Author: Alida Mooreston

Alida Mooreston is a freelance writer and editor based in North Carolina. For the last decade, she worked as a content marketer for various Seattle tech companies and loves writing about all things technology, data, healthcare, and more. In her free time, she enjoys baking fancy cakes and playing outside with her family.


What are the pros and cons of pay transparency?

Pay transparency legislation is becoming more common across the United States. What are the pros and cons of pay transparency for organizations?

What causes pay compression and how can you address it?

What causes pay compression and how can you address it? Pay compression happens when pay is increased for some employees — especially new hires due to changing labor costs — without being increased for everyone. Here we present fix strategies to address pay compression at your organization. 

Quiet quitting isn’t what you think (and how employers should handle it)

If you believe quiet quitting is laziness or a desire to be unproductive, you’re wrong. Quiet quitting is a reaction to burnout and a lack of reward for hustle — and it’s within your power to fix.

How to decline a job offer due to salary

What should you do if you are offered a job you really want but the starting salary is too low to accept? Obviously, the next step is to negotiate a higher salary, but sometimes the company is unable to offer the salary you would need in order to accept the position. Declining...

How to answer “What is your desired salary?” on a job application

Many of us are familiar with this scenario: You’re filling out a job application online and you arrive at the dreaded “desired salary” field. You have no idea how to answer. How can you respond to this question in a way that doesn’t box you into a salary that’s too low, or...

How to answer “what are your salary expectations” in a job interview

Salary negotiation has gotten more complicated, even with the rise of pay transparency. We have three strategies for answering the question "what are your salary expectations" in a job interview, including how to gracefully avoid answering the question completely.

What makes a good boss? How to be a good manager and leader

Do you want to learn how to be a good boss? Here are seven attributes for what makes a boss good and how to develop them in yourself.

How to ask your boss for a raise

Asking your boss for a raise can be one of the most stressful conversations you will face in your career. How do you broach the topic? What words should you use? How much of a raise should you ask for? Finding answers to these questions might seem daunting, but we’re here to...

How to ask for a raise when you are underpaid

Learn how to determine if you are underpaid—and if so, how to ask for a raise to bring your salary to a fair market rate.

How to negotiate a higher salary after a job offer

You’ve been interviewing for months, and it finally happened: You received a job offer. Unfortunately, the salary is lower than you were expecting. What now? You need to know how to negotiate a higher salary after a job offer and we’re here to help. Asking for a higher starting salary can feel...

What is the ROI of Compensation Management Software?

For your company to grow successfully, getting compensation right is an absolute must. According to Payscale’s 2020 Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR), 71 percent of organizations said they either had a current compensation strategy or were developing one. There are many ways to approach compensation management. Hopefully your organization has a dedicated...

How to Conduct a Compensation Analysis & Planning

Compensation management is a complex function that is crucial to business success. Get it right and you’ll attract and retain the best employees, and promote equitable pay practices, while still enabling the company to operate profitably. Get it wrong, and you’ll see the impact in vacant positions, stagnated company productivity and escalating...

What is Indirect Compensation and Why Does it Matter?

Confused about indirect compensation? Imagine this scenario: You have been tasked with staffing an important leadership position within your organization. You’ve found the ideal candidate for the job, the person who ticks every box and would bring more knowledge and skill to the position than you had hoped for. You make an...

Generation Z Career Expectations and Motivations

It’s 2020 and Generation Z is the new generation of young professionals now joining the workforce. Members of Generation Z were born between 1996 and 2010, which means the oldest of them are now 24 years old and started to swell the lower ranks of the workforce in 2018. Currently, Generation Z...

The History of the Equal Pay Act of 1963

“I am delighted today to approve the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits arbitrary discrimination against women in the payment of wages. This Act represents many years of effort by labor, management, and several private organizations unassociated with labor or management, to call attention to the unconscionable practice of paying female...

The MLK Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fight for Civil Rights with Pay Equity

Today, as our nation honors the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., we look back at his life and legacy. Many will listen to his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and celebrate how far we’ve come since the days of government-sanctioned segregation. But, many more will look at the state of our...

Mergers and Acquisitions in 2019 – Five Compensation Mistakes to Avoid

  The mergers and acquisitions trend continues with strong momentum in 2019. Companies like T-Mobile/Sprint, Keurig/Dr. Pepper-Snapple and Centene/Wellcare are all working to come together. When two companies merge, there is much to consider when it comes to structure vs restructure and compensation implications. As a compensation professional, an M&A means you...

3 Ways to Prepare Your Employees for Retirement Readiness

One of the main talent challenges facing HR professionals today is the retirement readiness of their workers. The smartest HR professionals know preparing workers for retirement goes beyond establishing a 401(K) and engraving a gold watch as a token of gratitude for forty years of loyal service. Now more than ever, HR...

4 Ways to Recruit and Retain Top Gen Z Talent

The newest group to enter the workforce is Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2015. According to a recent study, Gen Z will account for one quarter of the workforce in 2020. Naturally, today’s managers have questions about how best to work with and lead this new group of workers. How do...

3 Non-Traditional Career Paths to Increase Employee Retention

Imagine you’ve gone back in time to 1979 and you are about to embark upon the first day of your career. You are likely starting an entry-level position and know exactly where you see yourself in five years because there is a clear career progression ahead of you. You are stepping on...

How to Implement Proactive Pay Practices For Better Transparency

PayScale recently hosted our Equal Pay Day event and one of our discussion panels focused on proactive pay practices. Specifically, how can an organization better ensure their pay practices are balanced and fair to all employees, regardless of gender and race. The breakout session for proactive pay practices was hosted by Michaela...

College Choice: An Economist’s View [video]

For many high school students, the idea of choosing a college and a major can be more stressful than finding a date for Homecoming or accidentally wearing a prom dress that highlights armpit sweat. (That last bit is entirely hypothetical and definitely not something that happened to this author in Texas, 1999.)...

2nd Annual Cintas and Carhartt Cold Crew Contest

Winter is coming. The leaves are changing color and coffee shops everywhere are selling pumpkin spiced everything, a sign of shorter days and chillier weather. If you are an office worker, the drop in temperature means bundling up for the daily commute. If you work outdoors, winter means much more. How do...