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Career Frameworks: Your Most Important HR Tool for the Era of Increased Transparency

The human resources function is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Designing approaches that fit the needs of a multi-generational workforce and an emerging job market adds tremendous pressure to HR strategies. Companies are attracting and retaining talent by using more customization and adaptability in their role profiles and job descriptions. However, having so much customization, and ultimately so many unique job profiles, doesn’t necessarily lend itself to addressing the current industry-wide need for more transparency. And often, the result can be a lack of clarity into what career paths are available within your organization.

A Side-by-Side Look at Talent and Rewards in Financial Services and Technology

Financial services firms are challenged to imagine and operationalize the talent and rewards strategies required to transform their workforces for the digital age. No matter what technology initiatives firms are focused on, adapting longstanding practices to attract and retain technology talent is key. McLagan and Radford have teamed up to help financial services firms navigate this changing landscape.

The Spotlight: Adam Barnett, Partner, Asset Management

Adam Barnett is a Partner in McLagan’s asset management practice, providing performance and reward consulting services to various investment management organizations. Adam’s areas of expertise include designing annual and long-term incentive plans and sales compensation programs, conducting sales and financial performance benchmarking studies, and analyzing competitive compensation practices and levels.

Infographic: Are You Capitalizing on Prime Services Market Growth?

Prime services has been the fastest growing area of global markets since 2013, experiencing a 29% revenue increase between 2013 and 2017. However, our data shows that U.S. firms are the primary beneficiary, capturing market share from European firms—a recurrent theme across most products since the global financial crisis. We explore the numbers in our latest infographic.

To Truly Assess Gender Pay Gaps, Companies Must Dig Below the Surface

In most cases, you can’t begin to fix a problem until you understand why it exists in the first place. This is certainly true for the complex challenge of addressing gender pay equity. It’s time for companies to carefully examine their data and work outside the confines of basic pay comparisons to find and fix specific root causes. Once organizations actually start to dig deeper, we’ve found that the following issues are the most significant drivers of both real and perceived gender pay gaps.

Cost Analytics: How to Uncover the Opportunities that Drive a $1 Billion Cost Optimization Program

Following the latest set of quarterly earnings results from major banks, it’s clear that there is a renewed focus on cost management. Prior to the results, analysts closely studied how banks are performing on costs, with some banks announcing or reiterating forward guidance on efficiency ratios. As we near the end of the economic cycle and macro risks continue to emerge, we anticipate that this renewed focus on cost will only intensify. Across our own client base, we are seeing heightened activity around assessing support costs.

The Spotlight: Ray Everett, President, McLagan

Ray Everett is the president of McLagan, responsible for overseeing the firm globally. Previously, Ray led our Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa practices, where he conducted executive compensation consulting assignments, managed the regions’ survey programs, and worked with key clients. Ray has significant experience designing and implementing annual and long-term incentive plans, carried interest plans, performance management systems, and job architecture. He also advises the boards, remuneration committees, and management of many of our global clients.

Infographic: Five Ways to Use your Compensation Survey Results

Compensation surveys enable teams to work smarter, providing access to data with deep insights and answers about pay requirements in specific locations. This data is key to identify cross-industry pay differentials and trends for specific jobs, all while ensuring that your valuable talent with cross-sector experience is being rewarded competitively. Our infographic outlines the best ways to leverage your compensation market data.

Location Strategy Analysis: Moving Your Firm Forward

A robust assessment of potential location strategies lies beyond just evaluating compensation differentials. When exploring relocation or building in new locations, it is important to look across multiple factors – especially the availability of quality talent – to inform decisions that will create financial impact and fit your business strategy. This article provides insights from our work comparing potential locations for clients and addresses some of the nuances when approaching location strategy analysis.

The Spotlight: Blake Kerrick, Partner, Banking and Capital Markets

Blake Kerrick leads the banking and capital markets practice at McLagan. In this role, Blake provides performance and reward consulting services to the leading global banks and securities firms, regional banks and broker-dealers, and commodity trading firms. His areas of expertise include advising senior management on incentive funding approaches, levels, and pay mix, benchmarking key performance metrics across banking, sales, and trading divisions, designing annual and long-term incentive plans, and analyzing competitive pay practices and levels.

Insurance Industry Trends and Outlook for 2019

Technology investments are happening at a record pace across financial services and property-casualty insurance companies are no exception. Strong financial conditions in 2018 have paved the way for an increased focus on optimizing the digital experience, which directly impacts the customer experience—a driving strategy for success in the insurance industry. When it comes to embracing change, there should be no letting off the pedal. Business leaders must continually evolve longstanding practices, using new advances in technology to fuel their journey forward.

Credit Union Compensation Philosophy: Going Beyond “Attract, Retain, and Motivate”

What is your credit union’s compensation philosophy? When they’re well thought through, compensation philosophies can help provide an important framework for pay decisions throughout a firm. But far too often, these philosophies are antiquated, and include general phrases like “we strive to provide competitive compensation” and “the goal of our compensation structure is to attract, retain, and motivate.” While few can disagree with these types of platitudes, they are rarely helpful when making actual decisions.

The Spotlight: Gayle Appelbaum, Partner, Regional and Community Banking

Gayle Appelbaum is a Partner in McLagan’s regional and community banking consulting practice. She specializes in developing compensation plans that balance short and long-term risk while building shareholder value. Gayle focuses on the full spectrum of compensation and benefits issues, including corporate governance, pay-for-performance, risk assessment, taxation, regulatory compliance, M&A, and compensation agreement provisions.

Future-Proofing Your Talent

As financial services firms work on more technology initiatives, businesses must now put the transformation of their workforce at the center of their strategy. Companies are focused on exploring new ways of working through agile methodology, redesigning their organizational structures, evaluating their entire employee value proposition to improve engagement, and making strategic investments in new skills and technology to support this evolution.

Infographic: ISS vs. Glass Lewis: Understanding Both Points of View

In this infographic we explore how ISS and Glass Lewis are approaching voting recommendations, pay
for performance and problematic pay practices policy application, as well as gender diversity on boards for the 2019 proxy season.

Infographic: Preparing for the Proxy Season

In this infographic we walk through a checklist of items for the 2019 proxy season to respond to this year's key policy changes with ISS and Glass Lewis.

The Spotlight: Joel Davies, Partner, European Asset Management and Banking

Joel Davies is a Partner in McLagan’s European Asset Management and Banking practice, providing reward consulting services to the management and boards of banking and asset management organizations. His particular areas of focus include reward strategy, executive compensation, and remuneration regulations. Joel has acquired extensive experience across compensation, benefits, and performance management through leadership roles in consulting and corporate environments in both the UK and U.S.

Preparing for a Tsunami of M&A in the Global Financial Services Industry

As M&A activity continues to pick up in the global financial services industry, it’s important to determine driving factors and use the checkpoints listed below to ensure a smooth transaction for both your business operations and employees.

Fighting the War for Digital Talent

What should financial services firms keep in mind as they design their employee value propositions and total reward strategies to compete for top tech talent? This article discusses the evolution of financial services in the digital age, compares the industry practices of financial services and technology, and offers food for thought when adapting your firm’s talent and rewards strategies to the new digital world.

Top 5 Ways to Maintain Your Salary Structure

Having a strong salary structure is crucial for determining individual employee pay. This article shares the top 5 things you should consider to successfully maintain your organization’s salary structure and remain competitive in the market.

The Spotlight: Michael Deeks, Partner, Asset Management

Michael Deeks leads McLagan’s asset management practice, delivering performance and reward consulting services to traditional and alternative asset managers, as well as asset owners. In particular, Michael advises on broad-based and executive compensation and carried interest arrangements. His work also includes conducting benchmarking and market practice studies. Michael’s team recently launched McLagan’s Operational Due Diligence IQ Study, which provides asset managers with performance benchmarks on over 150 non-investment risk factors and best practices.

Are Performance Ratings Really a Thing of the Past?

Major companies are dropping the use of performance ratings when it comes to managing their employees. Is this the common future trend, and how are firms responding? This article takes a closer look at new performance strategies that are happening across the globe, with a specific focus on Asia and the financial services sector.

The Spotlight: Warren Rosenstein, Partner, Global Head of FinTech, Consulting Services, and Regional Head of Latin America

Warren Rosenstein has global responsibility for McLagan’s financial technology and consulting services practices and oversees the firm’s Latin America financial services business. Warren helps clients build customized reward and human capital strategies that support each firm’s unique business requirements. He has designed solutions ranging from job architecture, performance management, incentive design, salary banding, compensation philosophy, staffing models, and productivity optimization.

Benchmarking 101: How to Benchmark, and Why It Matters

To recruit top talent in today’s competitive market, it’s important to know what your peers are paying and compare your compensation strategy against this data. Regularly benchmarking your firm’s positions to survey matches is the best place to start. This article delves into the ins and outs of benchmarking and provides a quick guide for making the process as seamless and effective as possible.
 

Why It Pays to Find Your Balance

Between the changing regulatory environment and evolving customer demands, wealth managers are realizing that incentive plans must reflect more than just shareholders’ needs, leading to the use of a broader set of metrics, often in a balanced scorecard approach. This article outlines how to strike the right balance between multiple quantitative and qualitative metrics to ensure firms remain competitive, create desired outcomes, and are in line with regulatory principles when creating a well-functioning incentive scheme.

Infographic: Is Your Audit Function Keeping Pace with the Market?

In this infographic, we walk through recent trends for the audit function in universal banks and discuss how to measure and interrogate your audit function performance data.

 

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