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Measuring Skills
PAY FOR PERFORMANCE – HR’S BIGGEST EPIC FAIL

In Birches Group, we believe that pay movement should reflect one’s experience. As an employee gains more experience in their job over time, they develop a deeper understanding of their role and accumulate the necessary skills that enable them to be more efficient and produce results of increasing quality. Linking...

Scale Design
SALARY SCALE CASE STUDY: INTERNATIONAL POTATO CENTER (CIP)

The International Potato Center (commonly known as CIP) is part of the CGIAR consortium of research centers dedicated to agricultural research and food security. With headquarters in Lima, Peru, and country offices in 20 developing countries, CIP was facing stiff competition for talent and other issues with their pay structure....

Scale Design
SALARY SCALE CASE STUDY: RIGHT TO PLAY

Right To Play, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, was experiencing challenges in attracting and retaining talent for their programs in more than 20 developing countries around the world. Their compensation system was still based on a cost of living approach, rather than cost of labor. Internal job grading had been developed,...

Scale Design
SALARY SCALE CASE STUDY: INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (IIE)

The Institute of International Education developed a strong, market-driven approach to compensation for their field offices, including salary structures and a consistent grading system. But they lacked the internal resources to maintain the structures across a very diverse group of countries. They faced additional challenges in selected markets due to...

Scale Design
SALARY SCALE CASE STUDY: ELIZABETH GLASER PEDIATRIC AIDS FOUNDATION (EGPAF)

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation was seeking assistance with the management of their compensation program. Prior to engaging Birches Group, they centralized the responsibilities for pay management at headquarters and created salary structures. But the team recognized the need for professional guidance and expertise.

Salary Surveys
MANAGING COMPENSATION WHEN UNCONTROLLABLE EVENTS OCCUR

A Special Measures Policy is a way to assist managers and staff when a crisis occurs. The policy outlines what the company will do when certain uncontrollable events occur. Read more to learn about our recommendations.

Integrated Talent Management
VIRTUAL WORK – IT’S NO LONGER THE FUTURE, IT’S NOW! WHY PURPOSEFUL JOB DESIGN, NOT TECHNOLOGY IS WHAT FACILITATES VIRTUAL WORK

Just a few weeks ago, lots of companies looked at virtual work as something in the distant future, or only applicable to other organizations but not theirs. With COVID-19 suddenly keeping most of us out of our workplaces, organizations must now shift to virtual work to keep business going. But...

Salary Surveys
COMPENSATION TIPS IN WAR-TORN COUNTRIES

Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East have taken a severe toll in the region’s economic stability. Countries currently confronting waves of unprecedented civil wars such as Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Turkey, along with an unprecedented flow of refugees, have achieved very minimal GDP growth in the recent years. And there...

Salary Surveys
WHY INCUMBENT DATA IN SALARY SURVEYS IS MISLEADING

Employers have always used salary survey data based on incumbent data for compensation management. But incumbent data is personal, not job-based. It's time to reject conventional wisdom and use a job-based approach. We have a solution.

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