• 7 types of toxic employees

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    Tessara Smith, PayScale

    There is no denying that retaining employees is one of the best ways a company can continue to grow and thrive. The more time and effort an employee invests in their career at your business, the more committed they become to watching it succeed. However, no matter how long someone has been with your organization, they may actually be contributing negative energy to your office environment. That being said, here are a few employees you should probably do something about ASAP.  

  • When hiring heats up, so should compensation offerings

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    Having a strong business means hiring the best talent on the market. This is a given. But winning that talent comes down to making a compensation offer so sweet they won't even think about going to your competition. And this also goes for developing employee loyalty later down the road. Without a well-designed compensation strategy, your business wont get the kind of people onboard that you need to expand operations.

  • Personnel files: dos and dont's

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    If you have employees, then I’m guessing you have employee, or personnel, files.

    I’m also guessing that, unless you’ve been paying very careful attention to what goes in those files and how they’re organized, they’re a bit of a mess. Unfortunately, it’s not hard for this to happen. Managing employees takes a lot of paper, even in this digital age.

  • Your new manager is a dud. Now what?

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    If it’s been said once, it’s been said a thousand times—too often employees are promoted into management because they possess quality technical skills—not because they’ve demonstrated leadership ability. The end result? Lots of managers who aren’t very good at their jobs.

  • What is talent worth to your business?

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    In the grand scheme of human capital management, choosing the best talent for each job type that benefits the company is the bottom line. Paying a fair salary and offering benefits above what the competition is the other side of things. Yet, very often there are disparities in what top performing employees earn versus the employees who barely squeak by (at least from the perspective of employees who have not received salary increases for a long time).

  • Is unlimited PTO too good to be true?


    Tessara Smith,  PayScale

    It’s no secret that vacations are vital to the sanity of every full-time employee, but what happens when all of their allotted break time is being sucked up by sick days and family emergencies? Instead of planning their getaways to Disneyland or the Caribbean, employees are instead forfeiting dreams of relaxation in the name of taking their kid to the doctor’s office. There is no denying that it is important for workers not to skimp on time spent in the office, but most agree that it is unfair to have to surrender what would be mental health days in order to complete mundane tasks. Studies show that workers are more productive when they take vacations, and many companies are beginning to come to the realization that a strict PTO policy may not be the way to go in terms of supporting a healthy work environment. 

  • Salary budgets more generous in 2015? Surveys say yes!


    Over the last few years, it seems as if salary increases have gone the way of dinosaurs as companies still struggle to recover in a new economic climate. While there will always be a focus on performance improvement, added compensation has been a topic that executive teams don't want to discuss.

  • Wage theft -- the employer oops that's got workers fired up

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    Tessara Smith,  PayScale

    There is a compensation epidemic taking over companies across the nation. It is called wage theft and your organization should avoid it at all costs. By definition, wage theft is the underpayment for money that has been clearly earned. This could mean paying employees less than minimum wage, refusing to compensate them for the hours they have worked, or neglecting to pay them overtime. You would think that most companies would stray from committing such a petty compensation crime, but wage theft is much more common than you think. It makes sense; the less you pay employees the more your company profits when you crunch the numbers at the end of the day. But is raking in more revenue worth causing your employees to be disgruntled or the massive penalties you might face if they decide to band together and file a lawsuit? 

  • The chief concern for millennials? Making more money.

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    In the workplace, Millennials (those workers who are in their late 20s to mid-30s) are highly valued for their skills, ethics, and technology prowess. If this is the case, then why are so many worried about their earnings?

  • Real culture is visceral

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Looking from the outside in, candidates only get a glimpse of a company’s “fun culture.” They don’t see how a company interacts daily with their employees nor do they get to see how a company responds to workplace politics or dealing with employee conflict. In order to recruit the best, fully engage a workforce, and decrease turnover it’s important that companies are showcasing their real culture instead of their “fun culture.”

  • Is employee retention still your top concern?

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    Retention was a hot issue in the 2014 Compensation Best Practices report with nearly 60% of you listing it as a top concern. Now that we're almost three quarters of the way through the year, we're checking in with you to find out what the status is now. Please take this 30 second survey to answer 4 short questions about the current state of retention and the talent market. You'll be able to compare your answers to all the others we've received as soon as you are done with the survey.

  • Thinking IPO? Get your ducks in a row…

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    So you’re ‘killing it’. Sales are up, your valuation is up and to the right, you’ve been adding super smart, talented people in engineering, product management, marketing and finance. Investment bankers are lining up to talk. Congratulations.

  • My employee quit without notice. What went wrong?

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    The two-week notice period is as American as apple pie and the flag, but sometimes employees up and quit without so much as a by your leave.

    Considering that quitting without sufficient notice is widely viewed as unprofessional, discourteous, and unwise, why in the world would anyone do such a thing?

  • Three companies who are successfully engaging their employees

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Companies all across the world have tried numerous methods to create a fully engaged workforce. Horror stories are told about the lack of productivity involved with unengaged employees and how it can have a critical impact on businesses, especially small businesses. According to a recent Gallup poll, engaged employee outperform those who aren’t by 202%. Imagine the amount of work lost on the unengaged employee.

  • Let's talk about pay: 5 ways to talk salary in an interview

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    Perhaps no other topic is as awkward as the one that’s pressing on the minds of both people sitting at the interview table. What are we referring to here? We’re talking about the big, bad salary conversation. Bringing up compensation in an interview is enough to make a lot of people nervous.  

  • The top 4 problems with pay for performance

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Pay for performance or performance-related pay, as it’s also called, is a relatively simple concept. Under a performance-related pay philosophy, employees are offered financial incentive for meeting certain predetermined and quantifiable goals.

  • 6 things employees REALLY think about their pay

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    “Cash is King.”

    “Money walks, the rest talks.”

    “Money makes the world go ‘round”

    We’ve all heard these sayings hundreds, if not thousands, of times. Money is important, period. Even those not motivated by money need it and recognize its value.

  • Work shouldn't make you crazy: How job stress affects mental health

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    A recent headline from PsyBlog, “How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders,” really caught my attention. Just about everyone I know is stressed these days, especially at work. And while stress doesn’t feel good, the idea that it could actually cause someone to develop a mental disorder is too much. I get stressed just thinking about it.

  • Why hiring for diversity still matters

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Traditionally, talk about diversity in the workplace has focused on inclusion of people of color and women, particularly within the management ranks.

    And despite how far we’ve come, there’s still a need for those conversations.

    Just last month, Catalyst, a nonprofit organization with a mission to “expand opportunities for women and business,” reported that women hold only “4.8 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions and 5.1 percent of Fortune 1000 CEO positions."

  • Autocrat, Democrat, or Servant: What's your leadership style?

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Every leader has a leadership style. And leadership styles have consequences.

    According to PayScale’s 2014 Compensation Best Practices report, most employees leave their jobs for “personal reasons” or for higher pay. Pay is important, of course. Despite how much we may like our jobs, if our employers couldn’t pay us, we’d likely quit.


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