Monday, April 14, 2014


"Executive Compensation Trends" Webinar Link

Following up on the "10 Steps To Great Market Pricing" webinar, I just finished watching the "Executive Compensation Trends" webinar, hosted by the same group.

It starts off a bit slow but really picks up at around 10 minutes in. There is some great data points and the webinar gives a good overview of executive compensation components and trends.

The speaker from Equilar is a bit hard to hear due to a low quality microphone or poor connection, but it's not terrible, just not great either. Despite that, I would recommend the webinar, especially if you're in the process of learning about executive compensation.

Saturday, April 05, 2014


Northwest Compensation and Rewards Forum Lunch Meeting

Where does the time go?

It's time for the Northwest Compensation and Rewards Forum (NCRF) quarterly luncheon!

Where:  Bellevue Club
When:  Wednesday, April 9th at 11:00 AM
What: Lunch and a presentation by Joe DiMisa, Sibson Consulting on Sales Compensation, Awards, and Recognition Trends: Where are companies heading in 2014?
Cost: $35.00 for members

Why am I posting about this on the NextComp blog you ask?  Well, there's a very good reason! I'm the 2014 NCRF Board President and as such I want to let you know about the meeting. I would love to see you in person if you're in the Puget Sound area.

If you're a NCRF member you've likely received several reminder emails. If you're not a member, this is a great time to sign up to be a member.

So head on over to the NCRF website and learn more and maybe sign up to be a member or to attend the lunch if you haven't already.

See you on Wednesday!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


Orthodontist earn more than CEOs on average (with a catch)...

The Wall Street Journal blog has an article that summarizes the findings recently released by the Labor Department. The top line of the blog reads that orthodontists make more than CEOs on average. But here's the catch...

The discrepancy likely reflects the fact that U.S. chief executives (248,760) far outnumber orthodontists (5,570). A good number of those CEOs likely earn modest salaries at small companies.

It's a good idea to make sure that we dig a little deeper when researching market data and in our own organization's market pricing activities. Sometimes there is some other relevant piece of information that helps to explain the top line findings.

Other findings...

The median pay for an athlete or sports competitor is $39,050, which is less than the Miami Heat pays LeBron James per quarter (of a basketball game.)


One out of every 17 jobs in America is held by a retail salesperson or a cashier. 

There are more nuggets in the post, but these caught my eye.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014


Google’s Scientific Approach to Work-Life Balance

The Harvard Business Review has an article outlining a relatively new program within Google. 

Google's scientific approach to work-life balance

I found it interesting that Google is looking at this as a long term project (100 years). The following are recommended by Laszlo Bock the SVP of People Operations at Google if you want to implement a similar program within your organization:
1. Ask yourself what your most pressing people issues are.  Retention?  Innovation? Efficiency?  Or better yet, ask your people what those issues are. 
2. Survey your people about how they think they are doing on those most pressing issues, and what they would do to improve. 
3. Tell your people what you learned. If it’s about the company, they’ll have ideas to improve it. If it’s about themselves – like our gDNA work – they’ll be grateful. 
4. Run experiments based on what your people tell you. Take two groups with the same problem, and try to fix it for just one. Most companies roll out change after change, and never really know why something worked, or if it did at all. By comparing between the groups, you’ll be able to learn what works and what doesn’t.

Friday, March 28, 2014


How long would it take you to earn as much as a MLB player?

Follow the link below to find out. Let's just say that the results are a bit depressing. And apparently my chances of going pro are pretty low.  Anyway, just a little compensation fun for a Friday.

How long would it take you to earn as much as a MLB player?

I find sports compensation baffling, even after 20 years of doing this type of work. It's a different world for sure.

And in related news, college athletes are working to unionize themselves as employees of the university.

In a potentially game-changing moment for college athletics, the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Wednesday that Northwestern football players qualify as employees of the university and can unionize.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


The awesome scale of our solar system

"If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel - A tediously accurate map of the solar system." is not at all compensation or market pricing related but so awesome anyway.

Yeah, kind of explains why we haven't visited Mars yet. There are a lot of pixels between us and Mars.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


"10 Steps To Great Market Pricing" Webinar Link

I was conducting an onsite training last week and when the home page came up in front of the group I realized that it's been quite a while since I've posted to the blog. I knew it'd been a few months, but standing in front of a group heightened my realization that it's been 10 months! Wow. Ok, so here's something that I watched today.

It's a recorded webinar put on by Payscale and the Compensation Professional Network. I hadn't heard of the Compensation Professional Network before this webinar. It's a LinkedIn group with almost 18,000 members.

I would say that the presentation is aimed at entry level compensation professionals learning the basics of market pricing. If you've done market pricing for a while, this would be a good refresher. If you're a market pricing guru, I would skip it.

Click the link below to go to the Vimeo page to watch the video.

10 Steps To Great Market Pricing