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…

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…

How to turn a conversation about a promotion increase into a negative

Conversation with one of my best friends yesterday night. She is HR Director at one of the large French companies and was recently promoted to a position with responsibilities for business lines across multiple countries. She should be happy, right ? Her organisation is not very liberal with salary increases, even for promotions. Raises are…

CEO for a Day at your company ?

I caught an interview of Essa Al Mulla, Executive Director of the Emirates National Development Programme (ENDP) on Dubai One’s Emirates 24/7 on Sunday. Mr Al Mulla was explaining the importance of the “CEO for a Day” campaign. As part of emiratisation efforts, the ENDP is targeting some Zayed University undergraduates to make them shadow…

Recruiters and the pay compression challenge

In today’s Reader Question I would like to thank Miatta, one of my newer subscribers, for sending me the following comment on pay compression : “My main struggle in Comp and Ben has been why it is difficult for recruiters or managers to understand the importance of why compensation professionals  insist on making salary offers within certain…

FTSE 100 companies due to report employee engagement level

My latest post was about the metrics that can be used in order to assess a decrease in engagement levels. I expanded that post from a slide extracted from one of my workshops on designing retention and recognition schemes – and the metrics all came from my experience at past companies and also, common sense…

Which metrics indicate a decrease in employee engagement?

I have written about employee engagement in the past, and how pay is only one component of what motivates employees and drives them to greater discretionary effort… and therefore greater results for the organisation. It is actually easier to identify signs of decrease in employee engagement than to track positive KPIs of engagement (unless you’re…