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Paying Top Performers
Recent studies show that employers want to pay for the best efforts of their workers, but their strategies for making that happen may not be working well enough.
A Sticky Situation
In a world in which the typical CEO makes 204 times what the average U.S. worker makes, organizations' pay-transparency efforts could also bring unwanted attention to internal pay-disparity issues.
Why Variable Pay Matters
A recent survey finds only 31 percent of companies report success in sustaining a positive impact for at least five years, but companies can use variable-pay programs to help sustain new business imperatives.
CEO Pay Ratios: Trouble Ahead for HR?
The result of CEO pay-ratio rules unveiled last month by the Securities and Exchange Commission could be chaos for HR executives trying to deliver that required new data in 2015.
The 3-Percent Solution
Recent surveys report that U.S. employer base pay, while on the upswing, is still slowed by weak economic growth. But employers are shifting focus to bonuses, more frequent pay adjustments, variable pay and increased differentiation based on performance.
Workplace Abuse's Ugly Truth
In what's described as a first-of-a-kind study, researchers find that unattractive workers are more likely be the target of cruel behavior by co-workers.
Balancing the Pay Scale
What does it mean to be "fairly" compensated? What are the consequences when employees feel they are underpaid, and how can employers address this concern?
Loosening the PTO Rules
Although the idea of allowing employees more control over their paid-time-off has been around for years, only a handful of companies are actually letting their workers buy, sell and trade vacation time.
Paying It Forward?
While payroll debit cards certainly aren't new, they're quickly growing in popularity among employers and receiving attention from the courts. Critics say such payments often involve hefty fees for employees.
Strengthening the Pay-for-Performance Link
A recent survey finds more companies using total shareholder return as a key metric to assess the link between pay and performance. While this approach has its benefits, HR leaders have a number of factors to consider before making TSR a significant component of long-term performance plans, experts say.
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Talent Management Column

Considering their obvious importance, you'd think employers would have perfected the candidate-screening and performance-evaluation processes by now. But thanks to a range of factors, including some that are quite subtle, bias continues to persist and cloud the judgment of assessors.