Imagine cultivating a culture where there is clarity and confidence in your compensation programs

Our Services

Compensation Consulting and Training Classes

Applied HR Strategies specializes in developing highly customized compensation solutions specific to each client engagement. We do this by listening and learning, collaborating with your key leaders, analyzing critical information, and designing recommendations aligned to the organization’s culture and business goals. Our knowledgeable consultants are experts in the Seattle-area market, have extensive experience across many industries (especially technology, life sciences and healthcare), and we have built a diverse portfolio of compensation solutions and training classes that we are proud to offer.

Compensation Consulting

What We Believe

We believe in service-oriented, relationship-based, customized compensation consulting.

What We Love to Do

  • Compensation & Total Rewards Strategy
    • Development and Implementation
  • Managing Pay and Salary Planning
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) Programs
  • Pay Equity Analysis and Consulting
  • Competitive Market Pay Studies and Analysis
  • Board Compensation
  • Executive Compensation
  • Sales Compensation
  • Building Initial Programs or Rebuilding Existing Programs
    • Compensation Plans and Salary Structure Development
  • Short and Long-Term Incentives (Variable Pay)
  • Stock and Equity Programs
  • Custom Salary Surveys
  • Compensation Audits
  • Performance Merit Pay
  • Programs and Performance Management

How We Partner

We start with a conversation to get to know your organization, your needs and your goals as well as share how we can add value and work to together to help you achieve results. Depending on how the project is scoped or what flexibility is needed, we will discuss a proposal with pricing that reflects our experience but is thoughtful to your budget. Upon proposal approval, we begin our partnership with a discovery session with project team members to gather key information. Throughout the project, we work hard to create high value for you by sharing information, additional resources and assets that you might leverage because we believe in investing in you. After we develop recommended solutions and make decisions as a team, we then position you to gain buy-in from your stakeholders and leaders. And finally, we can support you with implementation and training, if those services are needed.

Training Classes

We have created a unique set of half-day training classes focused on educating HR leaders and organizations on the practical application of sound compensation skills, principles and practices. Each class includes instruction from our compensation experts, presentation materials, as well as program implementation tips, tools and templates to ease your way and add additional value beyond the learning opportunity. The three classes currently offered address the most commonly requested subjects, but we can create customized training for you on other topics as well.

Competitive Market Analysis and Cash Compensation Plans

This class will address how to conduct a competitive market pay analysis and build a cash compensation plan. We will delve into the specific topics of selecting pay data sources, mapping jobs to salary surveys, collecting and analyzing survey data, building salary structures, slotting jobs into salary structures and evaluating the market study results.

Pay Administration and Salary Planning

This class will cover various topics on pay administration and salary planning. We will discuss different ideas and ways to communicate and implement your compensation plan, address various topics on managing pay within your organization and provide instruction on salary planning, merit plan design and implementation.

Advanced Market Pricing and Total Rewards Strategy

This class will cover the market pricing of cash compensation for sales and executive jobs, provide an overview of short-term and long-term incentive programs (STI & LTI) and how they can add strategic impact to your total rewards program, and discuss approaches and strategies for enhancing your ability to better compete for, and retain desired talent.

Customized Training

We are happy to help our clients with creating and facilitating customized training on specific topics or for various audiences. We thoroughly enjoy educating and learning from HR leaders, compensation teams, managers and employees, so please contact us for customized training on Compensation Plan Management, Stock and Equity, Compensation Audits, Salary Planning, Designing Merit Pay and Incentive Programs or other topics that we can support you with.