Three Compensation Questions for HR
Jul23

Three Compensation Questions for HR

It’s not that the HR Department is trying to keep secrets from you. They are busy hiring people, solving employee-management problems and managing all the systems to keep people employed – just to name a few things. Buried underneath all that work, there is information that may be valuable to you – if you know where to look. Depending on the size of your organization, you may find one person managing the area or in larger...

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Employee Coaching Forms are NOT Disciplinary Action Forms
May13

Employee Coaching Forms are NOT Disciplinary Action Forms

We are in real trouble if we blur the line of what coaching is and what it is not when talking about discipline. Last week someone shared with me that they might be receiving a report of employee coaching form. “What’s a report of coaching form?” I asked. I had never heard of one before being given in the circumstance she was describing. Well, it seems that her company uses an employee coaching form as a disciplinary write-up. My...

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Step Forward: Drop Stacked or Forced Ranking
Nov14

Step Forward: Drop Stacked or Forced Ranking

Microsoft made me very happy this week they announced that they are abandoning their stacked or forced ranking used in their performance and compensation management systems. I have never been a strong proponent of using the stacked or ranking process to evaluate an individual,  team or group’s performance because let’s face it – there are some teams that just kick butt. In fact, I asked the question in January 2012: Have performance...

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Job Applications: Should Companies Ask for Date of Birth?

It is no surprise that the subject of age discrimination comes up with job hunters – especially during the job application process. The question that many job seekers ask is, “why do employers ask for my date of birth (DOB)? Is the employer using my age as criteria for screening candidates? Asking a candidate or employee’s age is not illegal. However, it is illegal to use age as a criterion in hiring decisions, except in some limited...

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Incentive Plan Failure: One Common Mistake

It is easy to figure out a common mistake in most incentive plans by asking the question: Did you do what you wanted to do when you set it up? The chances are you will hear the answer is “no” or “some of it”. The next question to ask is, why did it fail? For most incentive plans, the reason it failed is not because of an ineffective incentive plan administration, it failed because of the plan design. The reason...

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Virtual Conference: Job On-Boarding: Retention Strategies at Work

HR.com, an internationally known organization contacted me a few months ago about speaking at one of the virtual conferences about compensation. While the topic does not scream compensation, effective job on-boarding incorporates motivation, reinforcement and performance theories. The second reason is because I hope to launch my second eBook in the next few months: The Secrets to Successful Job On-Boarding. Compensation professionals...

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