The Survey Group
September 2017VOLUME 15 ISSUE 8


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2017 Turnover Survey

2017/2018 Holiday Survey

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2017 Benchmark Compensation Survey
2017 Employee Benefits Survey
2017 Compensation Planning Survey
2016 Turnover Survey
2016 - 2017  Holiday Survey
2016 Employee Programs & Practices Survey

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Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA
NetBrain Technologies Inc., Burlington, MA
Parallel Wireless Inc., Burlington, MA
The Predictive Index, Westwood, MA


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Bruce McLaughlin, Founder/CEO, The Survey Group

With organizations forecasting 2018 merit increases of approximately 3.0% for the 8th year running, what else can you do to reward and retain employees? According to TSG's 2017 Benchmark Compensation Survey, there isn't much variation among types of organizations with regards to merit budgets

So how else can you reward good performance?

If you're looking for an alternate to merit increases as an employee motivation tool, you may want to consider some type of variable compensation. Over half (54.3%) of the organizations responding to The Survey Group's 2017 Benchmark Compensation Survey have variable/short-term incentive compensation plans. Of those, the majority provide variable pay at all levels of the organization. Some of the more common plans include lump sum bonuses or individual incentive bonuses. The type of plan varies from organization to organization and is dependent on the performance measurements and long term goals set by each organization.

Full TSG members can get up-to-date compensation planning and practices data by participating in our 2018 Compensation Planning Survey. This survey provides the most comprehensive statistics for compensation planning and practices in New England, including short- and long-term variable pay practices, frequency of increases, lump sum payments and base pay philosophy. This survey also provides current and projected merit and salary increase budgets and structure movements.


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The Survey Group has consulting staff with Industrial Engineering and Management Engineering expertise. They are available to assist your company in performing onsite job evaluations to determine the requirements and relative value of your jobs. We at TSG are currently assisting a large company by conducting onsite job evaluations which help to document the duties and responsibilities of the positions in order to determine the proper pay rates for the jobs being reviewed.

Contact Steve Boyce at today to discuss your consulting needs.


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