Mid-year review : the best of Compensation Insider

This post is dedicated to my readers, old and new. In the past 6 months, the number of people reading Compensation Insider has grown from 12-15 per day to about 100 per day. I am very happy and hope to continue to see growth in my readership as I believe in sharing information and points of view with as large an audience as possible. That’s why I also speak at HR events like the IIRME Compensation & Benefits Forum last week :-). I will publish an update on that very soon…

So, I have extracted the 10 most read pages from this blog, and want to share them with you to let you discover them – or revisit some oldies that you liked some time ago. Good reading !

  1.  Compensation aspects of HR trends for 2012 : An overview of the trends relevant to Compensation professionals in the Middle East and GCC, based on SHRM’s Future Insights reports on HR trends for 2012.
  2. What are the benefits of a good performance management system ? : A good Performance Management Systems improves the performance of the company as employees are motivated, their work is aligned with company goals and there are fewer issues thanks to on-going feedback from the manager.
  3. Does competency-based performance management really work ? : Can performance management be based on competencies ? Yes it can – but it depends on what your purpose is. If you want to focus on employee growth it is great, if you want pay-for-performance, other approaches may be more adapted.
  4. Calibration of employee ratings – a rigid rule ? : Calibration or moderation allows to reach a common culture of performance through managers discussing and agreeing the relative performance of employees.
  5. Percentiles – an easy way to figure it out : An easy-to-understand defintion of percentiles, as well as a simple example of how to figure it out manually without mathematical formulas.
  6. Of average salaries in Europe : There is no such thing as “average salaries across Europe. Despite the euro, each country has its own tax and social security system, history and cultures, and salaries vary widely.
  7. A few career and life lessons from my last job in Italy : 5 years ago I was working in Italy and utterly miserable at my job. I eventually resigned and learned a few lessons that still support my professional life today.
  8. A view on emiratisation from the Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council : Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council (ADTC) provides some insight on the challenges facing the country in implementing a successful emiratisation of the private sector.
  9. From job evaluation to salary scales – the basics : An overview of how to move from job descriptions to job evaluations to job grading to salary ranges.
  10. Emiratisation and Compensation & Benefits part I : C&B can support emiratisation in many ways. In the first of two posts, I cover base pay, allowances, KPIs and incentives as the most direct areas of influence.

… and if you liked them, here are some of my personal favorites, in no particular order :


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  1. Congratulations Sandrine, on a great start and an excellent blog. I know from experience how hard it can be to generate good content week after week. I’m sure your readers appreciate your efforts very much.


    • Sandrine says

      Thanks Warren !
      Yes, 3 posts a week is a lot of work, but I truly enjoy writing. And the idea of hopefully bringing some value to other people is now more appealing to me than writing, say, a private journal like I did until my late 20s 🙂

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