• Trouble Brewing: When the Compensation Strategy isn't Working Anymore

    header_WhenCompStrategyIsntWorkingTess C. Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger

    Just because your organization has an established compensation plan doesn’t mean it’s working well anymore. It’s very possible that trouble may be brewing. The signs may be subtle at first, but the problems will only build until the entire thing breaks down. Now, I don’t want to scare you, but I do want to educate you on some of the symptoms of a compensation strategy that’s about to fail.
  • One Person, Two Titles... What?

    Jessica Miller-Merrell, Blogging4Jobs

    Have you ever worked at a place where you’ve had two job titles? Internally my title is Communication Department Lead III. Publically, I’m the Public Information Officer. What the heck? 

    This scenario isn’t uncommon in the corporate world. Having both an external, public title along with an internal one is common. Yes, I know it’s completely crazy which is why you are reading this now.  Organizational charts and pay scales demand structure and consistency. We are rooted in processes and planning which for companies is a good thing. Marketing and branding outside of the organization have different requirements. The necessity of both often results in one employee having two titles.

  • So, I Benchmarked My Cat

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    Mykkah Herner, MA, CCP, Compensation Consultant at PayScale.com

    Benchmarking is Serious Business

    The job of benchmarking positions is very serious business. I always want to make sure I get the best and most relevant information about every position in a client’s organization so I can make sure I’m making an apples-to-apples comparison with positions in the market. Such is my dedication to benchmarking that I found myself dreaming about benchmarking one job in particular… my cat’s position. Yes, in my now-recurring dream, my cat is in my face, meowing fervently as she expects (demands actually) accurate compensation, right away, for her position. 

  • Three Cool Tech Jobs That Didn't Exist 15 Years Ago

    The New Jobs Employees Want

    When we were kids, our teachers told us that the jobs we'd have as adults didn't even exist yet. We of course they assumed they were referring to "Astronaut Princess" or "Professional Pony Namer." Unfortunately, those jobs haven't materialized. But some of the ones that have appeared instead are pretty cool -- plus, they pay well.

  • How to Write a Job Description

    Writejobdescription Tips for How to Write a Job Description that Attracts the Best Candidates

    Most of us have read job descriptions that give us no idea what a job is about. These are examples of written job descriptions that aren’t useful. They don’t work. A good, functional job description should clearly and simply state what the job is, in detail. Writing a job description that communicates this well can be daunting, especially if you’ve never created one before. But, truly, learning how to write a job description is not that difficult once you break down the process into separate parts.

  • Importance of Writing Job Descriptions for HR Success

    Writingjobdescriptions The Importance of Writing Job Descriptions: Why Is Writing Job Descriptions Necessary?

    Some HR professionals consider writing job descriptions a waste of time. They complain that it is a task they cannot make time for, plus they have to update them constantly. I can hear these folks now, “Who has time for this? What’s in it for me? I’ve got other more important things to do.”

    Here’s the deal. You must look at updating and writing job descriptions as essential. They are one of the most effective employee communication tools for managers, recruiters, and perspective employees. Depending on who you are - employee versus manager, for example - your perspective on the importance of job descriptions will be different. Everyone knows that job descriptions take time to create. But, when you doubt if you should make the time to develop job descriptions, my response is, “How can you not make time?”




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