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1 Feb. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Retirement Benefits Prove Important For Employee Retention

It’s no surprise that retirement has become a significant issue for workers everywhere. In fact, beginning in 2011, the first baby boomers will turn 65 years old at a rate of 10,000 people per day. According to this week’s article, “The Rising Price of a Cheap Retirement Plan,” employees are now taking a prospective employer’s retirement benefits into deep consideration before making a final decision. Employees want retirement stability and many companies have begun to recognize this.

26 Jan. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Coping with Loss in the Workplace

This week’s article, “Am I Legally Required To Give Bereavement Leave?” suggests that although there is no federal law that requires employers to offer bereavement leave for their employees, the details of a company’s bereavement policy should be made clear. Organizations should outline for their employees specifics of the policy such as the number of days they are allowed, whether the time is paid or unpaid, and whether it is allowed for strictly family members or for friends as well.

18 Jan. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Distress or De-Stress

We’ve all heard about the adverse effects that stress can have on our bodies. It can trigger a range of symptoms including increased blood pressure, memory lapses, anxiety, or depression. We’ve also heard that long term effects can lead to ulcers, heart attack, or even stroke. Recent studies have now also shown us that stress can even lead to changes within the brain. This week’s article from TIME Healthland reveals that according to a study conducted by Dr. Rajita Sinha, long term effects of stress can actually shrink certain parts of the brain that regulate our emotions and metabolism.

11 Jan. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

How to Ensure Employee Retention

This week’s blog, “The True Cost of Turnover Revealed!” by Tim Sackett explains that that there is no true equation for determining how much employee turnover costs an organization. Sackett believes that companies should spend less time attempting to calculate the exact number that turnover costs and instead remember why this issue affects your organization in the first place. Plainly stated, by reducing turnover you save your organization money that could be better spent to reinvest into your business and increase your bottom line.

21 Dec. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

The Importance of Financial Wellness

This week’s article, “Wealth After an IPO Can Cause Employees to Go” by Susan Hauser details the problems companies such as Google and Croupon have been experiencing due to recently launching an initial public offering. Employees of these companies who have consequently acquired a great deal of wealth in a short period of time can experience what is called, “Sudden Wealth Syndrome.” These employees have serious problems dealing with their abrupt, increased levels of income. Sudden Wealth Syndrome can cause overwhelming feelings of stress that may lead to additional problems for these individuals such as leaving their job, or even suicide.

14 Dec. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Building Relationships in the Workplace

This week’s article, “Candidate Experience Broken Down Real Simply” by Jessica Lee offers insight into the job recruiting process and choosing the right candidate for an organization. Lee explains that although candidate experience may seem like the most important aspect to consider when recruiting a candidate for your organization, a person’s ability to build relationships with others is really the key.

7 Dec. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Veterans Returning to the Workforce

Though the current economic climate has brought about many challenges for workers across the country, it has been particularly difficult for veterans returning to the workforce. According to this week’s article, “When Johnny or Janey Comes Marching Home” by Samuel Greengard, a recent survey revealed that nearly 70 percent of employers will not hire veterans, specifically from the National Guard or Reserves. Many employers see a risk in hiring these employees due to the fact that they could be deployed at any time, leaving them with the challenge of finding a replacement.

17 Nov. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

How Satisfied Are Your Employees?

This week’s article, “Global Employee Satisfaction Remains Low” by Andrea Davis is concerning. According to a recent report, Davis explains that employee engagement in the workplace is the lowest it’s been since 2008, and that many workers believe that their organization poorly manages its employees’ performance. These reports also suggest that many employees are unmotivated due to this lack of management and this has even been shown to affect a company’s overall financial performance.

9 Nov. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Bridging the Generational Gap in Today’s Workforce

This week’s article, “Where Gen Y Employees Obtain Benefits Information” by Carrie Burns explains that according to a recent study the majority of generation Y workers receive their primary source of information about their employee benefits through friends and family, rather than from the workplace. The researchers of this study were surprised to hear the difference in the way younger workers educate themselves about their benefits packages. They also believe that organizations should take a different approach communicating their benefits packages to Gen Y workers because, “Gen Y has different needs, expectations, and preferences from previous generations.”

1 Nov. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Now is the Time for Wellness

The holiday season will soon be approaching us and with it will come an increase of family get-togethers, gift giving, and most importantly, food. It’s not surprising then to hear that most Americans gain at least one pound of weight during this time of year. Although one additional pound of weight gained over the holidays may seem harmless, we cannot ignore the impact that unhealthy eating habits is having on our bodies and our workforce.