Employee benefit organizations provide the human resources professional with valuable insight into the compensation provided by other companies. This knowledge improves employee retention, satisfaction and the company's profits.
Before you join a employee benefits association, it is important to choose an organization that is a good fit. Because most associations charge a membership fee, it makes sense to select the organization that will offer you the most value.
1. Does the employee benefits organization offer classes and conferences in your area? While online information is helpful, to receive the most benefits from a professional organization, you should plan to put in face time.
2. Does the membership of the organization reflect your interests? Even if the group is open to everyone, if the majority of members are in the accounting field, and your company is in manufacturing, it may not be a good fit.
3. In a smaller city, there may be limited opportunities to join employee benefits organizations. Even if the situation is not perfect, you can enjoy the benefits of membership, continuing education and networking. It is your decision on how involved to become.
Find a professional benefits organization that meets your needsThe advantages of belonging to employee compensation and benefits organizations are numerous. These groups typically offer educational programs, professional development classes and opportunities for networking.
Update your skills with help from employee benefits associationsEmployee benefit organizations often offer training classes and seminars to keep their members updated on new trends and technologies. While some classes may only be available to members, other groups allow anyone interested to participate.
Use information gathered by employee benefit organizationsIf you cannot regularly attend meeting with local employee benefits associations, you can still benefit from their expertise. Many employee compensation and benefits organizations provide employee compensation and benefit information online or in report form, available upon request.
- The purpose of honing your skills as a compensation professional is to improve retention and productivity while at the same time maximizing profits. This is a delicate balancing act, and forging friendships with others in the same position will make you more effective.