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  • HR Has Growing Pains Too

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    Evan Rodd, PayScale

    I recently made a life decision that is both scary, and exciting: I have taken the plunge and re-entered academia after some time away. When I was younger, I was on track to earn a degree, but my focus was fuzzy and I felt uncertain of the path I wanted to take. Had I stuck to my school guns, I would have probably pursued a BA in music, or an arts-based field. I don’t mean to bemoan these career paths, but given my current interests and ambitions, I’m glad I made the decision to wait to go to school.

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  • The Carrot Principle

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs 

    The Carrot Principle unwraps one of the most in-depth management studies ever undertaken. Involving nearly 200,000 people over a ten-year period, it showed that the most central characteristic of any successful manager is that they offer frequent and effective recognition to their employees on an ongoing basis. Productivity skyrocketed when managers took a hands-on approach to constructive praise and gave small, yet meaningful, rewards that motivate employees.

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  • 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Payroll Service Provider

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    As a small or startup business professional, payroll might seem like the last logistic you’d like to figure out. Your first crucial human resources investment should be in tools to get compensation right, but after that it makes sense to take a look at automating other HR processes, such as payroll. Learning how to file business taxes and payroll paperwork might not be your idea of time well spent, so hiring a payroll provider could be a strategic option.

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  • How to Become a Productivity Expert

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    Evan Rodd, PayScale

    Ahh, the New Year has finally arrived. We can now all breathe a collective sigh of relief, as the apocalyptic predictions surrounding 2012 did not come to pass. Since the planet wasn’t engulfed in flames, we can finally focus on something slightly less stressful: New Year’s Resolutions. 

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  • How to Win When Your Boss is a Woman

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Having worked for both male and female bosses, it is no secret that the sexes see work, priorities, and life differently. My male boss would often cut out of the office at 4:30 p.m. while a female boss would call me at 8 p.m. on a weekend. Some of this is work style, but science has proven that men think, lead and react differently than their female counterparts. As an HR professional who likely has a female boss, it can help to know it isn’t just you.

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  • Rockstar, or One-Hit Wonder?

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    Evan Rodd, PayScale

    Many of us have dreamed of rock stardom—climbing on stage in front of an audience, and watching thousands of people sing along with us as we aggressively strum our guitar like Angus Young. There’s nothing like that level of recognition to get your adrenaline pumping, especially from a stadium full of people who are able to come together under the common bond of your awesome abilities.

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  • 25 Must Read HR Blogs in 2013

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Technology is rapidly changing the face of HR. It impacts the way businesses are organized and is a big influence on how people define work. With more pressure on becoming mobile, social, automated, cloud-based and overall tech friendly, Human Resources must stay on top of the changing trends and demonstrate value. No longer is the Human Resources department where you go to just get benefits information, but it’s the department that drives the value of the company through recruitment and employee retention.

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  • Is Your Company’s Drug Policy Going to Pot?

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    Evan Rodd, PayScale.com

    During the 2012 election, voters in Colorado and Washington were faced with an interesting decision: Should recreational marijuana use be legal?

    Many states continue to legalize medical marijuana, while others are considering similar measures for recreational use. Currently, 18 states have laws regarding the legal consumption of marijuana.

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  • 4 Ways to Rock Your Employee Benefits & Rewards Program

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, Blogging4Jobs

    Compensation Outweighs Workplace Perks and Employee Benefits 

    Studies show that while employee rewards programs are popular by employers, they are not as appealing to the employees for which they were created in the first place. Employee perks and healthcare benefits are popular lures among employees, but salary compensation still reigns supreme as the benefit of choice.  Money is (and probably always will be) the number one way to recruit, retain and hire qualified job seekers. But, that doesn’t mean rewards programs should go by the wayside. A comprehensive total rewards package is essential, but half the battle is letting the employees know the rewards are out there. Communication is the key.

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  • HR’s Seat at the Table: Up for Grabs

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    A few years ago, I went to a presentation where the former President of SHRM, Sue Meisinger was speaking to a group of HR professionals. When it was time for questions, I asked, “What do you wish HR professionals would stop doing?” Her priceless response was, “Would you please stop asking for your seat at the table.” She went on to explain that people don't get to the executive table by asking. Either they show up and no one stops them, or they are needed there because their input is invaluable. She commented that HR needs to stop asking and start doing. Even better, HR needs to become so influential that their input as the expert on talent management strategy is also invaluable. So, why are so many people asking instead of doing? Because they don’t do anything that warrants being there. Every HR person I’ve ever met has plenty of work to do. The problem is not the volume of work being done but the prioritization of work.

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  • 5 Tips for Managing Temp Workers

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    Jessica Sanders, ResourceNation

    In today’s business world, the temporary workforce is growing at a rapid pace. According to the American Staffing Annual Analysis, “In a 2011 McKinsey Global Institute U.S. Jobs Survey of 2,000 employers of all sizes and in all sectors, 34% said they expect their companies will use more temporary and contract workers over the next five years.”

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  • The Right Way to Give Pay Raises

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    Stacey Carroll, PayScale.com

    Last week, PayScale presented a well-attended webinar entitled, “The Right Way to Give Pay Raises.” This time of year, we hear from many of our customers that they have a raise budget for next year, but need help understanding how to best allocate the funds. The overall budget for pay increases seems to be between three and four percent for most companies this year. At the same time, research suggests that to truly drive behavioral change the reward has to be significant (upwards of seven percent). So, how do you motivate your talented employees to stay and perform at their best with only a four percent raise to give? The best solution is to use a Merit Matrix to differentiate raises based on three factors: market changes, proficiency, and performance.

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  • Pay Bands, Pay Scales and Other HR Jargon You Don't Know But Should

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, Blogging4Jobs

    If you’re in the business of giving or receiving (or hoping to receive) an annual merit increase, it’s a good time to get familiar with pay bands. Pay bands — a term that is sometimes used to lump broader terms such as pay levels, ranges or grades — is a component of an organized salary compensation structure. For example, an administrative position at a software company might include receptionists, office assistants and executive assistants. Those jobs are categorized together and given a predetermined minimum and maximum (Pay Band 1 = $12-$18 per hour). 

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  • Arrested Development Planning: How to Stay Ahead in the Talent War

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    Evan Rodd, PayScale.com

    On the popular FOX TV series, “Arrested Development,” Michael Bluth (played by Jason Bateman) is forced to take over his family’s failing construction company, after his CEO father is placed in jail under accusations of treason. The show follows Bluth through a series of hilarious attempts to build a business out of a staff and family that are beyond ill equipped for the challenge.

    Following the Bluth family from one misguided effort to the next leaves one to wonder, what kind of talent management systems are in place in their company? Also, in what world does Portia De Rossi pursue a relationship with David Cross? I suppose that is another story.

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  • PayScale: New and Improved!

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    Laleh Hassibi, payscale.com

    Today PayScale released improved versions of our products, MarketRate and Insight. This release represents the first set of enhancements resulting from recent conversations between our development team and our customers. 

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  • Create a Career Path to Retain Employees


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    How Creating a Career Development Plan Can Retain Employees

    A recent survey released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and CareerJournal.com revealed that HR professionals and managers are gearing up for a mass exodus of employees they feel is inevitable when the job market begins to improve. When asked why they would look elsewhere for work, employees cited three main reasons: over 50% said they were looking for better compensation and benefits, 35% admitted they were dissatisfied with their current career path, and 32% said they needed a new experience with new challenges.

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  • Virtual Workers Reduce Your Labor Expenses. Reward Them Well.

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    by Jessica Miller-Merrell, Blogging4Jobs

    Do Work-From-Home Employees Deserve a Raise? 

    Having the option to work from home provides many employees flexibility, empowers them personally and professionally and often increases engagement levels. Successful work-from-home professionals or employees with flexible work schedules must learn to manage the change of lifestyle. They often work off hours, and squeeze more work time into a typical day than at-the-office workmates. Studies show employees would make sacrifices such as taking a cut in pay to gain telecommuting or flexibility.    

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  • How to Address Concerns of Favoritism for Employee of the Month

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    by Lacey Halpern, XeniumHR.com

    How do you reward your employees for a job well done? Do you recognize them in the moment? On a monthly basis? At all?

    As employers have the resources to spend more time, energy, and money on retention, they can look to things such as an Employee of the Month program to publicly recognize top performers within the organization. Employers must take in to consideration that fairness, equality and a well communicated program are vital to the success of an employee of the month program.

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  • Compensation Strategies That Work

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    By Stacey Carroll, PayScale.com 

    This week, I presented a new webinar entitled "Compensation Strategies that Work." If folks were hoping that I had a magic answer for the compensation strategy that works best they were disappointed. The point of the webinar was that the strategy that works best for your organization is the one that your senior leadership team thinks fits your organization's particular business objectives.

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  • Employees Forego Higher Wages in Favor of Flexible Work Schedules

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    by Jessica Miller-Merrell, xceptionalhr.com, blogging4jobs.com

    Eighty-three percent of Americans believe telecommuting’s popularity is on the rise. With the rise of smart phones, tablets and other mobile technologies, working from home has never been easier. And never before have employees been willing to give up certain benefits just to have a home-based job. 

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