Top 10 Skills Every Compensation Manager Needs

Compensation managers have a tough job. Making decisions about how much to compensate employees for their efforts often involves ‘dancing’ between profitability and fairness. The fact that this work takes a great deal of research, industry knowledge, and tactfulness in …

5 good reasons not to undercut that new hire

It sounds nuts to suggest that any manager would willingly undercut her brand new hire. Talent acquisition is expensive and time consuming, and besides, what manager doesn’t relish the idea of getting a good person on board and leaving him …

Yup. It’s time to hire an HR professional

It’s a common scenario. As a small company begins to grow, more and more people are hired to handle the increasing workload. (Great!).  Before too long, all these new people start inquiring about benefits, so somebody decides it’s time to …

What Is Your Worth? How HR Asks for a Raise

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) curveball. You’re putting
in the long hours and delivering results. …

Online Reputation Management

Good vs. Bad: Online Reputation Management

How robust is your company’s online reputation? Do your current or former employees publish positive or negative information about you? As an HR professional, in charge of bringing new employees on board, you must …

2011 SHRM Conference Speakers

SHRM 2011: How to Improve Your Company Culture

At the SHRM 2011 national conference in Las Vegas, two speakers, Arianna Huffington and Sir Richard Branson, approached the issue of company culture from two different angles. Both of which ask employers …

More Time Off? Tricky Pay Decisions

Vacation Issue: Partial Days for Exempt Employees Q&A

Nonexempt employees only have to be paid when they work, so they may take partial unpaid vacation days any time an employer authorizes the time. But what about exempt employees? Find out …

Beware of Verbal Discrimination Complaints

FLSA: Supreme Court Rules Oral Complaints Valid

An employee, Aziz, continues to complain about off color jokes during his staff meetings. He feels that his colleagues poke undue fun at his religious head cover, but at no time puts his …

Voluntary Benefits Plan

The Advantages of Offering More Voluntary Benefits

It doesn’t seem that long ago that the extent of voluntary benefits plans for employees was limited to “buying up” extra insurance on the company’s group plan, or increasing short-term (STD) or long-term …