Essential considerations for managing international careers

Today’s question is one that I answered about a year ago from one of my contacts on LinkedIn, who wanted some background information on what to think about when designing their first policy for sending employees abroad. I think there are a number of things that need to be checked when designing this kind of…

Boards and quotas – For or against them ?

There was an excellent blog post from Nilofer Merchant at Harvard Business Review recently, entitled Quotas for women on Boards are wrong. In it, she argues against quotas for women to access company Boards. Some of her arguments are very convincing. In particular, I agree that we should focus on bringing more “board readiness” for…

Calibration of employee ratings – a rigid rule ?

Year-end is approaching fast, and with it comes the time for performance appraisals, which my friend Clare and I were discussing a few days ago. Clare was recently appointed as HR Business Partner and this year will be her first time to support multiple Business Units through the year-end appraisals process. Our discussion focused mostly…

What do you think of the new look and feel of my blog ?

Soooo… Today if you are reading this post on my blog, you can’t miss seeing the change of look and feel to it. If you are reading this by email or in your RSS reader, I really encourage you to go and check my new graphics and let me know what you think in the…

7 steps to compensation programme design – the basics

I am often asked how to go about a new plan design, or a total revamp of an existing one. How should one approach it ? Is there a methodology ? In my mind there are 7 basic steps to take in order to design a good plan in Compensation & Benefits. They apply whether…

How to use Text to Columns in Excel

The text to column function in Exel lets you “split” a column of organised data into multiple ones. Let’s take the example of participating to a compensation survey. You need to provide employee name, employee title and employee date of birth. The date of birth should be in format YY, ie only 2 digits for…

Career Corner – 11+3 reasons why you should network with other C&B pros

Whether it is online or offline, networking with other C&B professionals should play an important role into your personal development and the pursuit of your career plans, whether within the same company, or outside of it. Here are some of the benefits of networking with other C&B professionals : Get feedback on your ideas and…