Compensation Café

How to Make Headway on Pay Transparency

Have you measured your progress on pay transparency? It's definitely time to check. Even though every organization is starting from a different place, you should have kicked off your journey towards pay transparency by now. What is pay transparency anyway, and how do I know when I get there?... Read More

What Is a Reward? (Part II): The Right Employees

Previously Published: Part I - The Right Reward When you think of the payroll expense that represents your staff of employees, do you consider that amount of money primarily as; a) a cost to the business, or b) as an investment in business success?  I've heard both terms used, usually along... Read More

Thank You for 10, 360 and 180,000 Reasons

This post is about recognition. The recognition of each of you reading this post, and anyone who has ever read a post on the Compensation Café. Writing for the Comp Café is one of my favorite things. The discipline of finding ideas and turning them into 5 minutes of something that is, hopefully,... 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