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Office gifts: From weird to wonderful


Santa’s not the only one delivering presents this holiday season. Nearly eight out of 10 executives say some form of gift giving occurs in their offices. But it’s not all bottles of wine and Target gift cards out there. Read on for some of the weirdest gifts that ever sat under the office tree … and some good ones too.

Job sharing allows young parents to work half-time at Atlanta firm


Recruiters and account managers can work half-time at Matrix Resources, an IT staffing firm in Atlanta. The organization created job-sharing teams several years ago, allowing two employees to share one job so each can work half-time.

Stuart bike commuter confronts unexpected hazard


High gas prices have driven many commuters to consider alternative transportation, and many are choosing to get to work on their bicycles. That can be risky business …

New Benefit: Bike Commuters Get Reimbursement Incentives


Employees who ride their bikes to work will soon be eligible for a $20-a-month, tax-free reimbursement from their employers for bicycle-related expenses, thanks to a measure tucked into the $700 billion bailout bill Congress passed Oct. 3. Learn more about this new benefit, which could become wildly popular in a era of perpetually high gas prices.

Time to pay attention: the next work/life benefit?


The average worker spends about two hours every day dealing with unnecessary interruptions, which cost businesses $590 billion a year in lost productivity. HR professionals can help solve this problem. In fact, it could be the latest work/life benefit: time to pay attention.

Can ‘Kiddie Wellness’ Programs Cut Your Organization’s Health Costs?


Children account for 20% to 25% of employer health care spending, and rates of diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity are soaring among America’s kids and teens. Here are five tips for including employees’ children in your company’s wellness programs …

What’s Working: 6 Hot Compensation & Benefits Best Practices


On-site scuba lessons, desks on wheels, employee shopping sprees and unlimited time off are just a few of the ways innovative employers recruit, reward, retain and refresh workers. See if any of these best practices—some simple, some extravagant—inspire you to take a fresh look at your company’s perks.

Brown-bagging increases as gas prices remain high


High gas prices may keep employees at work, says a survey by employment law firm Jackson Lewis. More than half of the employees that participated in the poll said they’re eating lunch at their desks more these days instead of eating out or running personal errands …

8 strategies: Make flex plans work for you

Your organization wouldn’t offer flexible work arrangements such as flextime and compressed workweeks if management didn’t believe the benefits outweighed the costs. Yet surveys show that few organizations have formal and consistent policies in place to manage their flex programs.

How to comply with Colorado’s 3 newest workplace laws

The Colorado Legislature passed several laws during the most recent legislative session that will directly affect Colorado employers, and more changes may be on the way. HR professionals need to update workplace policies and procedures to comply with these new worker rights and employer obligations …