• Brace yourself for the Millennial revolution

    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    Word on the street is Millennials can’t get it together in today’s job market. Although they’re better educated than previous generations (and getting more educated all the time), employment rates aren’t following suit.

  • Give me a break! Why your employees need a vacation

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    Near the end of every year, it’s common for HR to remind employees to take advantage of any remaining paid time off benefits. After all, paid vacation is precious  to most, and in some states, vacation is even considered the same as cash compensation. Yet, too many people don’t take enough time off, a phenomenon that’s been discussed in the industry by many experts.

  • 6 things you shouldn’t say when an employee asks for a raise

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    The new year is upon us, and nearly everyone is thinking about how to be happier and more fulfilled in 2015.

    And guess what? Some of these folks are reflecting on their pay and gearing up for a earnest chat with you.

  • Stereotyping Millennials was so 2011

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Millennials have persistently been stereotyped as an entitled and lazy generation with no real goals or ambitions. Article after article has flooded the interwebs about “how to attract a Millennial workforce” and “how to succeed with Millennials in the office.”

  • 7 signs your employee compensation could use a boost

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    There’s a fine line between getting employee compensation right and getting it wrong.

    Obviously, you want to get it right. Taking the time to explore the resources at Compensation Today, including articles such as this one, is a great start.

  • How to manage employees who don’t get along

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    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    Office drama is the bane of any leader’s existence. You work your way through high school and college just to have all the immature hubabaloo you thought you left behind end up right in front of your face.

    Except this time it’s worse. Your career is on the line, and it’s entirely up to you to put out the fire when two employees blow up at each other. In school a failed partnership meant a bad grade at worst, but in the working world employees in conflict can mean lost revenue.

  • This HR software could make your job easier (and more fun)!

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Last week I got my first iPhone. It’s like three models old and first belonged to my college-aged son, but it’s mine now.

    My first iPod was also a hand-me-down from my son, who then conned me into buying him the latest and greatest.

  • Why your holiday party sucks

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Thanksgiving is over, and that means we’re all free to focus on those other upcoming holidays—whatever they might be for you.

  • Understanding the science behind your company culture

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Improving one’s company culture requires more than creating programs and establishing unlimited vacation policies.

    These “cultural add-ons” are surface improvements only and don’t get at the heart of the matter.

  • What to do when your employee’s alcohol use is affecting the job

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    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    According to the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA), around 1 in 13 Americans struggle with alcohol dependency.

    Of course, not every employee who drinks a little too much at your holiday party is an alcoholic, but some may have a problem that goes undetected until it becomes blatantly obvious.

    However, even a “blatantly obvious” problem needs to be handled with care.

  • Pack your suitcase – the rules for travel time compensation

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    I just got back from a weeklong trip to Charleston, South Carolina for my employer. As someone who travels for work on a regular basis, I am ever mindful of the expenses that I incur for transportation, hotels, meals, and the dozens of little purchases that add up. Then there’s the salary that I am earning while on business travel, something that my employer is required by law to provide.

  • Future income: The defined contribution and retirement plan link

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    Nearly 30 years ago, the Internal Revenue Service approved the use of defined benefit programs to help future Baby Boomers (and following generations) better plan for their retirements. This came at a time when longevity at one company in order to earn a pension plan was quickly becoming a thing of the past.

  • Employees with sticky fingers

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    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    If your business is one that is relies on selling tangible inventory, then chances are you have already had to deal with a worker who you have caught stealing. However, even if your company is one that sells software, you at risk of having mysterious “robberies” take place within the office. If you are lucky enough that this has not happened yet, statistically speaking there is a good chance that a theft incident will occur at some point down the road. 

  • The downside of diversity

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    I have a feeling people are kind of tired of hearing about diversity.

    On the one hand, I think I get it. The Great Recession has claimed a lot of victims, and many of us are struggling to maintain our status as members of the Middle Class. We don’t want to hear about someone else’s problems—we’ve got our own.

    On the other hand, the bell has rung, the ship has sailed, the cat’s out of the bag—whatever. We’re all in this thing together, and we’ve gotta learn how to get along.

  • Five ways to catch an employee in a lie

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    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    Liar, Liar Pants on Fire! Remember this chant? I sure do. Lately it has come to my attention that not all people in this world are honest and genuine human beings. Well ok, that’s actually pretty obvious, but what happens when these unsavory characters end up under your employment? Feelings of awkwardness, confusion, and maybe even embarrassment can come as a result of working with one of these people. Your intuition tells you that something’s up, but as a professional it can be hard to deal with these workers in a way that is effective and drama free. Manipulative employees happen, it’s an unfortunate truth. As a leader, it is most important for you to be able to identify these dishonest workers so you can quickly remove them from the office before they can do serious damage to your company.

  • What if everyone’s pay was public knowledge?

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    Imagine if one day you walked into your workplace and found your name, along with all the other names of your co-workers, written on bright Post-it notes and your salary rates clearly written there too? Now, include all the salaries and perks that your supervisors, the CEO, and even the janitor displayed for all to see. How would this experience change the way you view your company?

  • Is unlimited PTO too good to be true?


    Tessara Smith,  PayScale

    It’s no secret that vacations are vital to the sanity of every full-time employee, but what happens when all of their allotted break time is being sucked up by sick days and family emergencies? Instead of planning their getaways to Disneyland or the Caribbean, employees are instead forfeiting dreams of relaxation in the name of taking their kid to the doctor’s office. There is no denying that it is important for workers not to skimp on time spent in the office, but most agree that it is unfair to have to surrender what would be mental health days in order to complete mundane tasks. Studies show that workers are more productive when they take vacations, and many companies are beginning to come to the realization that a strict PTO policy may not be the way to go in terms of supporting a healthy work environment. 

  • Re-examining the meaning of “team player”

    Team player imageCrystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Quick—what qualities come to mind when you hear the term “team player?”

    How about someone who is:

    • Cooperative,
    • Conscientious,
    • Helpful,
    • Flexible,
    • Hardworking, and
    • Honest?
  • Morning bias

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    Tessara Smith,  PayScale

    Let’s face it, managers love when employees make it in to work early. They get to walk in the door and see that many of their team members have already gotten a “jump start” on the heavy work load for the day. Apparently having the ability to roll out of bed at an earlier hour equals greater praise from managers. These early risers are the individuals who are regarded as disciplined and dedicated overachievers, but do employees who work late nights get the same recognition? Not in the slightest. 

  • The retirement savings crisis

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 24th annual Retirement Confidence Survey, more Americans (18 percent versus 13 percent in 2013) are feeling “very confident” they’ll have enough money in retirement.

    But the EBRI also reports that “worker savings remain low, and only a minority appear to be taking basic steps. This increased confidence is observed almost exclusively among those with higher household income … [and is] strongly correlated with household participation in a retirement plan.”


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