June 2016, Part II
The Benefits Of Valuing Employees. On June 20, Bill Thorne, Senior Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at the National Retail Federation, penned an op-ed on the benefits and value of employees as part of Path Forward’s Monthly Spotlight. The op-ed details how service sector businesses like The Container Store, REI, and Pizza Hut value their hires by providing flexible schedule offerings, support for educational pursuits, and other wellness and quality of life enhancements. He writes: “When a business chooses to make investments in its people, it attracts and retains employees who are motivated by this sense of value and they take greater pride in their work.”
Restaurant Dads Serve Up Life Lessons In Food Service. Ahead of Father’s Day, Kathleen Luppi with the Los Angeles Times reported on four Orange County teens reporting to their fathers in entry-level restaurant jobs. These dads use food service not only to teach their kids how to wash and dry dishes, chop vegetables, and serve food, but also to instill important life lessons derived from teamwork and business operations. Julio, Executive Chef at Slice Deli and Cakery, grew up learning in his father’s professional kitchen and explains the importance of providing hands-on experience for his own child, Stephanie: “At her age, I was doing exactly what she is doing. I started from the bottom and worked my way up. She’ll jump right in to learn.”
Back To School And Back To Work. On June 15, The Sun-Sentinel reported on Office Depot’s plans to hire 8,000 new employees for this year’s back-to-school shopping season. According to company spokeswoman Julianne Embry, that’s an average of five new employees per store. Office Depot’s Lynn Gross explained that the company is increasing its hiring to bring the “best personal service” to customers shopping for school supplies. They will be hosting job fairs at each of their stores from July 12 through July 14, while also promoting these positions on their employment website.
Employee Benefits Driving The Future. The Washington Post published an article on June 20 detailing the growth of employee benefits over the past 20 years. The Society for Human Resource Management recently released a new survey tracking the nearly 350 benefits now offered to employees throughout the US. Evren Esen, SHRM’s director of workforce analytics, echoed Path Forward’s spotlight on the importance of investing in workplace benefits and valuing employees: “Organizations weren’t necessarily using benefits as a recruitment and retention tool.” What’s shifted, she said, is that “now benefits are so specific and so creative in order to get the talent that organizations want — that’s one way they differentiate themselves. That’s why we’ve seen the huge increase in types of benefits.”
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