Top 16 Compensation Blog Posts from ’16 (Part Two)


Yesterday we counted down the first half of the top 16 most viewed compensation blog posts from 2016. Without further ado, here are the rest!

#8: Are Promotions Leaving Your Employees Feeling Short Changed?

Have you ever given an employee a promotion and a raise and their face falls? In the eighth top post from 2016, Rita Patterson talks through three reasons that may happen and some of the things you can do about it. One of the best things I’ve read all year about a topic that is disheartening for HR and managers alike.

#7: 3 Things You Need to Know about the New FLSA Overtime Rules

The day we heard that the FLSA overtime rule changes were finalized, we posted this seventh post. In all the chaos of the rules happening….then not happening…. then happening…. then not happening,  it’s helpful to return to the facts of what was supposed to change in the first place. PayScale’s own Payroll Manager, Kate Jesse, breaks the facts down into human speak in this readable-but-technical post.

#6: The Proposed FLSA Change has Already Affected Salaries

This one even contains interactive graphics! By early December, while we were still regaining our balance from the FLSA seesaw, our data team’s own Tim Wolock was crunching numbers. Examining over 500 job titles, they found that it appears many companies changed pay in anticipation of the FLSA changes. For a number of jobs, the number of employees earning between the old and new thresholds for exemption dropped sharply in the second half of 2016. In this top six post, you can click on an interactive graph to see which jobs were most impacted.

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#5: White House Announces PayScale Commitment to Largest-Ever Non-Compete Data Collection

In October, PayScale agreed to use our existing data-collection channels to gather non-compete data to help support a study being carried out by three researchers in conjunction with the White House. In a competitive market with a fairly mobile workforce, the questions exploring the prevalence of non-competes are being asked of both employers and employees alike. The fifth top Compensation Today post shared the announcement of the data-collection and we can’t wait to see the results!

#4: Top Five Compensation Trends from 2016

Are you curious what  the top compensation trends of 2016 were? The top four post looks at some of the biggest trends in compensation this year. By now, you won’t be surprised that preparing for and responding to FLSA changes–or not–was high on the list! There is also a healthy dose of variable pay, pay transparency, and a few other hot comp trends you’ll just have to click to see!

#3: You’re Overpaying. Now What?

In our work with a variety of organizations, one thing often holds constant: an anxiety about what to do when you think you may be overpaying your employees. In this top three post from 2016, Compensation Professional Jenni Marquez gives you ideas and options for handling the scary situation of finding your employees in the red.

#2: Communicating the U.S. FLSA Changes to Employees

FLSA remains confusing to managers, executives, and employees alike. This runner-up post shares tips for communicating about FLSA that aren’t necessarily specific to the changes. There remains a certain perceived status associated with exemption. Employees still need clear communication about why they’re paid how they’re paid and how that differs from other employees in the organization.

#1: Donald Trump Wins. What Are the Implications for Compensation?

Admittedly I wrote two versions of the top Compensation Today blog post for 2016. This one was posted shortly after midnight, just after election day drew to a close. It breaks down the Trump campaign platform into easy-to-understand facts about what is possible for compensation in the coming four years.

As we turn the page into another year, we’re already anticipating another busy year. We’ve made some predictions for 2017. With the change in administration in the US, and some shifting politics around the world, we should all have our hands full.  For now, have a safe, happy, and prosperous New Year!

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