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Providence Health & Services Oregon Region promotes retention and helps its employees cope with the economic downturn through its “Inflation Busters” program—an expanded educational, transportation, retail and wellness benefits program.
And after the Ellis County, Texas workers’ compensation premiums doubled in January 2008, the county launched a wellness program that has led to a 3 percent decrease in its 2009 workers’ compensation premium.
Those are two of the 15 winning submissions from HR professionals who won $1,000 apiece in the Society for Human Resource Management’s “HR Confronts the Downturn” economic stimulus prize. They also will receive a SHRM Certificate of Recognition and a letter from SHRM President and CEO Laurence G. O’Neil.
Winners are SHRM members at nonprofits, private companies, universities and state and local governments. The winning case studies highlight best HR practices to:
Online submissions for the contest had to be completed by Jan. 20, 2009; the entry had to have been a strategy that had been developed in response to the economic downturn.
“I salute these 15 outstanding HR professionals for their leadership and bold thinking to tackle some of the toughest workplace challenges caused by this recession,” O’Neil said in a statement.
The winners were selected from among 164 submissions. They are:
More detailed overviews of the winning programs can be accessed at:
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