Annotated Bibliography

Weathington, B. L. (2004, December). Valuing benefits: an investigation into the perceived value of non-wage employee benefits. Doctoral dissertation, Department of Psychology, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, United States. Retrieved September 1, 2006 from ProQuest Digital Dissertations.

The study conducted by Barton L. Weathington proposes a tested conceptual distinction between the two widely used methodologies applied for evaluation of the benefit value attributed by company employees to non-wage benefits. The two approaches on which the author bases his investigation are the monetary measure principle, which attaches feasible value to employee benefits, and the self-reporting technique that uses employee reported value on every benefit realized.

Author concludes that the two methods – self reporting and monetary, are not as distinct as suggested by previous studies in the field. Going even further, the original model proposed for benefit perception and satisfaction should be modified. Finally, scholar presents a revised model to be applied with the two methods, outlines the beefits and explains how it was derived.

Miller, J. E. (2006, Third Quarter). Pension and employee benefits: code, ERISA, regulations as of January 1, 2006. Benefits Quarterly, 22(3): 65. Retrieved September 1, 2006 from ProQuest:

Julia E Miller presents an overview of the five major studies conducted in the field of Human Resource management and employee benefits.

Author outlines the results of the studies: a 600 organization wide study of organizations and their core activities with initiative to outsource; a method to be used for effective portfolio diversification balancing both risk and reward; a survey of 4,300 companies conducted in 2005 focusing on employee value of health care benefits; regulations and provisions of ERISA and Internal Revenue code and their impact on employee benefits; overview of the roles of an effective leader.

Author provides an insightful overview of the recent publications that are worthy of consideration for company managers world wide.