Lessons Learned At The Water Cooler
by Maryann Brennan
Business News Briefs
Starting Off On the Right Foot
Empowerment to the People
According to a national survey conducted by Benefits Access Inc., based in Hartford, Conn., 60 percent of human resource executives at mid-size companies wish they could empower their employees to make their own benefits decisions.
Benefits choices have a terrific impact on employees lives. Employees need to take as much responsibility as they can for their benefits, Benefits Access President Rick Swaye said. Empowering employees is the present and the future of employee benefits, Swaye said.
The survey also examined attitudes of human resource professionals on a range of issues including reduced staffing issues, staffing levels and fiscal challenges.
Workers Attitudes Cross Cultures
Workers internationally expressed a similar set of opinions about their workplace needs despite cultural and economic differences, according to study conducted by Gemini Consulting, New York, New York.
This study, which surveyed workers in 13 countries, including 10 European countries, Russia, the United States and Japan, found that surprisingly, employees want fundamentally similar things from their jobs regardless of culture. The study showed us that workers feel employers are not meeting core needs, said Jane Buxton, a Gemini Consulting principal and author on workplace issues.
Specifically, workers emphasized the importance of advancement potential and the opportunity to build skills as a way to maintain employability and job security.