Names & Numbers

I can’t estimate how much comp data I reviewed the past 10 years: benchmark, benchmark, benchmark, and individual comp in mass. A lot of names as well, but I’m terrible at names – I put sticky notes on the colleagues next to me so I can act like a decent person. But behind all people […]


Heads and tails of the fire-breathing Compensation and Benefits dragon (Part 2)

In my last post, I compared compensation and benefits to a fire breathing dragon. The tail is all the essential but basic stuff that we all need to reach our goals: benchmark and percentiles, promotion guidelines, mobility, pension and benefits. But we all have the same goals (attracting and retaining top talent, rewarding business results […]


Heads and tails of the fire-breathing Compensation and Benefits dragon (part 1)

My appearance at Mercer’s Conference earlier this fall made me think a lot. It made me think about Spotify’s differentiation when it comes to Comp & Ben. It made me think about dragons! Here’s why… Anyone who has successfully trained a fire-breathing dragon can tell you: the firey breath will burn, but in the end it’s […]