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One-Third of Employees Think Managers Set Pay Based on Feelings

Here's a Monday kind of question for you: Do you think your manager sets your pay based primarily on skills, or how they feel about you?

Cloud-based compensation software firm Beqom has issued its 2018 Compensation and Culture Report, which, among other things, reveals that one-third of employees think their managers set pay based on how they feel about an employee instead of the employee's performance, skills and experience. Ouch.

Forget having the skills to pay the bills, because modern management is about all the feels! This isn't business, it's personal. So what can managers do about it?

The Way You Make Me Feel
Favoritism at work -- even when it's perceived favoritism -- can have a highly corrosive effect on employee productivity and engagement if they think their pay is based on workplace popularity. Here, watch this video. It has some great tips.

Transparency -- e.g., making everyone's pay or salary level everyone's business -- is another s…

Like a Boss! 80% of U.S. Workers are Happy with Their Managers

October 16 is National Boss's Day, the one day of the year when we're supposed to compliment the boss. Luckily, a new survey finds that saying "good job!" to the boss and actually meaning it might not be so hard to do, after all!

Staffing firm OfficeTeam surveyed more than 2,800 adult employees in 28 major U.S. cities and found the vast majority give their boss a solid "A" for effort. Almost half (49%) think their manager is a good leader. Let's give everyone in management a much-needed round of applause!

However, one in five employees does not feel like clapping. No, they feel like clapping back instead: Nearly one-fourth of employees surveyed (23%) see the boss as a dreaded micromanager, while 16% think the boss is incompetent. Ouch.

Where Managers Are Most Admired
Where are managers most likely to be admired? Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami ranked highly in employee satisfaction with management.

However, managers…

JSYK: Five Signs Your Teammate is an Internet Troll

A combative coworker has one more thing to say on a topic you didn't want to talk about in the first place. By the end of the work day, you feel both frustrated, and mentally exhausted. This coworker is an internet troll come to life on the job.

With less than a month to go before the U.S. midterm elections, politics is on the brain for many people. Yes, even at work. Most of us know better than to talk about it during the work day, though.

But what if you work with someone who just can't keep their political views to themselves? When they aren't trolling anonymously on internet comment boards, they're trying to provoke their teammates into political arguments. Or any argument, really. The topic doesn't matter as long as everyone is debating and becoming visibly upset.

As a society, we're rapidly blurring the line between internet troll and in-the-flesh, in-person human being. Where does one begin, and the other one end? Some people speak as if they're al…

This is MY Job: When Parents Embarrass their Adult Children Online

Have you been following the story about the mom who embarrassed her Navy vet son by tweeting about his military accomplishments and his dating life? Her post went viral, and now he's embarrassed.

It's time to talk about the parents who go on social media to get all up in their children's professional business!

Instead of allowing their children the time and space to construct their own online narrative, these parents are all over social media talking about their child's job much they don't like it. Their child is tired, overworked and underpaid. If only their meanie of a manager would stop being so awful!

If the previous paragraph hits a little too close to home, then Navy Vet Son is your worst nightmare come true. You can imagine your photo floating around the internet, attached forever to your mother's random Twitter thoughts, and now your friends are texting you at work to let you know that you're trending worldwide.

Oh, man. You've gone vi…

I'm Sorry (Again)! Dealing with Coworkers who Apologize Too Much

A coworker comes up to you and apologizes for a mistake she made...last week. It's the fifth time she's apologized for it, too. Sorry to bring this up, but how should you handle the coworker who won't stop apologizing for everything?

We've all worked with this coworker. Elton John said that sorry seems to be the hardest word, but not for this coworker! These are the colleagues in meetings who will preface what they're about to say with phrases such as "This might sound like a stupid idea, but..." or "This is probably a bad idea, but..." or "I don't think this would work, but..."


These are the colleagues who will apologize for not being totally prepared, but will generally proceed to do a good job -- making us wonder if they were yanking our chains by playing the "low expectations" game of undersell and over-deliver. I told them I couldn't do it, and then BAM I delivered!

These are the colleagues who will keep s…

Come at Me, Bro: Where Have All the Grown Ups Gone?

The Kavanaugh hearings and impending confirmation have us talking about the 1980s again. The parties. The drinking. The bar fights. All we need now is the Stop Making Sense soundtrack, which, of course, is one of the best albums of all time.

The music takes me back to a simpler time when grown ups acted like grown ups. Now every day means another petty argument among grown adults, and we're not talking about policy issues anymore. Too many of our leaders are calling each other schoolyard names, shouting over each other, and acting incredibly immature for their ages. Come at me bro, indeed.

Personally, I find the rampant immaturity level as depressing as all of the lying. Immaturity is everywhere, from the moms at the bus stop acting like seventh graders to grown adults trolling each other on Twitter to one of our nation's elite asking a sitting U.S. Senator if she drinks to black out.

The questions I've had rattling around my brain for the last few weeks are fighting the…

Shh! When a Coworker Makes Unreasonable Requests for Office Quiet

You're hard at work when a coworker says: "I can hear your breathing over there. Could you stop doing that?" Huh? Let's talk about the controlling coworkers who literally don't want to hear us at work!

Before we get started here, let me say that I won't be writing about the jingly-jangly jewelry wearer or the stentorian spit swisher, which are noises that we can control (read: eliminate) for the most part. Besides, we've covered those bases already.

No, today I'm focusing on the coworker who has pretty much told you to stop breathing, because she can hear it. And could you walk more quietly to the copier while you're at it? Until ambient habitat soundscaping arrives at work, you feel doomed to a standard of quiet that is impossible to attain.

The too-quiet office can contribute to our coworker's controlling quest for total office quiet, as could the open office environment that is packing us in like sardines and forcing us to watch our teammate…