Two Things I Recently Learned About Compensation Professionals

Last week, I sat in on a meeting involving some of our wonderful client managers here at PayScale. As they’re the folks working so closely with our clients on a regular basis, I was thrilled to be invited to listen in. My goal as a content writer here is to produce helpful, relevant pieces that HR leaders and comp pros find valuable — and I can only do that if I have insights into what you folks care about!

I took away a lot, but there were two things that came up over and over again that have really stuck with me. I have a feeling they’ll ring true for you.

Comp Pros Are Short on Resources

I heard story after story about ever-shrinking comp teams. I heard that over the years, comp pros have been asked to take on more work and shoulder more responsibility while they say goodbye to colleagues — and that it’s frustrating. Well of course it is! Comp has such a big impact on the organization and is anything but simple; it’s no wonder our comp friends are stressed out by having to do more with dwindling support.

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Comp Pros Are Short on Time

An inevitable byproduct of scarce resources, comp pros, I learned, are also incredibly pressed for time. When there are fewer people to do the work, plates are obviously going to be overloaded. The thing that stood out to me most among these comments was the insight that comp pros are exceptionally good at sussing out the potential value (or lack thereof) of meetings, reports, etc. and wisely declining or deleting when appropriate to protect their limited bandwidth. Comp pros want to know they’re going to learn something if they take time to attend/listen/watch/read, and they want that something to be specifically about comp.

Many comp pros are being asked to do more with fewer resources and less support. Click To Tweet

What Am I Gonna Do About It, You Ask?

Well, unfortunately I can’t expand your time or team. But! My team and I can create resources that give you strategies and tactics for tackling these problems. We can shed light on how your colleagues in other companies and industries are handling these challenges, we can research the newest tools and techniques for managing comp (and time), we can report on important comp developments so that you’re always informed — and we can ensure everything we produce is always worth your while.

To that end, let us know if there are any other specifics you want us to address. I look forward to learning more!

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