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Failure to Pay Correctly—#6 on the List of Lawsuit Magnets


"In yesterday’s Advisor, we presented the first five of Attorney Aaron Zandy’s 10 lawsuit magnets—the most costly management mistakes. Today, the rest of the 10, including failure to pay correctly."

[Go here for failures 1 to 5.]

6. Failure to Pay Correctly

Yes, it’s the pay thing. Zandy’s danger zones are:

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The 10 Most Costly Management Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them


"Attorney Aaron Zandy, SPHR, uses essentially this opening statement at the beginning of every trial. But, he says, “sometimes it’s easier than others.” Here’s the statement:"

“It’s a case of perception vs. reality. The plaintiff perceives he (she) was disciplined, retaliated against, and harassed.  The reality is different. He (she) was terminated for a legitimate, non-discriminatory, non-retaliatory reason by a professional, well-trained manager with supportive documentation.”

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The 4 Leadership Lessons I Learned from ‘Dead Poets Society’


"With the recent tragic death of comedian and actor Robin Williams, my family and I decided to watch one of his many great films over the weekend, Dead Poets Society. The movie is about a group of boys at a private prep school. It’s there that they meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who is played by Williams."

Keating encourages the boys to embrace their individualism, think independently, and pursue their passions. This leads them on a path of self-discovery that clashes with the rigid culture of the conservative institution they attend. Keating’s methods ultimately cost him his job, but they win him the respect and affection of his students.

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Is Your Total Rewards Package Making a Difference?


"Your total rewards package affects your company’s ability to attract, motivate, and retain top talent. Is your program doing all that it could be doing? Consultant Jennifer Barton shows how to evaluate and improve your program."

Barton, chief operating officer, Willis North America Human Capital Practice, made her suggestions at the recent SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando. She offers the following chart to help you classify your various reward elements.

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Do You Know the ‘Secret of Motivation’?


"A colleague shared with me an article published recently in The New York Times Sunday Review. In addition to the fact that the article had been recommended, its title, “The Secret of Effective Motivation,” was certainly enough to get me to read it. Who in management doesn’t want to know the “secret” of effective motivation?"

Dear Readers,

The article’s authors—Amy Wrzesniewski, a professor of organizational behavior, and Barry Schwartz, a professor of psychology—had conducted a study about motivation. According to them, there are two types of motivation: internal and instrumental. Internal motivation, as you would guess, comes from within. People are motivated to do something based on the feeling of satisfaction they derive simply from doing it. They’re the employees who come to work every day because they simply love what they do.

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HR Timewasters—Let’s Find Out What’s Destroying HR Productivity!


"If you’re like most of our subscribers, you've got so many daily tasks that it’s hard to get to the really important things. This survey will help us find out which are the really important tasks and which are the time-robbing tasks."

Dear Readers,

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and help us (and you) find out what’s happening in the real world of HR management.

The survey takes only a few minutes to complete.

Complete the Survey Now

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Your Manager’s Worst Sin—Envy, Greed, or Sloth?


"Yesterday’s Advisor covered the first four of the seven deadly sins of managers; today, we present Envy, Greed, and Sloth."

[Go here for sins 1 to 4 and a bonus sin]

Sin 5. Envy

Envy makes managers do things that aren’t appropriate for the company. For example:

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How Many of the 7 Deadly Sins Are Your Managers and Supervisors Committing—Right Now?


"Surely MY managers and supervisors are following our policies and your practices to the letter. Sorry, wishful thinking. Here are seven deadly sins that your managers are probably committing right now, down the hall."

Sin 1. Lust

Sexual harassment continues to be a problem in the workplace. And it’s often worse when it’s a manager and a subordinate. Perhaps the most difficult challenge in training managers and supervisors about harassment is getting across the idea that what matters is the attitude of the receiver of the harassment, not the deliverer. Managers think they can excuse their improper behavior with “I was just kidding” or “Can’t she take a joke?” but if the victim was offended, and especially if he or she asked for the behavior to stop, there’s a problem.

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Variable Pay—What’s Working? What’s Not?


"Variable pay. Pay for performance. Simple concepts but difficult in practice. What’s happening in the real world? What are your competitors up to? Help us find out!"

Please participate in our brief survey and see how what you are doing stacks up against what other successful companies are doing.

We’ll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Who’s providing what incentive pay types for which employee groups?
  • How effective is each type of variable pay at motivating employees?
  • What are the three most important objectives of the plans?
  • How important is variable pay for recruiting and retention of employees?
  • How could your program be improved?
  • And much more.

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Looking for Great Talent? Look for Potential


"The cover article in the June issue of Harvard Business Review is titled “The Big Idea: 21st-Century Talent Spotting.” Since all of us as managers are constantly on the lookout for talent, the title, of course, grabbed my attention. The author, Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, a senior adviser at a global executive firm, boldly claims that potential is “the most important predictor of success at all levels.”"

Fernández-Aráoz says that potential is the fourth era of talent spotting. Here are the previous three:

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