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  • Google’s HR Practices Explained

    What Would Google Do?

    I was able to attend the World@Work conference in San Diego recently. This event is always a wonderful opportunity to get away from the daily grind and spend some time on my professional development. I enjoyed great sessions, met some nice people and even managed to fit in some work at our booth in the exhibit hall. Like my experience at most conferences, there are usually one or two sessions that really stick with me, and this time it was a presentation by the compensation team at Google.

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  • Bonus Plan for Executives

    Executive Bonus Planning: An Overview of Short-Term Incentives

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Executive pay planning can be an intimidating process, even for seasoned HR professionals. In the upcoming series of posts on the topic, we hope to enlighten you on the basics of executive pay, as well as get into the details on topics like restricted stock grants and deferred compensation. We’ll start with this up-close look at short-term incentives, or a bonus plan.

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  • Practical Performance Evaluation Tips

    Performance Evaluation Tips: How to Motivate Management to Complete the Process

    How do you get supervisors to get those performance appraisals done? Here are some ideas that may help.

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  • Beware Employer: References Online Tell All

    Your Secrets Are Out: Employees Share Online

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    More and more, these days, employees are spilling the beans about their employers online. While Facebook isn’t the most intelligent place to comment on an employer, career websites, blogs, job listing sites and more are seeking the inside scoop from current and former employees of organizations. PayScale has covered one angle of this trend for many years, salary data. But, now we’re branching out and making more of an effort to reveal employees’ answers to the question, “What’s it like to work there?”

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  • Co-Worker Quirks and Perks

    Learning to Appreciate Quirky Co-Workers

    I was taking a class one summer when the professor gave us an assignment and said those dreaded words, “This assignment will be a group project.” I balked, and his response to my eye roll was simple: “Life is a group project. There are contributors and there are slackers and that is something you just have to get used to.” That is when I realized that I have been participating in “group projects” my entire life, especially at work.

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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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  • Where Does NLRA Apply?

    Prohibiting Pay Discussion May Trigger NLRA Issues Q&A

    Discussing compensation is considered a “concerted activity” and is protected under the NLRA, so rules limiting employees from talking about their pay may violate that law. Find out what the NLRA protects and how you can address this sensitive issue.

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  • Becoming a Certified Compensation Professional

    Becoming a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP)

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    If you work in HR and want to find a way to advance your career, why not earn a Certified Compensation Professional certificate? This certification, offered by World at Work, requires you to pass nine tests and, as their website states, is a “mark of expertise and excellence in all areas of compensation.” Right now, several staff members at PayScale are working to earn their CCPs. We took a moment to interview one of them about how her process is going.

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  • Unexpected Answer: Qualities of a Good Leader

    Every Employee Needs the Qualities of a Good Leader

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    How important is a manager to the success of a team of workers? The qualities of a good leader may be needed in more places than you’d expect. A recent study out of Sweden took a close look at whether or not it is worthwhile to simply train managers to be leaders or if every employee on a team ought to get leadership training. The study’s conclusion: lose the hierarchy and train the whole team.

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  • Hiring? Funny Quotes for Your Friday

    Hiring New Talent? Funny Quotes for Your Friday

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    What can you say to attract the talent you need? Well, you can always use the classic combination of a job description and your list of needed skills and experience. Or, you could step outside the box and find a way to get to the point quicker.

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  • Hotspots for Healthcare Industry Employers

    Top Healthcare Industry Towns: Who’s Paying and Hiring Most

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Healthcare industry has one of the hottest job markets. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a total of 3.2 million new jobs in this industry between 2008 and 2018. But, are healthcare employers seeking healthcare workers by the hundreds in every town? Likely not. Some locations have greater demand than others.

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  • How to Pay Remote Workers

    How to Pay Employees Who Work Remotely

    In my current capacity as Director of Professional Services at PayScale, I get the privilege of working with many different companies in many different industries to build their compensation plans. One of the most interesting observations that I’ve made in the recent months is how many companies, both big and small and from all different industries - tech to manufacturing - have employees who work remotely in home offices. And, paying these employees in different locations brings up some tricky compensation questions.

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  • The Advantages of Broadbanding

    The Advantages and Disadvantages of Broadbanding

    Broadbanding is the term applied to having extremely wide salary bands, much more encompassing than with traditional salary structures. Whereas a typical salary band has a 40 percent difference in pay between its minimum and maximum, broadbanding would typically have a 100 percent difference. Most of the time, creating enormously large bands is done as a measure to support a restructuring. It combines and consolidates the number of levels or job grades. This article will discuss the advantages of broadbanding in an overall compensation strategy, as well as the disadvantages.

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  • Microsoft Bounty Boosts for Top Talent

    Tech Talent Wars: Boost to Microsoft Bounty for Top Workers

    By Staff Writer

    It’s time to play compensation hardball in the IT industry. Last year, Google announced a 10 percent raise for all of its employees. Amazon is aggressively seeking out and snapping up the best technical talent. And, now, Microsoft is bringing out it’s A-game and offering top pay to top talent.

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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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  • FLSA Compliance for Non-Work Time

    Non-Working Time: Do You Know When It Must Be Paid?

    You know that nonexempt employees must be paid for all hours they actually perform work. But what about time when they are not really working? The FLSA requires you to pay some of this time, too.

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  • Current Trends in Total Compensation

    Early 2011 Compensation Trends: Differences by Location

    By Staff Writer

    If you’re looking to describe a single, national trend in US wages, you might run into trouble. These days, trends vary widely from city to city, according to The PayScale Index, with some town's wages growing steadily and others’ continuing to slip downwards. Let’s look at who’s pulling ahead and who is falling behind.

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  • Talent Management Process

    How to Create a Talent Management Process

    How easy is it, for each job position at your company, to articulate what is high or low performance? Making this process easy has a big impact on how well your managers evaluate employees and how fair and effective those evaluations are.

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  • Salary by Location

    Why Geographic Differentials Don’t Work

    For years compensation professionals have used geographic differentials to make decisions about what to pay jobs in locations where they may not have salary data. The theory stands that if you don’t have data for one location, you can use data from another location and adjust it based on the cost of labor in the two cities. While this may be a better option than making decisions without any data on salary by location – it’s not much better.

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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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