• Hotspots for Healthcare Industry Employers

    Top Healthcare Industry Towns: Who’s Paying and Hiring Most

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Healthcare industry has one of the hottest job markets. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a total of 3.2 million new jobs in this industry between 2008 and 2018. But, are healthcare employers seeking healthcare workers by the hundreds in every town? Likely not. Some locations have greater demand than others.

  • Microsoft Bounty Boosts for Top Talent

    Tech Talent Wars: Boost to Microsoft Bounty for Top Workers

    By Staff Writer

    It’s time to play compensation hardball in the IT industry. Last year, Google announced a 10 percent raise for all of its employees. Amazon is aggressively seeking out and snapping up the best technical talent. And, now, Microsoft is bringing out it’s A-game and offering top pay to top talent.

  • Employer Trends for 2011

    Outlook for Employers in 2011: PayScale's Compensation Practices Survey

    By Staff Writer

    As you look ahead to 2011, what do you expect for your company in terms of hiring and profit growth compared to last year? Are you feeling optimistic? If you are, you’re in the majority according to PayScale’s recent research. PayScale completed its annual survey of HR leaders and business owners and discovered that most of them are looking forward to success in 2011.

  • Trends for Wages: PayScale’s 2010 Results

    The PayScale Index: Who Is Paying Their Employees More?

    By Staff Writer

    How did wages change in 2010 across most industries, metros and company sizes? PayScale recently released the results of The PayScale Index for Q4 of 2010 and the basic story is that, while 2010 wasn’t as terrible as 2009 for wages, it wasn’t great. Job wages and salaries are no better and no worse.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • HR’s Perspective on the Jet Blue Flight Attendant

    A Look at Employee Behavior: The Case of the Jet Blue Flight Attendant

    By now we’ve all heard about the tirade of Jet Blue flight attendant Steve Slater, although the ground swell of support and assignment of cult hero status seems to have shifted some since the story first broke. As an HR professional, it was disconcerting to see the acceptance and praise of his actions. While most people can relate to a time when they’ve been fed up at work, it’s irresponsible and potentially dangerous to reward and encourage the expression of that anger in destructive ways at the workplace.
  • SHRM San Diego Conference – Al Gore’s Keynote

    Lessons from SHRM: Al Gore’s Sustainable Business Framework

    I was excited to learn that Al Gore was going to be one of the keynotes for the national SHRM conference in San Diego. No matter what your political beliefs are, I do think it’s interesting to hear from those that work for a cause and display a lot of passion.
  • Lessons from SHRM San Diego 2010

    Lessons from SHRM San Diego: Do You Know Your Employee Strengths and Weaknesses?

    The annual SHRM national conference was held in San Diego, CA this year from June 27 through 30. The national SHRM conference is a great way to network with other HR professionals from all over the world, and also learn from industry leaders and experts. SHRM announced its new theme which is “HR knows next.” In a future post, I’ll share some of the ideas about how HR can live up to this brand. Today, I’d like to focus on the conference by starting at the end.
  • Honoring HR Leader Sharon Koss

    Honoring the Memory of HR Leader Sharon Koss

    By Staff Writer

    Last week, the staff at PayScale learned of the passing of a friend and long-time contributor to its education efforts, Sharon Koss, SPHR, CCP. Sharon had helped build up PayScale’s offering of webcasts on topics around strategic compensation, and had just begun contributing to a regular, bi-monthly column here on Compensation Today titled “Strategic Compensation with Sharon Koss.”
  • Compensation Policy: Respond Now to the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

    You Must Review Your Employee Compensation Policy: The Effects of Obama’s Signature on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

    By Stacey Carroll

    Lillyledbetter The equal pay bill President Obama recently signed into law directly affects the American workplace, especially your employee compensation policy. In an effort to combat racial and gender inequality in the workplace, President Obama changed the day-to-day reality for HR and compensation managers - possibly forever. In a nutshell: You better be ready to explain yourself.

  • About Compensation Today

    Staying the Course with Compensation Today

    CompensationToday1 Today’s volatile economy can make it hard for human resources and compensation managers to plan ahead. In fact, all the downsizing can feel like riding a roller coaster with a blindfold on – unexpected drops, turns, climbs and upside down loops leave you struggling to keep your balance.


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