• How transparent should compensation be?

    Research from staffing firm, The Creative Group, asked employers in the advertising and marketing fields, "Should professionals' pay be public knowledge?" Most employers said "no." According to the survey, the top benefits of...
  • Know Your Worth

    Pricing consultant Casey Brown shares helpful stories and learnings that can help you better communicate your value and get paid for your excellence. How can you define your value? How can you communicate that value?
  • The 10 Best Workplace Incentives

    What do employees want from work besides their paycheck? The infographic above by Company Folders explores 10 of the more desirable incentives desired by top talent. Explain which perk you want the most.
  • Workplace Incentives

    Everyone wants more than just money from a job. We want incentives! Why are incentives important?
  • Independent Contractor versus Employee

    Workers are classified as full-time employees or part-time or independent contractor. A 'gig economy' is an environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short term engagements. Contingent...
  • The Puzzle of Motivation

    Does money motivate you to do a better job? In the TED video above, Daniel Pink questions the, "If I do that, then I'll get paid this," rule. Pay-for-performance (P4P) or (PFP) seems to work for manual labor, but not for creative or innovative...
  • Employee Engagement and Pay

    PayScale surveyed more than 71,000 employees to study the relationship between pay and employee engagement. Why is one of the top predictors of employee sentiment a company’s ability to communicate clearly about pay? What can managers do...
  • Employee Wellness Monitoring

    McKinsey & Company surveyed more than 2,000 households about connected homes. The infographic below presents the findings. Also, the report is attached. One area of interest to businesses is wellness monitoring, a connected device in the report...
  • Livelihood Insurance

    Watch this video . In the video, Nobel Prize–winning economist Robert Shiller tells McKinsey’s Rik Kirkland how wage or livelihood insurance could protect workers against job automation. Machines have replaced people in many of our jobs...
  • Start Saving Now for Retirement

    Retirement is one of the last things on young employees' minds. But it should be top-of-mind, because time and the power of compounding are huge advantages in building retirement savings. The high cost of labor has resulted in firms replacing traditional...
  • Dairy Queen CEO on the Minimum Wage - CNNMoney

    Dairy Queen CEO John Gainor says 'people need to be paid a fair wage,' low wages are connected to turnover, and that the company is currently dealing with rising minimum wages in states. Think about a federal minimum wage of $10.10 an...
  • CEO Pay Tops $10 Million

    Median Chief Executive Officer (CEO) pay is more than $10 million according to a joint study by the Associated Press and Equilar , an executive pay research firm. That is 257 times the salary of an average worker. (See how CEO pay was calculated. ) ...
  • What is Santa worth?

    Barron's reports that a mall Santa makes about $8,000 during the month of December. Barbara Marquand of Insure.com says that Santa's yearly rate is around $135,000 in " Santa Index 2012: St. Nick's efforts worth about $135,000 this year...
  • California Managers get ruling on Lunch Breaks

    California employees are asking managers questions about lunch breaks. "Do we have time off for lunch?" "Do we have to eat during lunch?" Managers are asking, "Am I responsible for making employees take a lunch break? Some employers...
  • AT&T CEO Gets Pay Cut

    AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson will get a $2 million pay cut for the failed T-Mobile deal. (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET) Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57383703-92/at-t-ceo-gets-$2-million-pay-cut-following-t-mobile-defeat/#ixzz1nGgKOjtV...
  • Why superstars are paid so much

    University of Chicago labor economist Sherwin Rosen wrote an article, " The Economics of Superstars ," to explain that high salaries for superstars are consistent with the workings of our economic system. Workers who generate a lot of revenue...
  • 50 Percent Pay Cut for JPMorgan Chase CEO

    A JPMorgan management task force just released a 129-page internal report about a trade on credit derivatives that cost JPMorgan Chase more than $6 billion. The report found that traders acted on their own, concealing losses while managers seemed in the...
  • How Mars Makes M&Ms

    Mars is number 95 on Fortune's 2013 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For . It is a private, family owned company. Fortune reports, "Mars boasts employees who love not only the products they make but also the office culture and the company's...
  • Minimum Wage Debate

    Protesters gather in front of a McDonald's in New York City The fast-food industry competes by offering low-cost meals. Historically, fast-food employees have been low-payed teenagers. Today, especially since the great recession, many fast-food...
  • McDonald's and Visa Help Employees Manage Money

    McDonald's partnered with Visa to develop a " practical money skills for life " web site to help employees manage their money. A Budget Journal (attached) is offered "to help you make financial goals, build budgets and track your...
  • Employee Gifts

    What gifts do employees want to receive this holiday season? Managers don't have to guess! The answers are available from an annual survey by Glassdoor , "a free jobs and career community that offers the world an inside look at jobs and companies...
  • Study Reveals Workers Need a Break from the Office

    Citrix, recently conducted a study on work/life balance with Wakefield Research to get a glimpse of modern office life. One of the top frustrations identified by more than 1,000 employees surveyed was "a boss that takes credit for our work."...
  • CEO Severance and Bankruptcy

    CEOs of bankrupt companies have received millions of dollars. That doesn't seem fair since employee jobs and benefits are cut. Yet, if a company is in bankruptcy, CEO compensation is subject to the requirements of the Bankruptcy Code . Tom Horton...
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  • Flu and Absence Management

    The flu is increasing the level of absenteeism in workplaces across America. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) " widespread influenza activity was reported by 47 states ." Graphic from CDC at http://www.cdc.gov...