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The Key Role of Job Descriptions in Pay Programs

It’s easy to think of job descriptions as an HR compliance tool—which they are. But it’s also important to remember that they play an important role in your compensation planning as well.


Enron’s EVP Was Great … Except for One Thing

Many EVPs (Employee Value Propositions) consist of nice-sounding platitudes that are a litany of things that don’t reflect reality, says consultant Stephanie Tarant, PhD. Take Enron, for example.


Finances and Funding—Fit Yourself into the Picture

In yesterday’s Advisor, Clare Novak gave tips on understanding the basics of finance; today, how HR relates to this side of your business and some advice on how to turn financial know-how into funding for your comp plan.


Setting a Performance Matrix with Maximum Penetration Targets

Yesterday’s Advisor featured the first 5 of Consultant Whitney Herrington’s 7 alternatives for deciding on merit pay. Today, alternatives #6 and #7.


Pay for Performance Matrix with Maximum Penetration Targets

Yesterday’s Advisor featured the first 5 of Consultant Whitney Herrington’s 7 alternatives for deciding on merit pay. Today, alternatives #6 and #7.


Matching Your Total Rewards to Your Talent

"In yesterday’s Advisor, we covered Consultant Jennifer Barton, SPHR’s tips for maximizing your total rewards program. Today, we discuss what you can do to make it more effective."

Start by taking a talent inventory, says Barton, who is chief operating officer of Willis North America Human Capital Practice. She made her suggestions at the recent SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando. You might start by populating a chart such as this, she says:


Is Zappos’ Radical Approach to Recruiting Right for You?

"Yesterday’s Advisor featured BLR legal editor Jasmin Rojas’ take on Zappos’ new approach to recruiting—all on social media, no postings. In this issue, more of her thoughts about how you may learn from their initiative."

In the past year, Zappos received about 31,000 applications, and only hired about 1.5% of the applicants. This prevented the company’s small recruiting team from “working in a purposeful way,” according to Mike Bailen, senior HR manager. Thus, the onus here will really be on the candidate to make him or herself stand out from the crowd in a much less impersonal setting.


Lots of LinkedIn Connections Means Lots of LinkedIn Results

"Yesterday’s Advisor featured the first 6 of consultant Donna Serdula’s tips for maximizing the impact of your LinkedIn page. Today, the rest of her tips, plus an introduction to the all-things-compensation-and-benefits website,®."

[Go here for tips 1 to 5]

6. Build Connections

It’s important to have a lot of connections, Serdula says. This is because first connections can look at each other’s first connections. You get to see their updates/posts, and if they know someone you want to know, you can ask for an introduction via LinkedIn. You also can endorse each other’s skills.


Make Metrics Meaningful to Management

"The metrics you keep may be meaningful to you, but will they be meaningful to management? Is the analysis you provide to the C-suite in line with the strategic plan? Is it information that is useful in strategic decision making? If not, how can that be changed?"

Metrics let people make decisions based on objective information rather than simply guessing or going by instinct. Metrics also let people know what is important to the organization, since a metric that is tracked will be analyzed.

HR metrics have historically often focused on the past. For example, HR metrics often include things like turnover or time to hire. These data are useful but look only at raw info depicting what has happened, as opposed to assessing the “why” behind the data. Assessing the “why” is what will allow business leaders to make decisions accordingly. This is where HR professionals have an opportunity to change what metrics are presented and really make a strategic impact for the organization.


Wage Compression? Use the ‘Compression Triangle’

"Wage compression (when lower-level or less-experienced comp bumps up against or exceeds the comp of higher-level or more-experienced employees) is a bit of a nightmare, and few comp managers avoid it."

The first thing to recognize about compression is that there are no secrets at work, says consultant Brown. People are going to find out what other people make. They may talk openly or it may be relatively innocent, he adds. For example, your life insurance is half of salary, and employees are sitting at lunch discussing insurance. The employee says, “I have $25,000 and I don’t think that’s enough.” Everyone listening now knows this person makes $50,000.


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