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Compensation Strategy Checklist

Too many organizations are too disorganized when it comes to compensation. They make compensation-related decisions in a haphazard manner that (1) discounts applicable laws and regulations, (2) obscures whether their approach to compensation generates appropriate ROI, and (3) makes compensation and payroll management unnecessarily difficult. This kind of ad hoc approach to compensation often results[…]

How Do You Create True Leaders out of Ordinary Bosses?

Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” Are the management staff in your organization leaders or bosses? The answer makes a difference to the bottom line. As with employees, some leaders are better than others; and much like top[…]

Telecommuting Has Had a Bumpy Ride: To Offer or Not To Offer?

A number of major companies have recently reduced or ended their telecommuting programs. These include IBM, Yahoo!, Bank of America, Honeywell, and other major enterprises. Is this one-time rising star of a benefit suddenly crashing back down to the earth? Maybe, but there’s more to this controversial benefit than meets the eye. Employers usually offer remote working options to[…]

Rethinking the Annual Pay Raise

Is the traditional annual raise worth it? According to research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the top 8% of workers saw an average of 4.8% base pay increase, versus only 0.9% (or less) for the lowest performing 9% of workers. But even a 5% raise isn’t necessarily much. The median household income[…]

Tips for Attracting and Retaining Employees

Employees are the lifeblood of any company, and employee recruitment and retention is a perennial priority – and challenge – for employers nationwide. The process can be costly, however. According to, U.S. companies spend an average of $4,000 and 52 days to fill an open position. That squares with a finding from Randstad Sourceright’s 2016[…]

Three Strategies to Help Employers Address Workplace Bullying

The 2017 U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey from the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) reveals that a fifth (19%) of American workers are bullied, and another 19% witness it. Perhaps even worse is the fact that employer and coworker reactions can compound the situation: 71% of U.S. employers and 60% of coworkers react to the bullying in ways[…]

How to Make Employee Appreciation Meaningful

We’ve previously written how employee appreciation is crucial to employee engagement, and recognition programs are one of the most common ways employers try to engage their people. But how do you make sure your employee appreciation efforts actually make employees feel appreciated? Genuinely care about your people. It helps if your appreciation program is rooted[…]

3 Ways Company Values and Mission Statements Make an Impact

Many businesses have a mission statement posted on their website; some even write down specific values important to their business. But is it really meaningful or helpful to articulate a mission and core values for your organization? If all you’re going to do is post them on a plaque on the wall, then probably not.[…]

Compensation Strategy: Setting Rewarding AND Fair Rates

In our recent series on managing different kinds of workers – overachievers, under-performers, and everyone in between – we talked a lot about salaries. For one, we noted that it’s often appropriate to pay high performers more. That’s because top performers produce a disproportionate amount of the results for an organization (the top 5-8% of workers[…]

5 Ways to Combat Absenteeism and Improve Your Bottom-Line

We previously wrote about the ills of presenteeism (when workers show up to work when they shouldn’t), but make no mistake: its twin, absenteeism, remains just as much of a problem – and perhaps an even more visible one. Here are 25 steps you can take to reduce absenteeism among your workforce. 1. Articulate and distribute attendance policies[…]