Improving HR - Here is a unique benefit!
Given the fact this blog does occasionally deal with the topic of training...;) I find myself sometimes reading through other blogs on the same topic. If you haven't been there already, go to Workforce.com for a huge list of HR related blogs. One blogger in particular, John Hollon, brings up all sorts of entertaining and sometimes touchy, if not controversial, subjects. Here is a good one about faith based counseling being offered as a voluntary benefit!
I think the company should be applauded for this move. It's bold in these times, which I think most people respect, especially given these politically correct sensitive times we are in. Not only that, it follows a holistic (sorry, couldn't help myself) approach to the business, a move that is not unLean at all. With continuous improvement, we are always looking for ways to improve everything about our situation. This looks like an extension of that thinking.
Some people will criticize the company for making this move, I suspect mostly from the atheist camp. That is understandable. But on the other hand, what is the harm in this, especially since it a voluntary benefit? If those that do believe they are happier and healthier because of this benefit are actually happier and healthier as people and are more productive as employees, who cares? Is this a big deal?