• The future of flexibility in the workplace


    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    When Netflix launched its unlimited vacation policy a few years ago, I think the HR professional inside all of us cringed a little.

    A flexible vacation policy sounds like the start of chaos and the decline of productivity in the workplace. While that’s not necessarily the case, Netflix did start a trend in employee perks that would later be adopted by some of the largest companies on the Fortune 500 and become almost a staple for startups in Silicon Valley.
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  • Managing Type-A talent

    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Have you ever worked in an organization where the majority of your workforce is A-type leaders? These leaders are hard to keep around.

    Organizations that have an overwhelming number of Type-A leaders—but not enough leadership positions—seem to get stuck in a cycle of acquired then lost talent because there isn’t enough growth opportunity. These organizations are going to have to change how they’re operating if they want to retain their strong workforce.

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  • Is “cultural fit” a myth?

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Recently, some have taken the position that cultural fit is a myth.

    They’ve said: “Fit is a lie we tell ourselves because we don’t know how to weigh the one-two-punch of competency and character” and “Hiring for fit is often a cover for lazy, racist, sexist, bigoted, exclusionary, elitist, ageist and homophobic preferences in the work environment.”

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  • 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.

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  • Staying ahead of compensation trends

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    As we round out 2014, compensation and benefit specialists should pay special attention to pay trends.

    For example, according to a recent study by WorldatWork, base salaries will rise by 3.0% in 2015. Knowing the average will put you in a better position to determine whether your pay increases will meet, exceed, or lag behind the market.

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  • 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.

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  • Unequal pay: legal and practical issues

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    In 2009, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, his first bill.

    The bill, which extends the time period in which claimants can file pay discrimination claims, was only the beginning of the administration’s concerted effort to bring attention to the issue of unequal pay—whether the inequity is based on gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or some other characteristic protected by law.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.”

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  • 7 signs your employee compensation could use a boost

    Employee comp boos

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • The balancing act: Pay raises in the workplace

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    The month of December is an exciting time for employees, as many anticipate their annual raise is only weeks away.

    On the other hand, employers might dread this time of year because they may not be able to afford raises, or they might be planning to refuse a raise to someone already earning what they consider a fair wage.

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  • HR tech company dazzles investors

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    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    New technology doesn’t solve all our problems, but man does it make life easier! Sure, we complain about people always having their faces in their phones, but you have to admit that navigating before Google Maps was mission impossible.

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  • 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.

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  • 5 reasons your employees are looking for another job

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    According to PayScale’s 2014 Compensation Best Practices report, most employees quit their jobs for “personal reasons” and to earn more money elsewhere.

    The rising cost of utilities, groceries, housing, and education all but guarantees most of us could use a little more cash—not a whole lot of explanation needed there.

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  • Study reveals the top performing CEOs

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Last month Harvard Business Review published a new study seeking to answer the question: “Which global CEOs … delivered solid results over the long run?”

    Rather than rely on reputation or rumor, HBR decided to focus on the “increase in total shareholder return and market capitalization” over the CEO’s entire duration. Only CEOs who’d been in the job for at least 2 years were studied.

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  • Learning to anticipate your employee’s next move

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    High turnover can plague your company and stunt its growth.

    Unfortunately, it can be difficult to anticipate the reasons an employee decided to leave, and some employee departures might even be a complete blindside. Because there are numerous reasons why employees quit, it’s important to take steps to truly understand your company and your employees.

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  • How to recover from a big mistake

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    If you work long enough, you’ll eventually make a whopper of a mistake.

    Stuff happens, people are human, no one’s judgment is perfect, and we’re all tasked to make more decisions with more data in shorter amounts of time.

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  • Psychic candidates and other hidden interviewee talents

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    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    They say you only get one chance to make a good first impression, and some job seekers have really taken this adage to heart.

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  • Developing a competitive kitty compensation plan

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    Mykkah Herner, M.A., CCP, PayScale

    Last year I benchmarked my cat after she had kept me up at night. Recently, something similar happened. She had been pawing at me all night, concerned she wasn’t being compensated appropriately for the challenging tasks of (a) providing companionship, (b) cuddling with me when the weather is super cold, and (c) encouraging my physical activity.

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