Why HR Needs to Study Psychology – United Idiocracy

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Paul Hebert, Performance

For about 134 years I’ve been suggesting that to be good at HR you should be good at humans. Operations managers and factory foremen needed to know about the machines they were charged with maintaining and running at peak efficiency and HR should be judged similarly. If you are in HR, you are responsible for making sure the machines of …

How To Ask About Salary (Without Asking About Salary Expectations)

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Kris Dunn

You know what’s stylish right now?  To say that you shouldn’t ask for someone’s salary as part of the hiring process.  Actually, it’s more than stylish—it’s the law in several states. And if we know anything, it’s that states and even companies usually follow suit and fall like dominos on progressive issues. More from Quartz: Amazon has promised to hire at least …

Mark Wahlberg Should Get Paid More Than Michelle Williams

Tim Sackett Compensation/Cash Money, Tim Sackett

Oh boy, here we go! Buckle up, kids! Equal work, Equal pay! A huge, giant controversy was sparked last week when it was found out that actor Mark Wahlberg negotiated to be paid $1.5 million to do a reshoot for the movie “All the Money in the World”, while his co-actor, Michelle Williams, got paid less than $1,000 for the …

New Law Coming to a State Near You

John Whitaker Compensation/Cash Money, John Whitaker

“So, [candidate-person], how much do you currently make?”  How is it that something so obviously inappropriate to ask in any social or professional setting is one of the boilerplate questions asked of every job candidate? “What do you currently make?” Excuse me, but what in the hell does that have to do with the price of grits in Charleston?* I …

To Ask or Not To Ask For The Salary History?

Elizabeth Dickerson Compensation/Cash Money, Elizabeth Dickerson

“What do you currently make?” – a question we’ve all heard at least once in our lifetime. “Why does it matter?” – a response we’ve all thought more than once in our lifetime. Salary talk is cringe-worthy—there’s no doubt about that. It’s awkward on both the recruiter’s and the candidate’s end. Unfortunately, a salary discussion has to be had to …

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The Day The Google Died

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Good HR, Kris Dunn, Recruiting

OK, died might be strong.  But contracted a fatal disease that will one day make it perish?  Accurate… If there’s one thing we know through the annuals of time and the history of the enterprise organization globally, it’s that nothing is forever.  To be sure, there are times when it feels like the position of many of the companies we …

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How To Talk About Compensation During the Interview Process

Patrick Ward Compensation/Cash Money, Patrick Ward

“Mo Money, Mo Problems.” “Take the Money and Run.” “Money for Nothing.” We sing a lot about money in our lives. But what happens when we get down to business and attempt to discuss it in a job search or interview process? Recently, this topic was in the news as a candidate was disqualified from the interview process for asking …

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Would You Pay a Bonus to an Employee to Keep them Skinny?

Tim Sackett Compensation/Cash Money, Performance, Tim Sackett

The world of professional sports gives us this great microcosm of compensation philosophy. Within professional athlete contracts, we find all kinds of crazy stuff. Depending on the sport, they sign-off on all kinds of special requests from their employer, usually with a monetary bonus attached. Take this recent one from the NFL and running back Eddie Lacy. Lacy is known for …


The Corporate Recruitment Incentive Program

Tim Sackett Compensation/Cash Money, Tim Sackett, Udacity

There’s a barrier that is keeping corporate talent acquisition from reaching its highest levels of productivity. That barrier is incentive compensation, and the reason it’s a barrier is because no organization has figured out how to solve it. The main reason for this is there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. The main problem is that most corporate TA leaders who attempt …

Tell me what you want, what you really, really want

Kelly Dingee Compensation/Cash Money, Kelly Dingee, Negotiation, Recruiting

Channelling the Spice Girls this fine morning.  I’ve been on the phone a lot lately.  And for some reason, I’m really enjoying it, I thought for years I was so much more content to be behind the screen…finding candidates….emailing….serving them up to recruiting teams on a silver platter.  I’ve gotten a second lease on this recruiting life bouncing back to …