Reader Question – What to consider for salary planning ?

Today’s reader query is suggested by a question asked by a LinkedIn member, who wanted to know : “What indicators are important in your company planning (changing, reviewing) pay policy for next year ?”. Just like for any other year, I suggest going through a four-step approach : 1 – Is my pay policy still…

Why every word counts in Compensation & Benefits

Well, we work in HR. It’s a well-known fact that people in the Human Capital function need to be VERY careful with the words we use… in writing but also when speaking, whether in one-on-one or one-to-many circumstances. After all, we have access to a lot of confidential and sometimes private information. Employees and managers…

A reaction on raising pension contributions

Today’s post is a reaction to this GlobalPensions.com article commenting on employer contribution rates for retirement in some New York State agencies. My comment is mostly linked to the % of contributions. “The contribution rate for the Employee Retirement System (ERS) will increase from 16.3% of salaries to 18.9% in fiscal year 2012-13, while the…

Compensation surveys – the ultimate buyer checklist

Maybe you are expanding into a new country, or you need complementary information on top of the one you already possess in your markets. So you are considering participating to a compensation survey. Beyond the price and reputation of the provider of compensation data, here is a checklist, in no particular order, of what you…

Compensation Data vs Compensation Intelligence

A few months ago at the request of one of my HR colleagues, I did a little informal presentation on the topic of “Data is not the same as Intelligence” to her team. Her challenge was that her department was tracking a lot of information, but no-one was finding it relevant or useful. They were…

My editorial calendar

Today I want to share with you my ideas for this blog, the kind of content I would like to post and when, and ask for your feedback and ideas. As you may have read in the page where I describe why I decided to launch this blog, I am keen to reach more people…

Share the knowledge – August 2011

As you may know, I love to keep updated about Compensation & Benefits and HR, and I do a lot of reading on the topic. To help you save time, here is the first version of my monthly “Share the knowledge” so that you have a one-stop shop access to these gems 🙂   Some…