Out-of-the-box thinking for designing merit matrices

Are you using a merit matrix for deciding salary increases for the employees in your company ? Then you are already familiar with the traditional “bands” or “ranges” of comparatio (basic pay compared to midpoint of the salary range associated with the grade of the employee – the position of the employee in the pay…

Are you in danger with your best performers ?

Employee engagement is a big buzzword these days. Everyone in the HR sphere, it seems, is talking and writing about it. In many of your organisations, an annual survey is rolled out to employees to gauge their level of engagement. If you are in a progressive organisation, the results are shared with everyone, and action…

A dinosaur in Dubai ?

I spent the week-end at the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature in Dubai. If you live in the region, it is an event that I highly recommend you attend next year : a wide variety of speakers, on many topics related to books. There is a whole stream dedicated to children, and given the numbers…

Challenges facing HR in Merger & Acquisitions [infographic]

In a recent post, Sharlyn Lauby from HR Bartender drew attention to a very interesting infographic from Mercer. The infographic reveals the challenges faced by HR in supporting Merger & Acquisitions processes. I have been involved in such processes since early on in my career, and have to say that beyond being some of the…

A useful reference matrix on equity compensation

In this edition of Sunday Skills, I want to lead you to a great synthetic document created by Performensation, a consulting company which “provides customized performance based compensation solutions to organizations of all sizes in the Americas and Europe”. Performensation is led by Dan Walter, an expert on executive / equity compensation who is also…

A nightmare about salary ranges

A few months ago an HR Manager showed me the  (long, hard) work she had done on creating salary ranges for her company, and asked me for feedback. I have to say I was really surprised by what I saw : for a small-size company of less than 200 employees, she had created 9 different…

The 3 types of employee engagement at high performing companies

In this 9-minute video from WorkspanTV, Max Caldwell of Towers Watson discusses employee engagement. (RSS readers may have to click through). He starts by defining 3 types of engagement : rational, emotional and motivational and explains how engagement is a predictor of business performance as engaged employees are willing to go the extra mile. He…