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  • Workplace Behavior Ethics

    How to Promote Positive Ethics in the Workplace


    Ethics is a fundamental business term because it can and does apply to all workplaces. Regardless of the organizational function, employees who fail to maintain an ethical standard in their workplace can raise the possibility of not only organizational corruption but also legal liabilities. In any role, it is vital that employees conduct themselves in accordance with both workplace policies, as well as applicable state and federal laws. The fallout of ethics failures can be seen daily on the news, i.e. Enron, and those colossal failures remind us that the collapse of workplace behavior ethics has the potential to damage and even destroy organizations.
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  • Performance-Related Pay Models

    Making Pay-for-Performance Models Work

    The top level has announced that the organization is shifting to a performance-related pay model. What does pay for performance mean? Aren’t we all performing already? Aren’t we getting paid for that? The real answer is probably not.
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  • Health Care Reform and Corporate Wellness

    On-Site Wellness Programs: Will They Be Hurt by Health Care Reform?


    Is your company’s wellness program going to be helped or hurt by the new health care act? It depends on your situation but it will most likely get a boost.

    The health care reform’s effect on employers will vary based on your company’s size, location, existing insurance and wellness plans, and how proactive your company will be to seek out and implement the bill’s benefits of more research, evaluation tools, and technical assistance. Delving deep into the 2,400 document entitled H.R. 3590 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, you can find the following changes which may impact your company’s wellness programs.
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  • Performance Matrix Questions

    Q & A Session – Shifting to Pay for Performance


    The following is a transcript of questions and answers from PayScale’s webinar, "How to Play a Key Role in Compensation Budgeting." The topics covered include how to offer meaningful employee rewards on a tight budget, how to train managers on pay for performance, and how to talk to employees who have reached the top of their pay range. Answers are provided by PayScale’s director of customer service and education, Stacey Carroll, M.B.A., SPHR, Frank A. Cania, SPHR, and Betty Richardson, CCP.
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  • Average Salary of Jobs in Manufacturing

    Climbing Back: Average Salary of Jobs in Manufacturing

    By Staff Writer

    If you ask most people to name an industry that really suffered during our recent recession, you’re likely to hear “manufacturing.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the manufacturing industry reached 12.5 percent in November of 2009 then climbed to 13 percent in January 2010. Fortunately, that percentage is slowly dropping and the number of job openings and new hires is growing right now.

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  • Smoking in the Workplace

    Does Your Workplace Smoking Policy Cover All the Bases?

    If you could cut your break times and maybe even your health insurance rates by refusing to hire smokers, would you? While the idea is intriguing, these kinds of policies to stop smoking in the workplace may be illegal in so-called “smokers’ rights states.” Further, there are three practical reasons these preferences for hiring nonsmokers may not be such a great idea.

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  • Why Develop a Competitive Compensation Plan

    Ways to Beat Your Competition with Your Compensation Plan

    By Staff Writer  

    Your company is likely already looking to profit in all of the obvious ways, like sell more products, buy better equipment and invest in more lucrative locations. But, has your company leadership considered that they can beat their competition with smarter compensation planning? Any HR person knows that this approach is not only possible but essential. The key is to know how to get it done.

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  • To-Do List for Human Resources Planning

     

    More Compensation Planning Mistakes and the Steps to Avoid Them

    By Staff Writer

    In a previous post, “Top Compensation Planning Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them),” we discussed the first five of ten most common compensation mistakes and how to avoid them. In this second post, we’ll cover five more habits that can lead you into trouble. We’ve also compiled for each an HR to-do list to avoid these common pitfalls.

     

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  • Framing Discrimination Claims

    EEOC Claim Statistics: Actions Necessary for Preventing Employment Discrimination Claims

    The EEOC recently reported that it recovered a record high of $294 million on behalf of employee claimants in FY 2009. How can you prevent becoming a target of an employment discrimination claim? Find out the six steps you can take. Your hint: The first tip involves training.

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  • Compensation Budget Questions

    Q&A Session – Refining Your Compensation Budgets

    The following is a transcript of questions and answers from PayScale’s webinar, "How to Play a Key Role in Compensation Budgeting." The topics covered include how to make shrinking budgets go farthest towards improving employee performance, ways to encourage performance other than higher wages and how to ensure senior management support. Answers are provided by PayScale’s director of customer service and education, Stacey Carroll, M.B.A., SPHR, Frank A. Cania, SPHR, and Betty Richardson, CCP.

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  • Employee Performance Reviews

     

    5 Keys for Successful Employee Performance Reviews

    Almost all organizations utilize employee performance reviews in one fashion or another. These reviews tend to run either on a set annual basis or on the anniversary hire date of the employee. Regardless of when they are performed, employee performance reviews are vital to both the employee and the supervisor, as they serve to gauge employee performance, and allow a formal setting to speak about expectations. Although they sound simple, and most of the labor force has been a part of this process, there are several ways for the organization to maximize this procedure and ensure employee review effectiveness.

     

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  • Setting Compensation Budgets

    How to Play a Key Role in Setting Compensation Budgets

    By Staff Writer

    During PayScale’s recent webinar, titled, “How to Play a Key Role in Compensation Budgeting,” PayScale director of customer service and education, Stacey Carroll, MBA, SPHR and HR experts Frank A. Cania, SPHR and Betty Richardson, CCP, explain why, in today’s economy, smart compensation planning and budgeting is more important than ever.  And, they explain how you can bring that message to your company.

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  • The Advantages of Corporate Wellness Programs

    What Are the Advantages of Corporate Wellness Programs?

    How are you managing the health care costs at your company? If they seem overwhelming to you these days, you’re not alone. In the past ten years employer health coverage premiums increased by 119 percent, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and other studies show that health care costs now absorb, on average, 50 percent of profits compared to 7 percent in 1980. Productivity losses related to personal and family health problems equal $1,685 per employee per year. What can you do to minimize health care expenses?

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  • On-the-Job Training Programs

    A Smart Approach to On-the-Job Training Programs

    When people think of conducting on-the-job training, they tend to think of new employees who have entered a job, have been shown a desk (or other work environment), and will be learning via “trial by fire.” Although this method is sometimes effective, the benefits of on-the-job-training can be amplified with a little more preparation and coaching.

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  • Absences for Exempt Workers

    Exempt Employees and Partial Day Absences

    One issue that comes up continually for employers is how to deal with exempt employees who take time off in less than full day increments.  The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations make it clear that employers generally cannot dock their exempt employees pay for absences of less than a day without jeopardizing the exemption.

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  • Meeting Facilitation Training

    Motivation Beyond the Meeting: How to Make Training Last

    By Staff Writer

    How do you maintain the energy created by a training session and help your employees stay enthused? If you’ve ever been frustrated by a drop in employee morale after an project or event is over, one expert would like to suggest that you take a closer look at the example you are giving on how your approach your work, the physical environment you’ve created and more.

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  • Case Studies on Pay for Performance

    Pay For Performance Models In The Legal Profession

    Compensation based on pay for performance models is not new to corporate America, but it is practically unheard of in the law profession, until recently. Law firms are now seriously considering abandoning the traditional and long-established lock-step compensation system for a more rigorous pay-for-performance system. What could have prompted such a radical move given the legal profession’s wide reputation for being adverse to change?

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  • Employee Compensation Plan Design

    Think Ahead: Smart Employee Compensation Plan Design

    When it comes to helping HR professionals utilize our tool to build, maintain, or update their compensation program, I hear myself saying over and over again, “remember it’s a tool, but you have to know what you want from the tool before it can be useful.” It is very important for any organization that is going through the process of benchmarking to work through what their employee compensation plan design strategy is prior to trying to interpret external market data. Part of defining your compensation philosophy is knowing who you compete with for talent and how competitive you want to be. Let me provide you some examples of what I mean.

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  • Performance Appraisals' Strategic Objectives

    The Question:  Why Don’t Performance Plans and Appraisals Work?

    You’ve seen a million articles by now titled, “Why Your Performance Appraisals Don’t Work” or “How to Fix Your Performance Appraisal Process,” and so many more like that. Don’t all these articles begin to ask a much bigger question, “If there was an answer to how to make effective performance evaluations, wouldn’t we all be practicing that solution by now?”

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  • Internet Research as a Hiring Technique

    internet research as a hiring techniqueRecruiting Online: Is Web 2.0 HR’s Pandora’s Box?

    What do you do when you want to learn more about a virtual stranger? Google them, of course. Most people would confess to harnessing the power of a Google search to satisfy personal curiosity, and many employers conduct hiring based on internet research. Web 2.0 (we’re talking about social networking tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, personal blogs, and Google) provides employers with a new world of information about potential employees. However, satisfying one’s curiosity as an HR recruiter about a job candidate can open up a dangerous can of worms.

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