• PayScale's Compensation Glossary: Part 3 of 4

    Header_Comp101_Main Jenni Marquez, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional

    Wow! Can you believe it that we’re half way through our 4-Part Comp Glossary bringing you closer to ‘comp’lete mastery of the compensation language?! In part 3, we bring to you: Pay Structures.

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  • Total Compensation Update: Mandatory Paid Sick Leave for Contractors

    Header_Main_SickLeave Tess C. Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger

    Last month, President Barack Obama signed an executive order granting paid sick leave to federal contractors and subcontractors. This order officially goes into effect on January 1, 2017, but companies that employ government contractors are already taking steps to better manage their total compensation programs to accommodate this requirement. What can compensation administrators expect and how can they add value to the types of salary and benefits offered to some our nation’s hardest working people?
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  • Compensation Round-Up: JLaw’s Gender Wage Gap, Transparency, and RIP Annual Raises

    Blog_Header9.29_Main Joleen Oerman, B2B Content Marketing Specialist, PayScale

    Welcome to the Compensation Roundup, where we bring to you the hottest news in comp! Sample what’s happening in compensation right now, get in the know and grab some conversation starters. This week's topics: JLaw’s Gender Wage Gap, Transparency, and RIP Annual Raises.

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  • PayScale Tools for Today's Comp Pro! Compensation Glossary: Part 2 of 4

    Header_Comp101_Main Jenni Marquez, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional

    PayScale’s Comp Glossary returns! Consider the comp pros at PayScale to be an extension of your team! We’ve compiled a list of fundamental compensation terms and why they’re important to know. Think of it as your comp cheat sheet – jargon you need to put you on the fast track to becoming that cool comp kid we know you can be! In Part One, we brought you Comp 101. Today, let’s step it up a bit. But don’t worry, we’re not conjugating verbs quite yet. Today’s lesson: Market Pricing.
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  • Trouble Brewing: When the Compensation Strategy isn't Working Anymore

    header_WhenCompStrategyIsntWorkingTess C. Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger

    Just because your organization has an established compensation plan doesn’t mean it’s working well anymore. It’s very possible that trouble may be brewing. The signs may be subtle at first, but the problems will only build until the entire thing breaks down. Now, I don’t want to scare you, but I do want to educate you on some of the symptoms of a compensation strategy that’s about to fail.
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  • PayScale Tools for Today's Comp Pro! Compensation Glossary: Part 1 of 4

    Header_Comp101_Main Jenni Marquez, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional


    Even the most seasoned HR professional might take a big gulp if approached by their CEO to take charge of anything comp. That’s because, despite being part of the HR department, compensation is like the cool kid at a party. You know, the one you’re afraid to talk to. A bit mysterious, intriguing, and frankly, just seems way out of your league. Comp has its own language. Sure, you’ve heard some terms before, but you have no idea what they mean so you try to avoid the conversation altogether. Not to worry! PayScale has you covered in our new, 4-part Comp Glossary. You’ll be ‘comp’letely fluent in no time.
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  • When is tough love too tough? One Gen-Xer’s view on motivating Millennials

    Header_Tough_Love_Main Mykkah Herner, MA, CCP, PayScale

    Let’s face it, Millennials already make up more than half the workforce. That may differ from organization to organization, but most of the companies I work with are actively faced with the challenge of motivating and engaging employees across the generations, when the generations have such different characteristics. And – newsflash, there just aren’t enough of us Gen X-ers around to step into the leadership roles that will begin opening up as the last of the Traditionalists and Boomers move on!
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  • Compensation Round-Up: Love, Lies, and a Game of Horse

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    Joleen Oerman, B2B Content Marketing Specialist, PayScale

    Welcome to the Compensation Roundup, where we bring to you the hottest news in comp! Sample what’s happening in compensation right now, get in the know and grab some conversation starters. This week's topic: Loves, Lies and a Game of Horse.
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  • HR Video: Comp Strategies for High Growth Companies

    header_AskCompProVideoSeriesGot comp? Check out the latest video in PayScale’s new series, Ask a Comp Pro! 

    This new educational video series answers all your most burning compensation questions, for newbies and seasoned veterans alike. Today’s topic: tips to developing a compensation strategy in high growth companies.
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  • New Whitepaper: 7 Reasons You're Not Too Small for Compensation Software

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    What’s business-critical, valued by your employees, and likely one of the biggest line items on your budget? That’s right, compensation! You’ve implemented software for other parts of your business, so why ignore comp?

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  • What’s the Difference Between Pay Equity and Equitable Pay?

    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Salary is a touchy subject, and it’s something that everyone - from the average employee to the well-known executive to celebrities - is curious about and treading lightly around. For those in the workforce helping to set salaries, keep employees happy and avoid lawsuits, it’s even more confusing and sensitive. Add to the mix the fact that the terms pay equity and equitable pay are thrown around in many different combinations and ways that are sometimes incorrect, often confusing and many times not helpful and you’ve got one big question mark on your hands. Today, we’ll set the record straight on what pay equity and equitable pay mean, how they relate to each other and how they’re different.

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  • How to Speak With Your Non-Profit Employees About Compensation

    By Sonnet Lauberth, PayScale Compensation Professional

    Compensation can be a tricky topic, especially within the non-profit sector where many employees feel that they are “overworked and underpaid.” However, when communication about compensation is handled correctly, it can increase employee trust in the organization, improve employee engagement, and decrease turnover. Ultimately all these improvements lead to a higher likelihood of accomplishing organizational objectives.

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  • New Whitepaper: Tips to Overcoming the 7 Most Common Objections to Investing in a Compensation Strategy

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    Calling all HR managers! You know your company needs a formal compensation strategy, but your executives aren’t on board. Even if you’ve tried in the past with no success, here is the ammo you need to sell a compensation strategy and walk out of the meeting with a smile on your face. In this foolproof guide, PayScale has determined the 7 most common objections to investing in a comp strategy, and gives you the ammo to respond to even the toughest executive objections.

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  • Time to Get Real About Employee Engagement! 65% of Employees are Quitting for More Money

    header_EmployeeEngagementReallyMeansTess C. Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger

    The term employee engagement gets thrown around pretty loosely today, but what does this concept really mean? With 63 percent of employers concerned about employee retention, employee engagement goes a lot deeper than just smiling happy employees at the office. It’s about how employers are jumping through hoops to keep their workers plugged in.
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  • HR Video: The Great Salary Transparency Debate

    header_AskCompProVideoSeriesGot comp? Check out the latest video in PayScale’s new series, Ask a Comp Pro! 
    This new educational video series answers all your most burning compensation questions, for newbies and seasoned veterans alike. Today’s topic: Winning the battle for pay transparency in the workplace. Watch now!
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  • How to Negotiate a Compensation Package for a New Hire

    BlogHeader7_29Tess C. Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger

    Hiring great people starts with offering them a competitive work culture and compensation package. PayScale’s 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report revealed that a top concern for companies is attracting and retaining the best talent. However, the way any human resource manager handles compensation negotiations must be carefully balanced with other factors.

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  • Building Salary Ranges for Beginners, Part 2

    BlogHeader8-5-v2By Jenni Marquez, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional

    In our never-ending quest to keep human resource and compensation managers informed and educated about compensation best practices, here is our second part in our two-part series on Building Salary Ranges for Beginners. Enjoy!

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  • HR Video: A Tale of Two Comp Plans

    header_AskCompProVideoSeriesGot comp? Check out the latest video in PayScale’s new series, Ask a Comp Pro! 

    This new educational video series answers all your most burning compensation questions, for newbies and seasoned veterans alike. Today’s topic: What happens when two companies and compensation plans merge. Watch now!
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  • Building Salary Ranges for Beginners, Part 1

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    By Jenni Marquez, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional

    “What’s the typical salary range for an administrative assistant?” Talk about a loaded question! Here at PayScale, we work with a lot of companies who are trying to determine typical salary ranges for their jobs. What are the signs that your organization needs a salary range overhaul?

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  • Bonuses Remain the Top Priority for Raising Compensation

    BlogHeader7_27Tess C. Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger

    Recently, I wrote about the sluggish state of the US economy and its impact on wages for the third quarter of 2015. But, I neglected to mention one thing. While companies may not be raising salaries as progressively as desired, they are turning to other means to increase the compensation for their most-deserving employees by offering bonuses.
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