Implementing a new expenses policy is a good one to start with. And the annual pay review is always a source of some heartache. As for developing, launching and getting ‘buy-in’ to and compliance with new corporate identity guidelines—well let’s just not go there.
However, ahead of all of these and without question the toughest project must be the universal job re-grading exercise!
We’ve all been there. HR has been working with a team of job grading consultants and developed a new job grading approach blah blah blah… and now every job’s going to be looked at and a revised grade arrived at.
Of course, it’s not difficult to see why job grading exercises have to be done. Jobs change and a grading exercise is a good stimulus to updating tired job descriptions. A merger may demand harmonization of two different grading structures.
The business world changes as well, particularly from a technological point of view, so ‘grading points’ once bestowed for typewriting ability or management of a manual switchboard may no longer be applicable!
And, naturally, in large organizations, some rationalization of job grades is necessary to keep the whole process simple.
It’s also not difficult to see where contention creeps in. Colleagues once on similar grades can find themselves on different grades and therefore pay-scales. Some people feel promoted and some feel demoted. Some feel singularly put out.
The potential for a dip in morale is massive. So, I say, having seen the bull in a china shop approach so often employed in these situations, handle with extreme care. Explain why the exercise is being done. Commit to maintain current job-holders’ grades even if the job grade has been lowered. Make sure you’re happy with the approach HR and consultants are taking in weighting responsibilities and competencies. Be sensitive.
Oh… and if it’s an exercise that does not really need to be done?
Then avoid it like the plague!
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