Compensation and benefits

How to get your compensation and benefits strategy right in order to attract, retain, and motivate people.

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by TheDrill

Compensation and benefits plans represent the whole package that the employer is prepared to offer to its employees for the work done and could come in the form of: 

Monetary compensation

Monetary compensation consisting of: 

  • Base pay
  • Merit increases: ongoing increases to reqard achievements
  • Merit bonus: one-time, lump sum as a reward paid to the individual, group or team, or organization
  • Long-term incentives: stock options 


Benefits could be:

  • Required income protection: Social security / Worker’s compensation / Unemployment insurance / Parental leave
  • Voluntary income protection: Medical insurance / Retirement programs / Life insurance / Saving plans
  • Work/life fit programs: Time off / Childcare / Counseling / Financial planning / Flexible work arrangements like remote work
  • Miscellaneous benefits: Employee discounts / Meals / Education

Mapping out the compensation & benefits plan

Key questions when mapping out the compensation and benefits plan in your organization: 

What objectives are we trying to accomplish as a company with our compensation and benefits plan? Is it competitive attractiveness? Is it product or service excellence? 

How should we position the plan to meet the below-mentioned considerations? 

What behaviors are we looking to encourage and reward, and what behaviors are we not wanting? 

Communication: how open should you be in communicating the plan? 1 to 1, group or organization wide communication? 

Setting up your pay strategy

Key considerations in setting up or adjusting your pay strategy: 

Should follow the rule Attract – Retain – Motivate (ARM) 

It factors in market and industry competitiveness 

It takes into account the composition of the organization in relation to the types and complexity of jobs 

It is aligned with the organization mission and create a “line of sight” to drive the desired employee behavior 

Should comply with country, state or local compliance so make sure you ask for competent legal advice in your country, state 

Uses a HRIS software (Human Resources Information System. For more about it please refer to this resource.

Building up the compensation & benefits strategy plan

Key elements in building up the compensation and benefit strategy plan: 

Study your market and industry for similar roles to be competitive 

Set the right goal for the strategy and plan to succeed and get the leadership buy-in, which needs to be aligned with your organization’s goals and budget 

Define the organization expectations regarding employee behavior 

Embed Governance, make sure you follow the national, local protocols, prepare formal documents, include evaluation metrics 

Develop performance management metrics and communicate them