Compensation & Benefits

Training the Ted Talk Way

TED Talks, the popular conference and video lecture series, has a cardinal rule that all presenters must follow: No talk can exceed 18 minutes. As TED curator Chris Anderson puts it, 18 minutes is “short enough to hold people’s attention,…

The 3 R’s of Open Enrollment Success

With open enrollment approaching, you’ve probably spent a lot of energy creating the right blend of benefits for employees. Naturally, you want to give your people a great employee experience by helping them understand their options and make the best…

The Pros and Cons of Unlimited PTO

Unlimited PTO has become a trendy perk for startups to offer their employees. Often, it’s implemented because founders think it will be less administrative work or will help them compete with bigger firms for talent. Those things can be true,…

When They Wear Two Hats, How Do You Decide Pay?

The competitive market pricing of jobs for an organization is relatively straightforward when looking at common benchmark roles – the ones that you can find in almost any organization. Administrative assistants, financial analysts, receptionists, help desk technicians, coordinators, etc. are…

Your Pay Program Has a Big Mouth

You have a not-so-silent partner in your compensation communication efforts. That partner? Your pay program itself. That’s because compensation itself is a powerful communication tool. In fact, everything we do in compensation is communication, so it’s critical that we consider the messages…