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  • The Generation Gap: Motivating Millenials (part 1 of 2)

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    If it seems that Millenials are taking over the workforce, there’s a reason for that. These young adults are entering their careers, bright eyed and bushytailed, in huge numbers. In fact, by the year 2025, Millenials will make up 75 percent of the U.S. workforce.  Although young professionals are nothing new to businesses, what is new are the traits that this generation has, the beliefs they hold and the things that motivate them.

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  • Why Millennials make Great Interns and Future Employees

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    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    Millennials often get a bad rap when it comes to our work ethic in comparison with the rest of the work force; we have been called selfish, entitled, lazy, and worst of all unmotivated. The fact of the matter is most of us haven’t had to work half as hard as the generation that came before us to get to our jumping off points as college graduates. However, many of us are up to our elbows in debt from student loans and our job perspectives upon graduation look grim. Perhaps you have hired underperforming workers from the millennial generation before, but don’t let a few bad apples ruin the bunch. I am here to set the record straight and tell you why hiring a Millennial will be a great choice for you as an employer.

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  • Fixing high turnover rates in your company

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    As you probably know and most likely have witnessed first hand, there’s the kind of turnover that has you secretly celebrating on the way back to your office and the type that you just hate to see happen. When you find yourself in the position of the latter all too often, it may be time to evaluate what no one likes to think about but what everyone feels the affects of: high turnover in your company. It’s costly, time consuming, decreases productivity, can affect morale and overall, is bad news for your organization. When you reach the point where it’s no longer a question of if someone you really need will move on to greener pastures but instead a matter of when and who is next, it’s time to make changes.

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  • Keep it moving: Is shorter CEO tenure better?

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    The 5-year plan

    For decades, the 5-year business plan was touted as a necessary and extremely valuable tool in the well-run organization’s tool belt. A 5-year plan keeps a company on track, by guiding leadership’s decision making about everything from infrastructure to marketing strategy.

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  • Do workplace perks increase employee engagement?

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs 

    Many years ago, workplace perks were few and far between but these days, nearly every company offers some kind of perk for its employees. In order to stay competitive, recruit the best of the best and keep employees happy, it’s vital to consider not only what employees can do for you but also what you can do for them. It would be easy to say off the cuff that employees are more engaged when you give them bonus perks in addition to their normal compensation but it’s important to really look at if and why this is true.

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  • Have a new hire? How to guarantee the least amount of loyalty in no time flat

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    With all that’s been written about the importance of employee engagement, you’d think our workplaces would be brimming over with programs, policies, and procedures to entice employees to stay put forever and a day while doing their best work ever.

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  • Big ego, small ego: Google’s Laszlo Bock talks humility in the workplace

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Just about anyone who writes about the workplace can agree that American companies are facing a serious leadership void.

    In a recent survey, nearly 70 percent of employees reported not liking their jobs.

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  • Why ask why? The importance of asking questions

    Ask more quetionsCrystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Did you know that the great inventor Thomas Edison was yanked out of school by his mom after a teacher complained that Edison asked too many questions? Silly teacher! How can someone ask too many questions?

    Curiosity makes the world go ‘round. Problems can’t be resolved without asking questions, and even if something fantastic is discovered by accident (like penicillin) the process would have never started without someone asking a question.

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  • Botox or die: ageism in the workplace

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    Apparently, it’s the survival of the youngest in Silicon Valley. According to a recent New Republic article, by writer Noam Scheiber, that details the desperate measures that professionals in their early 40s are doing to stay employable, these efforts that include getting regular Botox injections and hitting the gym for hours a day to stay youthful are on the rise. No longer are seasoned employees looked at as valuable to the success of the technology firms they work for. Instead, a growing disdain for anyone born before the 1980s has reared its ugly head.

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  • Leadership 101: Why teaching is so much better than telling

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    It’s been my experience that most adults do not like being told what to do. But when it comes to work, what does this mean exactly?

    Most everyone has a boss, and generally, most everyone is required to take direction from said boss. Refusing to take direction from a boss is a big no-no. It’s called insubordination, and most places will fire you for it.

    So, how do good managers respect their employees’ natural inclination to not want to be told what to do while at the same time fulfilling their managerial duties? Simple. They cause others to willingly follow by providing sound leadership. And some of the best leaders I’ve ever known were natural teachers.

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  • Are Your Starting Rates Supporting Employee Performance?

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    In the grand scheme of things, how well you compensate employees from the start can influence both the short and long-term performance of your work teams. When employees know that they work for an employer that values their contributions with a transparent salary policy that reflects this, a beautiful thing happens. Work becomes more rewarding in a tangible way. Salary isn’t a sore point, but rather a demonstration of support for the efforts of employees at all levels.

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  • When your employee outgrows you

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    Crystal Spraggins

    Once in a while, you’ll find that the reward for a fabulous hire is an employee who’d be better off managed by someone else—someone with more skill, more knowledge, deeper pockets, or perhaps, access to more challenging or more prestigious work. 

    All relationships evolve over time, and your relationship with your staff is no different. Even the employees who seem most vested in your mission may eventually decide to work elsewhere. That’s life.

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  • 5 Myths about hiring you should forget today

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    Crystal Spraggins

    PayScale’s 2014 Compensation Best Practices Report noted that 50% of companies are having a difficult time filling skilled positions.

    The finding was not too surprising given all we’ve heard about the skills gap in the last few years. However, the difficulty in finding suitable employees can’t be attributed solely to job seekers and their qualifications, or lack thereof. I’ve spoken with enough hiring managers to know that many are woefully under-skilled when it comes to interviewing—not that it’s all their fault. The interviewing process is not immune to myths, and some of these can get in the way of a company recognizing talent, even when it’s staring the company in the face. 

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  • Are you prepared to lose top talent?

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    This week, we released the much anticipated 2014 Compensation Best Practices Report. Based on data from more than 4,700 survey respondents representing human resources practitioners, as well as business line and executive managers, the report reveals attitudes about compensation, hiring, and retention as the economy recovers from the recession. The latest annual report shows an increasing concern across businesses of all sizes about their ability to retain top performing employees, reflecting an increasingly competitive talent market. Results show that – regardless of size and industry – talent retention has become a top priority for business leaders.

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  • Succession planning: What’s in it for you?

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    Crystal Spraggins,

    It’s not unusual for leaders to be so busy overseeing the day-to-day that long-term planning gets short shrift. Then too, long-term planning requires a type of discipline and forward thinking that not every organization can harness—even when it wants to. But there are many good reasons to engage in succession planning, even if your organization is small or medium sized. (In fact, especially if your organization is small or medium sized.) And while succession planning requires commitment, forethought, and a willingness to allocate resources away from current-day activities, the sacrifice is well worth it.

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  • Fair and square! 5 ways to boost your bonus program

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    How well is your company doing at fairly handling the employee bonus and incentive program? To help you figure out that answer, first ask yourself this question: Do you have a way of tracking the perks you hand out to employees so that you know you are doing this well? If your company chooses to use bonuses as part of a compensation program, but you are not effectively managing this with data, you could be missing the mark.  

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  • 6 lessons I’ve learned about the workplace from watching Chopped

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    I’m a big fan of the television show Chopped, which airs on the Food Network.

    On the show, four chefs battle for a $10,000 prize. To win, they’ll need to survive three rounds of competition, during which they’ll prepare an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. There are serious time constraints (20 minutes for the appetizer and 30 minutes each for the entrée and dessert), and the chefs must use and “transform” all the ingredients in the basket received at the start of the round. When the dessert round ends, the judges review all the dishes of the final two remaining chefs and choose a winner.

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  • Top 5 compensation lessons from 2013

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    Mykkah Herner, M.A., CCP, PayScale

    Last year was a year of ups, downs, and shutdowns. The Affordable Care Act is still looming over us, the impact unclear. Some but not all companies are pulling free of the recession. Employees have continued moving around more and more since the official end of the recession. Yet amidst the turmoil, there are some key lessons. Essentially, in an uncertain time, compensation plans and strategies need to be flexible. In this article I’ll talk about the top 5 ways we can infuse flexibility into our programs.

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  • Make up your mind, already! How indecision is hurting your team

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    No one who has ever worked with management (including HR pros) or been in management would say that it’s easy. On the contrary.

    And if you’re a good manager, it’s really not easy.

    Your team depends on you, looking to you for guidance, answers, and direction.

    That’s why your indecision is negatively affecting your team’s productivity and possibly causing them to lose confidence in you, too.

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  • Snackable: Even monkeys Can recognize unequal pay

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    Evan Rodd, PayScale

    Have you recently expressed concerns around employee retention? As the New Year approaches, many employees may be considering a resolution that includes a quest for better pay, especially if they’re starting to become aware of possible inequalities when it comes to pay.

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