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  • Performance Matrix Questions

    Q & A Session – Shifting to Pay for Performance


    The following is a transcript of questions and answers from PayScale’s webinar, "How to Play a Key Role in Compensation Budgeting." The topics covered include how to offer meaningful employee rewards on a tight budget, how to train managers on pay for performance, and how to talk to employees who have reached the top of their pay range. Answers are provided by PayScale’s director of customer service and education, Stacey Carroll, M.B.A., SPHR, Frank A. Cania, SPHR, and Betty Richardson, CCP.
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  • Average Salary of Jobs in Manufacturing

    Climbing Back: Average Salary of Jobs in Manufacturing

    By Staff Writer

    If you ask most people to name an industry that really suffered during our recent recession, you’re likely to hear “manufacturing.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the manufacturing industry reached 12.5 percent in November of 2009 then climbed to 13 percent in January 2010. Fortunately, that percentage is slowly dropping and the number of job openings and new hires is growing right now.

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  • Smoking in the Workplace

    Does Your Workplace Smoking Policy Cover All the Bases?

    If you could cut your break times and maybe even your health insurance rates by refusing to hire smokers, would you? While the idea is intriguing, these kinds of policies to stop smoking in the workplace may be illegal in so-called “smokers’ rights states.” Further, there are three practical reasons these preferences for hiring nonsmokers may not be such a great idea.

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  • Why Develop a Competitive Compensation Plan

    Ways to Beat Your Competition with Your Compensation Plan

    By Staff Writer  

    Your company is likely already looking to profit in all of the obvious ways, like sell more products, buy better equipment and invest in more lucrative locations. But, has your company leadership considered that they can beat their competition with smarter compensation planning? Any HR person knows that this approach is not only possible but essential. The key is to know how to get it done.

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  • To-Do List for Human Resources Planning

     

    More Compensation Planning Mistakes and the Steps to Avoid Them

    By Staff Writer

    In a previous post, “Top Compensation Planning Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them),” we discussed the first five of ten most common compensation mistakes and how to avoid them. In this second post, we’ll cover five more habits that can lead you into trouble. We’ve also compiled for each an HR to-do list to avoid these common pitfalls.

     

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  • Framing Discrimination Claims

    EEOC Claim Statistics: Actions Necessary for Preventing Employment Discrimination Claims

    The EEOC recently reported that it recovered a record high of $294 million on behalf of employee claimants in FY 2009. How can you prevent becoming a target of an employment discrimination claim? Find out the six steps you can take. Your hint: The first tip involves training.

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  • Compensation Budget Questions

    Q&A Session – Refining Your Compensation Budgets

    The following is a transcript of questions and answers from PayScale’s webinar, "How to Play a Key Role in Compensation Budgeting." The topics covered include how to make shrinking budgets go farthest towards improving employee performance, ways to encourage performance other than higher wages and how to ensure senior management support. Answers are provided by PayScale’s director of customer service and education, Stacey Carroll, M.B.A., SPHR, Frank A. Cania, SPHR, and Betty Richardson, CCP.

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  • Employee Performance Reviews

     

    5 Keys for Successful Employee Performance Reviews

    Almost all organizations utilize employee performance reviews in one fashion or another. These reviews tend to run either on a set annual basis or on the anniversary hire date of the employee. Regardless of when they are performed, employee performance reviews are vital to both the employee and the supervisor, as they serve to gauge employee performance, and allow a formal setting to speak about expectations. Although they sound simple, and most of the labor force has been a part of this process, there are several ways for the organization to maximize this procedure and ensure employee review effectiveness.

     

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  • Setting Compensation Budgets

    How to Play a Key Role in Setting Compensation Budgets

    By Staff Writer

    During PayScale’s recent webinar, titled, “How to Play a Key Role in Compensation Budgeting,” PayScale director of customer service and education, Stacey Carroll, MBA, SPHR and HR experts Frank A. Cania, SPHR and Betty Richardson, CCP, explain why, in today’s economy, smart compensation planning and budgeting is more important than ever.  And, they explain how you can bring that message to your company.

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  • The Advantages of Corporate Wellness Programs

    What Are the Advantages of Corporate Wellness Programs?

    How are you managing the health care costs at your company? If they seem overwhelming to you these days, you’re not alone. In the past ten years employer health coverage premiums increased by 119 percent, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and other studies show that health care costs now absorb, on average, 50 percent of profits compared to 7 percent in 1980. Productivity losses related to personal and family health problems equal $1,685 per employee per year. What can you do to minimize health care expenses?

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  • On-the-Job Training Programs

    A Smart Approach to On-the-Job Training Programs

    When people think of conducting on-the-job training, they tend to think of new employees who have entered a job, have been shown a desk (or other work environment), and will be learning via “trial by fire.” Although this method is sometimes effective, the benefits of on-the-job-training can be amplified with a little more preparation and coaching.

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