Pay Transparency vs. Meaningful Conversations

Pay Transparency vs. Meaningful Conversations By James T. Stodd, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP August 21, 2018   One of today’s hottest HR topics is pay transparency. Of course the word “transparency” in itself implies a penetrating view, perhaps all the way up to full disclosure. That level of disclosure may be appropriate for government entities with…

Energy Distributor and Services Provider

About project Client: Energy Distributor and Services Provider Project Description: Strategic and organization planning processes, future state planning, and organizational change management Problem: Futuristic regional energy distributor and services provider made the strategic decision to promote awareness, customer education, and energy conservation as alternative to vastly expanding production capacity to meet customer needs.  Associated with…

Chemical Products Manufacturer

About project Client: Chemical Products Manufacturer Project Description: Benchmark and redefine base salary, premium pay, pay progression and variable compensation programs Problem: Client organization came into being through divestiture by global fortune 500 company.  Existing human resource management systems, programs and practices, while appropriate and internally consistent when part of a large global organization, were…

Positive Psychology, Employee Engagement and Rewards (Part I)

© James T. Stodd, 2017 Positive Psychology, Employee Engagement and Rewards (Part I) By James T. Stodd, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP January 5, 2017 This article is about the positive psychology movement, workplace motivation (aka “employee engagement”) and rewards, particularly the use of “pay”. Before getting into a detailed analysis, let’s start with some understanding of…

The Psychology of Effective Incentive Plans

The Psychology of Effective Incentive Plans By James T. Stodd, SPHR, SHRM-SCP August 1, 2016 When it comes to making our variable pay programs effective, dramatic improvements can be made by applying some core principles from the psychology of motivation. Much of the research and related theory dates back many years to the pioneering work…

Communication and Successful Pay Strategies

Communication and Successful Pay Strategies By James T. Stodd, SPHR, SHRM-SCP March 23, 2016 A lot is being said and written these days about pay transparency and communication from a socioeconomic and regulatory perspective. However, this article is intended to address the need for better pay communication from the broader standpoint of “strategic advantage,” and…

Specialty Services Organization

About project Client: Specialty Services Organization Project Description: Benchmark and redefine base salary, premium pay and employee benefits programs Problem: This public service organization provides services crucial to the well-being of affected communities.  However, given the highly special nature of the services provided by the enterprise, limited normative data was available regarding the compensation practices…