Total Rewards and Workforce Planning: A Strategic, Holistic Employee Focus

As part of the Organizational Development and Human Resources department reorganization this past spring, a new team — Total Rewards and Workforce Planning — commenced to align employee pay, health and wellness benefits with organizational strategy to drive College performance and ensure organizational success.

“Total Rewards” is a holistic philosophy that seeks to attract and retain the very best talent through comprehensive total rewards that include compensation, generous paid time off, health and wellness benefits, workplace experiences and retirement.

Over the next three weeks, in The Juice, we will introduce the Total Rewards and Workforce Planning team and the work of each unit that includes benefits, employee wellness and support, compensation and workforce planning.

total-rewards-org-chart-button-groveLeading the Total Rewards and Workforce Planning team is Mary Beth Clifton, director, Total Rewards/Workforce Planning, who guides the total reward strategy redesign.

mary-beth-clifton-270w“In response to the evolution of healthcare reform and a need to provide alternatives to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse employee population, we looked at our full complement of benefits and rewards with an eye toward a holistic employee focus,” says Mary Beth.

“While maintaining compliance with the changes that we are required to keep pace with, we also want to be viewed in the industry and by our employees as responsible, credible and caring. And so we are looking to incorporate practices from Fortune 500 companies and innovative colleges — all the while ensuring that any changes we make remain affordable and accessible to the greatest number of our employees.”

Changes remain underway, and Mary Beth continues to research and recommend options that are best suited for Valencia’s future.

“Much is still to be determined based on employee and College needs. Changes made to date include refocusing existing human resources and the related budget toward more long-term thinking of offerings, not simply administering programs in the same way,” she said.

One of her upcoming “big rocks” includes managing the upcoming health benefits rebidding process.

Over the course of her career, Mary Beth has developed and implemented unique total rewards strategy and programs in areas of critical talent attraction programs, retention and defined benefit and contribution programs and health and welfare plans. What’s more, she has introduced cutting-edge human resources programs before they became mainstream such as integrated health and wellness centers on site, integrated disability management, holistic health data management and career-based compensation structure.

Immediately prior to joining Valencia in January 2013, Mary Beth served as manager of total rewards and total rewards design with Darden Restaurants.

Mary Beth earned a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in accounting and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in business and industrial marketing, both from the University of Central Florida.

To contact Mary Beth, email her at or call extension 8263. For general questions about benefits, employee wellness and support, compensation and workforce planning, email, or call extension 8266.


  • Deborah Xavier said:

    Mary Beth you ROCK! Her smile tells it all.


    PMTue, 19 Aug 2014 15:32:54 +0000Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:32:54 +0000pm14,3:32 pm

  • Jeff Nardo said:

    Excellent article…proud to be a part of her team and its initiatives!


    AMWed, 20 Aug 2014 08:02:50 +0000Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:02:50 +0000am14,8:02 am

  • Melissa Sztelle said:

    Sounds like some exciting changes coming our way! Can't wait to hear what wellness programs will be offered.

    PMWed, 20 Aug 2014 16:53:31 +0000Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:53:31 +0000pm14,4:53 pm

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