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  • 500 New PayScale Customers!

    PayScale has 500 New Customers

    PayScale is growing fast! 500 corporations from across the globe made the decision to subscribe to PayScale's SaaS offerings so far in 2012. New customers in Q3 include Clemson University, Heartland Financial, Earthbound Farms, and Swift Transportation. They join many organizations, including, Adecco, Bloomberg BNA, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, the Tribune Company and Perry Ellis who signed on with PayScale in the first half of the year.

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  • New CEO on the Block: Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Reveals Plan for Company Turnaround

    Yahoo
    by Evan Rodd, PayScale.com

    As Yahoo’s third CEO this year, Marissa Mayer is wasting no time turning Yahoo into a fast-paced, mobile force to be reckoned with. She has already replaced chief financial officer Tim Morse, who served as interim CEO last year. Morse has stated he was nervous about working with a new CEO, and rightfully so. Did he know his days were numbered?

    Last week, Mayer held an employee meeting to reveal her vision for the new Yahoo. Anonymous employees rushed to dish on their new boss’ plans for company overhaul, though Melissa isn’t sharing any specific details regarding new products or strategies. What Mayer presented was a general vision of the new Yahoo, and it sounds like she has big plans. 

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  • "We’re too small for a comp plan." Wrong answer!

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    Mykkah Herner, MA, CCP
    Compensation Consultant at PayScale

    I’ve worked with organizations of various employee sizes, from as small as 19 up into the thousands, helping them to develop stellar compensation plans. I really enjoy working with companies that have between 75 and 125 employees. Generally, by that point, there is some acknowledgment that what they are currently doing isn’t working. There is also often some concern about developing something too rigid. These organizations will typically see a huge positive business impact from developing a clear comp plan.

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  • HR Career Advancement: MBA, Certification, or Neither?

    What's the Best Choice? It Depends.

    Should an HR professional seeking to gain a higher salary invest time and money into earning an MBA, a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification, or just working hard on the job? According to new research by PayScale, the answer depends on your job role. For HR specialists, senior HR managers and HR directors, earning either a certification or MBA is usually better than not, but one is often better than the other.

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  • Employee Promotions. Performance or Relationships?

    Many Employees Are Discouraged

    A recent research study shows employees believe that promotion is more a matter of personal connection than a reward for performance. The study found that 44 percent of respondents believe that relationships drive promotion. Only 39 percent cited performance as the most significant factor for career advancement.

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  • PayScale and Cornerstone on Demand Reveal Talent War Secrets in Four Cities

    Need to Retain Talent? Learn from the Pros

    By Tim Low, PayScale.com

    You probably just know us from the Web, but there are, in fact, real live humans here at PayScale, and we're coming to a town near you.

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  • 2011 SHRM Conference Speakers

    SHRM 2011: How to Improve Your Company Culture

    At the SHRM 2011 national conference in Las Vegas, two speakers, Arianna Huffington and Sir Richard Branson, approached the issue of company culture from two different angles. Both of which ask employers to raise their games.

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  • Zappos CEO’s Success Secrets

    Company Culture: Lessons from Zappos CEO Tony Hseih

    How do you approach the culture at your company? If you haven’t thought about that question recently, it likely needs attention. A well-defined culture can bring you great business results. Just ask Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsieh, author of “Delivering Happiness.” He spoke at the SHRM national conference in Las Vegas this year about the importance of company culture in bringing success to a company.

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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 Identify Low Performance - Management Tips

    Underwhelming: Sure Signs of Low Performance

    How do you know if an employee isn’t reaching their goals, pulling their weight or just plain getting the job done? Identifying low performance can be tricky. And, training managers to do it is often challenging since every manager has their own personality and way of relating to their team. How can you simplify the task of identifying low performance and training others to do it well?

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  • Talent Management Process

    How to Create a Talent Management Process

    How easy is it, for each job position at your company, to articulate what is high or low performance? Making this process easy has a big impact on how well your managers evaluate employees and how fair and effective those evaluations are.

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  • Talent Management Challenges

    Roadblocks to Recognizing Low Performance

    Talent management is crucial for business success. You want to incent your top performers and support, or possibly let go of, low performers. But, first you have to know which is which, and certain talent management challenges can get in the way of doing so.

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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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  • The Advantages of Corporate Wellness Programs

    What Are the Advantages of Corporate Wellness Programs?

    How are you managing the health care costs at your company? If they seem overwhelming to you these days, you’re not alone. In the past ten years employer health coverage premiums increased by 119 percent, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and other studies show that health care costs now absorb, on average, 50 percent of profits compared to 7 percent in 1980. Productivity losses related to personal and family health problems equal $1,685 per employee per year. What can you do to minimize health care expenses?

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  • On-the-Job Training Programs

    A Smart Approach to On-the-Job Training Programs

    When people think of conducting on-the-job training, they tend to think of new employees who have entered a job, have been shown a desk (or other work environment), and will be learning via “trial by fire.” Although this method is sometimes effective, the benefits of on-the-job-training can be amplified with a little more preparation and coaching.

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  • Case Studies on Pay for Performance

    Pay For Performance Models In The Legal Profession

    Compensation based on pay for performance models is not new to corporate America, but it is practically unheard of in the law profession, until recently. Law firms are now seriously considering abandoning the traditional and long-established lock-step compensation system for a more rigorous pay-for-performance system. What could have prompted such a radical move given the legal profession’s wide reputation for being adverse to change?

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  • How to Calculate Employee Turnover

    how to calculate employee turnoverCosts of Employee Turnover - Part 2

    In our first post on the costs of employee turnover, you learned why hanging onto your employees is important to the financial well-being of your organization, as long as those employees are a good fit.

    In part 2, I will show you some twists and variables on those calculations that you must make to see the full picture that employee turnover in your organization is telling you. I will also cover a few of the many variables that can affect your turnover rate and affect how you choose to interpret results of your employee turnover calculations.

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  • The Necessity of a Leadership Development Model

    Talent Leadership Development ModelWhen Less Must Become More: The Case for a Talent and Leadership Development Model Now

    Today’s slimmed down workforce has been placed very clearly in the position of working to accomplish more with far fewer resources than before. This contradictory challenge seemed to be destined to fail from the start and it may well be, inadvertently, designed to fail for many organizations. Companies all across the United States have reduced their workforces to what has been termed “essential levels” and have cut costs to what is believed to be “essential expenditures.”

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  • Managing Employee Skill Sets

    Managing Employee Skill Sets Workforce Alignment Part 2: Managing Employee Skill Sets


    In my last post on workforce alignment, I suggested that each part of your company should be well-informed about all aspects of the business so they can provide excellent service at any time. Perhaps you agree with this idea but aren’t sure how make it happen.
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  • Workforce Alignment: Employees Working Together

    Workforce alignment Workforce Alignment Part 1: Get Employees Working Together

    Have you ever wondered why people working at the same organization sometimes seem to be working against each other? For instance, the C-suite does not know the issues confronting line workers, marketing is in a different world than sales, and no one talks to the technicians. In fact, this seems to be the norm more often than not.

    The process of getting everyone in communication and doing their different jobs for the good of the whole is called workforce alignment.

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