• Turnover can transform an organization in positive ways, too

    Have you noticed any employee “churn” in your organization?

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  • Money as a powerful demotivator (don’t let this happen to your employees)!

    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    A friend recently confided her salary to me, and I was shocked at how little she makes. I know my friend is worth a lot more, and I’m pretty sure her organization could pay more.

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  • It’s time for a check-up! How HR folks can get ready for 2015

    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    January is the perfect time to think about how this year will be better than the last.

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  • 5 compensation and workforce trends for 2015

    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    A 2014 survey released by PayScale revealed some interesting information about compensation and workforce trends. PayScale surveyed over 4,700 companies of all sizes throughout several different industries in several different countries (although a majority of them were in the United States). Much of the information collected implied that a majority of businesses are doing well and looking to maintain or grow in 2015. Employers reported having plans to expand the workforce, achieve better financial performance, and give raises.

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  • The top 3 characteristics of a leader

    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Think about the people you work with on a daily basis. Some of them likely stick out as natural leaders.

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  • Managing the non-cooperative employee


    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    If you’ve been managing for more than a minute, you’ve probably encountered the non-cooperative employee.

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  • Keys to understanding the multiple definitions of pay for performance

    To be the best means hiring the best. Without a strong pay-for-performance strategy, however, organizations may fall short of their goals. The question is, does your leadership truly understand the definition of a great pay-for-performance campaign?

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  • Turning your workplace into a community

    Jessica Miller-Merrell blogging4jobs

    Your company’s culture is the foundation on which your employees operate. A draconian atmosphere will affect every faucet of your business, including your bottom line.

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  • The future of flexibility in the workplace


    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    When Netflix launched its unlimited vacation policy a few years ago, I think the HR professional inside all of us cringed a little.

    A flexible vacation policy sounds like the start of chaos and the decline of productivity in the workplace. While that’s not necessarily the case, Netflix did start a trend in employee perks that would later be adopted by some of the largest companies on the Fortune 500 and become almost a staple for startups in Silicon Valley.
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  • Managing Type-A talent

    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Have you ever worked in an organization where the majority of your workforce is A-type leaders? These leaders are hard to keep around.

    Organizations that have an overwhelming number of Type-A leaders—but not enough leadership positions—seem to get stuck in a cycle of acquired then lost talent because there isn’t enough growth opportunity. These organizations are going to have to change how they’re operating if they want to retain their strong workforce.

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  • Brace yourself for the Millennial revolution

    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    Word on the street is Millennials can’t get it together in today’s job market. Although they’re better educated than previous generations (and getting more educated all the time), employment rates aren’t following suit.

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  • 5 ways to make salary discussions less worrisome

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    Discussions about wage adjustments are generally conducted around the time performance evaluations are done. However, knowing the evaluations are coming doesn’t make them any easier to bear.  A lot of expectations walk into the office.

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  • The post-recession struggle to retire continues in America

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    Most individuals go into a career hoping they will earn enough in their lifetime to retire comfortably someday. It's part of the American Dream. Smart people start saving early on; others take on second careers to save up extra cash. Still, for a growing number of people, the struggle to live on a fixed income is increasing.

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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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  • 6 things employees REALLY think about their pay

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    “Cash is King.”

    “Money walks, the rest talks.”

    “Money makes the world go ‘round”

    We’ve all heard these sayings hundreds, if not thousands, of times. Money is important, period. Even those not motivated by money need it and recognize its value.

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  • Work shouldn't make you crazy: How job stress affects mental health

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    A recent headline from PsyBlog, “How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders,” really caught my attention. Just about everyone I know is stressed these days, especially at work. And while stress doesn’t feel good, the idea that it could actually cause someone to develop a mental disorder is too much. I get stressed just thinking about it.

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  • Why hiring for diversity still matters

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Traditionally, talk about diversity in the workplace has focused on inclusion of people of color and women, particularly within the management ranks.

    And despite how far we’ve come, there’s still a need for those conversations.

    Just last month, Catalyst, a nonprofit organization with a mission to “expand opportunities for women and business,” reported that women hold only “4.8 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions and 5.1 percent of Fortune 1000 CEO positions."

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  • The Generation Gap: Motivating Gen Xers (part 2 of 2)

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    When Generation X entered the workforce, they brought a new attitude, new expectations and new motivators than we had ever seen from their baby boomer parents. There were many factors that shaped these traits, but we can largely thank their boomer parents for what Gen X needs in an employer and what satisfies them at work.

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  • President Obama takes a stand for family friendly work policies

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    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    During the crash of 2009 almost all industries faced a serious decline in revenue resulting in some substantial cut backs when it came to employee’s benefits packages; at least, for the employees that companies were able to keep. Long hours, making up for the work of their laid off co-workers, and reduced vacation time became the standard for employees in still in the workplace. Fortunately, the recuperation of the market means that things are finally looking up for dedicated workers. Still, job security is the top priority for employees who have to bring home the bacon and take care of their families. But are companies taking advantage of the fact that employees are willing to work harder for less to maintain their jobs? 

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  • KORU starts bridging the skills gap with Millennials

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    Tessara Smith,  PayScale

    College graduation is often celebrated by parents as a major milestone for their children. They can finally breathe a sigh of relief in anticipation of their highly capable offspring fleeing the nest; joining the workforce, and becoming financially independent individuals. As much as many University students would like to believe this too, for most the fairytale ended sometime between settling on a major and realizing they only had one year left of school. The current state of the job market for college graduates could be described as anything but promising. Instead of rejoicing in the countdown to obtaining their degrees, students are viewing their future graduation dates as their own personal doomsdays. The fact of the matter is a solid portion of the class of 2015 will end up having to move back in with their parents and work a minimum wage job. Why is this? Today’s college graduates are competent individuals with a plethora of technology skills as well as in-depth knowledge of social media. One would assume this would make them excellent candidates for entry-level positions in the job market. Apparently, employers don’t seem to agree with this, and companies have a trending tendency to shy away from hiring new employees from the millennial generation.

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