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January 29, 2010
Thoroughly Explain Pay Policies to Employees

In a BLR webinar entitled "Where's My Raise? How to Handle Tough Pay Conversations With Employees," Theresa Murphy of HR Partner Advantage and David Wudkyka of Westminster Associates offered their #1 piece of advice: to prepare your workers for any unhappy surprises with their current pay and any possible raises.

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  • Explain your pay policies thoroughly.

You may not be surprised to hear that employees believe that their pay levels -- and whether they receive raises, and how much -- are completely arbitrary decisions by HR and by management.

That's why it makes sense to explain your compensation practices -- how you arrive at pay levels and pay raise decisions.

Theresa Murphy is the principal consultant for HR Partner Advantage, an independent human resources advisory firm based in Raleigh, N.C. She may be contacted at tmurphy@hrpartneradvantage.com. David Wudyka is the founder and managing principal of Westminster Associates, a Massachusetts-based human resource and compensation firm that specializes in pay, performance and productivity issues. He may be contacted at dwudyka@westminsterassociates.com .

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