HR Works podcast: The ROI of employee benefits communication

HR.BLR.com | July 15, 2016

Companies that focus on creating a human-focused workplace can reap significant rewards in terms of employee well-being, engagement, and retention, according to a new survey, “The ROI of Recognition in Building a More Human Workplace,” by Globoforce’s new WorkHuman® Research Institute. The Institute publishes original research on current trends that affect and influence the employee experience, culture management, and leadership in collaboration with leaders in the human resources industry and global research experts.

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