• HR Video: The Great Salary Transparency Debate

    Got comp? Check out the latest video in PayScale’s new series, Ask a Comp Pro! 
    This new educational video series answers all your most burning compensation questions, for newbies and seasoned veterans alike. Today’s topic: Winning the battle for pay transparency in the workplace. Watch now!
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  • How to Negotiate a Compensation Package for a New Hire

    Tess C. Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger

    Hiring great people starts with offering them a competitive work culture and compensation package. PayScale’s 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report revealed that a top concern for companies is attracting and retaining the best talent. However, the way any human resource manager handles compensation negotiations must be carefully balanced with other factors.

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  • Building Salary Ranges for Beginners, Part 2

    By Jenni Marquez, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional

    In our never-ending quest to keep human resource and compensation managers informed and educated about compensation best practices, here is our second part in our two-part series on Building Salary Ranges for Beginners. Enjoy!

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  • Building Salary Ranges for Beginners, Part 1

    By Jenni Marquez, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional

    “What’s the typical salary range for an administrative assistant?” Talk about a loaded question! Here at PayScale, we work with a lot of companies who are trying to determine typical salary ranges for their jobs. What are the signs that your organization needs a salary range overhaul?

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  • Bonuses Remain the Top Priority for Raising Compensation

    Tess C. Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger

    Recently, I wrote about the sluggish state of the US economy and its impact on wages for the third quarter of 2015. But, I neglected to mention one thing. While companies may not be raising salaries as progressively as desired, they are turning to other means to increase the compensation for their most-deserving employees by offering bonuses.
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  • Align Your Compensation Strategy with Business Priorities

    Tess C. Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger 

    At the intersection of business objectives and recruitment is a strong compensation strategy. It’s what makes an organization stand out among the competition. But, how can you peer into the future and determine the best course of action when these goals keep changing?

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  • 5 Steps to Creating a Merit Matrix

    By Jenni Marquez, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional

    Most companies today are actively working to develop a pay-for-performance culture. As an HR Professional, how can you position yourself as a strategic partner to your executive team and help them achieve this goal? One way is through use of a merit matrix.
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  • HR Professionals: Want a Raise? Start Setting Pay (Or these 5 Other Things)

    Tess C. Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger 

    It’s an often overlooked fact: human resource managers who set the salaries for their people are more apt to be compensated better themselves. Just having this responsibility creates the ideal environment for fighting for the best wages in HR. Some HR professionals may already realize this; others are just starting to wake up to this.
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  • HR Big Data Continues to Float to the Cloud

    Tess C. Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger 

    PayScale’s 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report indicates that HR technology will become hugely important in the coming years. But, with all this use of technology, how well is the average human resource professional handling an increasing amount of organizational big data?

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  • HR Video: How to Gain a Seat at the Executive Table

    R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Check out the latest video in PayScale’s new series, Ask a Comp Pro! 

    This new educational video series answers all your most burning compensation questions, for newbies and seasoned veterans alike.  Today’s topic: Getting that all-important seat at the executive table.  Watch now!
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  • HR Video: Building a Pay Grade Structure


    Got comp? Check out the latest video in PayScale’s new series, Ask a Comp Pro! 

    This new educational video series answers all your most burning compensation questions, for newbies and seasoned veterans alike.  Today’s topic: Building a pay grade structure – even if you’ve never done this before! Watch now!
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  • The She-Suite: Attract More Female Executives to Your Company

    Twice as many men than women earn six figures, but less than half of all men report to a female boss – based on recent data found on the PayScale report Women at Work. If companies want to attract the top female executives, they should start by giving them an equal playing field.
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  • Managing CEO pay

    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Over and over again we hear about this CEO here and that CEO there and his colossal paycheck. As the story goes, while these CEOs are sitting on top and racking it up, all the little people are running around down below living on pennies.
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  • Executive Compensation Calendar – When Should You Work on Specific Projects?

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    Dan Walter, Performensation

    It’s that time of the year again. Proxy season is wrapping up. You are probably working at one of the 98% of public companies who passed their Say on Pay vote with flying colors. Or, you work at one of the 100% of private companies that don’t worry about it. Polls and surveys usually show June and July as the slowest months of any compensation professional’s year. This is especially true for those who focus on executive compensation.

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  • Equity Compensation – Performance Accelerated Units (PAUs), Old School Performance Equity


    Dan Walter, Performensation

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, performance equity instruments still get lumped together like a bowl of mixed nuts. Of these instruments, Performance Accelerated Units (PAUs) are one of the easiest for participants to understand. Essentially, they are time-based RSUs with vesting that accelerates if certain goals or triggers are met. It is important to note that PAUs are not strictly pay for performance because value is built in from the start and vesting will occur based on service if the goals are not met. This makes them nearly the polar opposite of the Performance Equity Units (PEUs) were covered in my last equity compensation post.

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  • Real Pay, Realizable Pay, Pay Ratios and Reality


    Dan Walter, Performensation

    Pay ratios are the most commonly used tool when discussing the unfairness between executive pay and that of the rank and file. Recently, on the PayScale Career News blog which caters to individuals managing their careers, there was an article showing CEO-worker pay ratios at several well-known companies. Ratios like 1,034:1 (Walmart) and 0:1 (Google) are attention grabbers. The question is whether this tells all, or even a significant portion, of the real story.

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  • Equity Compensation – Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), Downside Protection with a Couple Downsides

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    Dan Walter, Performensation

    Last month I covered Restricted Stock Shares (RSS), today’s post covers Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). Where RSS and Stock Options are cousins, RSS and RSUs are siblings. RSS is the older sibling, with more years and experience under its belt. RSUs are the new little sister who came by surprise and often gets more attention than seems to be required. RSUs were seldom used before they shot into the spotlight following the Dotcom crash of 1999-2000. Initially, they were used to replace underwater stock options and slow the use of plan shares approved by shareholders. They provided some protection against a decrease in stock price and used somewhere between 25-50% of the shares require to provide the same value as stock options. They quickly became a major component of the equity compensation toolbox.

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  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Executive Compensation

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    Dan Walter, Performensation

    Most of the problems with executive compensation tend to originate within a few categories. I have attempted to summarize these and look forward to the compensation community adding their take on this topic. Look at your past mistakes and issues. Did they start with one of these seven categorical errors?

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  • Equity Compensation – Restricted Stock Shares, Always a Great Tool, Sometimes

    Stickman - Equity Compensation - RSS
    Dan Walter, Performensation

    Restricted Stock Shares (RSS), often called Restricted Stock Awards (RSA) or even more simply Restricted Stock, have been used longer than any other equity compensation instrument. Companies have used variations of restricted stock for almost as long as stock has existed. While ISOs and NQSOs are “appreciation only” awards, RSSs are Full Value Awards (FVA). RSS awards are unique in that they require the issuance of real stock as of the date of the award. Restricted Stock is a confusing term since it can refer to at least three major categories of stock. 1) Stock issued prior to registration with the SEC under the 1933 Act; 2) Stock issued to affiliates of the company who are subject to Rule 144 filings; 3) Stock that must meet time and/or performance conditions before it can be freely transferred. For the sake of this post, I will only cover the last of these.

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  • CFO Corner: What the Heck is Realizable Pay (and why you need to know…now)

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    Dan Walter, Performensation

    In the good old days, determining total compensation was fairly easy. Always wrong, but easy. For any given year you just added up what you paid people in base pay, what you expected to pay them in bonuses, other cash incentives, and the Fair Value (or a reasonable equivalent) of equity at the time it was granted. Public companies disclosed this information and shareholders were left to make their own projections from there. There has been a fairly rapid movement to a measurement called “realizable pay” (the current/recent value of outstanding pay). This metric may also be combined with “realized pay” (the value of exercised or otherwise delivered pay) in an attempt to provide a more accurate picture of total compensation and its alignment to company performance.

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