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Friday, November 9, 2012 - 3:40am

WORKING: Growing Benefits

Updated: 4 years ago.
Workers’ benefits climbed faster than their pay from 2007 to 2010. Brandon Smith says that growth is more about companies doing damage control than it is finding ways to reward employees. (Photo Courtesy of Noel Abejo via stock.xchng.)

Since 2007, workers’ benefits have climbed faster than their pay, taking inflation out of the mix. A USA Today analysis found benefits accounted for nearly a fifth of total compensation last year.

Brandon Smith explains what’s going on and if this is the new normal.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at While you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.