• What Small Companies Really Need from HR

    Large and In Charge: The Strategic Role of HR at Small Companies and Non-Profits

    4320245924_b8f945a7f8_bWith the buzz around talent management, organizational development, and management circles, the role of HR is becoming more sophisticated in larger organizations . But, in smaller companies and non-profits, HR professionals often still fill more traditional roles in areas like recruitment, benefits, payroll, and evaluation processes – not to mention being the on-staff therapist. It’s time for small organization HR professionals to dig out from under the heavy lifting and get into more strategic positions in the company. The company needs them to do so, and here is why.

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  • Unexpected Leader: Burning Man Festival

    Employee Motivation Lessons from the Burning Man Festival

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    How can you inspire human beings to do something great? Books have been written about it, great thinkers have thought about it, and an annual event in the Nevada desert seems to have done it – all without setting up a rewards structure or incentive pay plan. What can we learn about human motivation from Burning Man?

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  • How to Communicate About Total Compensation

    How to Communicate About Total Compensation

    Perhaps you know this scenario. You have a great total rewards package for your employees – competitive salaries, benefits, professional development and training - even a comprehensive EAP. Everything is in place. Then, one day an employee asks you a seemingly simple question about their benefits. You ask yourself, “Why are they asking me this? Shouldn’t they know that already?”

    You may need to work on a key aspect of your compensation package – communication.

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  • Human Resources Managers Know

    The Honor of Working in Human Resources

    For the last three years, I have had the privilege of talking to many Human Resources professionals in the United States and Canada. There is a border between some of us, and we are in a multitude of industries, yet one thing remains constant: we know what is really going on with pay in our companies.

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  • Practical Performance Evaluation Tips

    Performance Evaluation Tips: How to Motivate Management to Complete the Process

    How do you get supervisors to get those performance appraisals done? Here are some ideas that may help.

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  • Co-Worker Quirks and Perks

    Learning to Appreciate Quirky Co-Workers

    I was taking a class one summer when the professor gave us an assignment and said those dreaded words, “This assignment will be a group project.” I balked, and his response to my eye roll was simple: “Life is a group project. There are contributors and there are slackers and that is something you just have to get used to.” That is when I realized that I have been participating in “group projects” my entire life, especially at work.

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  • Unexpected Answer: Qualities of a Good Leader

    Every Employee Needs the Qualities of a Good Leader

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    How important is a manager to the success of a team of workers? The qualities of a good leader may be needed in more places than you’d expect. A recent study out of Sweden took a close look at whether or not it is worthwhile to simply train managers to be leaders or if every employee on a team ought to get leadership training. The study’s conclusion: lose the hierarchy and train the whole team.

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  • HR Audits: How to Make Them Easy

    How to Approach an HR Audit

    Why is it when the phrase “Human Resource Audit” is uttered, the first reaction of so many of us is pain? Perhaps this article will persuade you to an alternative response. HR audits can be an excellent exercise to undertake, especially when you first join an organization.

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  • Advice for Employee-Employer Communication

    Employee-Employer Communication: PayScale’s CEO Gives Advice

    By Staff Writer

    How do you design and present your compensation plan so that your employees feel motivated to perform better? This question has been debated many times here on Compensation Today. Today we hear from PayScale’s CEO Mike Metzger with some of his thoughts on the topic.

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  • Good Bosses vs. Bad Bosses

    Want to Be a Better Boss? Good Advice for Success

    I recently had the chance to participate in a virtual mentoring program through my alma mater. I was responsible for serving as a mentor coordinator and reviewing the exchanges between students taking an introduction to leadership class and working professionals who served as mentors. The discussion topics were all about leadership, which led to a lot of discussions about what makes a good leader. Although many would argue that there is a strong distinction between leadership and management, many of the exchanges revolved around what makes a good boss.

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  • Managing Your Outsourced Employees

    How to Manage Employees in a Partner Company

    In the process of growing your business, you may one day sign a Master Service Agreement (MSA) with an outsourcing partner. There could be manufacturing, web design, content production or other skills that you don’t want to bother bringing in house. And, you may assume that you have laid out all of the details in the MSA so clearly that you’re assured success with this new partner. Is it that simple? Not likely.

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  • Simple HR Mistakes

    How to Avoid the Classic HR Pitfalls

    I learned the classic HR pitfalls the hard way. When I began my first position as an HR manager, I walked into a firestorm of new information. I only had my MA in HR and zero actual experience, plus I was the first-ever, full time-HR manager for the company. The situation was daunting.

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  • Managing Former Peers

    Promoted Above Your Peers?

    Perhaps because it is a rarity in many people’s experience, being promoted beyond your peers holds a mystic as being exciting and a great moment in your career. While it is a compliment, the truth is that being promoted above, or even managing your former peers is something that can be quite awkward and sometimes counterproductive depending on the existing work environment.

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  • 10 Reasons to Love Your HR Staff

    Love Your HR Staff (Because This Is What They Go Through)

    February has arrived, the month for appreciating the ones we love. While we don’t mean to promote office romance, we do think that there are plenty of reasons “love” and appreciate your HR staff. The following is a list created by some of the folks on PayScale’s customer service team.

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  • Facebook at Work

    Social Media at Work: What’s Your Company’s Policy?

    A few weeks ago we posted about the importance of a having a company e-mail policy. E-mail has been around for quite awhile now, so hopefully companies have been moving more and more toward including email communication in their workplace policies. But, what about Facebook at work, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, wikis, etc? How are you handling your employees’ behavior in the world of social media?

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  • Is Multitasking Good or Bad?

    Multitasking: Productivity Enhancer or Time Waster?

    Can we really perform multiple tasks simultaneously? We all feel the pressure to accomplish more than one thing at once, but are we enhancing our productivity or wasting time? We, as professionals, increasingly have to get more done in less time. But, should multitasking be part of our approach?

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  • Smart Business Decisions

    Smart Business Decisions for 2011

    What can you do early in the year to make sure that 2011 is a more profitable, positive year for your company? In our previous post, “Business Resolutions for the New Year,” we shared the first five of nine suggestions from Personnel Policy Service, Inc. Here are the last four.

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  • Business Resolutions for the New Year

    How to Make 2011 a Better Business Year

    The New Year is here and it is a great time to make changes in your work environment by identifying old barriers to success and replacing them with new, more effective behaviors. The “To Do” list that follows offers the first five of nine suggestions in our two part series on creating a better business year in 2011.

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  • Efficient Email Practices at Work

    Efficient Email Practices: How to Train Your Workforce

    How can you easily make your company’s workforce more efficient? No matter what industry you’re in, your workers are likely spending a significant amount of time on email. So, besides making more powerful coffee, you’d be wise to try improving their email habits.

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  • Gift Giving at Work

    5 Tips for Happy Holiday Gift Giving at Work

    It’s the season of giving and many times people wonder what’s appropriate and inappropriate when it comes to gift giving in the office. The same rules apply in the office as exist for gift giving in general. But it helps to remember that it can be especially important to act appropriately in the office.

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