Author: Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell is the Founder of Workology.com which began in 2005. Workology is workplace resource destination for HR, recruiting professionals and business leaders. The site was listed twice as a top 75 career resource by Forbes Magazine. She is an HR and Recruiting process and optimization consultant and a published author of Tweet This! and most recently The HR Technology Field Guide. Jessica has been listed as the 7th most powerful woman on Twitter and recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media power user. Because of vast industry expertise and knowledge, Jessica’s professional opinions and expertise are sought after and sourced by publications and media including Economist, Forbes, CIO Magazine, CBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, and SHRM’s HR Magazine. In addition to Workology, she regularly contributes to Huffington Post, Forbes and Fortune Magazine in addition to HR and recruiting blogs.

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How to Manage Compensation Questions During Mergers or Acquisitions

There’s nothing scarier than showing up to work one day to find your world turned upside down by an acquisition or merger. All too often, though, that’s exactly what happens. Executives make plans behind the scenes, contracts are drawn up and employees go
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How to Communicate a Change in Annual Raises or Compensation Rates

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsAny kind of change in the workplace can be a challenge for employees. Big or small, change is typically not a welcomed thing. Add in a monetary factor and people tend to get even more stressed out. It’s understandable. Yo
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How to Communicate a Change in Annual Raises or Compensation Rates

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsAny kind of change in the workplace can be a challenge for employees. Big or small, change is typically not a welcomed thing. Add in a monetary factor and people tend to get even more stressed out. It’s understandable. Yo
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10 Years Later: Does Everyone Still Hate HR?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsWe recently eclipsed the 10-year anniversary of Fast Company magazine declaring to the world that HR sucks. In their article, published in 2005 titled, “Why Everyone Hates HR,” Fast Company outlined several harsh—yet
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Lessons from Gravity: Murphy’s Law of Compensation

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsDan Price: The Robin Hood of Raise Giving, or the Sheriff of Silly Comp Calls? Thanks to massive publicity, we’ve all got a front-row seat for the Murphy’s Law of compensation scenarios unfolding as we speak. Quick refr
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What’s the Difference Between Pay Equity and Equitable Pay?

Salary is a touchy subject, and it’s something that everyone - from the average employee to the well-known executive to celebrities - is curious about and treading lightly around. For those in the workforce helping to set salaries, keep employees happy and a
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Beyond Compensation: How to REALLY Motivate Employees

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsAlthough we know compensation is the number one reason people leave companies, pay isn’t the only factor in employee engagement. Pay meets the basic need, but what comes next? The truth is, there’s a science to motivati
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Beyond Compensation: How to REALLY Motivate Employees

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsAlthough we know compensation is the number one reason people leave companies, pay isn’t the only factor in employee engagement. Pay meets the basic need, but what comes next? The truth is, there’s a science to motivati
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A Workplace Guide to Managing Your Control Freak Boss or Team Member

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsThose that know me know I’m a control freak who is extremely stubborn, highly creative and often difficult to work with. And that’s also how I described myself down to the letter when I was recently interviewing ca
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How to Deliver Bad News in the Best Way Possible to Your Employees

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsPayScale’s 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report indicated that the biggest concern of most HR pros is losing their top employees. This can make delivering “bad news” even more worrisome. Find out how to do thi
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The Busy HR Professionals Guide to Avoiding Stress and Burnout

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsPayScale’s 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report shows that the number one reason people leave jobs is due to poor compensation. Many suffer from ongoing stress and overwhelm stemming from job duties to financial c
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Why it Pays to Pay More

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsPayScale’s compensation data indicates that an overwhelming majority of employees gave pay raises last year. For millions of workers, this is good news. However, raising wages across the board is a daunting scenario
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Conscious Compensation: The Key to Retaining Earnest, Sensitive Millennials

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsMillennials are the newest generation to enter the workforce. For many employers, they are still revered as unknown and unpredictable. They are scary and intimidating, different. Because employers don’t understand th
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The Secret Weapon to Winning the Talent War Begins with a “T”

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs According to PayScale's 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report, the number one reason why people choose to leave companies is because they feel as though they are being paid unfairly. The key word here is "feel." Wh
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The Secret Weapon to Winning the Talent War Begins with a “T”

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs According to PayScale's 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report, the number one reason why people choose to leave companies is because they feel as though they are being paid unfairly. The key word here is "feel." Wh
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Why retaining employees is now even more important than retaining customers

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs How do you retain customers? Common answers may include creating kickass products, having a strong brand, or having great data to help you beat the competition. But there’s another key to retaining customers and
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Understanding and communicating the value of total rewards

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs The first step toward understanding and communicating the value of total rewards is defining the term “total rewards.” Think of total rewards as all the tools available to the employer to attract, motivate, and re
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Is your work from home policy ruining your company morale?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Not everyone agrees on how work from home (WFH) policies affect productivity, and we could discuss the topic for hours. However, WFH policies affect more than productivity. They also have the potential to greatly impa
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Using nontraditional incentives to motivate your employees

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Without question, cash is the most common (and many would argue the most important) form of compensation. Each year, most employees look forward to increasing their income. The general thought is that after 12 months
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Managing CEO pay

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Over and over again we hear about this CEO here and that CEO there and his colossal paycheck. As the story goes, while these CEOs are sitting on top and racking it up, all the little people are running around down be
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How busy work is costing your company millions, if not trillions, each year

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Busy work keeps you occupied but provides little to no value to your company. As a result, the more busy work, the more time and money wasted.Not all busy work is unnecessary (think filling out timesheets, answering
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How to say “no” when your employee asks for more pay

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs In a perfect world, every time you wanted to reward a high-performing employee with more cash, you’d have the wherewithal to do it and no other factors to consider. In some instances, an employee may ask and then r
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Read THIS before advertising pay ranges

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs There are numerous factors that contribute to what pay ranges to advertise in a job posting and subsequently many more factors to consider before you offer a qualified candidate the position. Many companies use broad
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How to master difficult conversations

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Hard conversations are hardly fun. Instead, they’re often uncomfortable, and the outcomes can be unpredictable. When a situation can give way to the potential disappointment of a client or employee, a lot of things
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Understanding the Millennial employee

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs The term “Millennial” (also commonly called Generation Y) refers to those individuals who reached young adulthood after the turn of the most recent century—or in other words, those born between 1980 and 2000.
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5 compensation and workforce trends for 2015

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs A 2014 survey released by PayScale revealed some interesting information about compensation and workforce trends. PayScale surveyed over 4,700 companies of all sizes throughout several different industries in several
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Achieving work-life balance in 2015

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs With every new year comes New Year’s Resolutions to hopefully make our lives more fulfilling and us happier.
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Turning your workplace into a community

Jessica Miller-Merrell blogging4jobs Your company’s culture is the foundation on which your employees operate. A draconian atmosphere will affect every faucet of your business, including your bottom line.
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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 producti
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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 enoug
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Stereotyping Millennials was so 2011

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
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The balancing act: Pay raises in the workplace

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 ra
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Learning to anticipate your employee’s next move

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.
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Understanding the science behind your company culture

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Improving one’s company culture requires more than creating programs and establishing unlimited vacation policies. These “cultural add-ons” are surface improvements only and don’t get at the heart of the matt
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Managing employee relocation

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs One of the most important aspects of hiring employees who don’t necessarily live near your company’s headquarters is managing their relocation package and compensation. Offering a salary across the board without
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Top company cultures of 2014: How to make the list

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs According to Great Places to Work, 80% of companies see the biggest benefits when investing into company culture. Imitation is the fondest form of flattery and understanding how each of these companies made culture n
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Is your base pay falling short?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs When candidates apply for a job they generally dread seeing the three-letter acronym for pay on job requisitions, TBD. Employers, on the other hand, love being able to put this acronym because it creates a flexible e
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4 steps to detoxify your company culture

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs A toxic company culture can have adverse effects on every part of your business. Your human resources department will have a hard time hiring candidates when your culture has a history of being toxic, your current e
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Real culture is visceral

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 work
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Three companies who are successfully engaging their employees

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
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Using engagement surveys to boost employee happiness

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Companies are struggling to increase employee engagement. According to the Bureau of National Affairs, companies are losing an estimated 11 billion dollars a year on unengaged employees. With a staggering figure like
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4 ways companies fail to engage their workforce and how to fix

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Companies have been failing their employees for decades. With the incredibly talented talent pool companies are struggling to keep their top performers for several reasons. Companies that fail to engage their workfor
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Engaged employees – your key to strong retention

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs According to a recent Gallup poll, 86% of engaged employees say they very often feel happy at work, as against 11% of the disengaged and 45% of the engaged say they get a great deal of their life happiness from work,
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The Generation Gap: Motivating Gen Xers (part 2 of 2)

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs When Generation X entered the workforce, they brought a new attitude, new expectations and new motivators than we had ever seen from their baby boomer parents. There were many factors that shaped these traits, but we
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Should pay be linked to performance?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsThere are two very different schools of thought when it comes to whether or not pay should be linked to performance. We’ve seen the pay for performance option take off and reach an all-time high and in fact, 54 perce
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The Generation Gap: Motivating Millennials (part 1 of 2)

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs If it seems that Millennials are taking over the workforce, there’s a reason for that. These young adults are entering their careers, bright eyed and bushytailed, in huge numbers. In fact, by the year 2025, Millen
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Interpreting the stats: tips for analyzing employee turnover

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs I have to admit, I am not a big sports fan. I mean sure, I enjoy the excitement and social aspect of cheering for your team, following favorite players and celebrating a victory, but the minute I hear the SportsCente
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Do employee reward programs really affect employee motivation & workplace morale?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs One of the most significant concerns employers experience is how to keep employees motivated and engaged at work. It may seem like a problem that would simply require the right combination of pay and rewards to produ
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Fixing high turnover rates in your company

As you probably know and most likely have witnessed first hand, there’s the kind of turnover that has you secretly celebrating on the way back to your office and the type that you just hate to see happen. When you find yourself in the position of the latter
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Five reasons to be afraid of employee turnover

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Sometimes, turnover is a downright scary word. We hear it and automatically get visions of unhappy employees exiting in droves, leaving us high and dry and always on the search for new employees. Some of us even see
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Focusing on employees over customers

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsIf you ask the average person what their opinion of customer service is in this day and age, they’ll tell you that good service is a thing of the past. It’s an interesting phenomenon that in a time when companies offer
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Is pay for performance the best form of compensation?

Pay for performance is by far one of the most popular forms of compensation that employees can offer their workforce. But even with it’s popularity, the question of whether or not it is the best way to compensate employees remains.   There are many...
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Is Higher Pay a True Employee Productivity Motivator?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Motivating employees is no easy task. Often times, there isn’t a cut-and-dry solution because there are a lot of factors to consider, from what’s going on inside the company to what’s going on with each individual e
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When turnover is a good thing

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs It can be easy for those outside of human resources to see any turnover as bad news. I’ve certainly seen executives question turnover rates without understanding what’s behind the numbers. From an HR standpoint, w
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Do workplace perks increase employee engagement?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Many years ago, workplace perks were few and far between but these days, nearly every company offers some kind of perk for its employees. In order to stay competitive, recruit the best of the best and keep employees h
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How big data will change human resources

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs  We’ve seen it in so many other industries over the last decade or so. Datafication, or using large amounts of data to report, analyze and predict, has revolutionized the way companies such as Wal-Mart, eBay an
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What are workforce analytics and why do you need them?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Your Human Resources department most likely gathers and analyzes workforce data on a daily basis but you may not even realize that’s what you’re doing or how you can make the most of it. If you’re like one of t
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3 ways to use workforce analytics to forecast your next hire

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Forecasting your organization’s hiring needs is one of the most difficult things to do. To really have a good idea of your hiring forecast, you’d have to have an incredible sense of your workforce’s attitudes, e
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Measuring performance with workforce analytics

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Workforce analytics is earning its place in Human Resources departments but it can be a chore to determine how it fits into yours. The concept can be used in so many areas, from recruiting to hiring to learning and de
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Does crowdsourcing in the workplace destroy the bully mentality?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Most of us have probably seen bullying in the workplace up close and personal. Whether it has been directed toward you or you have just witnessed it, many of us can tell tales of people backstabbing, lying, clawing,
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Crowdsourcing and employee engagement: what employees wish you knew

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs It’s no secret by now that crowdsourcing in the workplace is one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways to increase employee engagement. HR consultants and bloggers talk a lot about ways that HR practitioners c
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The ROI of HR Technology

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Investing in HR technology is something that is typically done with great consideration. After all, it’s expensive, creates downtime and requires system training. Additionally, investments can be a hard sell for those ou
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Big data, big benefits

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Analytics are a significant consideration for business areas like marketing, sales and website management, but did you know it has also landed a position of importance in the HR world? Although it may not be the first thin
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Timing your HR Technologies: when is it appropriate to invest?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Technology is one of the most expensive aspects of business, yet is constantly changing. Because of its expensive nature, it can be difficult to keep up with not just the technology you’d like but in fact what could make
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The top five ways to motivate your employees

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Even at the most successful companies, employees sometimes need a boost of motivation to keep them operating at their peak. It’s a bit like a tune up for your workforce, which is often just what’s needed when your empl
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Building your case for investing in HR Technologies

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 dr
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3 steps to handling a request for a raise

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsPay 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,
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Employee stack ranking – motivation or manipulation?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsOne 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, mayb
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The performance review: why consistency matters

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Conducting performance reviews is a tricky part of any manager’s job. They tend to hold quite a bit of weight when it comes to judging an employee’s contribution to the organization but are also very subjective, somet
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Is the federal minimum wage fair compensation?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs The question of whether or not the federal minimum wage is fair is one that has been tossed around quite a bit in the last several years. The resurgence of this question has largely been due to political scenes heating up
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Making the performance review relevant to employees

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Performance reviews are typically a source of dread and stress for employees. They tend to be very critical, one sided and vague, leaving very little of value for employees to take away from the evaluation. However, they
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Hiring employees on a $0 budget

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs One of the hardest things to overcome when you’re attempting to hire employees is doing so with no budget. For many small and non-profit organizations, it’s a reality that there’s no money to dedicate to recruiting.
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How to properly forecast your HR budget

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Forecasting is a skill that is highly marketable because of the value it brings to an organization. There is no area where this rings more true than in budgeting, where it is both tricky and vital to forecast accurately.
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5 tips for justifying budget increases

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Money is a touchy subject, even in business. And asking for more of it, well that can feel like you may as well be walking a tight rope across Niagara Falls. Sometimes, though, it’s a necessary part of developing your d
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5 Factors that Determine a “Fair” Raise in 2014

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs As 2014 quickly approaches, your employees likely have dreams of holiday breaks, the occasional (but elusive) inclement weather day and news of a pay raise. Depending on your organization, you may offer annual raises in
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Four keys for preparing for an annual performance review

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs There are a lot of things in life that you can successfully do last minute. For instance, holiday shopping can be put off until December 23 and you’ll probably still get the Lego kit that was at the top of your kids’
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The best ways to compensate an unpaid intern

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs More and more these days, paid internships are becoming the standard for companies that offer internships. This allows companies to compete with others in the industry or region for both the best interns and new grads. Ho
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4 ways to budget without having money in the bank

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs It’s that time of year when sweat beads form on your brow as you sit down to prepare your budget for the next 12 months. For most people, it’s not exactly an exciting time but is accepted as a necessary evil to succe
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Top 10 mistakes when giving a performance review

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs There are two schools of thought when it comes to performance reviews. People tend to either view them as an opportunity for feedback and growth or spend all year dreading the awkward discussion chocked full of criticism
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Five Common Misconceptions about Employee Turnover

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs All too often, we jump to conclusions when problems arise. One area in which this is certainly true is employee turnover. Whether we’re the ones experiencing it or we’re just part of the conversation about the growing
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How to handle salary negotiations without having money in the bank

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Like most people, I hate having to say “no.” At this point in my life it’s something I’m well acquainted with (having a daughter will help you get over that) but it’s still not fun to feel like the bubble buste
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Budgeting Employee Compensation Like You Would Your Personal Budget

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Most people tend to view their personal and corporate budgets in very different ways, even though the basic principles of both are the same. To create a budget, no matter what type of budget it is, you have certain amoun
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Using gamification for employee feedback

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Gamification is quickly changing company dynamics in today’s workforce. Gamification is the integration of game mechanics or game dynamics into a website, service, community, campaign, or work.  Employee feedback i
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The skills gap starts in high school

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs There’s no denying that the skills gap is a growing concern for employers, but there may be some dispute as to when it begins. Common misconceptions could be that the skills gap occurs during the college years, as stu
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4 tips for negotiating compensation in the workplace

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs There are some things in life that people avoid like the plague. Talking about money at work is one of them. Working in human resources, it’s part of our jobs everyday but it can still be awkward and uncomfortable. Mone
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Using online education to close the skills gap

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Nearly every company in every industry has been challenged by a skills gap in their workplace. Whether it’s a significant gap, such as the inability to fill demanding positions, or more minor, such as the need for an em
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5 Myths of the Skills Gap

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs The skills gap is reported as being a top concern for employers, but there may be more there than meets the eye. While nearly half of all employers report having a difficult time hiring employees to fill positions, many d
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How to Identify an Unhappy Employee Before They Quit

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Having an unhappy employee can be hard on your business. From the moment they first become disengaged, to time off for interviews, to them actually quitting altogether, you’ll feel its effects. Even in the best of circ
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Three tips for turning an entry-level employee into a long-term team member

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs For many companies, it’s the time of year when recent grads and summer interns turn into full-time employees. Bright and shiny, with the new business card holder they got for graduation, they’re now a part of your tea
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Say Goodbye to These 4 Causes of Turnover

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs I remember those days when it seemed it would have been easier to hang the moon and write my CEO’s name in the sky with stars than to fill every position I needed with the right people. Turnover has always been a strugg
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What the Skills Gap DOESN’T Mean for STEM Jobs

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs The skills gap is a growing concern for employers across America and there is no better example than in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries. Of more than 4000 companies PayScale surveyed, 67% re
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3 lessons on retention from the NFL, NBA, and MLB

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs We tend to throw around the word “team” a lot in the workplace. “She’s a valuable part of the team,” “Be a team player,” and “This is going to take a team effort.” are all phrases that we toss aroun
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How to decrease employee turnover through gamification

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Chances are, you’ve heard about gamification in the last couple years. Although it is a relatively new phenomenon for most businesses, it has become wildly popular as a way for companies to train employees. However, the
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How to Become a ‘Best Place to Work’

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs If you're looking to become a ‘Best Place to Work,’ you've got some tough competition. Most companies will find it difficult to compete with Google's seven-acre sports complex, complete with horseshoe p
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Creating Pay Transparency in the Workplace

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs When you hear the phrase “transparency in the workplace” what comes to mind? Does the infamous Open Door Policy come to mind? Or do you cringe at the idea of being more transparent? Transparency is one of those buzz w
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Skills gap: a growing concern for employers

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Last year, companies spent 12 percent more on training employees than in recent years. This can certainly be taken as a good sign, showing that companies are investing in their workforce and that the improving econom
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How to reduce turnover by building relationships

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Employee retention is on the forefront of most HR managers’ minds. Though turnover remains relatively consistent throughout the years, the uptick in the economy has brought with it an increase in employee turnover as the
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4 ways to reduce your workers’ compensation costs

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Workers’ compensation costs seem to be growing year by year, and depending on which state you’re in, your costs could continue to rise. Recent legislation and modifications to workers’ compensation laws have affecte
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What Makes a Great Hiring Manager (part three of three)

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs We’re at the end of our three-part series, "What Makes a Great Hiring Manager," and I’ve saved my favorites for last. I’ve talked about what foundational qualities a hiring manager should have and also what
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What Makes a Great Hiring Manager (part two of three)

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsIn part one of this thee part series, "What Makes a Great Hiring Manager,"  I talked about all the different hats that a hiring manager needs to wear. Interviewer, recruiter, networker, relationship builder – the lis
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What Makes a Great Hiring Manager (Part one of three)

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsThere are some moments that just stick with you. For me, one of those moments was when colleagues from other departments at the company I was working were discussing who had the worst job in the company. The overwhelming ma
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Measuring Compensation Against the Market

Compensation is the single-largest expense for the majority of companies. It helps your company recruit and retain talented personnel and therefore can be seen as an investment in your company’s success. As with any investment, a plan for how much you’re g
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How Does Your Compensation Model Fit into Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsIt can be easy to get caught up in the benefits rat race. You know, keeping up with the Joneses, or in this case, the Joneses, Inc. You probably spend a fair amount of time thinking about what’s in your benefits package,
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3 Considerations for Compensating Interns

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsWhile each of us has probably interned for free at one point in our lives, we also all know how much it sucks. As an intern, you’re not only the low man on the totem pole, you’re probably also working your butt off tryi
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Outsourced HR—Is it Right For You?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsThere comes a point for every growing company when you must begin evaluating how to make the best use of your time and resources. You might first look to the revenue generating areas of your business to see how you can str
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5 Essential Employer Deadlines for Obamacare

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsYou may have heard about this little thing called Obamacare that’s headed our way. It’s made up of about 1200 pages of law, will affect millions of people and is estimated to raise costs for employees by as much as 73
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How to Save Serious Money with a Proactive Approach to Safety

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs If you’ve ever had an employee that was part of a workplace accident, you know that it can be a money drainer. There are medical bills, possible legal expenses, a chance of a rate hike in your workers’ comp premium an
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Five Ways to Get the Highest Return on Your Benefits Package Investment

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs There’s lots of talk out there about the latest trends in compensation, which benefits you should add, how you can save money and how your benefits measure up. But what about what’s going to get you the highest return
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8 New FMLA Changes You Need to Know

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Several new changes to the Family Medical Leave Act went into effect last week on March 8. The most pertinent is the requirement to post the updated FMLA poster, which informs employees of the updated FMLA rules. The
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Benefit Considerations for an Aging Workforce

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs An aging workforce can have an affect on many aspects of your business but your benefits package may be the most significant. Older employees have unique needs and preferences, which means that there may be special c
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Think Outside the Benefits Box to Wow Your Workforce

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Medical, dental and vision insurance, retirement contributions, paid vacation and sick leave—it all adds up to a decent benefits package, but it’s what every other employer offers. So when a company wants to stand out
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Four Ergonomic Tips to Keep Employees and Workers’ Comp Budgets Healthy

Jessica Miller-Merrell Providing an impressive benefit package to employees is expensive and sometimes isn’t in fact what sets your organization apart from the rest. Most of us won’t argue that benefits aren't worth the cost, but as any employer or H
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Should You Offer E-Learning or Classroom Opportunities to Employees?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs A key component in the mix of employee retention strategies is to offer employees career development opportunities. As the war for talent heats up in 2013, retention has become a primary concern for many employers. But wh
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Need a Break From Work? Take an Email Vacation!

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs How many times have you checked your email today? Is your email always up and ready to be checked every time you get a pop-up notification? Do you have notifications set up on your smart devices to make sure you never mi
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The Carrot Principle

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs  The Carrot Principle unwraps one of the most in-depth management studies ever undertaken. Involving nearly 200,000 people over a ten-year period, it showed that the most central characteristic of any successfu
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Are We Closing the Gender Gap at Work?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs More than 50 years ago women earned about 60 percent on average of what men earned when working year-round full time. That percentage was steady up until the 1980s when there was considerable progression in the movement.
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5 Best Employee Benefits & Perks You Should Add in 2013

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs An estimated 20 million U.S. employees will be changing jobs in 2013. While that’s a 1 million-person decline compared to 2012, it still accounts for a large majority of the U.S. workforce. What is your company pla
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25 Must-Read HR Blogs in 2013

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Technology is rapidly changing the face of HR. It impacts the way businesses are organized and is a big influence on how people define work. With more pressure on becoming mobile, social, automated, cloud-based and overal
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5 Time Management Tips You Must Do in 2013

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Every year on the first work day of January, your co-workers return to their desks with a new plan to transform themselves via their New Year’s Resolution. Maybe they are mixing health shakes in the breakroom in pl
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The Science of Compensation & Big Data is Sexy

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Uncovering the History of the HR Algorithm The term HR algorithms was all the rage when Google announced it was turning to a mathematically sound and logical approach to analyze HR data. Google is renowned for blazing the
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One Person, Two Titles… What?

Jessica Miller-Merrell, Blogging4Jobs Have you ever worked at a place where you’ve had two job titles? Internally my title is Communication Department Lead III. Publically, I’m the Public Information Officer. What the heck?  This scenario isn
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4 Ways to Rock Your Employee Benefits & Rewards Program

Jessica Miller-Merrell, Blogging4Jobs Compensation Outweighs Workplace Perks and Employee Benefits  Studies show that while employee rewards programs are popular by employers, they are not as appealing to the employees for which they were creat
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Pay Bands, Pay Scales and Other HR Jargon You Don’t Know But Should

Jessica Miller-Merrell, Blogging4Jobs If you’re in the business of giving or receiving (or hoping to receive) an annual merit increase, it’s a good time to get familiar with pay bands. Pay bands — a term that is sometimes used to lump broader ter
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What Is Your Worth? How HR Asks for a Raise

by Jessica Miller-Merrell, Blogging4Jobs Scenario: Your team’s workload has increased and your team has implemented innovative systems. Your department is running like a well-oiled machine with increased productivity despite the occasional (ok – incessant
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Virtual Workers Reduce Your Labor Expenses. Reward Them Well.

by Jessica Miller-Merrell, Blogging4Jobs Do Work-From-Home Employees Deserve a Raise?  Having the option to work from home provides many employees flexibility, empowers them personally and professionally and often increases engagement levels. Succe
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Employees Forego Higher Wages in Favor of Flexible Work Schedules

by Jessica Miller-Merrell, xceptionalhr.com, blogging4jobs.com Eighty-three percent of Americans believe telecommuting’s popularity is on the rise. With the rise of smart phones, tablets and other mobile technologies, working from home has never been easier