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  • HR Best Practices – Performance Management

    Focal Or Anniversary Performance Reviews: Which Is Better?

    All employees ought to receive an annual performance review or performance appraisal in a timely manner. The sad fact is that too many workers do not. I, for one, have worked in an organization that was not so timely, and I can honestly say it affected my attitude, plus my willingness to go above and beyond during those many months that my review was late.

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  • HR Holiday and Christmas Office Party Ideas

    5 HR Tips for Holiday Office Party Behavior

    By Staff Writer

    The holiday season has arrived, and with it comes get-togethers and festivities of all kinds – including holiday office parties. If you’ve worked in HR for very long, you’ve likely seen some less-than-great office party behavior. How can you give your workers holiday and Christmas office party ideas that will help them make better decisions this year when alcohol, co-workers and cameras mix?

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  • Performing Employee Reference Checks

    5 Tips for Effective Reference Checks

    It often is what you don’t know about a job applicant that can hurt you. As an employer, you can make sure you know more about who you are hiring by performing a reference check for employees.

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  • Communicating Compensation to Employees & Leadership

    Communicating Compensation Plans: How to Present Your Findings and Recommendations

    I am a stickler on communication. I think that too often our compensation programs fail not because of the merits of the program but rather the ways in which we communicate or lack communication both with leaders and employees.

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  • Avoid Age Discrimination

    The Wiser Workers: Why You Should Avoid Age Discrimination

    There’s been a lot of media attention lately on the possible increase in the retirement age in the U.S. It’s an interesting issue to debate, as there are both merits and dangers to changing it. Either way, the consequences of potential changes to the legislation are of concern to what are typically referred to as “older workers.” Now if you go by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, older means 40 and above. As a fairly recent entrant into the above-40 crowd, I don’t much enjoy this definition.

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  • Performance Management Tools to Motivate Employees

    Build Your Kit of Performance Management Tools

    There are many techniques and tips myself and others can pass along to help you develop and enhance your workforce’s effectiveness in accomplishing your organization’s mission. In fact, you may read many blogs and articles on this huge topic and never read the same idea twice. Let’s start with what I consider the “Basic Tools.”

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  • 4 Tips for Business Paid Time Off Plans

    Four Tips for Implementing a Paid Time Off Plan

    Paid time off plans, or PTO banks, give employees flexibility in using their paid leave and are generally easy to implement. Use these guidelines to determine if a PTO business plan is right for your organization and find out four tips for putting a PTO plan to work for you.

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  • Top 10 Qualities of a Good Manager

    What Employees Appreciate from Their Manager

    By Staff Writer

    Keeping with our theme of gratitude this holiday month, we interviewed PayScale’s director of customer service and education Stacey Carroll about the characteristics of a good manager, and what employees are looking for from their managers. See what you think of her list and if you have any comments to add.

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  • Top 10 HR Thank Yous

    10 Things For Which HR Professionals Are Thankful

    By Staff Writer

    November is the month when appreciation and thankfulness make the news. So, we decided to join in and ask our director of customer service and education, Stacey Carroll, what makes HR professionals feel most grateful on the job. Here is her list. See if you agree with it, or want to add more ideas with a comment below.

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  • Unique Employee Reward Systems & Motivation

    Incentive Pay & Employee Motivation: Create an Experience

    More and more companies are using incentive pay to reward their employees. It is easily linked to pay-for-performance and as one-time events, the costs are contained; making them attractive compared to merit increases that perpetuate expenses into the future. Sometimes during this economic recovery, the amounts of money to spend are, shall we be polite and say, modest? You want to reward performance that stands out, and yet the bucks just are not there to be shared. What can you do?

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  • Employee Time Off for Voting

    Know Your Employees’ Voting Rights

    You should be prepared for employees to exercise their right to vote, and you need to know your obligations to support this right. Find out below what federal and state laws require employers to do.

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  • Halloween HR Blunders

    More Spooky HR Tales

    By Staff Writer

    We promised to share any HR horror stories that we collected. Well, hang on tight and try not to scream. Here are some of the worst HR blunders, just in time for Halloween.

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  • Tracking the Current Trends in Compensation

    The PayScale Index: Watching Wages Go Up and Down

    By Staff Writer

    As an HR practitioner, you’ve been on a roller coaster in the past few years trying to keep up with failing markets, rampant unemployment and, now, signs that things may be improving. Whether you laid-off employees, eliminated bonuses or paid certain workers a premium to keep them around, wouldn’t it be nice to know what actually happened with wages during this time?

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  • Rescinding Job Offers – Without Trouble

    Rescinding Job Offer Based on New Information Q&A

    Can you rescind a job offer if you find out new information about a candidate? For instance, can an employer rescind a job offer due to errors on applications? Learn what steps you can take to limit liability in this situation.

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  • Would You Hire a Felon?

    Felon Employment: Ways to Encourage Success

    As discussed in previous articles, it’s no mystery that employers are often hesitant to hire convicted felons. A felony is essentially the modern day scarlet letter when it comes to open doors for employment and various other aspects of life.

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  • Employee Disciplinary Procedures: Be Consistent

    Consistent Employee Discipline: Not "One Size Fits All" Q&A

    When considering employee disciplinary procedures, you know that you should treat your employees consistently. However, being consistent does not mean you have to treat them all the exact same way. Find out how you can take appropriate, fair action and limit potential inconsistencies that could cause legal problems.

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  • HR Horror Stories

    Creepy, Terrible, Awful HR Nightmares

    What’s your worst HR nightmare? Layoff lists getting shared too early? Compensation budget arguments turning ugly? Well, they have all happened and we’ve collected some frightful ones for you to read below.

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  • Pay Incentive Programs

    Incentive Pay and Cautions for Non-Exempt Employees

    Above and beyond base pay is the option of incentive pay. The critical point to make about any plan for a pay incentive program is to watch your messaging. Your communication should focus on the notion that incentive pay is for results above and beyond normal expectations. You want to avoid any one thinking their incentive pay is an entitlement. Look what that thinking has done in the financial industry.

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  • Hiring Convicted Felons

    Jobs that Hire Convicted Felons

    In the current job market, even the most experienced and educated individuals may have some difficulty locating jobs despite their best efforts. No one experiences this more than a convicted felon coming out of prison for the first time after many years. A lot of potential employers that work with work release programs are considered “felon friendly” employers, but still often ask what kind of work can felons do? The short answer is - almost everything.

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  • Bullying in the Workplace

    Bullying in the Workplace: Will Your Workers Be Able To Sue You For Bullying?

    The word “bully” often conjures up images from the mid-1980’s classic Back to the Future in which mousey George McFly is hounded and humiliated by the Goliath-sized alpha male named Biff Tanner. I can still hear the taunting words of Biff echoing through the 1950’s cafeteria: “Hello McFly. Anybody home, McFly?” And who could help but cheer when George gets up the guts to sock Biff in the face at the high school sock hop? This quintessential form of bullying and other less overt forms of intimidation exist not only in the schoolyard but also in the workplace.

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