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This is where I share news, views and my (sometimes quite strong) opinions on the world of Pay and Reward

Will they ever get the bonus issue right?

So once again the thorny issue of excessive bonuses has hit the headlines.  This time the head of a large housebuilder quits after questions about the size of his bonus.   Enough to pay cash for a super-yacht! Under bonus arrangements that were undoubtedly agreed at...

Two wrongs don’t make a right!

There’s been a bit in the press recently about the fact that some of the gender pay gap numbers being reported are going in the wrong direction.  Or are they?  If as Duncan Brown of IES rightly points out, “this is a long-term game”, then it would be expected that...

Two cautionary tales

I recently noted two cautionary tales from fellow reward practitioners.  One was a reminder that sometimes managers/staff and clients, only hear what they want to hear and therefore you should “cover your back” and always reiterate what was said in writing.  Sad, but...

117 years – have we got that long?

I heard statistics recently that suggest it will be 117 years before we achieve gender equality. That means my great nieces’ and nephews’ descendants will ultimately be paid (and hopefully ‘treated’) as equals in the workplace.  But what if we as family members...

When do people do their best work?

Today I was listening to a world recognised business guru discussing the gap between when people perform acceptability (ie. enough to keep their job) and when they perform at their best. He used a fantastic example of someone who is organising their daughter’s wedding...

Note to self, ask more questions!

I’ve been busy recently doing job evaluation training with an HR team (they are only half the panellist team), and then working with some new panel members to evaluate a suite of jobs. It was hard work but, as always, very revealing; and the outcomes are well worth...