• Five ways to catch an employee in a lie

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    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    Liar, Liar Pants on Fire! Remember this chant? I sure do. Lately it has come to my attention that not all people in this world are honest and genuine human beings. Well ok, that’s actually pretty obvious, but what happens when these unsavory characters end up under your employment? Feelings of awkwardness, confusion, and maybe even embarrassment can come as a result of working with one of these people. Your intuition tells you that something’s up, but as a professional it can be hard to deal with these workers in a way that is effective and drama free. Manipulative employees happen, it’s an unfortunate truth. As a leader, it is most important for you to be able to identify these dishonest workers so you can quickly remove them from the office before they can do serious damage to your company.

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  • The Situational Leader part one: From Democrat to Autocrat and back again

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    A few weeks ago I wrote an article about different leadership styles, with the common response being that situational leadership is the way to go—that the astute manager understands the importance of leading according to circumstance and the employee in question.

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  • Compensation gets a makeover due to new voluntary benefit options

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    Let's face it. Candidates are looking for the best possible compensation they can grab out there in the job market. If an employer wants the best people on their team, they are tasked with researching and offering above-average salaries, benefits, and a work culture that will leave them drooling.

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  • Sweet retirement incentives for Baby Boomers

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    Did you know that nearly one-third of the entire US workforce is made up of Baby Boomers, those folks who are in their 50s to late 60s? While some employers are entirely focused on engaging a younger “hipper” workforce, too few are actively trying to engage their more seasoned employees. Why is engaging Baby Boomers critical to any organization? Baby Boomers have the skills, knowledge, and above average work ethics that can be harnessed for ultimate business success.

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  • Is your base pay falling short?

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    When candidates apply for a job they generally dread seeing the three-letter acronym for pay on job requisitions, TBD. Employers, on the other hand, love being able to put this acronym because it creates a flexible environment where they can offer base pay based on experience alone if they’re not able to find the specific candidate they’re looking for. It’s clear that employers and employees think differently when it comes to offering any type of base pay.

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  • What if everyone’s pay was public knowledge?

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    Imagine if one day you walked into your workplace and found your name, along with all the other names of your co-workers, written on bright Post-it notes and your salary rates clearly written there too? Now, include all the salaries and perks that your supervisors, the CEO, and even the janitor displayed for all to see. How would this experience change the way you view your company?

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  • Orange Fridays – engagement through learning

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    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    Disengaged employees. We all know who they are, or even worse, maybe some of us know that we are the ones who deserve this dreadful title. Time and time again companies watch as their workers fade from bright shining new hires to dull office zombies. What gives? Most employees don’t purposefully come to a job they hate, clock in, clock out and then leave without making any progress. However, it seems many of them are quick to lose that initial spark they had when you first welcomed them aboard. Coffee carts, company events, and countless other perks don’t seem to be helping to boost employee motivation either, so what is the solution here?

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  • Educational trainee or volunteer? When an intern is not exactly an intern

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    If there’s a business owner who’s not looking to save some cash, I haven’t met her yet. And, considering that labor tends to be the biggest expense for most employers, finding ways to save money on labor seems like a good idea, wouldn’t you say?

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  • 4 steps to detoxify your company culture

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    A toxic company culture can have adverse effects on every part of your business. Your human resources department will have a hard time hiring candidates when your culture has a history of being toxic, your current employees will be unproductive, and no one will work together to grow your company. Detoxifying your company culture is the first step in being able to hire world-class talent, but it’s not as easy making a few changes and hoping they stick. Learning to be more proactive against issues in your workplace and creating focused strategies will help make your company one that everyone wants to work for.

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  • 7 types of toxic employees

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    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    There is no denying that retaining employees is one of the best ways a company can continue to grow and thrive. The more time and effort an employee invests in their career at your business, the more committed they become to watching it succeed. However, no matter how long someone has been with your organization, they may actually be contributing negative energy to your office environment. That being said, here are a few employees you should probably do something about ASAP.  

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  • When hiring heats up, so should compensation offerings

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    Having a strong business means hiring the best talent on the market. This is a given. But winning that talent comes down to making a compensation offer so sweet they won't even think about going to your competition. And this also goes for developing employee loyalty later down the road. Without a well-designed compensation strategy, your business wont get the kind of people onboard that you need to expand operations.

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  • Personnel files: dos and dont's

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    If you have employees, then I’m guessing you have employee, or personnel, files.

    I’m also guessing that, unless you’ve been paying very careful attention to what goes in those files and how they’re organized, they’re a bit of a mess. Unfortunately, it’s not hard for this to happen. Managing employees takes a lot of paper, even in this digital age.

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  • Your new manager is a dud. Now what?

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    If it’s been said once, it’s been said a thousand times—too often employees are promoted into management because they possess quality technical skills—not because they’ve demonstrated leadership ability. The end result? Lots of managers who aren’t very good at their jobs.

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  • What is talent worth to your business?

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    In the grand scheme of human capital management, choosing the best talent for each job type that benefits the company is the bottom line. Paying a fair salary and offering benefits above what the competition is the other side of things. Yet, very often there are disparities in what top performing employees earn versus the employees who barely squeak by (at least from the perspective of employees who have not received salary increases for a long time).

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  • Is unlimited PTO too good to be true?

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    Tessara Smith,  PayScale

    It’s no secret that vacations are vital to the sanity of every full-time employee, but what happens when all of their allotted break time is being sucked up by sick days and family emergencies? Instead of planning their getaways to Disneyland or the Caribbean, employees are instead forfeiting dreams of relaxation in the name of taking their kid to the doctor’s office. There is no denying that it is important for workers not to skimp on time spent in the office, but most agree that it is unfair to have to surrender what would be mental health days in order to complete mundane tasks. Studies show that workers are more productive when they take vacations, and many companies are beginning to come to the realization that a strict PTO policy may not be the way to go in terms of supporting a healthy work environment. 

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  • Salary budgets more generous in 2015? Surveys say yes!

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    Over the last few years, it seems as if salary increases have gone the way of dinosaurs as companies still struggle to recover in a new economic climate. While there will always be a focus on performance improvement, added compensation has been a topic that executive teams don't want to discuss.

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  • Wage theft -- the employer oops that's got workers fired up

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    Tessara Smith,  PayScale

    There is a compensation epidemic taking over companies across the nation. It is called wage theft and your organization should avoid it at all costs. By definition, wage theft is the underpayment for money that has been clearly earned. This could mean paying employees less than minimum wage, refusing to compensate them for the hours they have worked, or neglecting to pay them overtime. You would think that most companies would stray from committing such a petty compensation crime, but wage theft is much more common than you think. It makes sense; the less you pay employees the more your company profits when you crunch the numbers at the end of the day. But is raking in more revenue worth causing your employees to be disgruntled or the massive penalties you might face if they decide to band together and file a lawsuit? 

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  • The chief concern for millennials? Making more money.

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    In the workplace, Millennials (those workers who are in their late 20s to mid-30s) are highly valued for their skills, ethics, and technology prowess. If this is the case, then why are so many worried about their earnings?

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  • Real culture is visceral

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Looking from the outside in, candidates only get a glimpse of a company’s “fun culture.” They don’t see how a company interacts daily with their employees nor do they get to see how a company responds to workplace politics or dealing with employee conflict. In order to recruit the best, fully engage a workforce, and decrease turnover it’s important that companies are showcasing their real culture instead of their “fun culture.”

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  • Is employee retention still your top concern?

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    Retention was a hot issue in the 2014 Compensation Best Practices report with nearly 60% of you listing it as a top concern. Now that we're almost three quarters of the way through the year, we're checking in with you to find out what the status is now. Please take this 30 second survey to answer 4 short questions about the current state of retention and the talent market. You'll be able to compare your answers to all the others we've received as soon as you are done with the survey.

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