Why It Pays to Discuss Total Compensation

The news on the economy is mixed, with some claiming robust health and others dismissing recovery almost out of hand.  Regardless of who’s right, the employment market is the tightest it’s been in 8 years and wages are going up for the first time in as many years or more.  That’s great news for employees seeking positions with new companies, but not so good for the employers offering them.  Salaries and payroll are the largest line item on most any company’s books, so higher wage dispensation tends to hurt businesses operating on already tight margins.

Companies are Moving to Northern Nevada

In Reno and surrounding areas, new employers aiming to take advantage of Nevada’s corporate tax policies have been arriving at a healthy clip over the last few years, with Tesla being a prominent example.  These companies tend to be progressive, from out of state, and bring with them higher-paying entry-level jobs.  Tesla’s starting wage is $14 per hour, for example.

Opportunities to work for a prestigious company with a handsome benefits and compensation package inevitably raise the bar in a smaller community like Reno.  Employees naturally become accustomed to a more balanced work life, better compensation and progressive mindset which makes it harder for small businesses who maintain traditional compensation models to attract the talent they need to prosper.

How to Compete with Large-scale Organizations Offering Higher Pay

Understanding that most native Nevadan companies can’t boost their starting wage to $14 per hour any time soon, there are other things they can offer to remain competitive in the shifting market.  Total Compensation is an important concept that such companies should explore and understand.  Increasingly, employees rate their job satisfaction based not solely on wage or salary, but in conjunction with ancillary benefits and other forms of reward.  Such compensation components augment employees’ sense of satisfaction, which fosters retention and increased productivity. And the best part about alternative forms of compensation is that they defer capital outlay and preserve cash flow.

Businesses who effectively espouse the concept of Total Compensation go beyond paying salaries – they advertise their complete pay package for employees including all forms of money, benefits, services, and other perks. Total compensation can be defined as the resources available to employees, which are used by the employer to attract, motivate and retain employees.

What is a Total Compensation Package?

Total compensation packages typically far exceed the value of base salaries alone.   They often include some or all the following:

  • Bonuses
  • Insurance
  • Training and Education
  • Paid Leave, Paid Sick Days
  • Professional Development
  • Retirement Benefits like 401(K), 403 (b) and Pensions
  • Paid Relocation

The compensation elements listed above are not cheap for employers to offer by any means, but from a cash flow perspective, they tend to be easier for employers to offer than higher base wages alone.  In addition to their virtues of affordability, excellent data show how much they contribute to employee satisfaction, retention and sense of security.

If you are an employer in the greater Reno area and wish to discuss Total Compensation and how your company can restructure its rewards packages, contact Solutions at Work today.  You’ll be greeted by a friendly, helpful representative who will explain options and make recommendations based on the specific nature of your business and the workforce that keeps it moving.

How Solutions At Work Supports BOOMCHICKAPOP’s Growth in Reno

An increasing number of established companies are setting up new operations in Reno, bringing new jobs and investments to our region. Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, an artisan snack company based in Mankato, Minnesota, is one of those organizations. Companies like BOOMCHICKAPOP who are managing new operations in Reno are discovering that expansion comes with its own set of unique challenges.

Not having an established reputation or brand recall in Reno sometimes makes it difficult for organizations new to the area to recruit and retain high-value employees who truly understand their culture. Setting up new operations over a thousand miles away from the corporate office may also make human resources management more challenging, as BOOMCHICKAPOP found.

Download the case study to learn how Solutions At Work stepped in to help BOOMCHICKAPOP build a strong and reliable team, meet critical business objectives, and ultimately thrive in Reno. 

Whether your organization is new to the Reno area, or firmly established, human resource challenges that require extra effort and attention sometimes arise. If your organization needs help with anything related to human resources, including recruitment, benefits management or new employee onboarding, don’t go it alone. Get the help you need with reliable and customizable HR services from Solutions At Work. Contact us today to get started.

How Can a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) Benefit Your Business? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Employee relations management, payroll services, HR compliance, recruitment. These administrative tasks are crucial to the business, but they can be laborious and extremely time-consuming. They distract you, the business owner, and leave you very little time for revenue-generating projects that can grow your business. The good news is, you can outsource these HR jobs and responsibilities while still having complete control of your organization.

Solutions at Work has partnered with Clark and Associates to offer the most comprehensive Professional Employer Organization (PEO) in Nevada. A PEO provides HR, payroll, employee benefits, and risk management services. When you join a PEO, you’re able to reduce time spent on administrative tasks while still offer great benefits to your employees.

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How Can a Professional Employer Organization Help My Business?

There is no greater ally to today’s small business than the Professional Employer Organization (PEO), yet most business owners are unaware of the benefits they bring. The economic data proves that small businesses using a PEO grow faster, have lower employee turnover, and are much less likely to go out of business. Small business owners have the assurance they need to let a PEO handle employment tax issues along with back-office administrative and HR tasks while they focus on running a successful business.

Through a PEO, employees of small businesses gain access to employee benefits such as 401(k) plans; health, dental, life, and other insurance; dependent care and other benefits typically provided by large companies. According to a recent study, by noted economist Laurie Bassi, businesses in a PEO arrangement grow 7-9 percent faster, have 23-32 percent lower employee turnover, and are 50 percent less likely to go out of business than companies not using a PEO.

Look to the Solution

Our local economic environment is rapidly changing and every business owner is looking for qualified staff and retaining their current workforce to continue growing.  We are thrilled to announce a solution for your company. Solutions At Work and Clark & Associates have teamed up with A Plus Benefits, enabling us to offer businesses a PEO.

This service provides small companies with the opportunity to take advantage of large group benefit plans and reduce overall benefit and payroll costs. Your compliance burden is also greatly reduced by outsourcing these functions and focusing on what you do best – growing your business!  These are just a few of the benefits available to you!

We would like to extend an invitation to provide you with a no-cost/no-obligation consultation to discuss how the Solutions at Work PEO offering could be a solution for your company.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Nicole Murray, CEO of Solutions At Work, or Valerie Clark, President of Clark & Associates. You can also call us 775-828-7420.

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