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  • Survey reveals what keeps CFOs up at night

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    Crystal Spraggins

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

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  • Is a transparent wage policy right for you?

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    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.

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  • Are you prepared to lose top talent?

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    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.

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

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    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.

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  • Building your case for investing in HR Technologies

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    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.

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  • Modernizing compensation management

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    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.

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  • Snackable: PayScale invades Toronto and 2014 HRPA

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    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.

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  • 10 ways to boost employee incentive programs

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    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.

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

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    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.  

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

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    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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  • States Raise Minimum Wages in 2014 - Are they Fair?

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    A hot topic on the minds of people around the USA right now are the states that have raised their minimum wages to meet with the cost of living demands in multiple regions. As of January 1st of 2014 (New York December 31, 2013), fourteen states made the minimum wage increase official. This comes as part of proposed salary legislation up for consideration in the House and Senate to increase the federal minimum wage in 2014, as included in the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012. Things are looking up for millions of workers who are in jobs that pay minimum wage in the states that have decided to move forward and increase the wage now.

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  • Nobody has a good name in a bad mouth: The dangers of office gossip

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    In the 1918 novel The Magnificent Ambersons, written by Booth Tarkington and later adapted for the big screen by the great Orson Welles, Uncle Amberson counsels his irate nephew George that “Nobody has a good name in a bad mouth. Nobody has a good name in a silly mouth either.” 

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  • 3 steps to handling a request for a raise

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Pay raises are an inevitable aspect of managing employees but that doesn’t make handling them any less complicated. Whether it’s determining which employees to give raises to or considering how much of a raise is ideal, the process typically makes the top of the list of dreaded tasks for HR professionals and managers. To make matters even more difficult, employees don’t always wait until their performance review to request a raise. Even though it may not be the best time for you, when employees request a raise you are faced with decisions that you may not have considered before that moment.

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  • 6 lessons I’ve learned about the workplace from watching Chopped

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    I’m a big fan of the television show Chopped, which airs on the Food Network.

    On the show, four chefs battle for a $10,000 prize. To win, they’ll need to survive three rounds of competition, during which they’ll prepare an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. There are serious time constraints (20 minutes for the appetizer and 30 minutes each for the entrée and dessert), and the chefs must use and “transform” all the ingredients in the basket received at the start of the round. When the dessert round ends, the judges review all the dishes of the final two remaining chefs and choose a winner.

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  • Earned time off incentives - are they effective?

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    One of the many ways that employers incentivize the workplace is by offering earned time off for hours worked. This can be an effective way to motivate and reward employees at the same time as creating access to greater work life balance. For most, it’s a win-win situation. Employers have access to a reliable workforce, while employees have the chance to earn much needed time off. It seems like a good compromise to the growing issue of faltering attendance and performance in many organizations.

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  • Should you give that employee a raise?

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    By now, everyone knows that real wages for the majority of American workers have stagnated. Put another way, wages have not kept up with inflation.

    Between cutbacks and layoffs and the reduction of the annual raise to somewhere between 0% and 3%, lots of folks just aren’t making as much as they’d like, and some of those folks will come to you, employer, requesting a raise on the off season. Should you grant that request? Here’s how you decide.

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  • Employee stack ranking - motivation or manipulation?

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    One of the most important responsibilities of an HR manager is to find the right way to motivate employees. On the surface this can seem like a simple task, one that can be checked off your list with a few compliments, maybe a bonus or even a promotion. But when you get in the trenches with these employees you wish to motivate, you’ll see that the day-to-day motivators for employees vary greatly from person to person, making it tricky to determine what type of system will best fit the employees who are a part of it and the organization as a whole.

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  • Exempt vs. nonexempt: What’s the big deal?

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    In a 2013 study, NERA Economic Consulting reported that U.S. employers paid $467 million in settlements as a result of wage and hour violations. NERA classified the violations in the following categories:

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  • Top 5 compensation lessons from 2013

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    Mykkah Herner, M.A., CCP, PayScale

    Last year was a year of ups, downs, and shutdowns. The Affordable Care Act is still looming over us, the impact unclear. Some but not all companies are pulling free of the recession. Employees have continued moving around more and more since the official end of the recession. Yet amidst the turmoil, there are some key lessons. Essentially, in an uncertain time, compensation plans and strategies need to be flexible. In this article I’ll talk about the top 5 ways we can infuse flexibility into our programs.

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  • 3 Performance review options for startups

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Managing a startup company is a tough job whether you are just breaking ground or growing quickly. There’s so much on-the-job training and such a learning curve, not to mention that you never know what each day will bring. Wearing many hats, you have to quickly become an expert and grow professionally in order to keep up. Many startups have the advantage of having leaders who have years of professional experience so not every problem that comes up is foreign but at the same time, you also have the freedom to leave everything you know behind and establish new solutions and traditions. That’s a major reason why the topic of performance reviews in startups elicits such a varied response.

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