Does Money Really Buy Employee Happiness?

Generally, human resource professionals are concerned with retaining and inspiring top performing employees because they provide the greatest return on investment. It can be tempting to offer bigger salaries and over-the-top perks to employees, but does money really buy employee …

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 …

HR Career Advancement: MBA, Certification, or Neither?

What’s the Best Choice? It Depends.

Should an HR professional seeking to gain a higher salary invest time and money into earning an MBA, a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification, or just …

HR Job Salaries Up in Q3 2011

HR Salaries Ahead of the Averages

By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

PayScale released its Q3 2011 results for The PayScale Index and added some helpful new features, like easy-to-read charts, category rankings pages and job family trends. Which addition do we …

HR Matters to Company Success

Time to Shine: HR Matters and This Is Why

By Bridget Quigg, PayScale

What is happening in the world of human resources and compensation? We continue our conversation with PayScale’s Chief New Business Officer Dave Smith about trends he sees …

Human Resources Managers Know

The Honor of Working in Human Resources

For the last three years, I have had the privilege of talking to many Human Resources professionals in the United States and Canada. There is a border between some of us, and we …

Becoming a Certified Compensation Professional

Editor’s note: This blog post was originally written by Bridget Quigg in 2011 and updated in August 2018.

If you work in HR and want to find a way to advance your career, you’ve probably looked into some certifications like

10 Reasons to Love Your HR Staff

Love Your HR Staff (Because This Is What They Go Through)

February has arrived, the month for appreciating the ones we love. While we don’t mean to promote office romance, we do think that there are plenty of reasons “love” …

The Value of Compensation Analytics

The Value of Compensation Analytics for Top HR Professionals

Is your compensation program really doing what you want it to? You have to make time to look at the data your compensation practices are producing to find out.There are many …

Establishing Competitive Pay Rates

How to Target Pay Rates for a Job Position

Here at PayScale, the HR professionals that we work with often ask us, “What method should we use for targeting pay rates for a position?” While the compensation planning tool that …

Sample of Employee Review Methods

Employee Performance Review Process Part 3: A Fresh Perspective on Employee Review Methods

I mentioned in an earlier post on the employee performance review process that most employee review methods have a shelf life. It is good to change things …

Accounting Salary Guide

Need to Set a Salary Range for an Accountant? PayScale Fills in Your Compensation Data Gaps

We have received numerous questions from HR professionals and business owners wondering what people in various job positions and industries are paid. So, with …

HR Guide to the Fair Labor Act

Fair Labor Standards Act: A Basic Overview for HR Professionals

In order to be an effective human resources contributor, it is of fundamental importance to have (at a minimum) a basic understanding of the more critical employment laws. While I …

Employee Performance Reviews and Best Practices

Employee Performance Review Process Part 1: Challenging the Status Quo

Few things bring me more satisfaction in my career as an HR professional than when I can take an old process and apply new and innovative approaches to make it …