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Employee Recognition

April 03, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



If you google “Employee Recognition” there’s all sorts of information on gifts and awards employers can provide to employees.  Low cost / high impact awards, memorable awards, select your gift, engage your team and attain your goals, highest rated products, staff appreciation ideas that won’t break the bank, and on and on………….. Gifts are great, who doesn’t like to receive a gift?  However, the key to effective employee recognition is the personal touch.  I recently saw a Facebook post of an acquaintance who received a promotion.  She excitedly posted a picture of the flowers she received from ...

Speculation Looms

March 22, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



As many employers anxiously await the Department of  Labor's final decision, there is lots of speculation around the proposed changes to the FLSA. Almost 300,000 comments were received by the DOL in reaction to the proposed changes to the FLSA. This volume of responses that must legally be reviewed may delay the final rulings from mid-2016 as initially anticipated to late 2016 or even 2017. This is huge news for the business community, which hasn’t been shy about expressing outrage over ...

2016 Compensation Trends

December 14, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



The three emerging 2016 compensation trends are: modest base pay increases, pay differentiated by performance and prevalence of variable pay.  Modest Base Pay Increases Forecasts show the average 2016 budget for raises in the United States is projected to be 3.1%.   Average total salary budget increases have been steadily rising from the all-time lows recorded during the 2009 when the average salary increase was 2.2%.  Annual increase budgets have improved slightly since 2013, up from 2.9% to 3.0% in 2014 and 2015. In general, organizations are budgeting between ...

Internal/External Pay Philosophy – A Compensation Case Study

July 08, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



Summary A non-profit organization in Cleveland, Ohio was seeking outside expertise to compare its current pay practices to the local non-profit market and develop a compensation system that will be used to make decisions in the future with regard to new hire pay rates, promotional increases, as well as annual compensation increases.  The organization’s goal was to create a comprehensive compensation system that will be internally equitable and externally competitive, along with guidelines for managing compensation decisions for new hires, internal promotions, and annual compensation increases.  In order to achieve its goal, the organization worked with Amy ...

Do Your Employees Feel Appreciated?

April 03, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Statistics around rewards and recognition… The number-one reason most Americans leave their jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated.   (Gallup, Tom Rath and Donald Clifton, How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life 2001) Companies with strategic recognition reported a mean employee turnover rate that is 23.4% lower than retention at companies without any recognition program. (SHRM/Globalforce Employee Recognition Survey, 2012) Praise and commendation from managers was rated the top motivator for performance, beating out other noncash and financial incentives, by a majority of workers (67%) (McKinsey Motivating People, Getting Beyond Money, 2009) Recognition is ...