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Converting a Salary to an Hourly Wage

Before I get into the arithmetic – WHICH IS EASY – I must establish first that there is no law on this. This is just something that your payroll/accounting/HR folks will quibble over from time to time, so you need an expert to make it canon. That’s what this is all about: How to convert a salary into an hourly wage.

The simplest and most common methods to make the conversion are as follows:

Simply use the annual salary and divide into it the scheduled hours per year.



How On-the-Job Training can Solve Your Pipeline Problems


On-the-job training was popular a generation ago but has been steadily declining in the U.S. for decades. Companies expect candidates who are armed with a degree or certification and relevant work experience, which is discounting a large pool of the American workforce.

This model worked for companies when there were more qualified people than jobs available, but today’s labor market paints a different picture. Now we are seeing a lot more demand for specialized talent than there are qualified candidates.  And though we have seen strong hiring, wage growth has been...


First Night of DNC Puts Families in the Spotlight


The Democratic National Convention is officially underway, and SHRM is on the ground in Philly.

Last night, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the DNC with a rousing speech that was rooted in her passion for children, asking America: who will you entrust with the power to shape our children for the next four to eight years of their lives? While she made it clear that there is only one person she trusts in this election, Hillary Clinton, the First Lady also widened the conversation to include the needs of families during...


Driving Business Success: Limiting How Much We Look Back


Since I’ve been working from my home office the last few years, it strikes me that I don’t drive much anymore.  Well, I drive to the airport a fair bit, but day-to-day driving is a thing of my past.  I was thinking about it because I have young teens who are already anxiously focused on learning how to drive.  When we are in the car, they ask tons of questions about how the car works, what the driving laws are, how...


Before You Terminate the Chief Officer

You undoubtedly already have a set of procedures you follow at terminations. That’s good.  You should.

But I’ve noticed over the years in many companies that at the point when the board or the CEO gets fed up with an executive and wants them terminated, even regular termination procedures are often abandoned. That’s not good. You shouldn’t!

Executives are not like the rest of us! They have to be treated differently, even – maybe especially – at termination.

Here are a few things to remember.

  1. The Executive Agreement
  2. ...

How to Cultivate Your Professional Development from Day One



Congratulations! You’ve finished that degree program, wrapped up your amazing internship, and have made it through the rounds of resume writing and interviews to land your first professional human resources position. While you start to get in the swing of things and apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real world situations, many of us start to wonder, what’s next? How do we continue to add new skills to our professional toolbox? While there is no “one size fits all” solution, try a few different tactics to see what...


The Growing Wave of Eldercare – Employees will Need Support and Flexibility


It has come to this: Someone stole more than $100,000 from my mother’s checking account. Someone else stole her purse, including all of her identification. And the federal government has cut off her Social Security payments. The Unites States is no longer a good place to grow old.

My mother is 92 years old and suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. She is living in an assisted living facility in Northern Virginia. She has the benefit of a son who lives less than an hour away and who spends a...


#Nextchat: Improving the Employee Experience with HR Technology



HR professionals are continually challenged by their CEOs and CFOs to find ways to increase efficiency while providing better communication, faster service and a more positive experience for employees.

HR is responding by making significant investments in technology to revolutionize every aspect of the employee life cycle.

Technology now influences nearly every aspect of an employee’s workplace experience, which allows employers to better hire, train, manage, coach, evaluate and engage workers.

New HR mobile apps now allow workers to rate their peers and to deliver instantaneous, honest and truly anonymous...


Under-Represented Youth and the Social Organization

iUrban Teen and the White House Celebration of My Brother’s Keeper Anniversary

“I'm so proud of iUrban Teen and other ‘career accelerators’ for underrepresented youth. We're guiding the next talent pipeline and developing great citizens. What an honor to be at the White House for the third time!" – Deena Pierott, iUrban Teen founder and White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion

In 2011, I worked with a few others on a generational diversity study and, through that, was invited to be a part of the White House Champions of Change program. A few months after adding the event to my LinkedIn...


Be Heard !!

This past week, I had the opportunity to participate in something that still seems surreal. I spent a few days in Cleveland, Ohio during the Republican National Convention. It was an incredible spectacle, and it was hard to take it all in.

I was fortunate to be participating as part of the SHRM Board of Directors and the SHRM A-Team. We met with great HR pros to discuss a look ahead on how the upcoming election affected workplaces, HR and employees. If you didn’t know, SHRM attends both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. They don’t take a political...