I was wrestling with some HR issues on the project recently and my thoughts more or less coalesced around this idea:
There's an HR triangle with these three sides:
Context: the job description and duties within the context of the project Benchmark: salary and benefits paid elsewhere for similar jobs in similar context, according to experience or qualifications Fit: the specific candidate's fit re the context and the benchmark
So here's the point:
- A candidate may be qualified eleswhere but not in context and thus the benchmark compensation does not apply; or
- A candidate may be qualified in context but the benchmark doesn't support the salary demand; or
- The candidate is simply not qualified and thus no fit.
This may seem obvious until someone approaches and says: "That person deserves a raise", or "That person should be put in the job". No, if the triangle doesn't close, look elsewhere!
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