Questions And Questions On Employee Benefits

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The following are questions and answers relating to this week’s assigned readings. How do the readings relate; what similarities or contradictions exist? The chapters in the book do not relate to the articles. Chapter three explains the importance of identifying strategic positions in organizations and making sure there is top talent in them. Chapter four explains Human Resource (HR) professionals and line managers are responsible for developing talent throughout an organization. Thus, line managers and HR professionals should be held accountable for the development of a successful workforce. In order to be successful, these leaders must have talent inventories and action plans helping them put strategic talent into strategic…show more content…
What questions or issues did the readings raise for you? Ensuring you have A-level talent in the most strategic positions sounds great, but what if this is not the case and you have the wrong people in strategic positions. Replacing people is not easy, especially in government. It is a shame, but we wait for people to retire instead of holding them accountable or replacing them. In regards to employee benefits, employers should make it a priority to help employees understand the value of the benefits received. This is challenging since benefit plans are complicated and plan statements are often difficult to comprehend. However, employees with a good understanding of their benefits package estimate its value 42% higher than those who don’t (Crawford 2014). The State of Tennessee addresses this by sending a letter each year detailing the monetary value of my benefit package. The letter helps me appreciate the benefits package and keeps me from seeking other employment. The downside of employee benefits should be realized when considering such programs. First, providing employee benefits is expensive and costs more for small employees than large ones. Secondly, offering benefits can create legal compliance concerns resulting in legal fees and potential lawsuits (Pros and Cons: Offering employee benefits 2014). Lastly, disengaged employees are twice as likely to stay because of beneficial job conditions, including good employee benefits,
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