For those beleaguered by the compensation management process, investing in a robust compensation management solution for their organization seems like it would be the obvious end goal. You pay your dues, get the tool, and then it’s all smooth sailing throughout the rest of the compensation process, right?
But let’s run with this maritme metaphor a little longer. Suppose you’re behind the ship’s wheel of your shiny new compensation management solution. The skies may seem clear at the start, but whether you’re talking about business or boating, things have a way of getting complicated when you least expect it – and when is least convenient. Dark clouds and choppy seas, treacherous shallows and deadly shoals all have the potential to pop up out of seemingly nowhere, dashing your dreams of a manageable compensation process upon the cruel rocks of fate.
That is, unless you have the right tools at your disposal, and the right support.
Think about it this way – if you’re out at sea and something starts to go horribly wrong, you radio for help. Whether it’s the coast guard or some other vessel out there, the most surefire way out of a sticky situation is calling for support. If you’ve got someone to help you out of a jam, it can turn a potential catastrophe into something much more navigable.
The point here is that when you invest in a compensation management solution, you need to be sure that you’re not just getting the solution itself. You need to make sure that whomever you’re getting it from has the ability and willingness to provide your organization with the necessary support to operate said solution so to maximize its usefulness.
This support starts at the beginning, by tailoring the compensation management solution to fit whatever unique structure and needs your organization has. But business is never static, and to survive organizations will often need to change in order to adapt to the ever-shifting world of business. So if your business needs to change with the times, your compensation management solution should as well. And the developers should be willing to facilitate said changes.
Then you have the more obvious types of support, such as the proper training. Because the fanciest ship in the world is worth nothing if the captain doesn’t know how to make it go. This also includes technical support, to make sure things keep running smoothly for as long as you’re using the compensation solution.
The bottom line is that when looking for the ideal compensation management solution, you’re not just looking for the software or solution itself – you’re looking for a developer who is willing and able to go the extra mile for you, their clients. Because without the success of your business, theirs wouldn’t succeed either. Find the right crew, and your voyages into the sometimes savage seas of compensation management can end up being much more manageable.