You are the human resources manager of Endothon Company, which helps its clients eliminate paper use by automating their business processes. Endothon is implementing a new software program and faces the challenge of hiring additional staff to help sell and support the program.
The company has been in business for five years and currently has 20 employees working on a variety of software applications for clients. Endothon will likely double in size during the next six months and add even more employees by the end of the year.
The first round of hires will include three new positions: one brand manager and two product sales representatives. Because Endothon is located in a geographic area in California where the job market is ultracompetitive, recruiting quality candidates will be challenging.
Also, the organization’s partners feel that the current job-value structure and pay policy, as well as the lack of a formal system of variable pay, are outdated. You must define the company’s compensation strategy to allow Endothon to be competitive in the workplace and to attract and retain a quality workforce.
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You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.
Note: You have been provided with the following attachments: “Brand Manager Job Description,” “Current Job-Value Structure,” “Market Rewards Survey,” and “Product Sales Representative Job Position.” These attachments must be used as you complete this assessment. It is also recommended that you consult the websites provided and integrate any relevant coursework resources into this assessment.
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A. Revise the attached “Current Job-Value Structure” to enable internal reward equity by doing the following:
• Update the salary information for the 20 current employees, as necessary.
• Add in the three new positions, one brand manager and two product sales representatives, with their anticipated salaries.
Note: You must base your revisions on the attached “Brand Manager Job Description,” “Market Rewards Survey,” and “Product Sales Representative Job Description.”
1. Justify the salaries and placement of the three new positions, one brand manager and two product sales representatives, within the revised job-value structure.
B. Create a pay grade and ranges table that addresses the current and new roles by using your revised job-value structure and all other attachments.
1. Describe a strategy to address the original salaries found in the attached “Current Job-Value Structure” that might now be outside the proposed ranges.
Note: If the original salaries are not outside the proposed ranges in your pay grade and ranges table, describe a strategy that you would use if they were (green and red circle rates.)
2. Justify the pay grades and ranges in the table, commenting on attraction and retention strategies.
C. Recommend one distinct variable pay option to motivate employees in three different pay ranges from part B, including a justification of why each recommendation would motivate individuals in that particular pay range.
Note: One distinct variable pay option should be provided for each pay range.
D. Acknowledge sources, using in-text citations and references, for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.
E. Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.
A:REVISED JOB-VALUE STRUCTURE
The revised job-value structure is comprehensive, enables internal reward equity, includes all 20 current and 3 new positions, and provides logical salaries for each position.
A1:SALARY AND PLACEMENT JUSTIFICATION
The justification is appropriate for the scenario and fully explains the reasoning for the placement of all 3 new positions and their anticipated salaries within the revised job-value structure.
B:PAY GRADE AND RANGES TABLE
The pay grade and ranges table is comprehensive and addresses each current and new role within an appropriate pay grade, aligns to market survey data, shows overlapping pay ranges, and includes ranges that are consistent steps from one to another.
B1:STRATEGY FOR SALARY ADJUSTMENT
The strategy specifically addresses compensation that might be outside the proposed ranges. The strategy is appropriate for the situation and is professionally acceptable.
B2:ATTRACTING AND RETAINING EMPLOYEES
The justification explains how and why the pay grades and ranges were created, and it explains strategies on how the pay grades and ranges will both attract and retain a quality workforce.
C:VARIABLE PAY OPTIONS
1 distinct, actual variable pay option is recommended for 3 different pay ranges from part B. The justification of each recommendation appropriately explains why the variable pay option would motivate employees in that particular pay range.
The submission includes in-text citations for sources that are properly quoted, paraphrased, or summarized and a reference list that accurately identifies the author, date, title, and source location as available.
Content reflects attention to detail, is organized, and focuses on the main ideas as prescribed in the task or chosen by the candidate. Terminology is pertinent, is used correctly, and effectively conveys the intended meaning. Mechanics, usage, and grammar promote accurate interpretation and understanding.