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  • Advice for Employee-Employer Communication

    Employee-Employer Communication: PayScale’s CEO Gives Advice

    By Staff Writer

    How do you design and present your compensation plan so that your employees feel motivated to perform better? This question has been debated many times here on Compensation Today. Today we hear from PayScale’s CEO Mike Metzger with some of his thoughts on the topic.

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  • Meal Breaks Required by Law to Employees

    Meal Breaks: Issues When Employees Work Through Q&A

    How should you deal with nonexempt employees who want to work through meal breaks to shorten their workdays? Should you allow this practice, or is it better to enforce your meal periods?

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  • Good Bosses vs. Bad Bosses

    Want to Be a Better Boss? Good Advice for Success

    I recently had the chance to participate in a virtual mentoring program through my alma mater. I was responsible for serving as a mentor coordinator and reviewing the exchanges between students taking an introduction to leadership class and working professionals who served as mentors. The discussion topics were all about leadership, which led to a lot of discussions about what makes a good leader. Although many would argue that there is a strong distinction between leadership and management, many of the exchanges revolved around what makes a good boss.

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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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  • Salary Madness 2011 Predictions

    Salary Madness: PayScale’s Basketball Tournament Predictions

    By Staff Writer

    Is someone in your office setting up a pool to predict the winner of the NCAA Division I Men’s basketball tournament? Maybe you’re rooting for the team with the best record in your favorite conference or are participating just for fun. While it may not make sense, PayScale welcomes you to follow our tradition of choosing the winner by our favorite factor: salary.

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  • Executive Reality – Board Meeting Prep

    Help Your CEO Prep for the Board Meeting

    By Staff Writer

    We continue with our interview series with PayScale’s CEO Mike Metzger (see Helping CEOs with Compensation Planning) by learning what he has to say on the communication between an HR team and a CEO as they do annual compensation reviews and present their plan to the board.

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  • Employee Pay for Multiple Jobs

    Pay for Employees Performing More than One Job Q&A

    If you have employees who want to work additional jobs for extra pay, you need to make sure you are paying them properly. Nonexempt employees may be owed overtime, while exempt employees generally can be paid the extra compensation without affecting their exempt status.

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  • Helping CEOs with Compensation Planning

    How to Help Your CEO with Compensation Decisions

    Our recent 2011 Compensation Practices Survey revealed some useful facts about how compensation decisions are made at companies of all sizes. We noticed that small companies consistently listed the CEO as the person most responsible for final compensation decisions. So, we decided to interview our CEO, Mike Metzger, about how he approaches and likes to be helped with compensation decisions.

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  • The Basics of Executive Compensation

    The ABCs of Executive Pay

    What are the ABCs of executive pay and why is it so different from what the rest of us get?

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  • Employer Trends for 2011

    Outlook for Employers in 2011: PayScale's Compensation Practices Survey

    By Staff Writer

    As you look ahead to 2011, what do you expect for your company in terms of hiring and profit growth compared to last year? Are you feeling optimistic? If you are, you’re in the majority according to PayScale’s recent research. PayScale completed its annual survey of HR leaders and business owners and discovered that most of them are looking forward to success in 2011.

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  • Tips for Personnel Recruiters – Recent Grads

    Best Time to Recruit College Grads Is Right Now

    By Roberto Angulo

    If you’re looking for the best time to start your college recruitment and branding initiatives, the time is now. Employers often assume that after the winter holidays every student has resigned themselves to studying and focusing onlyh on school. This is not the case according to our observations here at AfterCollege.com, the largest website in the U.S. for students, recent grads and alumni looking for entry-level jobs and internships.

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  • COBRA Health Insurance Plan Update

    COBRA Qualification and Duration Revisited

    You have to provide employees and other qualified beneficiaries with between 18 and 36 months of health care continuation coverage under COBRA. Find out the proper duration of each qualifying event and how to handle multiple qualifying events.

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  • Simple HR Mistakes

    How to Avoid the Classic HR Pitfalls

    I learned the classic HR pitfalls the hard way. When I began my first position as an HR manager, I walked into a firestorm of new information. I only had my MA in HR and zero actual experience, plus I was the first-ever, full time-HR manager for the company. The situation was daunting.

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  • Employee Snow Day Policy

    Snow Days and Pay Q&A

    Do you know what your obligations are to employees who cannot get to work on bad weather days? See what attorney Robin Thomas has to say about your obligations snow day pay and what you can expect from your employees.

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  • HR Quiz: Names, Acronyms and More

    Exam Time: Basic HR Competency Test

    By Staff Writer

    Looking to brush up on your professional terminology or just feel great about how smart you are? We offer you our informal HR quiz where you can see how you fare with some basic and advanced HR terminology.

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  • Managing Former Peers

    Promoted Above Your Peers?

    Perhaps because it is a rarity in many people’s experience, being promoted beyond your peers holds a mystic as being exciting and a great moment in your career. While it is a compliment, the truth is that being promoted above, or even managing your former peers is something that can be quite awkward and sometimes counterproductive depending on the existing work environment.

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  • Performance Compensation Plans

    Creating Better Performance: Compensation Plans Behind the Scenes

    By Staff Writer

    Today we hear from Brent Egbert, an account manager at PayScale who works everyday with HR professionals who are improving their organization's compensation structure in order to save their company money and improve employee performance. Compensation Today asked Brent a few questions about what he sees happening on the front lines of compensation planning for better performance.

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  • 10 Reasons to Love Your HR Staff

    Love Your HR Staff (Because This Is What They Go Through)

    February has arrived, the month for appreciating the ones we love. While we don’t mean to promote office romance, we do think that there are plenty of reasons “love” and appreciate your HR staff. The following is a list created by some of the folks on PayScale’s customer service team.

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  • Facebook at Work

    Social Media at Work: What’s Your Company’s Policy?

    A few weeks ago we posted about the importance of a having a company e-mail policy. E-mail has been around for quite awhile now, so hopefully companies have been moving more and more toward including email communication in their workplace policies. But, what about Facebook at work, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, wikis, etc? How are you handling your employees’ behavior in the world of social media?

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  • Trends for Wages: PayScale’s 2010 Results

    The PayScale Index: Who Is Paying Their Employees More?

    By Staff Writer

    How did wages change in 2010 across most industries, metros and company sizes? PayScale recently released the results of The PayScale Index for Q4 of 2010 and the basic story is that, while 2010 wasn’t as terrible as 2009 for wages, it wasn’t great. Job wages and salaries are no better and no worse.

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