Wages, Pay, & Salary

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…

Your Merit Pay Program Has a Fatal Flaw

It’s likely that your pay-for-performance program has a fatal flaw built into it; an inadvertent side effect of the design that, if ignored by management will almost certainly guarantee failure. But no one wants to talk about it. Instead, what…

5 Reasons Why Working Too Many Hours Is a Bad Idea

24-year-old copywriter Mita Diran’s last Tweet, several hours before she lapsed into a coma and died. One thing most millennials figure out faster than workers of older generations is that work/life balance isn’t just important, it’s crucial. While exceptions like Miss…

Why a Compensation Strategy Is a Must

How many of you reading this article have a piece of paper that you can lay your hands on, one with the title, “Compensation Strategy”? Do you know if such a document exists in your organization? The common response at…

What Pay Range Data Can and Can’t Tell You

Many pay surveys routinely collect and report salary range minimums, midpoints and maximums. This data can provide helpful context, but it is also at risk for being misapplied by practitioners who haven’t the training or experience to correctly interpret the…