Author: Ashley Thomalla
COVID-19 has resulted in the most extensive case study on remote work. When the pandemic began affecting the U.S. workforce in mid-March, only 31% of employed Americans had worked from home. As of April 2, 2020, 62% of employed Americans were working from home (Gallup). These statistics clearly show that remote work has not been the norm for most. But as Americans adjust to working from home, this trend has the potential to become the new normal and broadly replace in-office work.
Executive compensation plans can attract and retain great leaders, drive individual and business performance and reward results. Therefore, company directors, compensation committees and HR leaders need to invest time and energy to develop their plans. A successful plan should keep top talent in key positons, motivate performance and remain fiscally responsible. While designing an effective plan does require effort, the payoff is worth it. We’d like to outline some general steps you can take to start the process.
On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the Department of Labor issued a final rule regarding overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the new rule, which will be effective January 1, 2020, any employee who makes less than $684 per week ($35,568 per year) will automatically be eligible to earn overtime pay.
Attracting and retaining good employees in today’s tight labor market can be a challenge. While competitive pay and good benefits are important, job seekers want the total package. They are looking for the ideal work environment – which includes work-life effectiveness. Total rewards strategies have traditionally focused on compensation and benefits, but it’s time for a change. Employees have expressed a desire for a healthy balance between their professional and personal lives, and that’s only possible through you – their employer.
Is Your HR Function Changing with It?
For years we’ve known that millennials would eventually make up the majority of the workforce. In April 2016, millennials surpassed baby boomers as the largest living generation. The Pew Research Center defines millennials as individuals born between 1981 and 1997 (or those who are presently between 20 and 36 years of age).¹ As the makeup of the workforce shifts, so do employee needs.
I’ve always been intrigued by work-life research, especially now as the work-life interface changes in response to increased demands and expectations, as well as new ways of working. Work-life research evolved from studies on person-environment fit and work-family. Person-environment fit focuses on outcomes that result from the interaction between employees and some aspect of their work environment, whereas work-family research focuses on outcomes that result from the interaction between the work and family domains. Many researchers have moved away from the term work-family to work-life in order to include all employees and not just those with children. These studies have established some compelling links between work-life fit and employee satisfaction, so it is important for employers to know what work-life fit actually is and how to achieve it.
Compensation is one of the most important (and sometimes most controversial) human capital efforts of any company. Your compensation strategy will have a large impact on the bottom line, but a smart one can bring a huge return on investment. A strong approach to compensation will prove its worth by bringing you great employees and incentivizing the ones you have to perform at their best.