Today I took the GR7, Introduction to Global Remuneration test through World At Work at Pearson Vue. I was really nervous for many reasons – I hadn’t studied as much as I had wanted to, the text was full of detailed information that was really confusing in the details, and other stuff.
Part of the other stuff was hanging over my head the cost of this course/test on my credit card since the work reimbursement policy changed to only reimburse after a completed/passed course. Before it was half up front, half when passed. I suppose it is good for both parties, as the company doesn’t have to pay for longer and it doesn’t have to chase after funds if the course isn’t passed.
That and I was in a car accident over the weekend. It both stole study time as well as made it very hard for me to concentrate while taking the test (cognitive) and the pain was very … painful and distracting.
Luckily, I managed to pass. It would have been nice to have a higher score, but I’ll take what I can get. Onwards and upwards!
My boss has been super excited that I have my CCP and am so close to the GRP. They have mentioned multiple times wanting me to lead the charge and not just be a SME but also help develop and set standards for our product’s new Compensation module. I’ve been excited about this too!
But, life happens.
This week I had great news to share with my boss, that is still premature, but seems like a good likelihood. Life changing news.
And with these eagerly anticipated changes my priorities are shifting. Understandably so, even! Some would say it’s about 15 years too late. lol I had to break the news that as much as I love my job and working under them, that in the next two-three years I will need to transition to another role, one that won’t have crazy long hours or travel.
I would like to think that I am doing us all a favor by being up front and giving YEARS to transition. Heck, if things work out, I can still be the SME and develop the new module, getting it to a good place, before transitioning to a role that allows for better work life balance. I know that if I were in a management position, having this sort of lead time and the ability to better shift any succession planning would be appreciated.
Today was a bad day. I wanted to call in sick today but felt guilty due to an important meeting that afternoon. Nothing went according to plan. Nothing worked. And everything just heaped on.
Luckily, I just kept plugging. Even more luckily, I had a trusted person help me out.
A while ago I was given some advice from a coach that I should find people whom I can give permission to give honest feedback and continue to foster that. Hearing things, even if I may not want to, can be invaluable.
That was exactly one of the golden moments today. In a meeting that was 100% virtual someone was really sharp with me. Knowing I was off, I sent a side message to another person in the meeting asking if it was me or them? I was very grateful that they said I was a bit sharp first. I thanked them for their honesty and made an effort to improve.
Afterwards I asked them if my efforts showed. Unfortunately I had to log off before they could respond, but the fact that there were no further moments I think shows that there was a positive shift.
I remember from my studies long ago about the (probably now antiquated) purple tail parable. It boiled down to someone had a purple tail and people kept telling them about it, but it didn’t sink in until they had been told seven times. Something psychological about that 7th time is when we finally hear what we are being told. I think paying attention to what we’ve been told – hopefully sooner than 7 times! – will help us in our relationships and career.
I was thrilled that my manager urged me to take the final two courses that are the difference between the CCP and GRP. I’m working my way through the Overview course, knowing that the financial one would be harder.
I didn’t realize how complex this overview would be.
I appreciate that the course has been recently updated. I’m thrilled that there are many things about various countries or regions I already knew.
But there is so much, that I feel overwhelmed. I worry about how detailed the test will be. Based on other courses I guess the test will be 75-90 questions.
I know this will be worth it. Considering that compensation is becoming a standard module to Human Capital Management (HCM) systems, and those are growing to be global. There are enough companies out there using HCMs that have employees world wide, that they need to have flexibility to handle taxation and addresses that oddly is not taken into the design process.
I’m excited by the carrot my manager offered me, that I will be at the leading edge of this compensation module for my company.
In the past six months I’ve had three managers. The one I was hired by resigned, moving the entire team to his boss. After a while, that guy was told he couldn’t manage folk two-three levels below him, so we got redistributed to new-to-us managers.
Before my initial boss left, we did the annual review process (four months early.) The way he and his boss both handled my engagement, successes, and professional growth both externally and with internal products was underwhelming. To the point both discouraged me from seeking additional professional development outside of our company, asking me to focus on the product we support.
Ok, that is great. Except that I’ve been mentoring and training others on our internal product for over a year. I am constantly sending suggestions or writing up how to documents both for internal and external use, and acting as a support to peers on said product. I’ve clearly demonstrated an expertise on it.
I was sorely disappointed that with my 13 years experience in the field, 9 years experience in the industry of HCMs, having a degree and multiple certifications that I wasn’t even given the target merit increase this year. That I wasn’t brought up to market rate for someone with 1 year experience in the field. Never mind that I’ve spoken with my local peers and all the women are $10k+ underpaid compared to the men with often less experience and no certs or degrees in the field.
I had asked my former boss’s boss if the gender inequality was reviewed. He hadn’t even thought of it, let alone looked into it. He knows I know Compensation. Just the ease I displayed in using terms and concepts, never mind those wonderful three letters after my name.
My current manager is a breath of fresh air. SHE encourages me to seek out professional development both on our product and externally. She recognizes my expertise and all I have done to help others. She comes to me to double check others work or to help figure out very difficult things.
I was exceedingly thrilled when in one conversation I flat out asked her, “It sounds like you are grooming me for a promotion. Is this your intent?” She confirmed it was. Woohoo!
I find it very interesting how different the management styles and how they view me and what I have to offer are between the men and women in the business unit. I’m not prepared to say it is the whole company, because it is clear looking at the C suite that isn’t the case.