Use of employee recognition programs has declined slightly, but still important component of employee rewards

A survey released this week by WorldatWork shows employee recognition has declined slightly: 86 percent of companies use recognition programs as part of their rewards tool kit, down from 89 percent in 2008. Fourteen percent of companies report not having any recognition programs in place whatsoever and 10 percent report eliminating some recognition offerings in […]

For employers, health insurance exchanges and excise tax for high cost plans are most important health reform provisions

At least half of the respondents to an onsite conference survey consider the continued implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) important (29.09 percent) or very important (21.21 percent) to the management of health benefits. Another 29.09 percent of participants, who were attending the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) annual conference […]

HR executives give mixed grades to leadership pipelines

Human resources and talent management executives give mixed grades for the quality of their own organizations’ leadership pipelines, according to a survey by Right Management. Of the 1,262 executives asked, “Do you have future leaders identified for critical roles in your organization?”, only 6 percent report having future leaders identified for all critical roles. Seventeen […]

Study reveals decline in employee bonus program offerings

A new WorldatWork study, Bonus Programs and Practices, found that the prevalence of a variety of bonus programs have declined since 2008 and are at approximately the same levels as 2005. In 2010 when the survey was conducted, employers’ use of referral, sign-on, spot and retention bonuses had gone down since the survey began in […]

Unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent in April

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 244,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported May 6. Job gains occurred in several service-providing industries, manufacturing, and mining. The number of unemployed persons, at 13.7 million, changed little in April. The unemployment rate edged up from 8.8 […]

Annual Mother’s Day survey finds working moms who are sole financial providers earn significantly less than working dads

Although the economic situation is improving for U.S. families, working moms report they are struggling to financially support their families and have quality time at home. More than one-third (35 percent) of working moms and 44 percent of working dads surveyed by CareerBuilder said they are the sole financial provider for their household. Comparing these […]

Survey spotlights heightened security concerns for employee use of social media

According to findings from the 8th annual What Keeps Network Administrators Up At Night survey commissioned by VanDyke Software®and executed by Amplitude Research®, for two years in a row, four-in-ten survey respondents (40 percent in 2010 and 42 percent in 2011) said they were “moderately concerned” to “extremely concerned” about the security threat associated with […]

Achieving work/life balance is definition of career happiness for most working mothers

A recent SFN Group, Inc. study shows many working moms are not satisfied with their career, and feel their work is more stressful than being a stay-at-home mom. This is in a large part due to a lack of work/life balance. According to the study, 56 percent of working mothers are not satisfied with their […]

Generation gap causes conflict in some workplaces

Conflict between members of different generations exists in almost three-quarters of organizations, and more than half of organizations actively work to reduce that conflict, according to a new poll from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Five generations will be represented in the U.S. workforce next year, the Society’s HR Magazine noted in its […]

Experts agree that gender-based wage gap persists

Government and private-sector experts participating in a public forum held by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) advised that gender-based wage discrimination is still a problem and a percentage of the wage discrepancy cannot be explained by nondiscriminatory factors. The forum was held at the EEOC’s headquarters on April 28, 2011 – just one […]