Category Archives: Employee Engagement

Manager’s guide to annual salary reviews: 5 key steps

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It’s salary review time. So, how can you help managers use their limited pay budgets to make meaningful base pay recommendations? Take these five factors into consideration: 1. The job’s worth (externally and internally): Managers should have a clear idea … Continue reading →

How to optimize your loyalty program: get personal

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Advanced modeling techniques can help loyalty program sponsors understand their members better and extract more long-term bang from investment and marketing bucks. Understanding member behaviors has always been important for loyalty program sponsors who focus on the estimation of associated … Continue reading →

The painful truth about your well-being programs

Steve Nyce, Ph.D., senior economist and director of the Research and Innovation Center at Willis Towers Watson

Employers seem to be aware of the need to tackle employees’ health and well-being, and are investing more in the programs to do so. U.S. companies have been leading the way by adding programs for much of the last two … Continue reading →

A Total Rewards lens can bring the new U.S. tax law into focus

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Many, but not all, corporations are in the enviable position of determining how to spend expected savings created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). There are any number of ways to do this, including, for example: … Continue reading →

3 steps for making employee benefits a year-round conversation

woman at a table in a colorful meeting room holding a pen and having a discussion with colleagues holding pens and tablets

If you’re like most HR professionals, you breathed a sigh of relief when annual enrollment ended. No more meetings, no more reviewing communication materials for nine months. Not so fast! Effective communication (that engages employees and helps them see the … Continue reading →

7 steps for improving employee performance management programs

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If you’re questioning the effectiveness of your performance management program, you’re not alone. Our Global Talent Management and Rewards Study found that many employers believe their performance management practices fall short when it comes to driving high performance or encouraging … Continue reading →

Top 5 human resources priorities for 2018

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As we take stock and reflect on HR trends from 2017, we’re reminded of the exciting developments around automation, artificial intelligence, diversity, gender parity and contractual talent. We’ve also seen previously “radical” concepts such as flexibility, personalization and transparency become … Continue reading →

From rhetoric to commitment: Promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Three women and two men of various ethnicities in an office working together around a table

In Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, she suggests, “In the future, there will be no female leaders, there will just be leaders.” As I walk through Grand Central Station in New York City, a place that naturally evokes ideas about … Continue reading →

Behavioral economics: A powerful way to influence employee health and wellbeing

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Gaining a deeper understanding of human behavior – and using that understanding effectively – will help us influence people to make better decisions about their health. Professor Richard Thaler, a recent recipient of the Nobel Prize, sought to prove this … Continue reading →

Is pay transparency more than just a trend?

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If you’re of a certain age, asking about someone’s salary would be considered taboo – or even offensive. With a different attitude toward privacy in general, millennials, though, are far more open to compensation discussions than previous generations. And, according … Continue reading →