Compensation and Benefits, the CSI of HR

One day one of my team members huffed and puffed : “But Sandrine, this is boring !”. One employee had complained and said she was being discriminated against. She claimed she had been left behind during a job grading change (promotion) that had been implemented 4 or 5 years before for a specific category of…

Prepare a superb self assessment

As we approach mid-year, many companies have put in place a mid-year review for checking on progress against goals etc. These tips will help employees prepare for their self-assessment as well as managers who want to give advice to their team members on preparing for the discussion. Don’t hesitate to use the print button at the…

4 considerations when creating a job title structure

In today’s Reader Question, I will explore the topic of how to create a job title family for your organisation. One of my friends recently had to open a whole new area for the company she works at. For the sake of the post, let’s say her company operates in retail and construction, and it…

The pros and cons of keeping compensation information confidential

A lot of companies, especially in the Middle East, like to keep a lot of compensation information strictly confidential. The kind of compensation information which may not be shared : Salary ranges (and sometimes allowances) are not communicated, sometimes even to HR Business Partners or recruiters Incentive rules are not explained, either in writing or…

What is the difference between a bonus and an incentive ?

A quick post today, on the difference between a bonus and an incentive. We often use these two terms without making a true distinction, but in truth, they are slightly different. Both of them cover elements of compensation that go above and beyond the normal, recurring income of the employee (base pay or basic +…

Is social performance management coming out of the closet?

At the end of 2011, Salesforce.com acquired Rypple, a provider of objective setting, feedback and recognition software. Salesforce.com is a vendor of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and expanded into HR with this acquisition. Last week, they announced their first new product, named “Salesforce Rypple”. This service is focused on social performance management. What does it mean ?…

Before you jump into a technical compensation answer…

Here is a recent question on LinkedIn : “How does someone determine the dollar value of a benefits package ?”. There was no additional explanation or clarification. Many of the answers provided were relatively detailed, covering different types of benefits, talking about “net present value”, referring to actuaries and the concept of value vs that…