Maybe you’ve heard of compensation benchmarking, also known as salary benchmarking, but you really don’t understand what it is or why it’s important to an employer. I promise you are not alone! As a compensation consultant, I often have conversations with executives and HR professionals before starting an employee compensation benchmarking project. Typically, they feel like they need help with reviewing their salaries, but aren’t entirely clear on how to go about the process.
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are a popular, tax-efficient way to help people deal with everyday health costs. Employees participating in eligible health plans can make an affordable, pre-tax contribution to spending accounts each month, and then use those savings when they need to cover a medical expense.
2023 was another turbulent year in the hiring market. Staff turnover remained high across the board, with some industries facing an unfortunate need to implement cuts. Meanwhile, most employees felt the effects of rampant inflation, which outpaced 2023’s record salary increases.
I’ll never forget the first time I got a Total Rewards statement. I remember looking at it and thinking, “The benefits I get from these people are worth HOW MUCH?!” At the time, I was just beginning my HR career, still working to understand the difference between an FSA and an HSA, so seeing all of these benefits at once blew my mind. Looking back on that moment with years of HR experience, I know that this was not a good thing. Let me tell you why.
Salary expectations are a big problem for most employers right now. According to a recent NFP blog, the average salary increase is around 3.8%—but employees expect somewhere closer to 8%.