Deciding on your incentive payout cycle : the main points to consider

I have delivered quite a few sessions of my Expert Compensation & Benefits training recently. Whether I deliver it in Beirut, Kuwait, Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Namibia, or Morocco, I always make sure to talk about the payout cycle for incentives. Should we pay incentives annually, semi-annually, quarterly, monthly or even weekly ? A recent exchange with…

How do I negotiate my salary ?

I recently answered the following question : “How do I negotiate salary in the Bay area?”. Given that my answer has been viewed over 1,300 times on Quora, I figured I would share it with my readers as well. So, here goes 🙂 : Where you are located (or will be) does not affect *how* to…

How do I give an increase to an employee who has reached the maximum of his salary range ?

How do I give an annual salary increase to an employee who has reached a maximum salary ceiling in his or her notch or position ? A question from James at HR Toolbox… but one which I have also heard from clients and past colleagues as well. It can happen quite easily that someone reaches…

Missing performance appraisals – quick fix and long-term approach

Here’s an interesting question about missing performance appraisals that I “stole” from another HR blogger, Sharlyn Lauby of HR Bartender fame. Her reader asks : “Just looking for advice on how to handle the following situation. We’ve had a lot of management turnover in the last year and there are several employees who did not…

How to get access to compensation data

“I am looking for compensation data for Real Estate Industry in the ME. Can you help me with the same?” That’s what Ishita, one of my readers, wanted to know recently. That’s an interesting question. I once had a similar request regarding Retail surveys for the EMEA region. Getting access to reliable compensation data is the basis…

8 tips to become a more attractive candidate for an HR position

“I really want to break into the Human Resources industry but I am currently unemployed, is there anything you suggest I do while unemployed, during my career search that would make me a more attractive candidate for a position?” This question from one of my readers really made me feel for her. Here below, I’ve…

Salary data and the small Rewards consultancy: some boundaries

I am regularly asked by potential clients for support in gathering salary data and market benchmarking. Small and mid-size companies often don’t have internal resources to handle what, for them, tends to be an infrequent exercise, so they look for outside help when it comes to make sure that their pay levels are aligned to market. Obviously,…