Admit you don’t know, or accept the risks of silence : a Compensation example

Pressure to perform, fear of looking bad in front of others, feeling uncomfortable about admitting our limits…. Very often, at work, we are tempted to pretend. We don’t want to say that we did not understand what the boss meant when she gave us an assignment. We don’t want to say to the employee asking…

An unexpected career change

I recently celebrated my 2-year anniversary at my current employer, and it made me reflect. I tried to think of the thing I am most proud of in my career so far. Surprisingly, it is not some of the large-scale projects I implemented such as completely revising the salary structures at France Telecom EGT or…

Some learnings from being a public speaker

Many years ago, in 1998 to be precise, I was Compensation Manager for a subsidiary of France Telecom. You can’t imagine more French than that 😉 ! One day, a colleague rushed into a panic to my office and said : “Sandrine, do you speak English ? We have received a call in Payroll but…

Where HR may be getting it wrong in the Middle East

I am very happy to introduce a guest post from one of my friends today, Tom Raftery. Read more about Tom’s great profile at the end of the post. And without further ado, here it is : Where HR may be getting it wrong in the Middle East I have read in various articles and…

How do you communicate the value of your compensation plan?

Let’s imagine that you have a retention issue at your organisation. It started around 9 months ago, and you are seeing a growing trend in resignations from employees in a certain job family. We all know that resignations cost a lot of money to the organisation, and even more so when “good” employees leave. So…

You need both head and hands – a Compensation example

Back in 1996-98, I was working at the France HQ of Philips Consumer Products, supporting the HR managers of our factories with labour law issues and updates in France, participating to compensation surveys and generally dealing with Industrial Relations and pay and benefits discussions with the trade unions and French and European Works Councils. Background At the…

Reader Question – What drives employee discretionary effort ?

About 2 years ago, in Milan, I delivered a presentation on Linking performance management and pay-for-performance to an audience of Compensation & Benefits Managers and HR Directors. And every now and then, someone who has a copy of this presentation asks me to explain one specific slide. It is a very short overview of some…