Compensation Café

My Greatest Mistake

I've been around the block a few times in my career, to the point where the road in my rearview mirror is longer than the road ahead.  So I often get asked rumination-type questions to assist colleagues and the next generation of compensation practitioners.  "What tips 'n tricks... Read More

Quitting the Small Stuff

We’re approaching that dreaded time of year – new year’s resolutions. I haven’t set mine yet, though I have a few ideas I’m mulling over. Then I read an excellent post by Darius Fox on quitting. He inspired me to put quitting on my resolutions list. Not quitting my job, which I love, or... Read More

A Wish for You This Time of Year!

As a Compensation Cafe reader, you must be able to see the humor in our crazy area of business. It's part of the reason for Compensation Cafe. We want to encourage you to be a bit cheeky about your take on work, and thus be more happy than most about the interactions, decisions, amazing... Read More

Cafe Classic: Reminiscing with You This Time of Year

Editor's note:  In the spirit of the season, Margaret O'Hanlon shares her Classic story about the family ties we share as a profession.   All of us like to hear stories this time of year, so I thought I would do my part.  Did you know that we have a family history that goes back to... Read More

Compensation Force

Best of the Force: Solving Pay Angst

Our Best of the Force series highlights some of the most popular posts from our archives. As an independent advisor, I am often called in to help with situations where compensation has become a very emotional and even intractable problem.  Having the opportunity to work with -- and through --... Read More

How NOT to Communicate Your Salary Expectations...

A colleague of mine in the staffing field shared this excerpt from the cover letter sent in by a prospective job candidate: My salary requirements are based on what's required to provide shelter and feed my family and will require some added perspective about what it is you require. Good of... Read More

What Would Einstein Do (If He Had to Solve YOUR Pay Problems)?

If there is a universal experience that we all share as we gain experience in the discipline of employee compensation, it's the realization that there is a knee jerk tendency among our clients -- from front line supervisors to senior managers -- to assume that every employee issue can be... Read More

Best of the Force: Rewards Make Strategy Perform Better

Our Best of the Force series highlights some of the most popular posts from our archives. I like to argue that we should be holding our compensation programs - and the money they represent - to a higher standard.  Research examining how well company strategy delivers on its potential - and where... Read More