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SHRM@QU Workshop: Employee Benefits with Prof. Kelly

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SHRM@QU is a local student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. We provide students from across the University with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the effective management of human capital in the field of Human Resource Management through affiliation with the New Haven Chapter, the CT State Council, and the national SHRM organization.

The objectives of this chapter include:

*Promoting the exchange of work-related experience of established business professionals with the theoretical academic perspectives of student and faculty members through open forums and information exchanges.

*Encouraging the acquisition, growth, and continuation of our respective careers in human resource management through expanded knowledge, camaraderie, respect, and mutual support among chapter members and through our affiliation with SHRM and our sponsoring chapter.

*Provide a pool of human resource management leaders for perpetuation of the chapter and of SHRM.

*Function as an important vehicle for promoting the field of human resource management to students.


On December 10th, 2015, SHRM@QU attended the “Employee Benefits 101” workshop with Professor Kelly. She went into detail about employee compensation and benefits within a job. Professor Kelly made the workshop very discussion-based and included a packet of general information and an activity for students. She also shared her experiences working at an insurance company to provide more knowledge about the topic. She started the workshop by providing a short video about how Walmart employees cannot afford their offered health insurance. This opened up conversation about what the students knew about healthcare. The first answer was “it’s expensive.” Professor Kelly used this answer to explain how career benefits are rapidly changing because of costs. She also discussed how the Aetna CEO, Mark Bertolini had a personal experience that pushed his to transform health insurance for his employees and others (more info here:

Healthcare costs can create challenges and strain for employers and employees that use provided job healthcare. After discussing costs and types of insurance (like dependent care, disability, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, maternity/paternity, etc.), Prof. Kelly presented student with three hypothetical job offers and asked the students which one would be the best choice. This opened up more discussion about the variables involved with job salary and benefits negotiations (things like cost of living for example).

The SHRM@QU members greatly appreciated the benefits workshop and discussion. We would like to thank Prof. Kelly for taking the time out of her busy schedule to talk with us about her expertise and share her advice.

2015-12-10 Benefits Workshop


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