Six 2014 Comp and Benefits Articles Worth Revisiting

By Stephen Miller, CEBS Dec 23, 2014
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As the year wound down, we took a look back at six articles from 2014 focused on benefits or pay that warranted another visit.

1. Improving Performance Evaluations Using Calibration

“If you believe in pay for performance, you must have data to differentiate where people stand,” advised management consultant Dick Grote. He proposed the radical notion that performance management systems can actually work, and that employers have “an ethical obligation” to employees to see that they do.

2. Solving the EAP Under-Use Puzzle

Employee assistance programs (EAPs) can help employees deal with life's difficulties. The key challenge is getting workers to use these services when they need them. A median of only about 3.5 percent of employees, and mostly women, take advantage of EAP services per year when available.

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3. Startups Outsourcing HR: When, Why, What If?

This article may have been overlooked since the title focuses on startups and outsourcing, but it discusses some nifty HR benefits administration trends that should be of interest to organizations of all sizes.

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4. Navigate Generational Attitudes on Health Benefits.

With four generations working side by side in the labor force, employers are challenged to meet each group’s distinctive needs and expectations. These differences become especially relevant when honing ways to communicate health care options.

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5. Meditation Comes to the Workplace

There are compelling reasons for employers to offer meditation training and resources as a stress-reducing wellness benefit—and some obstacles to avoid.

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6. Responding to Minimum-Wage Hikes

Many businesses are facing higher state and local minimum wages, with another round of increases set to take effect in jurisdictions throughout the U.S. in January. Be prepared to manage the effect of minimum-wage increases on existing pay structures.

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Stephen Miller, CEBS, is an online editor/manager for SHRM. Follow him on Twitter @SHRMsmiller.

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