NEW AND IMPROVED REWARDS AT WORK 1
Running head: New and Improved Rewards at Work
New and Improved Rewards at Works
HRM 533 Total Rewards
Dr. Mary Ann Wangemann
June 7, 2012
NEW AND IMPROVED REWARDS AT WORK 2 Abstract
Innovative employee rewards are designed to boost employee morale and in some cases helped to increase personal goal accomplishments within the company. This paper will attempt to explore the challenges faced with employee rewards and how innovations in employee benefits can improve the overall competitive compensation strategy of the organization.
NEW AND IMPROVED REWARDS AT WORK 3 Determine how innovations in employee benefits can improve the overall competitive
compensation strategy of the organization.
Innovations in employee benefits can improve the overall competitive compensation
strategy because of what may be offered to employees through each benefit. In order for
companies to be competitive in the job market, the benefits must be appealing to attract, retain
and motivate employees to build long term success. In today’s economy employee benefits
are becoming as important as pay may be for most employees. A company who offers good pay
along with good benefits is what most job seekers and current employees are looking for to
determine if that particular company is one worth working for until retirement. Companies must
find innovative ways to engage employees while encouraging and improving their skills
and performance. For example, more companies are now offering and making it the employees
responsibility to save or invest in retirement through 401k plans. A 401k plan is a retirement plan
employers provide where employees can deduct a portion of their salary, pre-tax and invest that
deduction in a portfolio of investment options. I believe this really gives employers an advantage
in the market because people usually manage their bills by the “take home pay” and if you
choose to invest in the 401 k, the money will come out your pay check before taxes which makes
it easier to budget and invest at the same time.
The 401k is just one benefit an employer may offer to make personal and work life
manageable. It offers employees more money in the future and the employer gets the
commitment of dedicated employees in return. There are many other benefits from offering
affordable rates with the rising cost of healthcare to flexible spending accounts. Benefits that
employees can pay a small amount and get coverage or discounts is a good way to improve the
overall competitive compensation strategy as employees will get more with the money earned. NEW AND IMPROVED REWARDS AT WORK 4
Explain how innovative benefits could be tied to specific jobs.
Over the last few years, there has been a continuous battle to offer attractive employee
benefits in keeping up with employee demands. Employee benefits can increase employee
satisfaction with the company. A company may provide additional benefits to...
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