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December 2018, Vol. 6, No. 6

Employee engagement in HR shapes performance and payroll tech

Widening the scope and increasing the impact of employee engagement in HR programs to encourage worker participation and job satisfaction is a puzzle not so easily pieced together. During her 20-plus years in HR, Sheryl Simmons has dealt with worker engagement initiatives through benefits and other perks, but employee engagement's changing landscape still throws surprises at her. "I was amazed how important pet insurance was to millennials," said Simmons, chief human resources officer (CHRO) at Maestro Health, a Chicago-based health and wellness vendor. The company has more than 300 employees and does, in fact, offer pet insurance, among other modern enticements that include an employee arcade. Simmons and other speakers and attendees at September's HR Technology Conference noted that HR professionals are dealing with issues well beyond a time when employees were satisfied with just a steady paycheck and decent benefits. Salary and benefits are still important, of course, but workers today also place importance on a combination ...

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