Comp Cycle

Analytics Dashboards & Calibration in a Comp Cycle

Analytics Dashboards & Calibration in a Comp Cycle
Assemble Content Team

Assemble Content Team

Published on

November 15, 2023

1. Introduction

Leveraging data-driven calibration insights not only brings objectivity and transparency to a comp cycle, but also strengthens the credibility of the entire compensation framework. This period, typically in the final stages of a merit cycle, enables People, Finance, and Executive teams to review the recommendations to ensure strategic organizational goals are met.

People teams face the intricate challenge of ensuring fair and effective compensation cycles. Balancing employee expectations, market benchmarks, and organizational budgets is no easy feat. But, unconscious biases and subjective perceptions can creep into decision-making, potentially skewing compensation distributions. Given that, using analytics in final calibrations is paramount.

This guide describes how analytics should be leveraged during the calibration phase of a compensation cycle, and equips you with a Calibration Analytics Dashboard Template for running those analytics and dashboards directly. 

2. Three Reasons Why Calibration During a Comp Cycle Is Important

Calibration during a merit cycle is not merely a procedural step; it's a strategic imperative for the following reasons: 

  1. Equity Assurance: Calibration safeguards against pay disparities and biases by ensuring that compensation changes are fair and consistent across the organization. It identifies and rectifies any unintended inequities that may have arisen during the cycle, contributing to a more inclusive workplace.

  1. Alignment with Organizational Goals: Calibration meetings serve as a crucial checkpoint to confirm that compensation changes align with the broader objectives of the organization. They help ensure that high performers are appropriately rewarded, thereby motivating and retaining top talent.

  1. Transparency and Employee Morale: Calibration fosters transparency by bringing decision-makers together to discuss and align on compensation adjustments. When employees perceive fairness in the process, their morale and job satisfaction increase, contributing to a more engaged workforce.

3. How to Calibrate for Pay Equity

Calibrating for pay equity goals involves comparing requested compensation changes to the demographics of your organization that are tracked to ensure equity and fairness in pay across demographics. Most often, race, ethnicity, and gender are the key focuses during the calibration process. Follow the below steps to ensure your pay equity goals are met while calibrating:

1. Cycle Assessment: At key junctures in the comp cycle, leverage insights from the Pay Equity dashboard. This ensures that calibration efforts are rooted in a foundation of fairness. For example, you might see that one underrepresented race received a smaller average increase than another.

2. Corrective Actions: When disparities are detected, take swift corrective actions during calibration meetings. These actions may involve salary adjustments, promotions, or other equitable solutions to rectify imbalances. An underrepresented group may require a flat percentage increase to ensure equity, for example.

3. Transparency: Share findings and actions taken with key stakeholders during calibration meetings, reinforcing the commitment to transparency and fairness.

4. Documentation: Keep meticulous records of all pay equity analyses and actions undertaken during the compensation cycle, aiding in compliance and reporting.

4. How to Calibrate for Performance

Calibrating for performance goals requires comparing compensation changes to the performance ratings across the organization. In a highly performance-oriented organization, compensation changes on average should be higher as performance increases. 

1. Performance Scale: Use the Performance dashboard to ensure the highest performing employees are being compensated above lower performers

2. Compensation Discussions: During calibration meetings at the end of the compensation cycle, refer to the Performance dashboard to explain consistency in compensation based on performance

5. Conclusion

By harnessing the power of calibration analytics and dashboards, People leaders can confidently navigate the complexities of calibration, fostering a culture of fairness, transparency, and motivation within their organization through 2024. Calibration ensures that compensation decisions are not just data-driven but also aligned with your organization's values and long-term success.

If you want to learn about how Assemble enables you to run a Comp Cycle at scale through best-in-class software workflows, request a demo here

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