If the pitch is total rewards, flex benefits are the home run

HR needs to ensure benefits are practical, relative and meaningful to employees
By Jacqueline Taggart and Joy Sloane
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/20/2004

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ike the mythical phoenix rising from the ashes, every few years corporate HR departments (and their advisors and consultants) are destined to unveil the latest and greatest innovation guaranteed to reinvent the work environment.

In many cases these innovations are well-intended and do improve working conditions, but is it too cynical to question the predictability of the cyclical nature of these inventions? Maybe this cycle of innovation is related more to product lifecycles than to any real underlying strategic change. Whatever the real drivers may be, it is true that some of these ideas offer real benefits to organizations and employees and one of these is total rewards.