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  • EEOC releases FY 2013 enforcement and litigation data

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released FY 2013 data showing that the agency obtained the highest monetary recovery in its history through its administrative process, increasing by $6.7 million to $372.1 million. Of these awards, $39 million benefited victims of unlawful discrimination.

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  • March 2014 Product Release

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    At 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 for our customers to access.

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  • 6 must-haves to choose the right salary survey

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    If you are visiting the PayScale website, then there’s a good chance you are doing so to learn as much as you can about the power of salary surveys in your organization. A salary survey is a carefully managed set of data based on the trends in salaries and benefits across all job types and industries. It is a valuable resource that many human resource professionals use to adjust and plan for the salaries they will offer within their current organization. Salary surveys are also used to create a compensation strategy for recruitment purposes, so that the organization can attract the best talent.

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  • Leadership 101: Why teaching is so much better than telling

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    It’s been my experience that most adults do not like being told what to do. But when it comes to work, what does this mean exactly?

    Most everyone has a boss, and generally, most everyone is required to take direction from said boss. Refusing to take direction from a boss is a big no-no. It’s called insubordination, and most places will fire you for it.

    So, how do good managers respect their employees’ natural inclination to not want to be told what to do while at the same time fulfilling their managerial duties? Simple. They cause others to willingly follow by providing sound leadership. And some of the best leaders I’ve ever known were natural teachers.

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  • How Transparent are You About Your Total Compensation?

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    In the last few years, employers have begun to see the value of reporting total compensation to their workforce. For many, this is a strong retention tool that helps employees understand how much the company is vested in their success. Total compensation statements can give employees a clearer picture of how much the company has spent on health and wellness benefits, retirement savings, educational costs, and all the other perks of employment in addition to regular salaries. This effort is an important part of corporate communications that gives employees a greater insight into their contribution to the success of the company.

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  • Could you afford rent on a minimum wage salary?

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    Evan Rodd, PayScale

    “Should we raise the federal minimum wage, and if so, how high?” This has been a popular topic of conversation in recent months, especially as wages and profits are beginning to increase across various industries. 

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  • 5 reasons your HR department is driving everyone crazy (and what you can do about it)

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    Crystal Spraggins, SPHR

    Bad HR has become a bad, sad cliché. The situation has gotten so dire, hardly anyone actually expects great things of HR anymore, because that would be like expecting a used car salesman to be honest, or a professional basketball player to be faithful—it just isn’t happening.

    It doesn’t have to be this way. A competent, courageous, and supported HR professional (or two) could do awesome things for your organization. Awesome.

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  • Are Your Starting Rates Supporting Employee Performance?

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    In the grand scheme of things, how well you compensate employees from the start can influence both the short and long-term performance of your work teams. When employees know that they work for an employer that values their contributions with a transparent salary policy that reflects this, a beautiful thing happens. Work becomes more rewarding in a tangible way. Salary isn’t a sore point, but rather a demonstration of support for the efforts of employees at all levels.

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  • When your employee outgrows you

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    Crystal Spraggins

    Once in a while, you’ll find that the reward for a fabulous hire is an employee who’d be better off managed by someone else—someone with more skill, more knowledge, deeper pockets, or perhaps, access to more challenging or more prestigious work. 

    All relationships evolve over time, and your relationship with your staff is no different. Even the employees who seem most vested in your mission may eventually decide to work elsewhere. That’s life.

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  • Skills or Pedigree… Which should you hire?

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    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 many have traditionally relied on.

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  • Big data, big benefits

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    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 thing you think of when you consider HR skills, analysis of big data is actually becoming an important function for HR professionals and departments. Working in a profession that is very people oriented can make some people leery of trusting their decision making to numbers, but the fact is, numbers show a black and white picture of what’s successful and what’s not. When coupled with your own experience and instincts, big data can make a big difference.

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  • Timing your HR Technologies: when is it appropriate to invest?

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    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 a significant difference in your department, it’s hard to know when and how to invest. Invest too soon or in the wrong technology and you’ll waste a significant amount of money, but rest on past-its-prime technology and you could lose productivity and eventually, money.

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  • Top workplace wellness trends for 2014

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    Crystal Spraggins

    2o13 was an interesting year for workplace wellness.

    Amid a ton of bad press, CVS Caremark initiated a new policy mandating that employees take tests for blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass and body weight or pay a monthly fine of $50.00. The policy also stated, "Going forward, you'll be expected not just to know your numbers—but also to take action to manage them.

    Bloggers, lawyers, and media personalities chastised CVS for using the stick when the carrot would have done just as well, but CVS disagreed, arguing that they’d been offering the carrot for a while with few takers.

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  • Overcoming mobbing: An interview with Maureen Duffy, PhD

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    Crystal Spraggins

    According to a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), 35% of American workers have experienced bullying directly. An additional 15% have witnessed it.

    Maureen Duffy, PhD, has seen first-hand the damaging effects of workplace bullying and mobbing. Duffy is a family therapist and co-author (along with Len Sperry) of Overcoming Mobbing: A Recovery Guide for Workplace Aggression and Bullying.

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  • 5 Myths about hiring you should forget today

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    Crystal Spraggins

    PayScale’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 job seekers and their qualifications, or lack thereof. I’ve spoken with enough hiring managers to know that many are woefully under-skilled when it comes to interviewing—not that it’s all their fault. The interviewing process is not immune to myths, and some of these can get in the way of a company recognizing talent, even when it’s staring the company in the face. 

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  • What to do when your employee posts nasty things about you on Facebook

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    Crystal Spraggins

    It’s a pretty common scenario nowadays. An employee with a complaint about your company gets on social media and tells the whole world how much she thinks you suck. Ouch.

    You’re not at all pleased with this display of dirty laundry and disloyalty, and your feelings are a little hurt, too. What an ingrate! Perhaps this employee should work elsewhere—you’d be only too happy to show her the door.

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  • The top five ways to motivate your employees

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    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 employees have been putting in long hours, producing great work or even under performing. The truth is, whether your people are performing excellently or lacking, motivation can take them to the next level.

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  • February 2014 product release updates!

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    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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  • Motivating employees during layoffs

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Going through mass layoffs is extremely difficult for any organization. While it’s certainly a hardship for those who lose their jobs, the employees who are left to fill the gaps also face unique struggles. They are likely experiencing a range of emotions, from fear to gratefulness, to frustration and confusion. These employees who made it through the layoffs are not only feeling uncertain about their jobs but also feeling the stress of picking up the slack when there has been a major cut in staffing. The difficulty in helping your employees manage all these feelings is that there is an incredible need for employees to be motivated as well during this time so that both the quality and quantity of worked performed isn’t affected. 

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  • Survey reveals what keeps CFOs up at night

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    Crystal Spraggins

    Whether you’re a CFO, report to a CFO, or manage a CFO, you might be interested to know what concerns CFOs.

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