graduates of top universities or possess professional qualifications. One of the most interesting things about ABC is that it is continually trying to make the organization host to an increasingly global platform that employs people coming from various nationalities and cultures. This way, it makes sure that the creme de la creme of the task force is employed in the organization that is not afraid of taking on challenges. Also, the organization then comes up to their expectation by providing a healthy and competitive corporate culture.
Staff that is new to the ABC organization undergoes a series of sessions whose themes range from personal mentoring to formal training. The training is imparted by their…… [Read More]
Employees that wish to work in healthy environments are likely to be more motivated, and workers who are encouraged to be healthy will enjoy their work more, and become more productive.
"Some say it may be more effective just to award employees cash and prizes for weight loss rather than devote resources to long-term wellness programs" (Obesity, 2008, Consumer Affairs). However, this would seem to unjustly penalize poorer workers, as workers with "limited economic means may not have the ability to pay for gym memberships, smoking cessation drugs, or more nutritious food. Indeed, data from several studies confirm that those in lower socioeconomic classes have poorer smoking cessation rates and diets with less whole grains, lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables" (Mhurchu 2010). Less affluent workers are less likely to work for companies like Google that provide amenities like on-site gyms or even gym memberships. Ironically, workers who are…… [Read More]
Employee Relations Plan: Starbucks, Inc.
Most companies assert to prospective employees that the corporation offers excellent benefits and a good salary. But few corporations make such assertions part of its corporate, core mission statement. According to Starbucks, the motto of the international, Seattle-based coffee company is that "Our success depends on your success." This statement is not simply directed at Starbuck's customers, but to its employees as well. (Starbucks, "Job Center," Official ebsite, 2004)
hat does this effusive corporate motto and mission statement really mean? Starbucks is unique as a franchise restaurant in that it offers a variety of employment opportunities, such as retail store manager, as advertised upon the Internet. Despite jokes about the shame being a barista after graduating from a prestigious university, the Starbucks Support Center in Seattle credibly offers "career opportunities span a wide range of functions and departments, including not only openings behind the coffee…… [Read More]
Once an interaction has been made which eventually resulted for the employee to voice out his/her grievances or complaints over the management or against his/her co-workers, then the real problem will be discussed thoroughly. The H people can now sit down and analyze the root cause of the problem, how it can be solved and what things should be done.
Asking for behavior change.
At this stage, it is assumed that the complaint has been evaluated and found to be valid and reasonable. If the compliant is more of a personal compliant where one employee is uncomfortable with the manners or with the way his/her co-worker's work, then the H personnel can now decide of a behavior change is really necessary. If it essential, then the H personnel can establish the next course of action which will be coursed thru the immediate supervisor of the person concerned. It must be…… [Read More]
Employee Health and Life Insurance Benefits
What is the footing of private businesses owned by families when confronted with the issue of providing employee health benefits while we surmount the millennium threshold? What is methodology employed for optimizing the benefits while at the same time putting a check spending on employees? In what way do they draw and prevent attrition of valuable professional in a competitive workforce market? In which way do they take the better of amendments of legal rules in competent strategies since the past several years? The appropriateness of these aspects and other issues will continue to challenge family managed business owners. Since the last several years remarkable governmental amendments have equipped the owners of family run businesses opportunities for planning that would by no means have been considered probable. There are no more restrictions on the quantity a company can make a payment for a staff…… [Read More]
organization's ability to recruit and retain talented employees requires ensuring employees are rewarded proportionately for their contribution towards achieving organizational goals and profitability. To achieve this, a benefits and compensation policy is developed and implemented for all workers. This company has established a compensation policy that offers a full range of conventional benefits, dental, vision and medical benefits in addition to a rewards program that offers incentives based on employees' input. However, there are numerous complaints from the workforce that these benefits do not effectively address a growing problem. To address this growing problem, it's important to develop a Benefits and Compensation plan that offer packages that correspond to the employee type, reflects the organization's culture, and is comparable to the company's competitors.
Components of the Benefits and Compensation Plan
The current benefits and compensation plan is seemingly ineffective because it does not provides benefits and compensation based on the…… [Read More]
A labor union refers to an association of employees that have come together in pursuit of common goals, such as better pay. Labor relations are wider in scope; they refer to the interactions between the labor unions (employees' representatives) and employers - and usually deal with the maintenance of collective bargaining agreements.
Labor relations date way back to the formation of the very first significant unions: the Knights of Labor, the American Federation of Labor (AFL), and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). The Knights of Labor, however, failed to achieve its objectives due to its large membership. AFL, unlike the other two, initially restricted its membership to skilled tradesmen. However, with the 1935 formation of CIO, which incorporated both skilled and unskilled laborers, conflicts resulted and the two unions later merged.
Enacted in 1926 and later on expanded to rope in the airline industry, the…… [Read More]
employee rewards has been increasingly brought to the forefront. This is because globalization is creating a shift in how firms are operating by requiring the utilization of specialized skills. These individuals are necessary for a firm to be able to adjust with changes inside the marketplace and new competitors. As a result, a number of organizations have begun focusing on transforming compensation strategies to address these needs. To fully understand how this is occurring requires focusing on: the way this can improve competitive compensation plans, how they are tied to specific jobs, the effectiveness of an equity-based rewards system, the key factors for integrating this model with traditional rewards programs and providing recommendations that will streamline these initiatives. Together, these elements will provide specific insights as to how a firm can improve their competitive compensation strategy. (Wilson, 2003, pp. 1 -- 15)
Innovations of Employee Benefits
Innovations in the type…… [Read More]
Q2) Identify issues employers face with benefits, explain why they face them and share how to resolve them
The primary problem is the misuse and overuse of the insurance and medical programs included to the employee benefit and it opposite that it is never used. In either case the expenditure becomes wasteful. To prevent misuse there can be supervision of the accounts by the H and making annual checkups mandatory can avoid non-use. (osenbloom, 2005)
One problem is the distinguishing between the casual and regular workers and providing for different set of benefits for each. In this case there is the benefit that status differences boost employee morale but has its own drawbacks while treating casual employee rights and benefits, especially training. For a casual or part time employee training packages that suit the vocation make a great benefit and the legal implications of treating these employees differently…… [Read More]
A very important point is that online learning can be done individually or in groups (for example video conferences).
6. In general, in order to make a career choice one should be informed about the world of professions. Information about the profession that appears the most interesting and appropriate should be gathered. If possible, it would be important to read interviews or talk to people with similar jobs for a more accurate and realistic image. Another important part in a career choice is to assess individual strengths and weaknesses. Several personality tests are available for such a purpose (for example CPI - California Psychological Inventory, SDS - the Self-Directed Search questionnaire). For the persons in search for a career it is important to identify the skills they have and they most enjoy using. The career identified should be compatible with the interests and skills identified. In conclusion, a person who…… [Read More]
Human Resources -- Employee Separation Policies and Procedures
Employee separation is an inevitable aspect of the business world. Careful consideration of the company's core values, stakeholders, legal requirements and financial well-being are all taken into account when preparing a Separation Policy. By establishing and implementing procedures, some of which are followed even before an employee is hired, the company can accomplish employee separation with a minimum of financial, legal and morale risk.
Separation Policy ith Specific Procedures
A Separation Policy must be well-planned and effectively communicated to avoid some common pitfalls of employee separation. Most employees, absent a collective bargaining agreement, are "at will" employees (Zachary, 2008). However, employees still sue under several theories. To avoid successful suits by former employees, the company must take care to treat different categories of employees the same to avoid successful discrimination suits; terminate the employee only for lawful reasons to avoid successful wrongful…… [Read More]
employee handbook addressing the issue of workplace equity and nondiscrimination in a health care organization. The essay includes various issues related to the non-discrimination laws and the benefits of implementation of anti-discrimination laws.
An employee handbook is a manual for employees and works as a staff handbook which is drafted by the employer. Employee handbook contains policies and procedures for the employees. It has all the terms and conditions of employment. The main purpose of an employee handbook is to communicate to the employees the fair and just policies of an organization. An employee handbook of different organizations will have different details because of the varying nature of the business carried out by the organization however the main purpose of the handbook will remain the same. An employee handbook for a health care organization will have their own set of policies and procedures.
An employee handbook for a health care…… [Read More]
Legal Environment/Total ewards: A Changing Landscape
In the race for profit, employee pay has traditionally been seen by businesses as a competitive liability, and the trend for much of the 20th century was for employers to search for the cheapest, most efficient labor to protect their bottom line. Because of this approach, the U.S. government took several steps during the 20th century to protect employees from extortionary measures by employers to drive down wages and drive up productivity. However, as Chen and Hsieh point out in their 2006 article "Key Trends in the Total eward System of the 21st Century," recent decades have seen a dramatic shift in the way that corporations and human resources professionals view the issue of employee pay. Instead of being viewed as a liability, employee pay is increasingly being seen in a positive light, as a method for securing top talent, stabilizing turnover, and motivating…… [Read More]
Role of Labor Unions in Industrial Relations
In their definition, labor unions have always been known as organizations that have always aimed at getting their members both financial and non-financial benefits. The role of labor unions is however bigger than that and they have been known to aid in helping employers improve the productivity and discipline of their workers. Labor unions respond to issues differently. This is explained by the differences in industrial relations contexts and also policies of different states as well as strategies of the various employers around the country.
Employees come together to form a labor union to achieve a common goal. Labor unions have several goals. Some of the goals include agitating for higher retirement benefits as well as other benefits for its members. They also seek to increase the number of workers assigned for specific job tasks. They ensure that employees work under good and…… [Read More]
Employee Contributions 30/05/2015
Two methods an H professional could use to determine incentive pay
Legally mandated benefits that the company must currently offer to its employees
Additional benefits that should be considered for its employees
Efficiency of common techniques for communicating compensation plans to employees.
Ethical risks of incentive pay and recommendations to mitigate the risks.
Two methods an H professional could use to determine incentive pay
There are a number of methods that are generally used by companies to link work, output and expertise to the remuneration of the employees. In this section we examine two methods that can be used by the company to create more loyalty among the employees to stay back in the company through the increasing in pay.
The reward management practices would help the company to determine the amount that would be paid to the employees. The underlying principal is that the company would…… [Read More]
There are several issues with the current benefits plan, but first the overall benefits strategy needs to be addressed. There is ample literature to support taking a strategic HM approach, whereby the human resources management strategy closely aligns with the overall strategy of the company (Wright & Nishii, 2007). At present, there appears to be misalignment. HG Enterprises is a graphic design and photography service provider. The organizational chart indicates only two people who might be considered to be creatives, however, the design technicians. This firm is all senior management and clerical staff. How is this company even making money, when there is nobody to actually do the work they supposedly do? How are there three FTEs on the phone, not including the sales staff, and to whom are they talking? Why is a consultant being hired when there is already a VP of benefits on staff at…… [Read More]
Employee Wellness Program
Benefits of the Employee Wellness Program
Employee Needs Assessment
Components of the Program
Marketing of the Program
Implementation of the Plan
Evaluation of the Plan
This paper aims at developing an employee wellness program for the organization so as to ensure that the due attention is paid to the health and wellness issues that are being confronted by the employees. The paper would also propose strategies for the effective marketing and evaluation of the developed employee wellness program.
Employee Wellness Program
The organization under consideration has been in the business since last 10 years. The organization is a manufacturing concern that is indulged in the development and sales of beverages, including fresh juices and gerbil teas. The organization operates in 3 different regions of the United States of America and employs a total of 500 people. The organization has a healthy business and…… [Read More]
Employee theft is noted by Mishra and Prassad (2006) to be a major component of private and public retail shrinkage.There is a consensus that theft in the workplace constitutes a serious offense and is a cause of serious problem (Weber, Kurke & Pentico, 2003).Employees have been noted to steal time, money, merchandise as well as other forms of company property like information in exchange for cash and other forms of favors. Wells (2001) noted that opportunity is the main reason for commissioning fraud. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. employees lose between $20-$40 billion annually through employee theft alone. This theft is noted to be responsible for 30% of all business failure (Condon,2003).Bamfield (2004) further indicated that employee theft is commonplace in the business today.
General prevention strategies against employee theft: A literature review
Vigilance is noted as the key to the prevention of corporate fraud and the…… [Read More]
Employee relations belong to employer-employee relationships that give satisfactory productivity, motivation, and self-confidence. Employee relations are involved with preventing and resolving problems related to individuals that occur or change work situations. Supervisors are given advice on how to correct poor performance and employee misconduct (Gennard, 2005). On the other hand, employees are given information on how to promote a better understanding of the company's goals and policies. For this paper we have chosen Tesco plc and its employee relationship. Tesco plc is the largest global grocery store based in UK. This is the second largest retailer in the world when measured in terms of benefits and third when measured in terms of income. The company has employed more than 326,000 employees around the world where 237,000 of them in Europe where it has its largest private employer.
Strategy Integrating Job Performance and Training
Job Performance and training forms the vital…… [Read More]
Employee Privacy Torts
History of Employee Privacy
Changing Trends of Employee Privacy
Impact of Innovative Technology on Employee Privacy
ole of Social Media towards Employee Privacy
Impact of Changing Community/Society on Employee Privacy
Adaptation to the new Environment pertaining to Employee Privacy
Employee Monitoring and Surveillance
Laws and Employer Policies for Text Messaging and Social Media
Electronic Communication Privacy Act
Monitoring of Employee Conversations over Telephone & Email
ecommendations for creating Effective Policies
Future Implications of Employee Privacy
As years have passed and the human race has penetrated into the epoch of twenty first century, the technological advancements have conquered almost every facet of human life, especially the workplace. The widespread platform of the internet has become the integral part of a person's life, in the same manner as businesses are employing technological advancements to perform numerous activities like internet infrastructure, maintenance of computers and so on. It means that…… [Read More]
Develop a strategy specific to your organization for integrating job performance and training.
Job performance is an integral aspect within the health care services industry's overall. For one, it holds both associates and management accountable for their respective actions. This accountable provides a means of deterring any subpar performance on the part of employees who might otherwise be a detriment to the overall operations of the firm. By linking job performance to training, the organization can train those deficient in certain skills. In many instances training allows a means for personnel to acquire skills deemed necessary by leadership. By integrating both concepts, organizations can minimize waste while also growing talented personnel within the organization. This is particular important in regards to the changing landscape of the health care industry overall. Excessive and meaning regulation has created fundamental change within the industry overall. As such, job training must reflect…… [Read More]
In the economy today change is inevitable in any organization in the world. This is because each and every organization strives to remain strong in the market as well as being relevant. The only way the organizations can achieve this is through evolving so as to ensure that they are at the same level with the rest of the world. Changes occur even in big organizations like Samsung electronics. Samsung electronics is among the largest phone makers in the world and change is inevitable for them. This is because there is a lot of evolution in the world of electronics and Samsung has to undergo changes within the organization that will ensure what they produce is exactly what the world wants. It is very difficult for Samsung to avoid change as it is the new ideas that promote its growth as an organization.
There are many reasons that…… [Read More]
Employee Customer Service Training
New Employee Customer Service Training Plan
Justify the use of a needs assessment of your company's proposed employee customer service training, stressing five (5) ways in which such an assessment would expose any existing performance deficiencies.
The employees of an organization act like the 'driving force' which can either lead the organization towards success or can turn out to be the cause of its failure. A company's progress not only depends on an employee's individual performance but the way these employees communicate with the customers has its own significance. Thus, in order to run a successful organization, it is quite essential to monitor the correlation between the outcomes and the employees' input on a regular basis. To ensure employees' effectiveness, organizations usually remain concerned about training their employees.
Training means a methodical intentional process of changing behavior of organizational members in a direction which contributes to…… [Read More]
However, it has been a struggle to make employees view that these employee feedback programs are not just a tool for the companies to comply with has been a losing battle eports 12.
The good news of the matter is that these employee feedback programs provide duly needed positive and negative feedback which helps the management re-strategize their decision making process.
Organizational culture and employee feedback programs
The culture of the organization must at the same time reflect these employee feedback programs Gupta, Govindarajan and Malhotra 206.
Organizational culture is the personality that is exhibited by an organization through its employees. Members of the organization slowly come to sense this culture and try their best to express it in their actions in various situations. There are several effects of an organization's culture. These include influencing the technologies applied, image of the organization to the public, strategies, services and products of…… [Read More]
Employee E-Mail and Internet Privacy Policies
The increased usage of the Internet and e-mail has changed the way companies do business. Nearly instantaneous communication can take place globally. Information on a countless number of topics can now be accessed from anywhere around the world. These technological developments have not only helped employees increase their efficiencies, but also has given them a new means of distraction from their duties. For this reason, many companies have developed e-mail and Internet policies.
At my job, our e-mail policy states that e-mails should not include illegal or libelous statements. E-mail is to be used for business purposes only and e-mail communications are the property of the company. For this reason, the company may access sent and received from work computers at any time, this includes deleted e-mails that are stored on the company's servers. The Internet policy is similar in that the Internet is…… [Read More]
On the other hand, the comparative value of the real-time presentation must be considered in relation to the potential technical issues involved. Specifically, whereas pre-recorded presentations and self-directed learning online training programs can be tested and perfected in advance to ensure there are no technical problems with delivery, that is not necessarily the case with real-time presentations, especially those involving two-way communications. No matter how much preparation and troubleshooting is conducted in advance, live two-way presentations are notoriously susceptible to technical problems that can interfere with planning and lesson delivery. Moreover, the more computer terminals and office locations involved, the greater that potential for difficulties in execution.
Beyond technical delivery-of-training issues, other anticipated potential problems associated with online employee training include lower levels of individual engagement and reduced opportunity for meaningful interpersonal exchanges. In that regard, even the best corporate instructors cannot implement all of the same teaching…… [Read More]
Employee Satisfaction with a Company's Review Process
The following research examines the reason for a decline in employee satisfaction regarding the review process at XYZ, Inc. The results of the survey revealed that sample biases may have confounded the results and that the survey will have to be re-administered to reflect the true attitudes and results of the preliminary research leading up to the current survey. The result showed a high degree of satisfaction with the quality and quantity of management feedback. The results of this survey are inconclusive and further research will need to be conducted to eliminate the possible effects of sample bias.
Delimitations (See Leedy)
A. Literature Review
C. General Management Issues
D. Project Related Issues
F. Definition of Terms
H. Project Submission…… [Read More]
Countering this argument of ethical responsibility is the fact that many companies mentioned in the article have intensive pricing, product development, service and support pressures on them. Yet, given the efforts placed in planning their businesses and the intensive processes in place for financial forecasting, the costs of fulfilling these financial commitments to employees must be included in all strategic plans. To not pay these benefits is comparable to not paying for a factory or production center once created, or in the case of United Airlines, reneging on paying for a new commercial jet from Boeing. If United had done that, Boeing would repossess the jet. Yet the workers promised these benefits cannot repossess years of effort and commitment; therefore it is the ethical and one could argue legal responsibility of these companies to pay the pensions and healthcare costs promised.… [Read More]
What are some of the key issues facing businesses today in terms of continuing to offer a competitive benefits package?
Health care has emerged as one of the most important issues in contemporary American business in relation to competitive benefits packages. That is because under the current health care framework in the U.S., employer health care plans are the most common source of health insurance access (eid, 2009). Before the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), only businesses employing at least 50 employees were required by law to provide group health insurance to their employees. That meant that smaller companies often were at a competitive disadvantage in attracting the best talent because employees value health insurance so much. Since the enactment of the ACA, smaller companies will also be required to provide health insurance plans to avoid tax penalties for choosing not to do so (Pickert, 2012).…… [Read More]
The future that is fast heading our way is often thought to be associated with creative technologies and businesses that do online services. But this is definitely not the full picture. Many traditional businesses are also being impacted in regard to what will be expected about some of their core operations, including in regard to how they treat and motivate their employees. Basic manufacturing is no different. In order for companies like ours to be ready for the future, we have to look seriously at the ways in which we recruit employees and keep them here once they sign on. With 120 employees whose skills encompass a broad range of talents -- some basic skills others tied to quite sophisticated technological abilities -- we have the chance to position ourselves to be ahead of the curve as the entire field of payment, rewards and recognitions is examined yet…… [Read More]
" (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nd) Key provisions of the standards include protection in the areas of: (1) access to medical records; (2) notice of privacy practices; (3) limits on uses of personal medical information; (4) prohibition on marketing; (5) strong state laws; (6) confidential communications; and (7) complaints. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nd)
III. EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT (ERISA)
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is a federal law that places standards that are minimum to be met for "most voluntarily established pensions and health plans in private industry to provide protection for individuals in these plans." (U.S. Department of Labor, 2008) the requirements of ERISA include the provision of plan information and fiduciary responsibilities to participants and makes a requirement of establishment of "a grievance and appeals process for participants to get benefits from their plans; and gives participants the…… [Read More]
Employee elation Plan
The first question that has to be considered is the objective of any employee relations program. This is generally listed out in a document that is circulated among all the staff as they are supposed to follow it. This involves certain laws, regulations and case laws, and has to be viewed as governing the policy of the organization including the required management delegations for the administration of the employee relations program. In general this defines the policy through which management officials along with the employee relations staff are expected to follow and the actions they are expected to take for ensuring the correct performance or resolve conduct problems among the employees. (Employee elations Program) One of the biggest problems of today is regarding harassing, violent and/or threatening behavior in the work environment. This has become a major problem in the American workplace today.
Harassment takes various forms…… [Read More]
By opening stock options to middle management and employees, it was assumed that better employee performance would be incentivized. As company stock prices go up, it creates a greater spread between the option price when it was granted to the employee and the hypothetical sale price at the end of the vesting period. Consistently better performance over a longer period of time would yield greater reward when the option is exercised. However, as Hall and Murphy again point out, "even if employees can increase the value of the firm, their share of that gain through their option holdings is very small. Combining this enormous free-rider problem with the risk imposed on employees through stock-based pay, it seems obvious that cash-based incentive plans based on objective or subjective performance measures can provide stronger and more efficient pay-performance incentives."
Despite many early statements in the life of the practice that employee stock…… [Read More]
cannot automatically assume his or her right to serve. And even the American with Disabilities Act allows that all employers cannot necessarily accommodate all conditions, of all employees.
The eyco website, in response to criticism, defended its position, stating that smoking employees of Michigan businesses each drained their companies, and thus shareholders and fellow workers as well as company owners, of an additional $4,000 a year in absenteeism, medical benefits and the earnings that are lost to sickness and premature death. (McConnell, 2005) but handicapped employees who can still do their jobs effectively cannot be discriminated against, nor can an employee with a predisposition, genetically, to cancer, be excluded from an employee health care policy simply because he or she is more costly.
Again, these costs are not choices like smoking. But federal laws protect workers with conditions such as obesity and alcoholism, where there is at least some 'choice'…… [Read More]
The Person/Environment Dynamics of Employee Empowerment: An Organizational Culture Analysis"
According to this article by Pennie Foster-Fishman and Christopher Keys, participatory management is becoming more common, where innovative service delivery and staff empowerment are becoming increasingly important in management. The article examines a human service agency specifically, entitled SERVE. Among the goals of serve included the objective to strengthen "the voice of frontline staff in agency decision making and policy formation." The administrators believed that this organizational approach would be an effective means of increasing employee morale and organizational effectiveness (Foster-Fishman, 1997).
In this particular instance, the employee empowerment initiative occurred within a public bureaucracy, where typically efforts to empower employees fail due to strict cultural features. Empowerment, defined by this article represents "the process of gaining influence over events and outcomes of importance to an individual or group" (Foster-Fisman, 1997). According to the article, the primary purpose…… [Read More]
I am taking a course in employer and labor relations and feel I may be able to help you out in the stated situation. Employment laws do not specifically state anything against employee dissention or workplace politics. Employers have limited rights in these situations unless here is a written policy setting limits on workplace politics. If you feel that Sue Mee is engaging in activities which are threaten productivity and creating a hostile working environment, it is important to confront her and open channels of communication with the staff.
I am afraid, Sue Mee is right when she states that without employment contracts management has increased powers to fire an employee. Employment contracts limit an employer's power over termination of employees but they need not always be in written form. If you feel that there exists an unwritten employment contract in the firm, you can convince the employees…… [Read More]
When setting up and maintaining the human resource files, confidentiality and privacy are always significant at workplace. Today most organizations are taking different steps of ensuring that the information within the organization remains confidential and private, however employees on the other hand are seen not to be concerned of this, therefore it is the work of the top managers to make their employees understand the importance of keeping files such as the human resource files as confidential. The human resources professionals should prevent misuse of personal information by safely storing them to avoid unauthorized access. Maintaining confidentiality of information in organization does not only protect the company from the legal hassles, but it improves the productivity of the employee while providing them with a safer working environment and security (Dogra, 2012).
Maintaining privacy and confidentiality for human resource files is important for varied reasons this is because, it…… [Read More]
He could for example, provide a different chapter for each type of performance review currently used, and a list of organizations that likely use it. He can then outline the strengths and weaknesses of these reviews, before he provides an explanation of the fixes he would use to change the outcome and perceived lack of interest in performance management.
Rudman also gives a very brief explanation of the complaints managers in the UK have of employee performance reviews, stating they take up too much time. Rather than lead in with very few statistics, Rudman should dedicate a chapter to this, and instead begin the book with dynamic testimonies by people that use his system and find it works. The goal is to entice and encourage the reader to continue pursuing the end result. Rudman may have much to say, but he is not a good salesman.
Potential Effects of Fixes…… [Read More]
Participants are also protected by prohibiting employers from deducting costs from their tax liability of not complying with ERIA6.
Both ERIA and the Prudent Investor Rule prohibit certain types of transactions. According to Laura Jordan6, the U.. labor secretary has the power to grand exemptions from prohibitive rules under ERIA. When such exemption is not granted and fiduciaries engage in prohibitive activities regardless, the result could be liability to repay losses, return profits, and IR penalty taxes.
ERIA includes considerably more prohibitive rules than the Prudent Investor Rule. ome of these include a prohibition from engaging in transactions that are a direct sale of property between the plan and interested party; a loan or credit extension; furnishing of goods, services or facilities; or a transfer to a party of interest that will result in benefit to such a party. Among others, further prohibitions include any form of self-interest in the…… [Read More]
Performance appraisal systems are complex and time consuming, especially for managers who supervise extended numbers of employees
Performance appraisal systems can be stressful and ineffective (Clark, 2011).
5. Structure of performance appraisal systems
The construction of a performance appraisal system is a complex endeavor, based on both theoretical as well as practical considerations. John J. Gabarro and Linda a. Hill (1995) for instance argue that managers ought to construct their appraisal systems in a critical manner, based on both pre-existent models and frameworks, but also on internal features within the organization. Cynthia Morrison Phoel (2011) and her co-editors argue that the main criterion to an effective appraisal system is represented by feedback.
Kevin . Murphy and Frank E. Saal (1990) then argue that there exists a triple structure to create frameworks for employee appraisal. The frameworks are constructed based on four criteria: the constituents, the goals, the specific objectives and…… [Read More]
Avoid liability invasion privacy Essay Question: List discuss ways employers avoid liability invasion privacy. Essay 350 words length APA format. There -text citation essay.
List and discuss different ways employers can avoid liability for invasion of privacy
Employers often justify intrusions into employee privacy based upon safety concerns: concerns about jeopardizing the health of the public can be used to allow drug and alcohol tests. Even lifestyle habits may be restricted, based upon the additional healthcare costs they can incur employers. Weight restrictions may be allowed if maintaining a certain weight is a safety hazard at some jobs, which is why "49 states allow weight standards that do not violate the ADA" (Bennett-Alexander & Hartman 2009: 682). Dating employees or the employees of a competitor business and moonlighting at another organization (which could reveal trade secrets or result in employees working too many hours to be productive) may…… [Read More]
Wal-Mart is also deemed to be a company that greatly mistreats and discriminates against its employees but there has apparently been no reliable empirical data to back that up (Van iper, 2008).
The article concludes by conceding to some Wal-Mart critics. First, Wal-Mart cites Ohio University professor ichard Vedder, who points out that Bureau of Labor Statistics Data holds that Wal-Mart's wage structure lags behind the retail sector as a whole (Van iper, 2008)
elative to what Wal-Mart pays its employee and the benefits they bestow, a third source was widely condemnatory of Wal-Mart and insisted that it could and should be paying its employees more…a lot more. The average associate at Wal-Mart, per this story, makes an average of not quite twelve dollars an hour. If annualized, that would be below the United States poverty line. The story's author insists that wages and benefits are not higher simply because…… [Read More]
Controlling Benefit Costs
One of the most serious dilemmas facing organizations today is how to maximize profits in an extremely competitive global environment. Of course, organizations need employees, and there is a cycle that has been growing over the past three decades or so in which employees and other stakeholders are expecting greater benefit packages in order to stay with their employer. The reality of 21st century organizational environments is so competitive for some positions that employers are faced with the issue of having to increase benefits or lose top employees. Governmental regulations are now encroaching into this paradigm as well, and employee costs are now almost always one of the top two expenses for the organization. For most employers, managing these costs has a direct relationship to profitability, the ability to remain competitive in the marketplace and even new business development. However, over the last few years these benefit…… [Read More]
smaller company offer competitive benefit packages employees competing talent large corporations? FYI - School text book The Handbook Employee Benefits, Seventh Edition Jerry S.
Competitiveness of employee benefits in small size enterprises
The global economy is still striving to overcome the tremendous pressures of the economic recession that began in 2007 in the American real estate sector and soon expanded to the rest of the sectors, as well as the rest of the countries. The means in which each country or sector overcome the recession differ from one region to the other and the differences are due to elements such as fiscal policies, strength of the economic sector or the threshold for risk. Generically, more protective countries have proven better able to overcome the threats of the crisis (Bernitz and inge, 2010).
Despite the domestic particularities of each region, fact remains that overcoming the crisis should be a global effort…… [Read More]