Compensation Café

Compensation Dentistry – 4 Things We Learned (part 5 of 5)

So, what did we learn about the link between dentistry and compensation? Obviously, Dan Walter thinks about teeth and dentists far more than a compensation professional should. Let’s face it, being able to link dentistry to pay practices, the tooth fairy, orthodontia and wisdom teeth was deeper... Read More

Dinosaurs are Alive and Well

They are out there somewhere, that’s for sure. Incredible as it may seem, but some business leaders still hold to their heart employee treatment practices that have been debunked for decades. The enlightened practitioners of today occasionally find themselves shocked to discover that some... Read More

Cafe Classic: Defining Exemplary – Better than Great

Editor's Note: Is your organization struggling with defining performance levels?  Dan Walter brings some Classic advice and a terrific example of what performance that truly goes above and beyond really looks like. Performance reviews and ratings are tough. When I work with companies that... Read More

Compensation Force

Can Employee Retention Be a Double Edged Sword?

Can employee retention be a double edged sword?  According to Merriam Webster, in addition to being a sword with two sharp edges, this is defined as something that can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences. That's about right. Or, as John Sumser of the HRExaminer has put... Read More

Pay Terminology and Communication Fails

I've had an important lesson reinforced for me.  I'm reminded again, via several recent conversations with employees and managers, of the wide range of definitions people hold for some very basic compensation terms. Think there is some level of agreement on what terms like... Read More

Hope, Unexpected Magic and Your Reward Plans

"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things..." says Andy Dufresne, a character in the movie The Shawshank Redemption (based on a Stephen King novella), to his friend Red.  Hard to argue with that. I thought back to that line as I was reading Seth Godin's blog post today, titled... Read More

Are You Ready for That Compensation Philosophy Conversation?

There is nothing quite like getting leaders around a table (literally, if you can manage, virtually if not) to debate what they intend the organization to accomplish with its compensation dollars - and then documenting the points of their agreement in writing - to bring clarity to reward design and... Read More

Don't Forget: Work Environment is a Reward Element

When organizations examine their total compensation offerings, the savvy ones factor in something beyond cash compensation and benefits.  That extra, less tangible, but inarguably significant element is work environment. I encourage many of my clients to throw work environment into the mix of... Read More