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  • Think Outside the Benefits Box to Wow Your Workforce

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Medical, dental and vision insurance, retirement contributions, paid vacation and sick leave—it all adds up to a decent benefits package, but it’s what every other employer offers. So when a company wants to stand out, what do they do? Well, some offer scooters for employees to ride through the halls on, some make flag football an item on meeting agendas and some even offer Botox injections at work. While these benefits may seem over the top, they work.  

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  • BuzzBee: Mastering the Art of Compensation

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    Evan Rodd, Payscale

    Hopefully you’re familiar with the many different ways PayScale’s compensation solutions can help your company benchmark high-demand jobs, attract desirable candidates, and remain competitive. Utilizing concrete data and analytics, your HR managers are able to define your company’s labor market and benchmark any job against market rates. Many companies have experienced great success with the help of PayScale’s compensation software, but we wanted to take a moment to highlight a particularly inspiring success story: BuzzBee.

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  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Executive Compensation

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    Dan Walter, Performensation

    Most of the problems with executive compensation tend to originate within a few categories. I have attempted to summarize these and look forward to the compensation community adding their take on this topic. Look at your past mistakes and issues. Did they start with one of these seven categorical errors?

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  • Four Ergonomic Tips to Keep Employees and Workers' Comp Budgets Healthy

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell

    Providing an impressive benefit package to employees is expensive and sometimes isn’t in fact what sets your organization apart from the rest. Most of us won’t argue that benefits aren't worth the cost, but as any employer or HR professional can tell you, the expense is huge. In addition to the obvious benefit costs employees see, such as healthcare and retirement contributions, there’s a major benefit lurking in the dark going unnoticed by employees: workers’ compensation insurance.

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  • New Guidelines for Restrictive Covenants in Canada

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    Amy Knapp

    Implications of recent decision Martin v. ConCreate USL Limited Partnership

    Restrictive covenants are a tricky business. While fundamentally important in some circumstances, they’re notoriously ineffective in others. With the recent rulings on enforcement of restrictive covenants, it's becoming even more apparent that Canadian companies need to develop more compelling strategies to keep talent from going to the competitors.

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  • 5 For Friday: HR Going Global

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    Effectively managing human capital is of concern to companies across the globe. Many of those human resource issues are becoming less siloed to particular countries as outsourcing becomes more commonplace in business. This week, we take a look at some of the top news and issues surrounding human capital management and compensation across the world.

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  • Legally Destroying The Gender Gap

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Despite tremendous growth in select sectors, women are still only paid 77 percent of what their male counterparts make according to the American Association of University Women. Women earn less for numerous reasons including field of study, occupation, and the number of hours they work during the work week. The Paycheck Fairness Act is now being introduced for the third time in four years in the United States Senate.

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  • Compensation Best Practices Sneak Peak

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    The results from the Compensation Best Practices Survey are in! Over 4,300 executives and human resources professionals from all sizes of business and all industries completed the survey. The PayScale team is diligently working on the full report right now, but the news is exciting and I wanted to give you a sneak preview of what you can expect to find in the 2013 Best Practices Report:

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  • Research Gone Wild!

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    Tim Low, PayScale

    Love in The Office
    Maybe you know how we get the best, freshest salary data and maybe you don't. It's actually pretty simple—if completely different than the old-school, employer-submitted way—we crowdsource it every day. People who want to know what they themselves are worth in the market contribute information on their current position and salary to get an accurate salary report for themselves. We make our data available in aggregate to our business software customers so that they can pay the right way, stay on top of market trends in their industry, etc.
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  • Five for Friday: Rogue Behavior

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    From Super Bowl Monday hangovers to potential issues around office romances, rogue employees can wreak havoc on businesses. Some behaviors are more serious than others. This week's roundup takes a look at some of the stories about employees' rogue behavior. What are your company policies around bad behavior in the workplace? Do you have any? 

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  • Equity Compensation – Restricted Stock Shares, Always a Great Tool, Sometimes

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    Dan Walter, Performensation

    Restricted Stock Shares (RSS), often called Restricted Stock Awards (RSA) or even more simply Restricted Stock, have been used longer than any other equity compensation instrument. Companies have used variations of restricted stock for almost as long as stock has existed. While ISOs and NQSOs are “appreciation only” awards, RSSs are Full Value Awards (FVA). RSS awards are unique in that they require the issuance of real stock as of the date of the award. Restricted Stock is a confusing term since it can refer to at least three major categories of stock. 1) Stock issued prior to registration with the SEC under the 1933 Act; 2) Stock issued to affiliates of the company who are subject to Rule 144 filings; 3) Stock that must meet time and/or performance conditions before it can be freely transferred. For the sake of this post, I will only cover the last of these.

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  • The Performance Review. Formal or Informal?

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    A performance evaluation is an opportunity for a manager and an employee to meet and discuss the employee's job performance, organizational priorities, and performance goals. For employees this process can be something they dread or look forward to. Despite being a star employee there might be things that they can still improve on but receiving that type of feedback can feel like being put in front of a firing squad. As new generations continue to enter the workforce the way they receive feedback varies. Formal processes can seem daunting, where an informal review might put them at ease.

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  • 5 For Friday: Hold on to Your Health

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    With flu season hitting us hard and plenty of people coughing and oozing all around us, a focus on the buzz around staying healthy at work seemed appropriate. It's also National Heart Month, so there are great ideas floating around the internet to help you get back to good health. Here are five of our favorites.

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  • The Human Capital Management Revolution

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    Tim Low, PayScale


    It is HR's time in the sun. Technologically-speaking, that is.

    While the past several decades have delivered ever more sophisticated capabilities to businesses in the form of software, analytics and transaction processing tools, HR was always a bit of an afterthought. Oh, there was the PeopleSoft wave of the 90s and even an ongoing flirtation with 'employee self service' which was really aimed at getting the employee to do the data entry so that HR didn't have to hire clerks to do it. And while these systems—often closely tied to financials because the real goal was to get payroll right—provided some benefits, they were mostly administrative, not game-changing.

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  • Should You Offer E-Learning or Classroom Opportunities to Employees?

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    A key component in the mix of employee retention strategies is to offer employees career development opportunities. As the war for talent heats up in 2013, retention has become a primary concern for many employers. But what kind of education do employees want and how do you give them a valuable opportunity in a cost-effective manner?

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  • Was the Lilly Ledbetter Act Enough?

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    “Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and
    daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.”
    -President Obama's Inauguration Speech, 2013

    Today marks the fourth anniversary of President Obama's signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Act. Though it may not have been enough to close the gender gap, other important advances, like data-driven software, have helped the cause tremendously. Let's first take a look back at highlights of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:

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  • 5 for Friday: Reward Zone

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    This week's Five for Friday focus is on employee reward and recognition programs. Below are highlights of the week's articles on the subject. A consistent theme is to reward often, even if it means the rewards are smaller. As long as they are meaningful and timely, you'll fnd success in your rewards program.

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  • Advance Your HR Career and Get a Chance to Win an Extra Paycheck!

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    We spend a lot of time in the Compensation Today blog talking about attracting, motivating, rewarding and retaining employees, but what about your own career? Have you thought about what you'd like to change to keep yourself on track with your career goals? Maybe you want to earn more money or finally earn that promotion. Maybe it's time to begin working on an advanced certification, like a PHR or SPHR. Have you often thought about getting an MBA in Human Resources? Or, perhaps, you might be ready to switch careers and start over in a new field. Big career goals like that can be daunting—where do you begin? It's simpler than you think. Start with three words: Make It Happen.

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  • Need a Break From Work? Take an Email Vacation!

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    How many times have you checked your email today? Is your email always up and ready to be checked every time you get a pop-up notification? Do you have notifications set up on your smart devices to make sure you never miss an email? Is email proving to be a distraction that's keeping you from all your other HR duties? If you’re anything like me, this sounds all too familiar. Email has begun to dictate our lives whether it is for discount codes or the newest business opportunity.

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  • HR Has Growing Pains Too

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    Evan Rodd, PayScale

    I recently made a life decision that is both scary, and exciting: I have taken the plunge and re-entered academia after some time away. When I was younger, I was on track to earn a degree, but my focus was fuzzy and I felt uncertain of the path I wanted to take. Had I stuck to my school guns, I would have probably pursued a BA in music, or an arts-based field. I don’t mean to bemoan these career paths, but given my current interests and ambitions, I’m glad I made the decision to wait to go to school.

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