For The Past 90 Years Or So Job Evaluation As

For the past 90 years or so, job evaluation as a compensation tool has been designed to assess the value of each job rather than to evaluate the person doing the job, prompting a relatively flat pay schedule for all incumbents in a particular position. Some HR experts believe that the emerging trend is for pay inequality to become “normal.” Employers are using variable pay to lavish financial resources on their most prized employees, creating a kind of corporate star system. “How do you communicate to a workforce that isn’t created equally? How do you treat a workforce in which everyone has a different deal?” asks Jay Schuster of Los Angeles-based compensation consultants Schuster Zingheim & Associates, Inc. If you were asked these questions, how would you answer them? Given the issues just discussed in this case, what effect do you think this trend toward greater pay inequality will have on employees’ satisfaction with their pay, their job, and life in general? Explain.

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