Welcome to BlogNotions' HR Blog

BlogNotions HR Blog delivers a diverse series of perspectives provided by human resources and employment thought leaders. Presented by NetLine, this forum delivers compelling updates on topics like best practices for motivating employees, legal developments that affect how to do business, and much more. Here you can find helpful information, ask questions, and collaborate freely.

Four Reasons Why Managing Data Scientists Is Different. . . Even Unique

Managing smart professionals can be difficult, but managing data science professionals can be even more difficult. Cultural differences–understanding how a culture thinks–are rarely clear to most business people, other than when they surface in difficulties. So understanding these differences early on limits the potential for friction and conflict. MIT’s Roger Stein lays out a number […]

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Workplace Violence: HR Must Lead In Prevention

The murder of two reporters on the staff of WDBJ in Virginia has provided a stark, graphic and visual reminder that workplace violence can occur anywhere, and under many different circumstances. While there are many legal reasons for human resources to plan for and put in place prevention strategies, and there are certainly financial and humanitarian […]

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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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How High Is Your Listening Quotient

Listening is one of those behaviors that most people take for granted. Until, that is, they miss something very important that impacts their job and career. So when interviewing for a developmental client, I inevitably ask about my client’s listening skills. Nearly always the first response is that the client is a “good listener.” Then […]

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