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  • Skills or Pedigree… Which should you hire?


    Evan Rodd, PayScale

    According to PayScale’s 2014 Compensation Best Practices Report, hiring and talent retention are hot topics this year for companies of all shapes and sizes. In an effort to balance compensation budgets and navigate the widening skills gap, hiring managers, recruiters and company leaders are starting to reevaluate the criteria many have traditionally relied on.

  • Big data, big benefits


    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Analytics are a significant consideration for business areas like marketing, sales and website management, but did you know it has also landed a position of importance in the HR world? Although it may not be the first thing you think of when you consider HR skills, analysis of big data is actually becoming an important function for HR professionals and departments. Working in a profession that is very people oriented can make some people leery of trusting their decision making to numbers, but the fact is, numbers show a black and white picture of what’s successful and what’s not. When coupled with your own experience and instincts, big data can make a big difference.

  • Timing your HR Technologies: when is it appropriate to invest?


    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Technology is one of the most expensive aspects of business, yet is constantly changing. Because of its expensive nature, it can be difficult to keep up with not just the technology you’d like but in fact what could make a significant difference in your department, it’s hard to know when and how to invest. Invest too soon or in the wrong technology and you’ll waste a significant amount of money, but rest on past-its-prime technology and you could lose productivity and eventually, money.

  • Top workplace wellness trends for 2014


    Crystal Spraggins

    2o13 was an interesting year for workplace wellness.

    Amid a ton of bad press, CVS Caremark initiated a new policy mandating that employees take tests for blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass and body weight or pay a monthly fine of $50.00. The policy also stated, "Going forward, you'll be expected not just to know your numbers—but also to take action to manage them.

    Bloggers, lawyers, and media personalities chastised CVS for using the stick when the carrot would have done just as well, but CVS disagreed, arguing that they’d been offering the carrot for a while with few takers.

  • Overcoming mobbing: An interview with Maureen Duffy, PhD


    Crystal Spraggins

    According to a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), 35% of American workers have experienced bullying directly. An additional 15% have witnessed it.

    Maureen Duffy, PhD, has seen first-hand the damaging effects of workplace bullying and mobbing. Duffy is a family therapist and co-author (along with Len Sperry) of Overcoming Mobbing: A Recovery Guide for Workplace Aggression and Bullying.

  • 5 Myths about hiring you should forget today


    Crystal Spraggins

    PayScale’s 2014 Compensation Best Practices Report noted that 50% of companies are having a difficult time filling skilled positions.

    The finding was not too surprising given all we’ve heard about the skills gap in the last few years. However, the difficulty in finding suitable employees can’t be attributed solely to job seekers and their qualifications, or lack thereof. I’ve spoken with enough hiring managers to know that many are woefully under-skilled when it comes to interviewing—not that it’s all their fault. The interviewing process is not immune to myths, and some of these can get in the way of a company recognizing talent, even when it’s staring the company in the face. 

  • What to do when your employee posts nasty things about you on Facebook


    Crystal Spraggins

    It’s a pretty common scenario nowadays. An employee with a complaint about your company gets on social media and tells the whole world how much she thinks you suck. Ouch.

    You’re not at all pleased with this display of dirty laundry and disloyalty, and your feelings are a little hurt, too. What an ingrate! Perhaps this employee should work elsewhere—you’d be only too happy to show her the door.

  • The top five ways to motivate your employees


    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Even at the most successful companies, employees sometimes need a boost of motivation to keep them operating at their peak. It’s a bit like a tune up for your workforce, which is often just what’s needed when your employees have been putting in long hours, producing great work or even under performing. The truth is, whether your people are performing excellently or lacking, motivation can take them to the next level.

  • February 2014 product release updates!


    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    PayScale’s February software release not only offers a new fresh look for market reports, but also includes an easier way to build pay grades. To follow, are a few of the highlights.

  • Motivating employees during layoffs


    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Going through mass layoffs is extremely difficult for any organization. While it’s certainly a hardship for those who lose their jobs, the employees who are left to fill the gaps also face unique struggles. They are likely experiencing a range of emotions, from fear to gratefulness, to frustration and confusion. These employees who made it through the layoffs are not only feeling uncertain about their jobs but also feeling the stress of picking up the slack when there has been a major cut in staffing. The difficulty in helping your employees manage all these feelings is that there is an incredible need for employees to be motivated as well during this time so that both the quality and quantity of worked performed isn’t affected. 

  • Survey reveals what keeps CFOs up at night


    Crystal Spraggins

    Whether you’re a CFO, report to a CFO, or manage a CFO, you might be interested to know what concerns CFOs.

  • Is a transparent wage policy right for you?


    Crystal Spraggins

    A very common line in policy manuals is one urging employees not to share wage information with coworkers. Although such a policy could run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which guarantees employees the right to congregate with other employees for their common good, many employers apparently believe the policy’s inclusion in their manual is worth the risk. After all, if everyone knew what everyone else was making, all kinds of problems would follow. People would be jealous, and management would be inundated with complaints and requests for pay increases. There could even be lawsuits.

  • Are you prepared to lose top talent?


    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    This week, we released the much anticipated 2014 Compensation Best Practices Report. Based on data from more than 4,700 survey respondents representing human resources practitioners, as well as business line and executive managers, the report reveals attitudes about compensation, hiring, and retention as the economy recovers from the recession. The latest annual report shows an increasing concern across businesses of all sizes about their ability to retain top performing employees, reflecting an increasingly competitive talent market. Results show that – regardless of size and industry – talent retention has become a top priority for business leaders.

  • Succession planning: What’s in it for you?


    Crystal Spraggins,

    It’s not unusual for leaders to be so busy overseeing the day-to-day that long-term planning gets short shrift. Then too, long-term planning requires a type of discipline and forward thinking that not every organization can harness—even when it wants to. But there are many good reasons to engage in succession planning, even if your organization is small or medium sized. (In fact, especially if your organization is small or medium sized.) And while succession planning requires commitment, forethought, and a willingness to allocate resources away from current-day activities, the sacrifice is well worth it.

  • Building your case for investing in HR Technologies


    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Working in the Human Resources industry, you’re likely well versed in the daily struggles, frustrations and time suckers of the job. If you stay on top of industry news you’re probably also familiar with the all the drool-worthy technologies that streamline and automate processes. You understand the value of investing in these tools and technologies to make your department more efficient, better at their jobs and able to focus on things like strategic planning, networking and learning about your workforce. These technologies are both jealousy inducing and a logical next step for many HR departments that are ready to increase their abilities.

  • Modernizing compensation management


    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    A white paper released by Ventana Research called “Modernizing Compensation Management” calls for a new approach to compensation management to ensure organizations remain competitive in today’s volatile economy. Ventana Research found that 58% of businesses expressed some level of dissatisfaction with their current compensation manage­ment solutions and half of the respondents lack confidence in their company’s overall compensation processes.

  • Snackable: PayScale invades Toronto and 2014 HRPA


    Hedge Stahm, PayScale

    Thousands of Canadian HR professionals descended on the frozen city of Toronto for the 2014 HRPA annual conference. The throngs flocked the educational sessions, viewed the keynote talks, and took advantage of the networking opportunities.

  • 10 ways to boost employee incentive programs


    When is the last time you took the time to thank your employees for a job well done? Several workplace studies have shown a connection between appreciation of employees and the results of company objectives. Leaders who put emphasis on demonstrating appreciation to employees on a regular basis produce a higher level of employee engagement, which boosts productivity like gangbusters. Having an employee incentive program in place is one piece of the bigger puzzle.

  • Fair and square! 5 ways to boost your bonus program


    How well is your company doing at fairly handling the employee bonus and incentive program? To help you figure out that answer, first ask yourself this question: Do you have a way of tracking the perks you hand out to employees so that you know you are doing this well? If your company chooses to use bonuses as part of a compensation program, but you are not effectively managing this with data, you could be missing the mark.  

  • Finding the story behind the numbers: An interview with Tracey Smith from Numerical Insights


    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    While some might argue that good decision making is as much art as science, there’s no question that good data, analyzed properly and applied strategically, can help organizations make better decisions more often than not. After all, perception has its limits.


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