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Great concise summary of the pros and cons of selecting midpoint differentials to reflect a certain temporary situation. Change is always a constant; although its rate is not, nor is it reliably symmetrical or regularly dispersed. Reminds folks that pay admin systems are created to serve the organization: the tail should not be permitted to wag the dog.

The chaos created by undue time-sensitive granular precision is more harmful than the equivalent issues stemming from excessive reliance of proportional symmetry.

Amen, Jim, about the tail wagging the dog. I have seen this in action, and it is a painful, timely and potentially expensive issue to fix. I agree with Ann that it is much better to start with 'logical consistency' and then plan in advance for different types of exceptions and how they will be slotted into the existing, logical structure.

Great points, Jim and Mercedes. The ultimate trick, with any pay design process I suppose, is finding that "sweet spot" that perfectly balances independent symmetry or consistency with time-sensitive, situation specific precision.

I really appreciate the writer’s skills over here as he has presented the facts in the right manner. Also he has kept the content simple, engaging and concise.

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    Compensation consultant Ann Bares is the Managing Partner of Altura Consulting Group. Ann has more than 20 years of experience consulting with organizations in the areas of compensation and performance management.

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