Talent Management and Employee Relocation

by Malak Kazan, CECP, CCP, CBP, GRP 9. March 2016 13:31
Organizations are offering more innovative, flexible relocation programs as a way to align talent management strategies to business operation demands and to better compete in the war for talent. The employee (and family members), performance managers, and human resources are critical stakeholders in the process. Whether the company initiates a relocation for business and professional development purposes or the employee initiates it for personal family or career interests, the stakeholders collaborate to make an informed decision about the move. Cost of living, compensation, and career management are three factors that need to be evaluated to ensure a relocation is successful. [More]

Compensation Benchmarks for Winning Bids

by Malak Kazan, CECP, CCP, CBP, GRP 7. March 2016 12:26
Privately-owned and publicly-traded companies have lines of business dedicated to successfully participating in the bidding process initiated with a Request for Proposal (RFP) by a government entity. There are many criteria that companies need to satisfy in order to be awarded a government contract. One is providing pricing that includes reasonable labor cost estimates that reflect the prevailing wage. Companies deriving labor costs from current internal pay levels will generally have a practice of externally benchmarking the prevailing wage. External compensation benchmarks will be specific to geography and industry, have a large sample size, report both the mean and median, and be matched to the job requirements. [More]

The Wounded Warrior Project – Spending Too Much on CEO Compensation?

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 24. February 2016 13:00
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a fast growing and media-savvy charity serving veterans, has recently been in the news and not in a good way. See a recent article in the New York Times and a blog post from GuideStar CEO Jacob Herald. There were charges of spending too much on expenses (e.g., fund-raising, travel, and executive compensation) that were not directly related to its mission of direct services to veterans. [More]

Labor Markets and Geographic Differentials

by Malak Kazan, CECP, CCP, CBP, GRP 18. February 2016 12:52
Depending on whether the economy is experiencing growth or a recession, the private and government sectors have different strategies to manage them. Recent macro-level topics focus on the need to create better quality jobs that grow the middle-income household segment while facing skills shortages, as in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) jobs, for example. At ERI, we help subscribers determine the cost impact of their strategies through the application of compensation analytics. As stakeholders, HR leaders want a trusted partner to keep a pulse on the competitive advantages of geographic labor cost differentials in light of external market conditions. [More]

U.S. Labor Market Tightens

by ERI 10. February 2016 09:31
Two recent government data releases have suggested tightening labor market conditions. On February 5th, the government released its Current Employment Statistics monthly employment report for January. Average Hourly Earnings for all private employees was up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis. As the graph below shows, there is a clear upward trend in the last year that is in marked contrast to the preceding five years. [More]