Role of HR in Employee Support Programs

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  • 0:03 Employee Support Programs
  • 0:49 Tuition Reimbursement
  • 1:48 Health and Wellness Programs
  • 2:21 Employee Assistance Program
  • 2:55 Benefits of Support Program
  • 3:43 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Noel Ransom

Noel has taught college Accounting and a host of other related topics and has a dual Master's Degree in Accounting/Finance. She is currently working on her Doctoral Degree.

This lesson explores the role of human resources in employee support programs, such as tuition reimbursement, health and wellness programs, and employee assistance programs.

Employee Support Programs

Human resource (or HR) departments not only facilitate the hiring, firing, and managing policies and procedures for the workplace, they also assist with managing employee retention. And one of the ways HR departments help retain employees is by offering additional benefits that will help with personal and professional development.

Meet Jonathan, a new employee for a large manufacturing firm. Before Jonathan begins his job, he reviews the benefits package his firm provides all new employees. Jonathan notices there are several benefits he has not heard of before now and wants to research how each benefit may help him and the company throughout his employment. The benefits Jonathan will be reviewing are tuition reimbursement, health and wellness programs, and the employee assistance program (or EAP).

Tuition Reimbursement

Some HR departments offer tuition reimbursement for employees to assist with professional growth and development within their fields of expertise at the company. A tuition reimbursement program is a program in which the employer offers to reimburse the employee for some or all of the costs of tuition for college courses or a college degree.

Some organizations require a specific grade in a course or maintenance of a grade point average before tuition can be paid to the college or reimbursed to the employee. Other organizations require the employee to work for the company for a specific amount of time after tuition reimbursement. Jonathan's tuition reimbursement plan states he may receive a tuition reimbursement from his company for any 4-year college degree that relates to manufacturing, but Jonathan must maintain a 2.0 (or C) grade point average before the company will reimburse his tuition. Jonathan is super excited about this because he has always wanted to go back to school to obtain a master's degree in manufacturing engineering!

Health and Wellness Programs

HR leaders may also offer health and wellness programs to their employees as part of their overall benefits package. A health and wellness program offers benefits for employees to assist them with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, both within the workplace and outside of the workplace. For example, Jonathan's company offers discounts for gym memberships, weight loss plans, and exercise programs. Jonathan is also excited to learn his company offers discounts on his monthly health insurance premium if he takes free health exams and health surveys to educate him on various health benefits.

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