Compensation Café

What Do You Call Me?

During my consulting work with clients, I often take the time to explain two critical “rules” that I use when market-pricing the external market value of their jobs. Whatever the job description says are the roles and responsibilities, that is what I will compare against, and . . .. I will not... Read More

Cafe Classic: DIY Isn't For Everyone

Editor's Note: Managers, and some of our human resource colleagues, like to believe that market pricing a job is very straightforward and objective. Flip through the electronic survey pages, pick a number for a job that seems to fit reasonably well, and voila!  Pay level and opportunity... Read More

At Some Point, You Have to Talk with the Executive Team

This "war story" is the one about the Compensation Director who hired a firm to develop a new compensation program. Her idea was to address a number of problems that she believed were obvious obstacles to the compensation plan's effectiveness. After a few weeks working with a... Read More

The Truth About Gig Workers

California’s AB5 has been approved and the apocalypse is coming! Once again California is forcing companies to do things they were not willing to do on their own. In this case, the new rule provides three tests that must be passed to classify someone as an independent contractor. (A): The worker... Read More

Cafe Classic: Driving Your Compensation Programs in Reverse

Editor's Note:  Ever feel like things are a little backward pay program wise?  You're not alone, friend!  Dan Walter, master of the compensation metaphor, shines a light on the Classic problem we all face at one time or another - particularly those of us who work in or serve smaller,... Read More

Compensation Force

Is Your Pay Plan a Trust Buster?

Ever run into a situation where employees say that they trust a company's leaders but not its compensation plans?  Where an otherwise trustworthy and straight-shooting management team puts out a compensation plan in which employees claim to have no faith? I have, and have often puzzled over... Read More

Beware the Creep Factor in Customizing Employee Rewards!

Analytics and machine learning have opened the doors to new ways of designing and managing how we reward employees.  No longer must we treat our workforce as one big homogenous mass.  Now we can gather and analyze the data necessary to understand every individual's needs, values and... Read More

The Founder's Dilemma: Employee Pay Edition

If you work for a Fortune 100 company or a public sector entity, feel free to move on.  If, however, you have embraced the challenge of (or are considering a move to) leading Human Resources and administering compensation in a more entrepreneurial setting - this post is for you!! I had the chance,... Read More

Taming the Incentive Beast

It's a proven fact.  Left on their own, with no boundaries or constraints, incentive plans will often multiply like rabbits.  I recently spoke with a compensation professional who claimed that her organization has over 300 incentive plans in place.  Her question:  "What can we do to... Read More

The Perils of "Rewarding" FLSA Exemption

FLSA compliance - the challenges of getting (and keeping) positions appropriately classified - are difficult enough.  HR and compensation professionals everywhere can attest to this.  So why would we make the task even harder by "rewarding" FLSA exemption? Allow me to explain.  One of... Read More