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In this, our second edition of Leader’s Digest, our top two stories deal with compensation issues: the gap in current pay rates related to gender and job function, and a growing negative perception of the effectiveness of today's corporate leaders.
Are Managers Earning Their Pay?
At the same time a report came out claiming the largest U.S. companies' CEOs make 343 times a typical worker, two employee-oriented surveys have surfaced. One indicates that employees think their bosses are underperforming at their jobs; the other suggests that 25% of managers are unqualified to lead when given the supervisory role. We investigate the possible reasons behind these negative perceptions and wonder if perhaps the various reports are more linked than they first appear.
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Equal Pay for Equal Work?
Several reports have been issued of late that reaffirm the fact that women average far less than their male counterparts in earnings. Meanwhile, Congress is debating a Paycheck Fairness Act, and the Supreme Court is considering the largest civil rights discrimination class action lawsuit (brought by a group of 1.5 million current and former Wal-Mart employees) in U.S. history. It's a hot button issue that's sure to generate much more media attention in the coming months.
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  Go Figure

  According to a Hewitt Associates survey of large U.S. companies, base pay for salaried exempt employees rose 2.4% in 2010, up from 1.8% in 2009. Compensation for 170 Fortune 1000 CEOs increased 17% in 2010 (vs. 3% in 2009), according to HR consultancy Towers Watson.  
  What Do You Think?
Assuming your company gave modest or no pay raises in the past two recessionary years, what are your plans for 2011?    Weigh in
Safety Rules
As OSHA celebrated its 40th anniversary in April, it highlighted the work that still needs to be done to curtail workplace injuries. Did you know that the majority of workplace injuries are behavior-based? Even the safest environments can pose hazards to an inattentive workforce. Here are a few great ways to enhance your culture and get your employees focused on safety. Read on...

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