• Essentials for Incentive Plans

    On Your Mark, Get Set, Wait… Before You Go:
    Essentials for Incentive Plans

    Before you add an incentive plan, there are several considerations to address to get ready. Answer these seven questions to assure you achieve success.

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  • Simple Incentive Plan Design

    Use “Line of Sight” to Keep Incentive Plans Simple

    More and more organizations are bringing incentives down to lower levels within the organization. They want employees to have a piece of their compensation that is variable. But, they often complicate their efforts.

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  • Employee Retention and Engagement

    Be Bold and Reward Only What You Want

    It’s challenging to design an incentive program that actually rewards top performers, and only top performers. But, it is more expensive, in the long run, to leave them under-rewarded. If you don’t believe that is true, keep reading. If you are afraid you don’t have the time and resources to reward their success, keep reading, too. In business, you will pay when you reward them or pay when you lose them. You decide.

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  • Beware of Verbal Discrimination Complaints

    FLSA: Supreme Court Rules Oral Complaints Valid

    An employee, Aziz, continues to complain about off color jokes during his staff meetings. He feels that his colleagues poke undue fun at his religious head cover, but at no time puts his concerns in writing. However, week after week, he calmly but directly looks his boss in the eye and reminds him that the jokes are offensive and obviously a show of disrespect for him and his religion. Aziz is clear with the boss that he feels uncomfortable in his job given the jokes.

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  • How to Communicate About Total Compensation

    How to Communicate About Total Compensation

    Perhaps you know this scenario. You have a great total rewards package for your employees – competitive salaries, benefits, professional development and training - even a comprehensive EAP. Everything is in place. Then, one day an employee asks you a seemingly simple question about their benefits. You ask yourself, “Why are they asking me this? Shouldn’t they know that already?”

    You may need to work on a key aspect of your compensation package – communication.

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  • Meal and Break Laws: Be Smart and Beware

    Your Meal Break Policy: Six Topics to Cover

    Meal breaks are a necessary component of every employee’s day and may be required by your state. Find out the six topics you should consider to make sure your meal break policy is legally compliant and effective.

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  • How to Talk to Leaders and Employees About Compensation

    How to Talk to Leaders and Employees About Compensation

    Here on Compensation Today, I often encourage HR pros and business leaders to take more time with their compensation planning. And, with our PayScale clients, we carefully break down the process and go over every detail. But, then what? It’s then time to carefully communicate the results with the rest of the company. And, that process is often done too quickly. I believe that if we don’t spend as much time and energy communicating about our compensation system as we do with design and implementation, then it will almost certainly fail.

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  • HR Approach to Harassment at Work

    How to Deal with Workplace Harassment

    One of our human resources responsibilities is to proactively assure we work in environments free from unlawful harassment. No harassment of any kind is positive in a work place culture, but not all is illegal. For example, if you insist on wearing polka dots with plaids, the more fashion conscious in your group may harass you for your fashion taste. While you may find that annoying, especially since you are clearly the more fashion forward one, it is not illegal.

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  • Employee Benefits Plans Communication

    Responsibility Rests on Both Sides in Health Benefits Communication

    A May 2011 case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Cigna v. Amara, centered on whether critical information about Cigna’s pension benefits were properly communicated in the company’s Summary Plan Description (SPD), a federally required summary of plan benefits that must be distributed to employees, retirees and beneficiaries. At the heart of the case is the employees’ contention that Cigna failed to fully and clearly disclose a change in its pension plan which, if employees had understood it, might have spurred them to retire or take another job.

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  • Human Resources Managers Know

    The Honor of Working in Human Resources

    For the last three years, I have had the privilege of talking to many Human Resources professionals in the United States and Canada. There is a border between some of us, and we are in a multitude of industries, yet one thing remains constant: we know what is really going on with pay in our companies.

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  • Canadian Pay Trends

    Welcome, Canada, to The PayScale Index!

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Last week, PayScale released the most recent results for The PayScale Index, covering Q2 of 2011. And, for the first time ever, The PayScale Index included information about Canadian national pay trends. Guess what? Wages in Canada are growing overall, unlike the US where wages are flat, nationally. Canadian employers, you’d better be have a plan to benchmark positions against current data and work to retain your top performers. Your labor market is heating up.

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  • SHRM 2011 – Aligning Comp with Business Goals

    SHRM 2011: “Stupid Things” We Do in Compensation

    I learned a very important lesson during my first speaking engagement at the SHRM national conference: Be careful what you say. During my conference break-out session titled “Aligning Your Compensation Strategy with Business Priorities” I said, “I’m on a mission to eliminate the stupid things we do in compensation.” A writer from the SHRM newsletter was listening. Guess which quote led his article? Yep, you guessed it.

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  • Top Performers: Key to Business Success

    Top Performers Boost Your Bottom Line

    As many of you are well aware, your top performers can be the difference between a company that is successful and a company that is not. But, you may not be able to convince your leadership that you need compensation policies that account for this fact. Hopefully, the following information will help.

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  • How to Avoid EEOC Complaints in Hiring

    Employing The Right Way

    Many employers these days have countless ways they conduct the recruitment and hiring processes. And, I’m willing to bet many of those employers have forgotten that they are bound by Federal law on discriminatory practices, starting at the very beginning…recruitment. Discrimination is a very costly mistake that can bring an employer both financial penalties, as well as a poor public image. The following are some important things to remember when it comes to recruitment and hiring practices.

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  • How to Avoid Pay Compression

    Pay Compression: Our Nightmare in the World of Compensation

    Compression is the ugliest issue compensation professionals face. It tends to be a no-win, lose-lose situation, and the ways to deal with it are limited.

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  • SHRM Conference 2011 Las Vegas – Tweets

    SHRM Conference 2011 – Tweets from Vegas

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Did you make it to the 2011 National SHRM Conference in Las Vegas and see Arianna Huffington and Michael J. Fox present? If not, no worries. We were there, and we sent our director of professional services and education, Stacey Carroll, CCP, SPHR, to tweet about what she heard from the keynote speakers.

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  • Summer Dress Code at Work

    Is Your Dress Code Ready for Summer?

    It is summertime, and you know what that means – it is the season when your employees bare arms, legs, and maybe more than you want to see. Find out five tips you can you use to get everyone to dress appropriately in the warm weather.

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  • HR View of “Horrible Bosses”

    How to Handle “Horrible Bosses”

    You may have seen the trailer for the upcoming big movie release “Horrible Bosses.” It features quite an all-star cast - Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and the list goes on - for a topic that hits home for many the average Joe. The movie takes things to an extreme – a plot to kill these so-called horrible bosses, but the frustration and dissatisfaction are feelings that all too many people can understand. As HR professionals, isn’t it our dream to live in a world where way less people can relate to this movie?

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  • Walmart Lawsuit Sends Employers a Warning

    Watch Out for Trouble: Walmart’s Legal Battle Over Pay

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Walmart is in hot legal water. Though a nationwide sexual discrimination lawsuit was just settled in their favor by the Supreme Court, it looks like they have similar, though smaller, suits on the way – possibly a lot of them. What do we know about Walmart and what can we learn from this cautionary tale for employers?

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  • Good Management Skills for Earning More

    HR Knows: Managers Who Set Pay Are Paid More

    See if the following fact surprises you: PayScale data shows the management responsibility that most improves salaries is the responsibility to set pay for employees. Shocked, doubtful or nodding your head and thinking, “I already knew that”?

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