Creating a Competitive Advantage through Pay Equity

Creating a Competitive Advantage through Pay Equity

Every organization should be in business for a particular purpose.  DB Squared’s main purpose is to provide HR technology tools to improve efficiency, effectiveness and positive outcomes in the compensation arena.  Johanson Group, sister company to DBSquared, provides compensation and strategic planning consulting to its clients around the U.S.  Recently, we have taken several of our clients through a competitive advantage exercise to determine what their core strengths are and how to use them to maintain and grow their competitive advantage for five to ten years in the future.

When an organization can show that their pay practices and policies are equitable and consistent with no difference to gender, ethnic background or age, a competitive advantage will exist as there is still a pay differential for women and minorities in the workplace around the U.S.  If you are not sure about your pay equity status, we can assess and implement a compensation program that provides your organization with one more competitive advantage and will increase the level of employee satisfaction and transparency.


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Useful Job Descriptions Pay Dividends

Alan G. Crone, Attorney with Crone Law Firm, PLC wrote an article in the HR Professionals March issue titled, “The Business Case for Compliance”.  Mr. Crone, with over 25 years of employment law, mentions in his article that he is often asked what lessons he has learned that HR Professionals can apply to lessen or mitigate employment lawsuit and litigation expenses.

Alan recognizes that employment law is complicated, ever-changing and hard to manage with employee and employer value differences.  He states in the article, “There are no simple solutions, however I do suggest three simple strategies as a great start, that if you follow them you will reduce the number of employment related claims, complaints and lawsuits:

  1. Draft and maintain hyper-accurate job descriptions;
  2. Communicate clearly the company’s expectation for employees and confront them when they do not live up to those expectations; and ,
  3. Refocus compliance efforts as training rather than as discipline.”

This article continues with Mr. Crone going into more detail on how these simple strategies can be applied with good common business sense and thorough application.  As human resources professionals for our respective employers, what are the dividends we can expect by implementing a useful job descriptions strategy as noted in Alan Crone’s article.

  • More informed candidates
  • Improved staffing and compensation decisions
  • Accurate and current job descriptions
  • Positive impact in management decisions
  • Greater defensibility
  • Compliance with ADA – reasonable accommodations
  • Compliance with FLSA – Exempt / Non-exempt (duties and responsibilities)

Mr. Crone completes the Job Descriptions section of his article with the following statement, “Top-notch job descriptions will create operational efficiencies, less lawsuits, better hiring decisions, more focused training and discipline, and less turnover.”

As human resources and compensation consultants and software providers, we support Mr. Crone’s advocacy for comprehensive, consistent and compliant job descriptions.  The time spent with bringing dated job descriptions to a current and accurate status will pay dividends for internal and external stakeholders.


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