Tag Archives: Employee Satisfaction

An Ounce of Benefits is Worth a Pound of Pay

The United States is currently nearing full employment with the unemployment rate under 4%. Such a hypercompetitive labor market calls for innovation and creativity in luring and retaining top talent. A new study that sheds light on how employees value benefits may help employers maximize the “bang for the buck” of benefits packages offered to … Continue Reading

Gambling at Work: Everybody Out of the (Office) Pool

With Super Bowl LIII this Sunday and March Madness fast approaching, it is important to consider the impact of office pools on the workplace. Office pools can build workplace morale and improve employee relationships, not to mention add a little fun to the typical workday. Yet they remain illegal in many states, including Florida.  In … Continue Reading

Performance evaluations are… coming to town?

“He’s making a list and checking it twice. He’s going to find out who’s naughty or nice… performance evaluations are…” Coming to town? Indeed. The end of year is not only holiday season, but also the time of year when a number of employers complete performance evaluations of their employees. Just like gift giving, the evaluation process is … Continue Reading

Do You Know What Your Employees Really Want?

Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want. So, tell me what you want, what you really really want. From “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls Are financial rewards the best way to motivate employees? In employee/employer survey after survey over the last 70 years, there has been a continuing disconnect between … Continue Reading

Baseball’s Winter of Discontent

What can we learn from Major League Baseball’s currently unemployed players? Employee satisfaction has become increasingly important as employees expect fulfillment in their careers (both financially and with work-life balance programs and benefits). Whether unionized or not, it is important to analyze a company’s culture and the industry to consider what motivates employees.… Continue Reading

Morale Makes Money: How Starbucks Raised The Bar(ista)… Again

Last week, the CEO of Starbucks, Kevin Johnson, announced the ‘Partner and Family Sick Time’ benefits for all of Starbucks’ U.S. employees. Starbucks is giving employees a number of additional perks, including increased wages, stock grants, six-week paid parental leave for non-birth giving parents and five days of paid sick leave per year.  The $250 … Continue Reading

Email Restrictions: Good Idea But Don’t Hold Your Breath America

Employers are always looking for ways to improve work-life balance for their employees. The objective, of course, is to reduce employee burnout and turnover, while increasing employee satisfaction, productivity and creativity. Some companies have gone the untraditional route, such as Daimler’s “Mail on Holiday program” which gives employees the option of automatically deleting all incoming … Continue Reading

New DOL Overtime Regulations On Hold – Now What????

Late yesterday, a Texas federal Judge issued a nationwide temporary injunction halting the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new overtime regulations, which were set to significantly increase the minimum salary required for the executive, administrative and professional overtime exemptions (known as the white collar exemptions). This unexpected ruling prevents the DOL from implementing the new regulations, … Continue Reading

You Want to Raise the Minimum Wage to WHAT?!?!

A year ago, Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price announced plans to raise the salary of every employee to $70,000 by 2017, even entry level staffers.  In order to help offset the increased labor costs, Price announced his intention to lower his own salary from $1,000,000+ to $70,000 (he apparently made around $2,000,000 in 2012).  Needless-to-say, … Continue Reading

Are Your Employees Naughty or Nice?

As I was recently working on my Christmas “to do” list while singing along to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” the lyrics “He’s making a list, and checking it twice, Gonna find out whose naughty or nice,” reminded me that December is not only the holiday season, but is also the performance evaluation season for … Continue Reading

Employees are taking back Thanksgiving!!!

Employees are taking back Thanksgiving!!! What impact will that have on your business if the trend continues?  Is the trend driven by a return to more traditional values surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday or is it just plain good business sense? Employers are asking themselves these questions ever since Recreational Equipment, Inc., otherwise known as “REI,” … Continue Reading

“No Jerk” Workplace Policies Pay Off

“There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”  (This quote is often associated with Phineas T. Barnum, the 19th century circus owner.)  Really?  Tell that to Amazon. Amazon, which recently surpassed Walmart as the most valuable retailer in the country, has been all over the news recently, but not entirely for good reasons.  A recent article … Continue Reading

Low Balling: Negotiation Starter or Negotiation Killer?

Did you see Jon Lester pitch for the Red Sox against the Yankees a few days ago? I bet you more money than Floyd Mayweather made in his fight against Manny Pacquiao that you didn’t.  There is no way you could have. That’s because Lester does not pitch for the Red Sox anymore. Why? Well, … Continue Reading

An EGGcellent Employee Benefit or a Degrading Message?

Surveys are conducted periodically to compile lists of “best employee benefits.” Those lists have included items such as: free lunch (yes, there is such a thing for some lucky employees); fully-paid insurance premiums; gym membership and fitness classes; flexible schedules, including 4-day workweeks; telecommuting options; transportation subsidies; paid maternity and paternity leave; unlimited vacation (my … Continue Reading

Unlimited Vacation Time From Work: Dream, Reality or Just A Myth?

Last month, I wrote a post about one company’s new “Mail on Holiday” program where emails are automatically deleted during an employee’s vacation. What if, in combination with such a program, an employee could have unlimited vacation time? For most employees, it’s a dream. But if you work for Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, unlimited vacation … Continue Reading

Is Fantasy Football Affecting Your Workplace?

The football may be fantasy, but how real is its effect on productivity in your workplace? A recent report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., an employment consulting firm, states that fantasy football, with an estimated 31 million working-age participants, may cost employers close to $14 billion. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (yes, … Continue Reading
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