An interpretation of Seth Godin’s “The End of Should”

Seth Godin’s posts are notoriously short and to the point. The End of Should is a recent one that I thought Compensation and HR professionals could use : Banks should close at 4, books should be 200 pages long, CEOs should go to college, blogs should have comments, businessmen should be men, big deals should…

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…

Criteria to decide employee eligibility to promotion : which ones do you use ?

As year-end is approaching, in many organisations, HR starts to receive the usual questions around promotion criteria : what shall we take into account when deciding which employees can be eligible for promotion? First let me clarify : by eligibility, I mean that the employee can be proposed by the manager for a promotion, not…

3 factors influencing the promotion rate for your organisation

As we got into salary review time or mid-year reviews, colleagues have asked me, almost every year, the same question about the promotion rate : “What is a reasonable benchmark for the number of employees to be promoted each year ?” Now, bear with me please because my answer is one that usually is not…

How are salary reviews done ?

How are salary reviews done ? Is it done organisation wide (i.e all staff at once) or based on performance and other parameters ? This is a question that HR professionals as well as line managers are likely to hear numerous times. Here is a general overview. Most companies do salary reviews for all employees…

Increase allowances, not basic pay ?

  “Why do some organisations only increase allowances not basic pay at salary review ?”. This question was asked recently on LinkedIn, and even though the person asking is based in India, I thought I would answer for my readers based in the GCC. Review of the allowances At the company level, most often, there…

Merit increase or bonus, how do you reward performance ?

Welcome back to Compensation Insider ! I wish you an excellent year and hope you will be visiting my site regularly 🙂 Given we are at the beginning of the year and most HR and Compensation experts are about to go through salary reviews and bonus payments, I thought it would be relevant to share…