• 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Payroll Service Provider

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    As a small or startup business professional, payroll might seem like the last logistic you’d like to figure out. Your first crucial human resources investment should be in tools to get compensation right, but after that it makes sense to take a look at automating other HR processes, such as payroll. Learning how to file business taxes and payroll paperwork might not be your idea of time well spent, so hiring a payroll provider could be a strategic option.

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  • How to Become a Productivity Expert

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    Evan Rodd, PayScale

    Ahh, the New Year has finally arrived. We can now all breathe a collective sigh of relief, as the apocalyptic predictions surrounding 2012 did not come to pass. Since the planet wasn’t engulfed in flames, we can finally focus on something slightly less stressful: New Year’s Resolutions. 

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  • 5 Time Management Tips You Must Do in 2013

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Every year on the first work day of January, your co-workers return to their desks with a new plan to transform themselves via their New Year’s Resolution. Maybe they are mixing health shakes in the breakroom in place of their lunches, walking through the halls (or up and down the stairs) in lieu of their typical breaks to sneak in some exercise or madly chewing nicotine replacement gum to kick the smoking habit. Whatever their goal might be, their intentions are good. But, this year, instead of (yet again) resolving for your health, consider the best New Year’s resolution of all: resolve to find more time.

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  • CFO Corner: Beyond TSR (Total Shareholder Return)

    Stickman Beyond TSR

    Dan Walter, Performensation

    Executive Pay that Works for Shareholders and Companies

    Like Milli Vanilli in 1990, Total Shareholder Return (TSR) is currently all the rage in executive compensation plans. And, like Milli Vanilli, as entertaining as TSR is to some, it may prove to be a less than stellar performer for most. Of course, unlike the disgraced pop-stars, TSR is unlikely to disappear from view any time soon.

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  • What Is Your Worth? How HR Asks for a Raise

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    by Jessica Miller-Merrell, Blogging4Jobs

    Scenario: Your team’s workload has increased and your team has implemented innovative systems. Your department is running like a well-oiled machine with increased productivity despite the occasional (ok – incessant) curveball. You’re putting in the long hours and delivering results. Leadership trusts you. 

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  • Cash is King. Who are the rest of the royals?

    Stickman Cash is KingBy Dan Walter, Performensation

    In the mighty kingdom of compensation, cash is king. Cash holds this majestic position through a family line that stretches back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Like any monarch, King Cash has a retinue of supporters, all with their own long histories and stories of power.

    I will be providing a new series of posts on Payscale’s Compensation Today blog. These posts will be focused on explaining the King’s court as well as the strategies, tactics and technical aspects of how to best use these players in the game of chess that is total rewards.

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  • How to Address Concerns of Favoritism for Employee of the Month

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    by Lacey Halpern, XeniumHR.com

    How do you reward your employees for a job well done? Do you recognize them in the moment? On a monthly basis? At all?

    As employers have the resources to spend more time, energy, and money on retention, they can look to things such as an Employee of the Month program to publicly recognize top performers within the organization. Employers must take in to consideration that fairness, equality and a well communicated program are vital to the success of an employee of the month program.

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  • Compensation Strategies That Work

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    By Stacey Carroll, PayScale.com 

    This week, I presented a new webinar entitled "Compensation Strategies that Work." If folks were hoping that I had a magic answer for the compensation strategy that works best they were disappointed. The point of the webinar was that the strategy that works best for your organization is the one that your senior leadership team thinks fits your organization's particular business objectives.

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  • How to Determine New Employees' Annual Bonuses

    When to Give an Annual Bonus to a New Employee

    Chances are, you have recently been tasked with the job of determining (or at least helping to determine) what your employees’ end-of-year bonuses should be. With your long-term employees, you've have had some historical practices, as well as a, hopefully, comprehensive performance review to rely on to help you. But what do you do with employees who haven’t been with the company for a full year, including those who may have joined very recently? While there are no hard and fast rules, here are some approaches for you to ponder.

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  • Bullying in the Workplace: Information for Taking Action

    How to Address Complaints of Bullying in the Workplace

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Anderson Cooper of CNN created a special series on it. School kids suffer from it. And, HR leaders are on guard for it more than ever. Bullying has taken center stage as a major problem in the US. How do you, as a business leader, handle accusations of bullying at your organization?

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  • Successful Multimedia Presentations

    How to Create Multimedia Presentations that Connect with Your Audience

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    As an HR professional working in compensation, you not only have to know your labor market, understand your company goals, beware of pay inequity, retain top talent and develop pay for performance, you must be able to communicate all of your ideas to your executive team and the rest of the company. Does that last task sound daunting? Here is some help from an expert on engaging multimedia presentations.

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  • How to Talk to Leaders and Employees About Compensation

    How to Talk to Leaders and Employees About Compensation

    Here on Compensation Today, I often encourage HR pros and business leaders to take more time with their compensation planning. And, with our PayScale clients, we carefully break down the process and go over every detail. But, then what? It’s then time to carefully communicate the results with the rest of the company. And, that process is often done too quickly. I believe that if we don’t spend as much time and energy communicating about our compensation system as we do with design and implementation, then it will almost certainly fail.

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  • How to Avoid Pay Compression

    Pay Compression: Our Nightmare in the World of Compensation

    Compression is the ugliest issue compensation professionals face. It tends to be a no-win, lose-lose situation, and the ways to deal with it are limited.

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  • HR View of “Horrible Bosses”

    How to Handle “Horrible Bosses”

    You may have seen the trailer for the upcoming big movie release “Horrible Bosses.” It features quite an all-star cast - Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and the list goes on - for a topic that hits home for many the average Joe. The movie takes things to an extreme – a plot to kill these so-called horrible bosses, but the frustration and dissatisfaction are feelings that all too many people can understand. As HR professionals, isn’t it our dream to live in a world where way less people can relate to this movie?

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  • How to Identify Low Performance - Management Tips

    Underwhelming: Sure Signs of Low Performance

    How do you know if an employee isn’t reaching their goals, pulling their weight or just plain getting the job done? Identifying low performance can be tricky. And, training managers to do it is often challenging since every manager has their own personality and way of relating to their team. How can you simplify the task of identifying low performance and training others to do it well?

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  • How to Organize Your Paperwork for HR

    Spring Cleaning Your HR Department

    Ahhh, springtime. The flowers start to bloom. There’s sunshine and warmer temperatures. And, of course, the tradition of spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is typically reserved for our homes. But, when we bring it into the workplace, it helps us create a more efficient work environment.

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  • HR Audits: How to Make Them Easy

    How to Approach an HR Audit

    Why is it when the phrase “Human Resource Audit” is uttered, the first reaction of so many of us is pain? Perhaps this article will persuade you to an alternative response. HR audits can be an excellent exercise to undertake, especially when you first join an organization.

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  • Managing Your Outsourced Employees

    How to Manage Employees in a Partner Company

    In the process of growing your business, you may one day sign a Master Service Agreement (MSA) with an outsourcing partner. There could be manufacturing, web design, content production or other skills that you don’t want to bother bringing in house. And, you may assume that you have laid out all of the details in the MSA so clearly that you’re assured success with this new partner. Is it that simple? Not likely.

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  • Creating a Merit Matrix

    How to Create a Merit Matrix

    When is it time for your organization to allot its merit budget, how do you best support the decision makers? Consider creating a merit matrix. A merit matrix is a great tool that can easily summarize and boil down paragraphs of policy into a simple, quick-to-view and quick-to-use visual to produce better decisions.

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  • How to Deal with Employee Emotions

    How to Deal with Employee Emotions in the Workplace

    How do you manage your workforce effectively so that you have the expectation of high performance while demonstrating your genuine compassion for an employee? While you may think that you want a little bit of both at all times – both compassion and pushing the employee - this “sweet spot” is not a balance. Compassion and motivation are not at opposite ends of the same spectrum. One does not need to be sacrificed for the sake of the other.

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