• Business Resolutions for the New Year

    How to Make 2011 a Better Business Year

    The New Year is here and it is a great time to make changes in your work environment by identifying old barriers to success and replacing them with new, more effective behaviors. The “To Do” list that follows offers the first five of nine suggestions in our two part series on creating a better business year in 2011.

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  • HR Work Resolutions for 2011

    HR Resolutions for the New Year

    It’s time to make resolutions for the New Year. I’m sure a lot of us will make personal resolutions about losing weight, spending more in nature or being more organized. But, it’s also a great time of year to think about how you will approach work differently in 2011.

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  • Efficient Email Practices at Work

    Efficient Email Practices: How to Train Your Workforce

    How can you easily make your company’s workforce more efficient? No matter what industry you’re in, your workers are likely spending a significant amount of time on email. So, besides making more powerful coffee, you’d be wise to try improving their email habits.

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  • Gift Giving at Work

    5 Tips for Happy Holiday Gift Giving at Work

    It’s the season of giving and many times people wonder what’s appropriate and inappropriate when it comes to gift giving in the office. The same rules apply in the office as exist for gift giving in general. But it helps to remember that it can be especially important to act appropriately in the office.

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  • The Importance of a Company Email Policy

    Why You Need a Company-Wide Email Policy to Improve Productivity

    In our world of mobile devices and global companies, how do people in the business world communicate? Certainly through phone calls and video conferences, but email still reigns as the dominant form of communication. And, if it doesn’t already, your company should consider having a policy around email so that it is used both safely and efficiently by your employees.

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  • Compensation Planning Season

    'Tis the Season for Compensation Planning

    It’s that time of year again! No, I’m not referring to the mad rush to get Christmas presents wrapped and under the tree, although that can certainly add to our stress level. I’m referring to the time of year when HR and compensation professionals are asked to help with budgeting and compensation planning for the upcoming year.

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  • Introductory Period of Employment

    Introductory Period of Employment Versus Probationary Period Q&A

    Employers that use the phrase “probationary period” to refer to their new employees’ first few months of work may find they have created enhanced job rights that they did not intend. Find out why you should use the term “introductory period” instead.

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  • The Role of HR in a Company, According to CEOs

    What the CEO Wants from HR

    I had the opportunity to speak to a group of 15 CEO’s last month. The topic was “Developing a High-Performance Culture” and our tag line was “It’s not all about money.” If you’ve worked in HR for any number of years, you’re probably familiar with the content I covered. I has to do with creating a culture where employees feel respected. HR has a big role to play in that.

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  • Competitive Compensation Strategy

    Q & A: Focus on Competitive Compensation Strategy

    How long has it been since you’ve reviewed your business plan? Likely you did so within the last year. How long has it been since you’ve reviewed your compensation plan? Has it been a year, two years or more? Theses two documents need to be in lock step. As your business grows and shifts its strategies, your pay strategies should shift as well.

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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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