All you need to know : from compensation surveys to salary ranges and salary review

Frances, one of my readers, recently commented to me as follows : I have to create salary ranges and compare the current salary to market data. This will allow me to make the determination if the person’s pay is within the acceptable range. Year-end is approaching and I am starting to get more questions around…

Using averages : what real estate prices can teach Compensation pros

A conversation with my family prompted today’s post. We were talking about average square meter prices of real estate in Limoges in the heart of France. So my mother goes : “The average price per square meter is 1,000 euros in Limoges. So we can calculate for your grandfather how much the house is worth”.…

Partners and generalizations in compensation communication

A quick one in today’s Sunday Skills. I have already written about the importance of using the right words when communicating compensation matters, and a recent post at HRzone made me react. The post covers news from Deloitte about the backlash against excessive executive compensation and how about half of senior executives in the UK…

Lunch and Learn – ideas for your Compensation team

We all know we should continually grow our knowledge. Learning new skills helps us  reach better results at work, gives us confidence in our decision-making abilities, and maintains our value in the marketplace. One of the ways to do that is to use internal resources and increase proficiency for free. Many US companies organise “Lunch…

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…

Comparing salary ranges? Really?

I was recently approached by a well-meaning Organisation Development specialist working for a governmental organisation. This gentleman emailed me the following : “I have been requested to benchmark our salary grades with other (semi-)government entities. Therefore we are approaching some organizations to see what they can share with us. We are mainly interested in the…

Compensation trends for 2012 – and how we communicate them

Although we are now officially in June and getting close to the mid-year mark, I thought I would share this infographic from Payscale. It illustrates compensation trends for 2012. I like it for 2 reasons : obviously because the topic is of relevance for this blog 🙂 because it is an infographic, it is a…