• A Workplace Guide to Managing Your Control Freak Boss or Team Member

    BlogHeader7_31Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Those that know me know I’m a control freak who is extremely stubborn, highly creative and often difficult to work with. And that’s also how I described myself down to the letter when I was recently interviewing candidates for a position that directly reports to me.
  • The Busy HR Professionals Guide to Avoiding Stress and Burnout

    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    PayScale’s 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report shows that the number one reason people leave jobs is due to poor compensation. Many suffer from ongoing stress and overwhelm stemming from job duties to financial challenges. Human Resource professionals are not immune to the effects of stress, but there are ways to regain balance and bounce back from burnout.

  • How busy work is costing your company millions, if not trillions, each year

    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Busy work keeps you occupied but provides little to no value to your company. As a result, the more busy work, the more time and money wasted.

    Not all busy work is unnecessary (think filling out timesheets, answering email messages, or checking voicemail messages), but all should be kept to a minimum for maximum performance. Managed poorly, busy work detracts from productivity.

  • The right way to pay remote employees

    Have you employed any remote workers yet? If not, there’s a good chance you have or will in the near future. The use of remote employees and contractors has many benefits, including the ability to expand globally with minimal overhead costs, the ability to recruit from a much wider skillset of talent, and the convenience of having employees in multiple time zones to manage projects around the clock. Multiple studies, including these highlighted in Working Mother Magazine have also shown that remote workers are more productive, which means companies earn greater revenues.

    How can your organization ensure your remote workers are paid the best possible compensation for their unique work value?

  • Achieving work/life balance in 2015

    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    With every new year comes New Year’s Resolutions to hopefully make our lives more fulfilling and us happier.

  • The future of flexibility in the workplace

    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    When Netflix launched its unlimited vacation policy a few years ago, I think the HR professional inside all of us cringed a little.

    A flexible vacation policy sounds like the start of chaos and the decline of productivity in the workplace. While that’s not necessarily the case, Netflix did start a trend in employee perks that would later be adopted by some of the largest companies on the Fortune 500 and become almost a staple for startups in Silicon Valley.
  • Work shouldn't make you crazy: How job stress affects mental health

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    A recent headline from PsyBlog, “How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders,” really caught my attention. Just about everyone I know is stressed these days, especially at work. And while stress doesn’t feel good, the idea that it could actually cause someone to develop a mental disorder is too much. I get stressed just thinking about it.

  • 5 Ways to Improve Your Compensation Strategy


    Tess C. Taylor, PHR

    Years ago, a college graduate had a long-term future and a pension plan with a single company to look forward to. Nowadays, however, the average life-span of a career is determined by the performance of the company. In uncertain times, working professionals are seeking compensation that’s outside of traditional salaries and retirement perks. They are looking for a compensation strategy that’s based on their individual contribution and competency.


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