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Specialized and Custom Human Resource Services
Our staff has more than 100 years combined Human Resource experience specializing in position classification and compensation studies for public employers of all types and sizes. We have successfully implemented over 1,000 classification and compensation studies in all employment environments.

A typical study will be 90-120 days in duration, with minimal disruption to you and your employees. “Add-on” services such as pay for performance training and staffing needs assessments can further enhance the scope of your project.

Please click on highlighted text below to view samples of tools, documents, and work products that are often included or generated by these studies.

Position Classification Studies
Most studies begin with project briefing meetings (click to view video) where employees can gather in large groups to ask questions about the project, learn of their opportunities to participate in the study, and receive instructions for completing a Position Analysis Questionnaire (PAQ). It is important that employees are provided several opportunities to be a part of a study to increase understanding, acceptance, and to reinforce the objectivity of the study.

The foundation for relevant and defensible compensation programs is a sound classification structure. A Position Analysis Questionnaire for employee completion provides the information necessary to modify or update your classification structure. It also provides essential function information and other details needed to create updated and compliant job descriptions.

We will identify the number, type, and level of distinct occupations that exist within an organization. Once distinct occupations are identified, updated job descriptions can be created to describe the typical assignments held by a classification. Essential job functions that make up a job description are crucial for compliance with ADA, EEO, and FLSA regulations, and may also be used when conducting market surveys, to ensure comparisons to other employers are made based on actual duties rather than just a job title.

Job information interviews, often called desk audits, may be a component of a classification study that provides further opportunity for employee participation, and aids in the development of job descriptions that match the environment and culture of an employee’s workplace.

Internal equity can be determined using a formal job evaluation or point factor analysis tool. By adhering to an established set of compensable factors, a study that includes a formal job evaluation will enable an employer to acknowledge the internal equity and value of each classification.

Total Compensation Studies
Using current job descriptions and organizational information, or in conjunction with a position classification study, base salary, and total compensation surveys are conducted to provide an employer with an analysis of the overall competitiveness of its salary and benefits plans.

Our staff of Certified Compensation Professionals (CCP) develop and conduct compensation surveys that are customized for each client. We do not rely on published databases of compensation information that are often out of date, inaccurate, and unreliable. We will help your organization identify your competitors on a local, regional, and /or industry-specific basis.

On behalf of our clients, we collect complete salary plans, pay range data, job descriptions, and organizational chart information from each targeted survey comparator and perform all job matching and benchmarking. This ensures not only the accuracy of the survey analysis, but also that our clients receive the services they seek – an independent, qualified, third party survey analysis with guaranteed results.

Sample Market Model

Compensation Plan Development
Using market data collected in a custom compensation survey, compensation plans can be designed to meet external competitiveness goals, internal equity needs, and to assist public employers in the development of a sustainable, affordable, and defensible plan.

Using our unique EZ COMP™ application, we will recommend salary ranges for each classification based on market prevailing rates, internal job evaluation points, and/or whole job analysis.

We customize our EZ COMP™ application for each client and provide training and electronic files for our clients to ensure their self-sufficiency. No long term maintenance contracts or hidden fees – just initial and ongoing implementation support and assistance at no cost!

Pay for Performance Planning and Training
As public employers are expected to provide enhanced and more cost-effective services to their customers with often limited funds, performance-based compensation plans are gaining in popularity and effectiveness. Our Achievement Evaluation Program (AEP™) is designed to build occupation-specific performance goals, objectives, and standards for each job classification and provide managers and supervisors with the tools they need to document and reward their employees. Contact us for additional information on these services.

Staffing Needs Assessments
In times of growth or decline, employers must have the ability to identify the staffing levels needed to get the job done. Our Staffing Needs Analysis Program (SNAP™) is designed to qualify and quantify service levels and service demands, and is used to support changes in staffing levels when appropriate. Contact us for additional information on these services.

Samples and Helpful Materials

Sample Request for Proposal (RFP)

Sample Position Analysis Questionnaire (PAQ)
Sample Job Description
Sample Position Classification Plan
Sample Base Salary Survey
Sample Total Compensation Survey
Sample Compensation Plan

Communicating the Project to Employees
EZ COMP™ Program Description
EZ COMP™ Demonstration
Achievement Evaluation Program Brochure
Staffing Needs Analysis Program Brochure

Video: Overview of the Position Classification and Compensation Study

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