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Effective Pay-for-Performance Strategies
Regardless of the diverse composition of your workforce today, a solid understanding of what triggers top-flight individual contributions is essential to developing an effective pay-for-performance strategy
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Making Pay Decisions Transparent
Federal workers have many positive things to say about their workplaces, but not about the merits of pay or promotions, according to a recent survey. While that attitude is mostly due to the tenure-based pay structure, HR leaders can also make a difference by better managing -- and making transparent -- pay and promotion decisions.
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Nitpicking Incentive Travel
With more companies struggling with smaller budgets to reward productive employees, some are restricting travel to certain locales or limiting items eligible for expense reimbursements. Such an approach may be penny-wise and pound-foolish, however.
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Earning It
A recent study finds that many corporate executives can expect modest salary increases and tougher performance goals in 2012. Experts say this development is the continuation of an ongoing trend, and signifies a greater role for HR in the design and communication of incentive plans.
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Profiting by Playing Games
Are we having fun yet? More important, are we having fun while we increase productivity or knowledge?
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Money vs. Happiness
A recent Cornell University study, supported by the National Institute on Aging, asked more than 2,600 survey participants (including 633 Cornell students) to consider scenarios involving tradeoffs between pay and reasonable work hours.
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Pay-Ratio Battle Wages On
Employers say compliance with anticipated rules from the SEC requiring organizations to provide information on the ratio of employee pay to CEO compensation will be difficult -- and possibly, extremely expensive to obtain. They also question the usefulness of such information.
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Reconsidering Worker Classifications
A new voluntary compliance program announced by the Internal Revenue Service is designed to offer amnesty for employers that have mistakenly classified independent contractors.
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Unhappy Workers
More U.S. workers are dissatisfied with their healthcare benefits and chances for promotion in 2011, than they were in 2008, according to the annual Work and Education poll by Gallup. The dissatisfaction with healthcare benefits increased 11 points in the past three years -- the biggest change registered in the poll of 489 adult workers -- followed by a 7-point increase in dissatisfaction over the potential for promotion at work.
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Want to Get Paid More? Be Disagreeable.
"Niceness -- in the form of the trait of agreeableness -- does not appear to pay."
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Asian Pay Hikes May Impact U.S. Employers
Executive pay in Asia will surpass pay in the United States by 2013, according to one study, while another finds that the cost of manufacturing overseas has increased so much that some companies are bringing work back to America.
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Variable Pay Trend to Continue in 2012
"Three percent is the new 4 percent." That's according to Ken Abosch, the compensation group leader over at Aon Hewitt, which released its pay forecast for 2012.
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Leveling Pay on a Global Scale
Multinationals are increasingly trying to use global leveling to standardize pay and facilitate talent-management strategies throughout the world. But, experts warn, it's easy for such levels to become overly cumbersome as well as bump up against some cultural issues.
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2011 Top Product Winner: Candidate Statements
See all of the winners of the Top HR and Training Products of 2011 in Ahead of the Pack .
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No Back Pay for Illegal-Alien Workers
The National Labor Relations Board has grudgingly complied with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that denied it the right to order a bakery to award back pay to a group of illegal workers. The employees had worked for the bakery for eight years and were fired after complaining about the treatment they received from a supervisor.
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As Unions Decline, So Do Wages
The role of unions as a wage-equalizing force in the labor market has been underscored, once again, in a study published in the August issue of the American Sociological Review.
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Workers' Finances Looking Up ... Sort of
Workers' finances seem to be improving, albeit not by much. The latest survey by CareerBuilder of more than 5,200 American workers shows the number of employees living paycheck to paycheck has finally hit pre-recession levels.
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Talent Management Column

While HR struggles to capitalize on the potential of big data, other departments such as IT are already finding business value within the numbers -- and conveying that information directly to the powers that be.
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