Compensation – a Critical Component of Performance Management (and a Process Ripe for HRO)

Let’s cut to the chase here. While compensation is not always the primary reason people change jobs, I think we’ll all agree we should be appropriately compensated for the work we do. And while it can be challenging and time-consuming for companies to find the data they need to determine market- and role-appropriate salaries, not doing so can lead to loss of top talent. This issue came top of mind to me because of two occurrences this week.

First, Kenexa on September 1 acquired Salary.com for approximately $80 million. Kenexa provides talent management services including RPO and performance management – both software and advisory services – and additional talent management services that help improve employee engagement and retention. In addition, Kenexa’s 2X Perform Platform (which will be available H2 2010) will contain performance managment components including goal setting, appraisals, succession planning and compensation management. Salary.com provides compensation software and content. In addition, it has a database of compensation information across thousands of job positions. The acquisition of Salary.com not only enhances Kenexa’s ability to provide compensation management; having Salary.com’s benchmark database will enable Kenexa to help its clients ensure they are paying their employees market-competitive salaries to aid in talent retention. 

Second, on its September 1 analyst briefing upon completion of its acquisition of Workscape, ADP not only spoke about the merits of Workscape’s benefits administration capability, including health and welfare, but also about the importance of Workscape’s talent management capability, notably its compensation planner. ADP today provides performance management services including succession management and learning management, in part via its partnership with Cornerstone OnDemand, With its acquisition of Workscape, ADP has added compensation management to its performance management offerings portfolio.

The importance and impact of compensation as an integral component of performance management cannot be underestimated. While supervisors are, and will continue to be, ultimately responsible for performance management, including compensation, they need the right tools, technology and insights to effectively do the job. HRO providers that offer the full mix of performance management capabilities – robust tools and technologies, as well as advisory services – are best positioned to support their clients performance management needs. And there is definitely opportunity for growth in this space. According to NelsonHall’s June 2010, “HRO Issues and Opportunities” report, only one-third of buy-side executives have outsourced compensation administration, and it is the second least outsourced service/component of multi-process HRO deals.

My advice? Providers, beef up your compensation management offerings, either organically or via partnerships or acquisitions. And buyers, evaluate your current compensation management capabilities. If they fall short, either due to lack of insights or resources, consider engaging the services of an HRO provider with expertise in this process. You have everything to gain by ensuring talent retention through the right compensation plans.

Gary Bragar, Senior HR Outsourcing Analyst, NelsonHall

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