Why Use Compensation Benchmarking Data thumbnail

How do you know if you are currently paying your employees at competitive levels? And what merit increases are warranted for each position? Are you utilizing the appropriate mix of base and variable compensation based on the type of position? These are common questions we are asked when clients engage us on a compensation project… Read More

Why Hiring an Intern Should Be Part of Your Recruiting Strategy thumbnail

In an increasingly competitive job market, firms that link internship programs into their recruitment strategy are well-positioned to compete for the best talent graduating from universities and colleges. The main barrier or excuse I hear from advisors on hiring an intern is, “I don’t have time to train an inexperienced person.” I encourage advisors to… Read More

Succession Planning Isn’t an Economical Issue – It’s an Emotional Issue thumbnail

Succession planning is still a vexing issue in the industry. Kelli Cruz discusses the challenges faced by advisors when trying to move ahead with a plan. … Read More

Creating a Winning Team thumbnail

How can you create a winning team? Implement these key strategies for successful team building: Nothing is more important than hiring the right people.  This necessitates having a disciplined approach to the hiring process.  I recommend these 5 steps to the process: 1) Create job descriptions that can be used as your job posting or… Read More

Top 10 Employee Handbook Updates thumbnail

Don't underestimate the importance of regularly updating your employee handbook, as well as your firm’s underlying policies and procedures. Not only are state, federal and local laws changing rapidly, so too is the technology shaping how people work today. Click here to read this important article that outlines the top 10 employee handbook updates for 2016. Contact… Read More

The Client’s Journey with your Firm – How to Make it Memorable thumbnail

From the desk of Jennifer Goldman. The client is always right. The client is king. The client comes first. There are probably a thousand other sayings tied to client service that we use every day. However, as the saying goes, talk is cheap – and losing clients is an expensive proposition. So how can you… Read More

6 Compensation Myths thumbnail

Advisory firms spend more money on compensation than on any other expense, so getting it right just makes good business sense. Your compensation plan should define the behaviors you value the most and reflect what you are willing to pay to attract and retain key talent. I have found some consistent compensation misconceptions across advisory… Read More

Hiring & Retaining Top Talent for Growth Whitepaper thumbnail

We are excited to announce that our new whitepaper, Hiring & Retaining Top Talent for Growth, is now available! This whitepaper covers key human capital areas including: designing your org structure; recruiting and hiring; managing and developing your team; and how to compensate your team. Read the Introduction excerpt below and please contact us to… Read More

Keeping Employees on Track thumbnail

One of the keys to a successful firm is creating a process for setting goals and managing performance. A performance management process is best when it links execution to compensation. That, in turn, encourages employee engagement. Whether used for individuals or teams, the process should include setting, measuring and rewarding achievable expectations. Over time, it… Read More

How to Fix Your Incentive Pay thumbnail

A majority of employees at advisory firms — both professional and nonprofessional — now receive a combination of base salary and incentive pay, industry studies find. But firms don’t seem to be satisfied with their pay packages and, at my consulting firm, the most highly requested engagement is for designing (or, more commonly, redesigning) incentive… Read More