• Why your holiday party sucks

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Thanksgiving is over, and that means we’re all free to focus on those other upcoming holidays—whatever they might be for you.

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  • Top 10 Skills Every Compensation Manager Needs

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    Compensation managers have a tough job. Making decisions about how much to compensate employees for their efforts often involves ‘dancing’ between profitability and fairness. The fact that this work takes a great deal of research, industry knowledge, and tactfulness in the corporate environment means that only the best compensation managers will survive.

    In order to achieve top results as a compensation manager, it’s important that one has the right skills to get the job done well. Consider what it takes to excel as the compensation and benefits manager at your organization with the list below.

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  • What kind of purple squirrel are you?

    header_FindYourInnerPurpleSquirrel We're headed to the 2014 SHRM conference in Orlando and offering visitors to our booth a chance to take a quick quiz to find out what kind of purple squirrel they really are. If you're not going to SHRM, no worries, you can do the quiz right here!
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  • Why so many HR pros suck at supporting the employer AND the employee

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    The HR profession is not new, or even relatively new, but HR professionals continue to debate their roles.

    In one camp are those who believe HR’s purpose is to protect worker rights and interests. These so called social worker types are routinely derided by hard-nosed “business” HR folks who are clear that their role is to do whatever serves a business need, period. These types like to claim that treating employees well serves the business (i.e., reduces legal risk and potential liability), and so really, it’s all good.

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  • Five things every great leader gets right

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Despite all the press given to the rotten leaders in the world, workplaces all across the United States are filled with great leaders. These leaders share some commonalities that make them great. For example …

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  • To tweet, or not to tweet: 3 things to know when developing a social media policy

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    Evan Rodd, PayScale

    Social media is the ultimate 21st century water cooler, allowing just about anyone to say, well, just about anything to various audiences. Unfortunately, this freedom can sometimes paint a less-than-professional picture of your company, especially when employees use social media as a means to air grievances surrounding their jobs.

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