• Would you pay more for industry certification?

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    In a market that’s still in the process of bouncing back from the ‘Not-So-Great’ Recession, some working adults are turning to industry certification programs to boost their marketability with employers. Many turn to e-learning programs, delivered through colleges and universities to earn certificates that prove they have the in-demand skills employers want. Still others are engaged in free and low cost certificate programs from industry associations and popular platforms like Udemy, Coursera, Lynda.com and more – many of which are taught by actual professors at accredited schools.

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  • Why peer networking is vital to good leadership

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    I’m fond of saying that no one has perfect vision, because it’s true.

    When it comes to work, however, far too many leaders seem to believe their view of the world (and their business) is without flaw and completely self-sufficient. No Other Opinions Necessary.

    This is foolish thinking.

    Two or more intelligent heads focused on the same issue determined to meet a similar goal is much better than one.

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  • #1 goal this year: get pay raises right!

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    There’s a vicious cycle that happens in organizations across the globe. Each year, employees eagerly anticipate getting their performance reviews completed so that they can start benefitting from a much-deserved pay raise. But when the results come in, they are left wondering why they are being handed such a pathetic salary increase? It's enough to make a good employee walk out the door. Sadly, many do just that.

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  • Why delegation is good for the soul and the checkbook

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Every effective leader must learn to delegate. That’s a fact.

    Unfortunately, some managers have the opinion that effective delegation is the same as giving orders to underlings. Not so. Effective delegation happens when the right task is  appointed to the right employee for the right reason. This is NOT to be confused with:

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  • Attract more employees and keep on trucking

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    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    There are many industries where employment rates are subject to the major ups and downs of the U.S. economy. However, if there is one slice of the market that is recession proof, it is the transportation industry. Companies want to sell their products and to do so, they have to get them on the shelves, and that requires manpower. Career prospects for this industry have never looked better, and as of now the transportation industry is experiencing a massive growth spurt. The bottom line is that while leaders in other industries have to make tough calls when it comes to cutting salaries and letting people go, companies transporting tangible goods are willing to shell out the money to get their transportation positions filled. There is just one problem; a severe shortage of candidates applying for these jobs.

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  • The downside of diversity

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    I have a feeling people are kind of tired of hearing about diversity.

    On the one hand, I think I get it. The Great Recession has claimed a lot of victims, and many of us are struggling to maintain our status as members of the Middle Class. We don’t want to hear about someone else’s problems—we’ve got our own.

    On the other hand, the bell has rung, the ship has sailed, the cat’s out of the bag—whatever. We’re all in this thing together, and we’ve gotta learn how to get along.

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  • The Situational Leader, part two: from Autocrat to Servant

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    In Part I of two articles about situational leadership, we explored the basics of the Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership Theory as well as some common circumstances under which a manager might find herself shifting from her preferred leadership style to another style more in tune with her employee’s maturity level. Our specific example involved a democratic (participating) leader morphing into autocrat mode.

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  • 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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