Compensation Café

The Lessons of a Dog's Breakfast

Editor's Note: Today's post comes to us courtesy of guest contributor Chris Dobyns. The phrase, A Dog’s Breakfast, is probably unfamiliar to most Americans, as its use and origin is probably better recognized and understood throughout the United Kingdom. The exact source and the... Read More

The Squeak of the Hamster Wheel

Round and round it goes, where it stops, everyone knows. Lately, I have been wondering what it will really take to change things in the world of compensation. It would seem that we have more than enough motivation to result in real changes to compensation practices that have been ineffective, or... Read More

Avoiding Analysis Paralysis

In order to effectively manage reward programs compensation practitioners and their senior management leaders need to understand how competitive those programs are.  In making that determination, though, just how precise does the analysis have to be?  To what lengths should one go to increase the... Read More

Cafe Classic: Min, Mid, Max

Editor's Note:  While a foundation of structure and rules (in this humble editor's opinion) can provide helpful ballast against paying by whim and fancy, many of the paradigms and methodologies that underly our pay programs have their roots in the 1960's and 1970's.  While it... Read More

Compensation Force

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

What About Performance Transparency?

I find it interesting that in an age where we increasingly prioritize pay transparency we are also issuing passionate calls to do away with performance reviews and ratings. Does anyone else see the irony here? I have encountered few organizations whose leadership has committed to a talent strategy... Read More

Punished By (Poorly Conceived) Rewards

While it will be clear from what follows that I take issue with a number of things he says, I do believe that Alfie Kohn's book Punished by Rewards is a must read for reward professionals.  Good kick in the head to shake out the cobwebs and challenge the thinking.   As those who have read... Read More