• HR Articles: Compensation Today 2009 Review

    HR Articles 2009A Compensation Today 2009 Review

    By Staff Writer

    In the year of 2009, Compensation Today started publishing compensation and HR-related articles – over 110 of them, at our current count. To make it easy for you to see all of the issues we covered, we’ve created a list with many of our posts bundled by topic – starting with the signing of The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act back in late January. Hopefully, these lists will provide you a handy guide to the information that you need. Enjoy.

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  • Top HR Issues for H1N1 Defense

    HR Issues for H1N1 Guidance for HR Professionals During the Influenza (H1N1) Pandemic

    As we are in the midst of influenza pandemic or global epidemic, a day does not go by without some sort of media coverage regarding its impact on our local education and health care systems, businesses, as well as just how our government is planning to respond to all of this. Hearing this information and sorting out all of the details can be overwhelming.

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  • Ethics in the Workplace

    Ethics in the Workplace Encouraging Positive Workplace Behavior: Ethics on the Job

    Have you ever experienced a situation at work in which a highly performing and highly skilled employee was accused of some inappropriate behavior in the workplace? You probably watched, along with other employees, to see if the person being accused would be confronted if their behavior was indeed determined to be unethical. Maybe you were disappointed because your organization overlooked the unethical behavior due to the fact that the accused employee was such a “good” performer?

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  • Voluntary Benefits Plan

    Voluntary Benefits Plan The Advantages of Offering More Voluntary Benefits


    It doesn’t seem that long ago that the extent of voluntary benefits plans for employees was limited to “buying up” extra insurance on the company’s group plan, or increasing short-term (STD) or long-term disability (LTD) benefit coverage from 50 to 66 percent. In 2009, it seems like every organization is looking for ways to reduce benefits costs and voluntary benefits plans are, often, the only way to expand offerings for employees.

    The easy conclusion to be made of this situation is that employers are simply unwilling to add any additional costs to their budgets. While this is certainly true, it does not make this deal automatically negative for employees.

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  • HR Guide to Leadership Training and Coaching

    HR Guide to Leadership Training and Coaching Leadership Training for Senior Management

    It’s a new week at the office. You just found out that corporate is kicking off a new leadership training and coaching program and you will be participating. You know that it never hurts to receive leadership training on how to be a better manager. But, you’re skeptical.

    You’ve been through leadership training exercises before. You’ve had high hopes that the training would help you to be a better manager. But, upon returning from the training, you settled back into your usual ways. Your boss has given you specific feedback on how you need to be a better manager. And your employees would really like it if you managed them better. You really do have the desire to be a better leader but how do you make what you learn “stick” this time?

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  • Employer Benefits for Hiring Veterans

    Employer Benefits for Hiring Veterans The Employer Benefits of Hiring Veterans and Ex-Military

    During the period of time when I was preparing to exit the military and re-enter the civilian workforce, I read countless articles on what to expect while entering the workforce. Resumes tips, tricks on how to put a strong spin on military skills, so forth and so on. Unfortunately, I had a sinking feeling that potential employers weren’t reading similar articles about what to expect from job candidates that have a previous background in the military.

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  • Changing Role of HR Technology

    Changin Role of HR Technology Talent Management Software: Why Free Trials Are a Smart Choice

    Having been in the HR technology field now for 14 years, it’s refreshing to see more free trials for talent management software offered than ever before. This option gives organizations an opportunity to try before they buy. Yet, despite its value, many companies don’t take advantage of the offer or, when they do, they don’t involve those who will be directly impacted by the talent management technology. Maybe it seems like too much work upfront.

    Based upon my experience, organizations need to look at the upfront work done to review a new HR technology system at their company as a smart investment. For many companies today, the investment in HR technology review by a variety of employees doesn’t seem worthwhile. Yet, the process can improve employee engagement in the software over time and lay the foundation for a widely adopted talent management strategy.

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  • Effective Employee Communication

    Effective Employee Communication Effective Employee Communication Part 2: How to Avoid Trouble

    Clear and effective employee communication is an element of everyday work operations and is absolutely vital to all aspects of business interaction. And, keeping it both accurate and efficient can be tricky.

    Most of us were taught about the challenges to accurate communication as kids. You likely played the game at some type of youth camp where everyone sits in a circle and the game begins with a whisper. The first person whispers a word or phrase into the next person’s ear and can only whisper it once. Each person subsequently whispers into the next person’s ear until the very end. Usually, a phrase like, “I have two cats,” ends up being something akin to, “I live boo rats.”

    The following is my advice on how to avoid an “I live boo rats” outcome at work.

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  • Tips on Employee Communications

    Employee Communication Employee Communications Part 1: Some Do’s and Don’ts

    A key influencer of the bottom line in any workplace is communication. Be it with customers, internally or even with the media, communication can and does affect any business model at every level. Even the military views a unit’s ability to operate efficiently as having the ability to “shoot, move, and communicate.”

    In my time in the workforce, both military and civilian, and I have seen some methods of communication – particularly employee communications internally from management - that are indeed either powerfully efficient, or dreadfully ineffective.

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  • The Growing Interest on Corporate Responsibility

    Corporate Responsibility Layoffs, Terminations, and Corporate Responsibility

    There’s no doubt about it. What’s going on now in the economy is tough. Everyone is stressed to meet payroll and to drum up whatever revenue may still be out there.

    I commend for the foresight and humanitarianism of organizations that hold onto their workers in spite of declining revenues. The growing emphasis on corporate responsibility is possibly inspiring their noble choices. But they also know that, if possible in times like these, it is a good investment to retain talented employees who have proven their value and to wait out the downturn with them. They also realize few other employers are hiring and, if they let employees go, the employees and their families will have serious difficulty.

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  • The Future Labor Shortage

    The Future Labor Shortage What Happened to the Future Labor Shortage?

    Whatever happened to all that talk about the looming labor shortage? You remember the experts telling us that we were going to see a labor shortage in the not too distant future? More open positions with not enough people to fill them. This effect would occur as the aging Baby Boomers start retiring and there would not be enough workers from the younger generations to replace them. Attention on this issue has not surfaced much these days probably due to our economic recession and high unemployment. It is difficult to think about labor shortages when there is currently a labor glut.

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  • How to Draft an Employee Manual

    How to Draft an Employee Manual

    How to Draft an Employee Manual or Policy  Manual


    When it comes to drafting an employee manual and a policy manual, many of you may ask, “Do I really need either of these documents?” Even more, there’s often confusion about what the difference is between the two types of manuals.

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  • How to Get a Job in Human Resources

    How to Get a Job in Human Resources How to Get a Job in Human Resources

    Finding a new job in human resources is easy!

    Now that I’ve lured you into reading my latest blog, I can confidently state that I’m only kidding. If you have experienced the same HR job market as I did over the past year, you may even demand that I see my EAP for substance abuse testing. In my 15 years within human resources (with various job moves interspersed), I have never, ever seen anything like the current human resources job market and am amazed at how quickly and fundamentally I observed a change in the landscape.

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  • Managing Employee Skill Sets

    Managing Employee Skill Sets Workforce Alignment Part 2: Managing Employee Skill Sets


    In my last post on workforce alignment, I suggested that each part of your company should be well-informed about all aspects of the business so they can provide excellent service at any time. Perhaps you agree with this idea but aren’t sure how make it happen.
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  • HR Leadership Questions

    HR Leadership Questions Q&A Session – HR Leadership in Difficult Times: Implementing RIFs, Reorganizations and Freezes

    Questions and Answers from Our HR Leadership Webinar

    The following is a transcript of the question and answer session that followed PayScale’s webinar, HR Leadership in Difficult Times: Implementing RIFs, Reorganizations and Freezes. The topics covered in these questions include voluntary staff reductions, pay freezes and overtime pay. Answers are provided by PayScale’s director of customer service and education, Stacey Carroll, M.B.A., SPHR.

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  • HR Cost-Cutting Measures

    HR Cost Cutting Mearures HR Cost-Cutting Measures - A Guide for HR Managers

    Are you a human resource manager or HR professional that has been asked to help your company cut costs? Besides reducing paper use, limiting morning donut runs or making the company party a potluck, how else can you save bucks at the end of the month? What about the role of compensation in human resources cost cutting?

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  • Anger Management in the Workplace

    Angermanagement Ethical Issues in the Workplace - Anger Management

    A few months ago, a friend of mine went on a job interview. He later told me that while he was waiting in the lobby for his interview, he could hear the not so muffled sounds of someone yelling from an office nearby. It was obvious that the person was an angry boss and was yelling at one of his employees. When it was time for his interview, the hiring manager came into the lobby to introduce himself and, lo and behold, that voice sounded awfully familiar. Yes, it was the same manager that had just uncorked on one of his employees.

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  • Leadership in the Workplace: The Importance of Integrity

    Leadership Leadership in the Workplace: The Importance of Integrity

    Okay, so it’s time to re-engage your management team and provide them some refresher training on leadership in the workplace, and you’ve been asked to research and bring in the latest and greatest leadership training materials. Hopefully, you will find some new insights or perspectives on the roles of workplace leadership and on what makes a good leader. As an HR professional, I too have been tasked with this assignment.

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  • Why Is HR Important?

    Why-is-HR-Important Why Is HR Important? Key Functions of an HR Professional

    The HR department in any company can be its ace in the hole, if used strategically. HR is a company’s human resource multiplier. The functions of an HR professional should focus on the company’s greatest resource of all – its employees. Without good employees, the best business plan and ideas will fail.

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  • Q&A Session - What is the Manager’s Role in Organizing Human Capital?

    Webinar Webinar Q & A – Human Capital Management in a Tough Economy: Ways to Cut Employment Costs


    Compensation Questions, Answers and Ideas from our Webinar on Human Capital Management

    The following is a transcript of the discussion that followed PayScale’s webinar, Human Capital: What is a Manager’s Role in Managing Human Capital? The main topics covered in this discussion focus on how cost-cutting programs have been implemented to benefit both employer and employee. Questions, comments and answers are provided by individuals that participated in this webinar, as well as PayScale’s webinar leader and director of customer service and education, Stacey Carroll, M.B.A., SPHR. Stacey Carroll is listed by her initials, SC, and participants are listed either by name or number.

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