Compensation Café

Are We Doing Enough?

Boy, that's the last question that I'd want to hear anyone asking right now. In fact, I'd be surprised if there weren't some of you who've gotten ticked off just hearing it. After all, how many times can you pull the rabbit out of the hat? 2020 has just been too much. 71%... Read More

Cafe Classic: The Power of the Joy of Work

Editor's Note:  Joy at work? We'll take some of that! Its a good time for Chris Dobyn's Classic reminder that work can be satisfying, often despite the best efforts of management and our reward policies. Let’s face it, despite what any employer does to try and make the work... Read More

Beyond Outside the Box

We tend to do things the way we have seen them done. Our ice cream is sweet. Our pizza is savory. Our soups are hot. And our pay tends to stay very close to the 50th percentile. While these are all norms, there are alternatives to each. Just because you haven't tried them, or perhaps even... Read More

Do You Have the Answers About Pay?

A disgruntled employee has come to see you.  “Bob Carter” has always been considered a rock solid, dependable worker; someone his supervisor has consistently rated “satisfactory” on your company’s performance rating scale.  But Bob is not happy with his pay increase.  He’s at your... Read More

Compensation Force

The Potential for Incentive Perversity

Need more proof that carelessly designed incentives can do more harm than good?  Check out Wikipedia's list of perverse incentives.  Perverse incentives, by definition, are those that produce unintended negative consequences.  A few laughs and some solid food for thought. A couple of my... Read More

On Essential Workers, Higher Wages and Work Design

The path to value creation, according to many in the private equity sector, is through return on invested capital (ROIC).  Indeed, they tell us, the best way to create real value in a businessis by making smart capital investment decisions. This should interest us, as HR and reward professionals,... Read More

Resourcefulness: A Core Competency for Challenging Times

Many HR and reward programs today operate on a competency-based platform, where the fundamental building block is a set of core competencies (defined in the WorldatWork glossary as behaviors, attributes or skills that are predictors of personal success). Recently revisiting a Harvard Business... Read More

Has Your Pay Program Been Infected by Senioritis?

One of the tasks we face in the universe of pay administration is matching a job to compensation surveys, in order to establish its competitive value, is ascertaining the appropriate "level".  Is it an Engineer 1, 2, 3 or 4?  A Graphics Designer Senior or a Graphics Designer... Read More