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compensation management

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Compensation management is a general policy, implemented in conjunction with specialized software, designed to help an organization maximize the returns on available talent. The ultimate goal is to reward the right people to the greatest extent for the most relevant reasons.

Compensation management software can optimize salary, bonus, stock option, and benefits budgets to yield the maximum profit per employee or per work hour. However, any organization or business requires a competent and sensitive human management team at least as much as it needs effective computer programs.

The ideal compensation management policy ensures that the best talent will remain with the organization while attracting new talent and minimizing turnover. In conjunction with benefits administration and workforce analytics, an effective compensation management policy steers employees toward behaviors that enhance personal well-being and minimize the risk of burnout.

This was last updated in March 2012

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We just started using a compensation management software. There are companies out there that build this type of software and nothing else. There is a good unbiased and neutral resource out there called Capterra that rates different companies and has reviews on a variety of companies. We ultimately went with a company called Harvest.
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