Author Archive | Steve Bruce

7 Signs Your Comp Plan Might Be in Trouble

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that having a compensation plan is the same has having an effective one. There are several warning signs that can alert employers when their compensation plan is not effective. 1. Poor job documentation. Even though it seems simplistic, if there is no focus on creating the appropriate documentation, the […]

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Salary Surveys and Market Pricing

Market-based compensation utilizes salary survey data to evaluate an organization’s pay levels and can make them more, or less, competitive depending on the organization’s compensation philosophy—a framework within which compensation decisions are made. In conducting a market-based pay study, you’ll need to make decisions that directly reflect the organization’s compensation philosophy. For example, whether the […]

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Techniques to Manage and Improve Employee Performance

Perhaps it goes without saying that an organization’s success is largely dependent on how well every employee performs. Yet many organizations struggle with maximizing employee performance while also keeping employee morale high and turnover low. Sound familiar? Fortunately, there are seemingly endless ways that managers and HR teams can impact employee productivity, both directly and […]

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What is an IIPP?

IIPP stands for Injury and Illness Prevention Program, also sometimes known as an I2P2. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) webpage within the Department of Labor’s (DOL) website[i], IIPPs are described as: “Injury and Illness Prevention Programs are universal interventions that can substantially reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and […]

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When It Fits … You Feel Like Quitting!

As the summer comes to end, so does the threat of provocative clothing in the workplace. Or does it? A South Dakota teen recently learned the hard way about dress codes. The teen worked at a J.C. Penney® department store in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. One hot summer day, she showed up to work wearing […]

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Probationary Periods-Dangerous Device or Necessary Tool?

Many employers start employees off with a “probationary period” during which the employer can let the new employee go without worrying about just cause and lawsuits. Sounds good, but there’s a downside, says attorney Sandra Rappaport. The use of “probationary hiring” has been confusing for employers and employees alike, Rappaport says. Originally, it was a […]

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Real-World Examples: FMLA with Children 18 and Above

Yesterday’s Advisor offered guidelines for the tricky territory of FMLA leave for children 18 and older. Today, concrete examples from the DOL of how this plays out, plus an introduction to FMLA Complete Compliance. My 20-year-old daughter has been put on bed rest because of her high-risk pregnancy. I am the only one available to […]

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Mariano Rivera—Nothing But Class

If you want a lesson on how to compete and succeed, look no further than Mariano Rivera, says business and leadership blogger Dan Oswald. If you want a role model for handling success with grace and class, look no further than Mariano Rivera. Dan Oswald, CEO of BLR®, offered his thoughts on what leaders can […]

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College Graduate? Now Start Learning

“My oldest graduated from college recently,” says business and leadership blogger Dan Oswald. “In addition to reminding me that I am, indeed, getting older, it caused me to consider what sage career and life advice I might have for him.” Oswald, CEO of BLR, offered his advice to his son in a recent edition of […]

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Performance Management Survey Results in; How Do You Compare?

Most everyone does appraisals (94% of respondents) but not everyone thinks they are doing them well (4% say they do a “terrible” job and 32% say appraisals are “nearly impossible to implement”), according to our recent survey of performance management practices. Some other highlights of the 2013 Performance Management Survey: Employee self-evaluation is part of […]

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