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2019 Checklist for Executive Compensation Planning

With 2020 around the corner, now is the perfect time to make sure you stay ahead of year-end planning activities to set your company up for success next year. Our executive compensation experts have compiled this checklist so you can ensure your compensation programs are effective going into the performance period and close out the year strong.

Are You Ready? Preparing for the 2020 Proxy Season Starts Now!

Don’t wait! Proactively preparing for 2020 meeting and filings will mean a less chaotic and (dare we say) stress-free proxy season. To get you started, we’ve created a list of a few key items to consider help your company avoid surprises and ensure the best possible outcome at your upcoming shareholder meeting.

A Recap of 2019 Say-on-Pay Voting Results at Financial Services Companies by Industry

The insurance industry saw an increase in companies falling under one or both proxy firms’ Board Responsiveness Policies as well as declining average support for pay votes. These results signal that some investors are unwilling to provide corporate issuers the benefit of the doubt in a continued trend of escalating CEO pay levels and more volatile stock prices. Nonetheless, average say-on-pay support is still very strong for banks, diversified financial services and insurance companies.

2019 Checklist for Compensation Planning

Fall is the start of compensation planning season at most companies, a time to evaluate whether you have the processes in place to make your compensation program truly stand out and get ready for year-end decision making. To help you prepare, we have developed a quick checklist, along with key questions to ask, that can keep your pay programs up to date.

New business challenges are shifting talent demands. Is your business ready to meet them?

The digital age is forcing companies in every sector to compete for a finite group of key technical, creative and business talent, and it’s changing what they require of talent, as well as what talent requires of them.

From career ladders to career climbing walls: How fluid is your job architecture framework?

As companies seek to hire more digital talent, many find that the historical career ladder approach with simple vertical progression no longer resonates. Instead, employees seek the opportunities to learn and grow across disciplines or geographies. To support this, companies need a job structure that balances both consistency and flexibility, as well as allows for compelling career paths. While most companies may not be able to attain an "open market" approach to job architecture, taking steps to allow for customizable career growth for employees will help ensure the employment value equation balances out. Learn more in the infographic below and read Using Job Architecture to Enable Digital Transformation for even more rich insights.

Before You Grant an Additional Founder Equity Award, Ask Yourself These Key Questions

There are a variety of situations at a private company that may create a need for additional equity awards to founders. While there is no one-size-fits-all methodology for determining the need for additional founder grants, there are a few key questions that may help guide your decision if your company is considering these types of awards.

What Board Composition Factors Should Your Company Consider as You Recruit New Directors?

Establishing a board of directors is a critical step for private companies that are transitioning to the public sphere. Once you know how your company will be listed and get your independence requirements in order, it’s time to select individuals to represent shareholders and oversee corporate management. Here are some key factors you should consider as you recruit directors for your public board.

Key Steps to Take as You Prepare for Your IPO

The time leading up to an initial public offering (“IPO”) is always filled with excitement and intense activity. And before crossing the IPO finish line, there are a number of critical compliance, compensation and governance items to address. In our latest infographic, we outline 12 key steps every HR and compensation leader must tackle as they prepare to go public.

Getting Ready for the Era of Pay Transparency

The era of pay transparency is here. As technology allows for more information sharing, access to crowdsourced compensation data has proliferated dramatically and employees now have easy access to pay data that was once top-secret. Now, employees accessing and discussing their compensation and the compensation of others openly is not only losing its taboo, it’s trending. Companies need to be ready to respond. Here are four key steps to addressing pay transparency at your company.

Approaches for Setting Fair Pay at Your Company

Pay equity has emerged as one of today’s hottest HR and compensation issues. Delivering pay in an equitable fashion across all demographic groups seems like a mammoth task, and knowing where to start can be challenging. Our new infographic outlines four key approaches you can explore as you set out to create sustainable fair pay practices at your organization.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Trying to Better Manage Your Equity Compensation Spend

An effective equity strategy balances external competitiveness, internal constraints and company culture—but not all of these things can be weighted equally. If you’re thinking about changing your equity strategy, here are some of the primary design levers your company can pull to make smart choices aligned with your organization’s needs.

What Drives Corporate Culture?

It takes an entire organization to drive and cultivate a unique company culture. At technology and life sciences companies, out data shows the enormous influence that communication at the top leadership and middle management levels has on shaping culture.