Author Archives: Marcia G. Rhodes

Marcia G. Rhodes

About Marcia G. Rhodes

Marcia G. Rhodes serves as spokeswoman and PR manager for WorldatWork. She is a columnist for human resources and talent management topics. Previously, Rhodes was a Senior Marketing Manager for Accenture. Rhodes has been quoted in Baltimore Sun, Chicago Sun-Times, San Jose Mercury News, The Houston Chronicle, The Arizona Republic, Career Journal, Phoenix Business Journal, to name a few.

Work-Life Programs, Balancing Work And Family

Work-Life Programs, Balancing Work and Family

I spent several hours this week reviewing nomination forms for the Top Workplaces for Women in the Valley. It was refreshing to read that numerous Valley employers offer work-life programs to help workers (both men and women) minimize work-life conflict. The programs include standard practices such as flexible work schedules, job sharing, telework, backup childcare,… Read More →

Salary Budget Survey: Salaries Can’t Keep Up With Inflation

WorldatWork 2011-2010 Salary Budget Survey

WorldatWork’s 2011-2010 Salary Budget Survey – For the first time since 1980 the U.S. rate of inflation is higher than the average salary budget increase. During the 12-month period ending April 2011, the Consumer Price Index was 3.2%. Average pay increases for the same period? 2.8%. Why haven’t pay increases kept up with the rate… Read More →

Do Men Care About Work-Life Balance?

Dad working from home

In a word, yes! When it comes to work and family, men and women are more alike than different, according to a new research study of employees around the world. This finding conflicts with a widely held assumption that male identity is rooted in work, whereas women place a higher priority on personal and family… Read More →

Your Next Job Offer May Include A Sign-On Bonus

Sign-on bonus

Despite it being a buyers’ market, employers say they are willing to pay sign-on bonuses to attract the right talent. A new WorldatWork study found that, despite budget cuts, a majority (54 percent) of (mostly large) U.S. employers are still offering sign-on bonuses to new employees, especially key new hires filling critical positions. A sign-on… Read More →

The Japan Disaster Points Out The Need For Business Continuity Plans

Japan Disaster

I have fond memories of Japan. I have visited the country four times, spent one memorable night sleeping on the floor of a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, and several months studying at Sophia University in Tokyo. In the summer of 1981, I felt an earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale. As I stood at… Read More →

How Flexible is Your Workplace?

Flexible Workplaces

Employers are more flexible than we sometimes give them credit. A new WorldatWork study, Survey on Workplace Flexibility, revealed that there are 12 types of flexibility programs in use in the workplace today, and while a vast majority – 98 percent — of employers offer at least one, the average number of programs offered at… Read More →

Tailoring In The Workplace May Lead To A Better Fit

Tailoring Jobs

A good fit between employer and employee ups the chances that the employee will find his or her job fulfilling and be more productive. This was confirmed by a study sponsored by WorldatWork, “Organizational Culture and Total Rewards: Person-Organization Fit (2010),” which found that employees who share similar values with their organizations tend to be… Read More →

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Evaluating Employees’ Performances

performance reviews

It’s that time of year for annual performance reviews, a necessary evil to managers and employees alike. But, it’s not all that bad if done correctly and thoughtfully. The following are ways managers can optimize the performance review process: Don’t postpone or reschedule a performance review Perhaps the most important meeting a manager can schedule… Read More →

Age Of The Un-COLA: The Cost Of Living Myth

Just 11 percent of employers award cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) to employees

Just 11 percent of employers award cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) to employees, preferring to award promotional and merit increases, according to a WorldatWork study on compensation practices. COLA refers to an across-the-board wage and salary increase designed to bring pay in line with increases in the cost of living to maintain real purchasing power. Cost of living… Read More →

For Employers, Time Is The New Currency

Time is money

With all the cost cutting employers have had to do during the recent recession to stay afloat, it’s comforting to know that a key employee benefit near and dear to everyone’s heart has survived — paid vacations. According to a WorldatWork research report, Paid Time Off Programs and Practices*, a majority of U.S. employers still… Read More →

Are You A Kind Boss?

Three business people standing together with arms around each other

Look in the mirror and ask yourself: What kind of boss are you? Do you resemble Cruella De Vil from “101 Dalmatians” – a heartless, puppy-snatcher who orders her hapless henchmen to carry out her cruel demands? Or are you more like Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Star Wars” — a dedicated, knowledgeable, soft-spoken Jedi Master with… Read More →

Customized HR: Employees Want A “New Deal” At Work

Customized HR: Employees Want A “New Deal” At Work - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

I’d like the pie heated and I don’t want the ice cream on top, I want it on the side, and I’d like strawberry instead of vanilla, if you have it; if not, then no ice cream, just whipped cream, but only if it’s real; if it’s out of the can then nothing.” ~ Sally… Read More →

Listening to Employees

Listen to your employees - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

In tough times, the give-and-take relationship between workers and employers needs to be nurtured U.S. productivity is up. According to the latest reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual measure of labor productivity increased 3.8 percent from 2008 to 2009. While some may view this as a sign of an economic recovery, the… Read More →