Author: lalehh

Laleh Hassibi leads the marketing team at Datica, a technology startup focused on compliance in the cloud.

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Staying ahead of compensation trends

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs As we round out 2014, compensation and benefit specialists should pay special attention to pay trends. For example, according to a recent study by WorldatWork, base salaries will rise by 3.0% in 2015. Knowing the average will put you in a better position to determine whether your pay increases...
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What’s in your compensation plans for 2015?

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale Tell us what's on your comp agenda for 2015 by participating in the PayScale Compensation Best Practices Survey. We use the results to identify pay trends and you’ll get one of the first copies of the report as soon as the results are tabulated.
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Is employee retention still your top concern?

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...
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5 Tips for closing the skills gap

Crystal Spraggins, SPHR PayScale’s 2014 Best Compensation Practices Report revealed that employers are still very much concerned about the skills gap. According to the survey, which culled responses from 5,000 executives and HR professionals, nearly 50 percent of companies are having trouble filling positions with skilled labor. While not everyone...
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How modern are you?

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale Confidence in compensation practices is shaky at best at most businesses. At the same time, the nature of workforces and employment is evolving rapidly, and organizations need to work hard to keep up. Getting and keeping the best talent is becoming more competitive each day, and that same talent...
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The PayScale Index: minimal wage growth of 0.3 percent forecast for Q3

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale The Q2 2014 PayScale Index shows inconsistent wage growth across the board, as some industries such as IT and oil and gas experienced solid year-over-year gains, while wage growth in other industries actually declined. The PayScale Index also forecasts national quarterly wage growth in Q3 of 0.3 percent, resulting...
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Comp budgeting: How to identify compensation inequities

Tessara Smith, PayScale In this first part of our three part email series on Compensation Budgeting, we take a look at compensation inequities. Compensation inequities can occur at an organizational, departmental, positional, or even individual level. To run a successful business and maintain employee satisfaction you have to know how to identify...
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Warburg Pincus invests up to $100 million in PayScale

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale In 2013 we added more than 700 new customers. We now power smarter compensation decisions for more than 2 million employees, and more than $85 billion in compensation spend. This grows every day. Learn more about a few of PayScale’s customers on our website.
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5 truths about pay your employees don’t want you to know

Crystal Spraggins, SPHR Quick—what’s the one topic many job seekers are advised to avoid during the interview process? You guessed it. Money. When job seekers are focused on money during the interview stage, it shows a lack of real interest and commitment to the work—or so the thinking goes.
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The PayScale Index Q1 2014: A Slow, Tepid Recovery

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale The PayScale Index for the first quarter of 2014 shows that rising wages are not the whole story. The PayScale Real Wage Index reports real wages are down almost 8 percent since 2006 after analyzing statistics from the Consumer Price Index together with PayScale’s rich compensation data. In addition,...
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March 2014 Product Release

Laleh Hassibi, PayScaleAt PayScale, we're always working hard to make our products work better, look better and be a better experience for our subscribers. Our March monthly software release improves the visual experience of our market and analytic reports and also provides an update to our MarketMatch? data model that adds more data...
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Skills or Pedigree… Which should you hire?

Evan Rodd, PayScale According to PayScale’s 2014 Compensation Best Practices Report, hiring and talent retention are hot topics this year for companies of all shapes and sizes. In an effort to balance compensation budgets and navigate the widening skills gap, hiring managers, recruiters and company leaders are starting to reevaluate the criteria...
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5 Myths about hiring you should forget today

Crystal SpragginsPayScale’s 2014 Compensation Best Practices Report noted that 50% of companies are having a difficult time filling skilled positions. The finding was not too surprising given all we’ve heard about the skills gap in the last few years. However, the difficulty in finding suitable employees can’t be attributed solely to...
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February 2014 product release updates!

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale PayScale’s February software release not only offers a new fresh look for market reports, but also includes an easier way to build pay grades. To follow, are a few of the highlights.
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Are you prepared to lose top talent?

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....
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Modernizing compensation management

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 manage-ment solutions and half...
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3 Performance review options for startups

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobsManaging 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...
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PayScale Index Q4 2013: the oil and gas industry is hot!

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale The PayScale Index for Q4 2013 shows an 18 percent rise in Oil and Gas sector wages since 2006; small company wage growth has stalled; annual wage growth of 0.7 percent is predicted for Q1 2014. Our first forecast was very close Last quarter, we predicted U.S. national...
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3 tips to handle compensation in the startup environment

Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs Startup businesses are some of the most exciting ventures to be involved in but they bring with them unique challenges and many, many lessons to learn along the way. Some of the toughest things to handle are staffing your company, managing personnel and handling compensation. Given the fact...
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Do pay for performance plans boost employee productivity?

Tess C. Taylor, PHR, The HR WriterThe nature of pay for performance has come under fire many times, yet this compensation strategy is based on sound business principles that have been around for ages. Traditional theories of positive reinforcement have been shown to have a direct link to performance in the workplace....
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Paving the way to a healthy workplace with corporate wellness incentives

Tess C. Taylor, PHR, The HR WriterAs Obamacare officially launched across America this year, new requirements forced employers to look for ways to boost their compensation and benefit programs without raising healthcare premium costs. The new law permits employers to use as much as 30 percent of each worker’s health care premium...
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November 2013 software release – new Total Compensation Statement

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale PayScale’s November software release not only improves user experience and accuracy in entering labor market data, but also offers new ways to improve employee communication about Total Rewards. To follow, are a few of the highlights.
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30 hot jobs in 2013

Laleh Hassibi, PayScaleWondering where the purple squirrels are hanging out these days? Maybe they are working in one of these 30 "hot" jobs. These are the thirty hottest jobs right now as determined by a combined factor of the wage growth they have experienced in the labor market over the last 3 years...
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Five things every great leader gets right

Crystal Spraggins, SPHR Despite all the press given to the rotten leaders in the world, workplaces all across the United States are filled with great leaders. These leaders share some commonalities that make them great. For example …
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CFO Corner: The Q3 PayScale Index shows real wages down while corporate profits are up

Laleh Hassibi, PayScaleThe Q3 PayScale Index has evolved, now offering more enhanced compensation trend analysis than previously available. Q3 2013 marks the first time The PayScale Index has revealed shifts in ‘real wages’ by analyzing statistics from the Consumer Price Index together with PayScale’s rich compensation data. The Q3 PayScale Index is...
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Now featuring: MarketWatch and Flight Risk email alerts and more!

Laleh Hassibi, PayScaleThe development team at PayScale is continually hard at work making product improvements and creating new worthwhile features for our customers. The September 26th, 2013 update brings PayScale customers a few enhancements that improve the usability of both Insight and MarketRate products. Here are the updates PayScale customers can look...
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Snackable: Most overpaid players in the NFL

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale In the Human Resources’ world, we talk quite a bit about getting pay right without overpaying employees. Sometimes a premium paycheck is warranted for a star employee, or an employee with rare skills. In general, the best way to know what to pay an employee is to adjust...
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Now featuring: hybrid jobs and market trends reporting

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale We've been talking about purple squirrels a lot lately at PayScale but what if your organization has a Squirrelcorn – a totally unique job that is the hybrid of two different jobs? How would you price that job? Or what about the situation where some of your jobs are...
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3 barriers to successful pay-for-performance implementation

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale Today most organizations are either moving toward a pay-for-performance compensation strategy, or at least discussing it. Correlating pay with performance has proven to improve employee retention in many companies, but even so, some detractors of performance-related pay models will tell you that more have been attempted and failed...
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Catching a Purple Squirrel in 3 Easy Steps

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale Take the PayScale Challenge! Are you searching for a purple squirrel – you know, that elusive candidate who has all the qualifications and experience your job position requires? Or maybe you just lost a valuable employee to a competitor.  If you’re like most organizations, you...
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What makes employees happy?

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale Most business leaders spent a lot of time worrying about whether or not their employees are going to stick around, dreading the expense of turnover. One big decision factor in an employee's mind is simply whether or not they are happy in their job. 
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What makes employees happy?

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale Most business leaders spent a lot of time worrying about whether or not their employees are going to stick around, dreading the expense of turnover. One big decision factor in an employee's mind is simply whether or not they are happy in their job. 
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Nail compensation with Insight Expert

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale PayScale is well known in the job seeker world as the place to go to find out what they should be paid. Many businesses also know PayScale for our fresh, detailed compensation dataset and our MarketRate product that gives market-based job reports. But did you know about that...
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Benchmarking Batman

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale HR managers dream of coming across that perfect candidate – the one who has the ideal set of experience, skills, education and other factors that make them a perfect fit for the job. They also struggle with retaining top performing employees. Kind of like Batman if the position...
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Benchmarking Batman

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale HR managers dream of coming across that perfect candidate – the one who has the ideal set of experience, skills, education and other factors that make them a perfect fit for the job. They also struggle with retaining top performing employees. Kind of like Batman if the position...
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EMA Senior Care is getting smarter about comp with PayScale

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale EMA Senior Care a long-term care organization with approximately 850 employees. EMA is located exclusively in Maryland, with six locations across the state. PayScale interviewed Jim Donovan, Director of Total Rewards, to discover how PayScale Insight is helping them drive their business objectives.
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Financial Pacific Leasing saves time and money with PayScale Insight

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale Financial Pacific Leasing is an equipment leasing company located just outside of Seattle in Federal Way, Washington. The company employs approximately 120 people. PayScale talked with Heather Bolek, Vice President of Human Resources, to learn more about how PayScale Insight helps their business.
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The Q2 2013 PayScale Index Signals a Continued Slow Recovery

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale The drop in wages during Q1 2013 was, seemingly, a bump in the road for U.S. businesses as we surmised last quarter. Q2 2013 saw wage growth in most measures. However, wage growth overall has slowed down and annual wage growth, while still positive, is not as explosive...
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PayScale Insight Summer Edition 2013: New Employee Pay Report Makes Compensation Transparency Simple

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale How well do your employees understand your compensation plan and philosophy? Though talking about pay with employees is akin to talking about the birds and the bees with your kids, often uncomfortable for everyone involved, clearly communicating compensation to employees is worth the effort. When decisions about comp levels...
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Are The PHR and SPHR Sugarcoating or Career Sweeteners? A Sneak Peek of New PayScale Research

Sneak Peek: The Market Value of PHR and SPHR Certifications from PayScale.com Laleh Hassibi, PayScaleNext week at SHRM 2013, PayScale will release a report showing the impact of human resources certification on annual salaries and career progression. Entitled “The Value of PHR and SPHR Certifications:  Sugar Coating or Career...
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Kickball and SHRM13 FTW!

Tim Low, PayScaleAs many of us plan the annual trek to Chicago this weekend for SHRM to reconnect with colleagues and friends–and increasingly twitter friends, facebook friends, and linkedin friends–take a minute to consider helping the fine folks at Dice and Dovetail Software who are using the fun and excitment of SHRM...
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How Much Vacation Time Do We Really Need to Provide?

Evan Rodd, PayScale According to a new report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the United States is the only advanced economy in the world where all workers are not guaranteed paid vacation. While some workers enjoy paid time off provided by employers, this is not an option for all,...
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4 Steps for Getting Execs to Care About Compensation

Laleh Hassibi, PayScaleDid you get a chance to attend this informative webinar, 4 Steps for Getting Execs to Care About Compensation, by PayScale's Senior Compensation Consultant Mykkah Herner? This was a well-attended webinar which is really no surprise given that so many of PayScale's customers tell us that having the confidence to...
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High Five Fridays—An Innovative Morale Booster

by Laleh Hassibi, PayScale Companies are often looking for new, interesting and effective ways to retain employees. Getting employees’ pay right, and rewarding them for performance go a long way towards employee satisfaction, but there are also many additional incentives companies can offer to keep their people smiling.
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Market Differential Analytics Helps PayScale Customers Compete in Multiple Markets

Laleh Hassibi, PayScalePrice the same job in any market, not just major metros Market Differential Analytics, a new application developed by PayScale, can help your company more accurately determine compensation for your employees located in various cities and geographies. PayScale's innovative approach goes beyond the common methods of consulting firms which are often...
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How to Budget Compensation in a Volatile Economy

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale At the end of 2012, most businesses were very optimistic about job and economic growth in 2013. The trends from Q4 and early Q1 supported the fact that we were in fact rebounding quite nicely from the recent economic recession. There was a small worry that the impending doom...
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The Q1 2013 PayScale Index Falls: A Bump in the Road for Business?

Laleh Hassibi, PayScaleAfter three straight quarters of rapidly rising wages across almost every industry, job category and company size, Q1 2013 brought the first wage decreases since early 2011.  Although decreases were minor, wages are still up year-over-year across the board. It's an interesting development since just recently, when PayScale's Compensation Best...
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Michelle Obama Says to Hire a U.S. Veteran

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama urged companies to hire more veterans last week. The unemployment rate of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is nearly two points higher than the national average, at 9.4 percent. While it’s admirable to hire veterans for emotional reasons, there’s another really good reason to hire a veteran — their skills.
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5 For Friday: Remote Workforce

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale Everyone has been talking about the business pros and cons of telecommuting this week after Yahoo's big announcement that they are pulling the rug out from under their work-from-home agreements. Is Yahoo's move to get workers back in the office a sign of a shift? Here are some of this...
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Here Comes The Sun: The Return of Optimism in 2013

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale Today we released the PayScale 2013 Compensation Best Practices Report. The report is a result of our end of year study on the compensation practices of small, medium and large companies. We also asked some questions about the changing world of work, the use of social media at...
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5 For Friday: HR Going Global

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale Effectively managing human capital is of concern to companies across the globe. Many of those human resource issues are becoming less siloed to particular countries as outsourcing becomes more commonplace in business. This week, we take a look at some of the top news and issues surrounding human capital management...
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Compensation Best Practices Sneak Peak

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale The results from the Compensation Best Practices Survey are in! Over 4,300 executives and human resources professionals from all sizes of business and all industries completed the survey. The PayScale team is diligently working on the full report right now, but the news is exciting and I wanted to give...
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Was the Lilly Ledbetter Act Enough?

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale “Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.” -President Obama's Inauguration Speech, 2013 Today marks the fourth anniversary of President Obama's signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Act. Though it may not have been enough to close the gender gap, other important advances, like...
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5 for Friday: Reward Zone

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale This week's Five for Friday focus is on employee reward and recognition programs. Below are highlights of the week's articles on the subject. A consistent theme is to reward often, even if it means the rewards are smaller. As long as they are meaningful and timely, you'll fnd success in...
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5 For Friday: High Fives

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale It seems that five is the magic number in blogging these days. There are five steps to achieving anything and five key things you need to know about any given subject. Along those lines, we present you with our picks for five of the best five lists of the week.
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5 for Friday: HR Resolutions

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale Still haven't gotten around to making a list of your own resolutions for this new year? The Web was abuzz with 2013 resolutions for businesses this past week. Here are some of our favorites to give you some ideas:
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5 For Friday: 2012 Replay

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale In this edition of 5 for Friday, our last in 2012, it seemed appropriate to take a look back at the big trends that influenced HR this past year and will continue their impact on us during this coming year.
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5 For Friday: Santa Edition

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale This week, in our weekly review of the blogosphere, we focus on Santa and all things holiday.  Without Magic, Santa Would Need 12 Million Employees Chana Joffe-Walt, NPR - Planet MoneyEver wonder what it would take to do the job of Santa? NPR, with the help of FedEx and UPS figured it...
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PayScale Insight Winter 2013 Edition

Laleh Hassibi, PayScale.com Want to price your jobs more accurately, and get the most return on your labor budget? With the Winter 2013 Edition of PayScale Insight we're making compensation management easier than ever before. 
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PayScale: New and Improved!

Laleh Hassibi, payscale.com Today PayScale released improved versions of our products, MarketRate and Insight. This release represents the first set of enhancements resulting from recent conversations between our development team and our customers. 
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They Blinded Me With Science – Data Science

by Laleh Hassibi, PayScale.com Historically, decisions about salary involved heavy binders full of data and some serious guesswork; HR professionals found the best data sources and comparison data points available and then made ad hoc adjustments to price the position in question. Today, compensation analysis should be a science, not an art. With PayScale’s union of fresh...
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Small Business Wages are Climbing Fast!

by Laleh Hassibi, PayScale.com For the first time since the inception of The PayScale Index, small business wages are growing faster than their medium and large-sized business counterparts. This little but important fact has many sitting up and taking notice. Business Insider published an article about this fact noting that, “historically large companies experienced larger pay increases, however over...
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The Quarterly PayScale Index is Launched!

By Laleh Hassibi, PayScale.com PayScale has a lot of salary data – in fact, 35 million salary surveys’ worth. While we like to use it to help both individuals and organizations make salary decisions, we also employ a really smart economist, Katie Bardaro, who analyzes our data to take a look back at salary trends. We're pleased to...
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Let Them Eat Dark Chocolate

By Laleh Hassibi, PayScale.com The Compliance and Safety team just released the infographic “Does the Food We Eat Affect Our Productivity?” According to their research, encouraging your employees to eat the right foods will give them the ability to be productive powerhouses. Compensating them right isn’t the only way to get them to be more productive. Adequate nourishment...
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Gen Y on the Job

by Laleh Hassibi, Sr. Manager Content Marketing, PayScale.com A new snapshot of Gen Y workers by PayScale reveals quite a bit. We’ve all seen the movie Failure to Launch and know someone just like that—the slacker who is still living at home. But are they really slackers? Possibly, they’re just under-recognized achievers. PayScale's recent research...