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TOPIC: Employee Compensation and Classification


  • Compare the Canadian and US approaches to the functional areas of strategic Human Resources Management.
  • Research and assess current US and Canadian issues in strategic Human Resource Management.
  • Contrast and compare a variety of global approaches including sustainability to Human Resources Management
  • Demonstrate leadership in class discussion and small group assignments.


  • Lesson plan
  • Textbook
  • Slide deck (PDF)
  • Slide deck on flashdrive
  • Handout Study Notes Worksheet #1 (see Moodle)
  • Handout Study Notes Worksheet #2 (see Moodle)
  • Handout Study Notes Worksheet #3 (see Moodle)
  • Large sticky note paper (optional)



  • Read Ch. 11
  • Read Ch. 12
  • Post in HR Stories #6
  • Review new Worksheets in Materials in Week 8 Folder


  • Focusing Activity
    New Employee Handbook Check-In Exercise
    This is a Think-Pair-Share Activity
    1. First, read the 2-sided worksheet
    2. Next, think about how you would answer the questions (it’s your sheet to keep!)
    3. Pair up with someone you don’t work with very much AND who isn’t in your group for Assignment #2 – New Employee Handbook
    4. Then, share your answers with each other
    5. Finally, in Moodle post once (Insights, questions, comments, etc.) on behalf of the two of you in “Forum to Discuss Assignment #2 in Week 8” 


  • Lecture = Active Reading Before Class
    - 10 minute video presentation
    https://sac.indiana.edu/success-tv/videos/11-college-reading.html
    - Annotated textbook https://sac.indiana.edu/doc/video-exercises/episode11/textbook-samples-annotated.pdf
  • Activity: Entire Class Together -- Study Notes Worksheet #1
    1. Using the worksheets provided (1 copy/student), make an initial scan of Ch. 8 and individually complete as much as you can in the time available
    2. Next, we will return as a group to complete the sheet together
    3. Instructor will pose questions and if you have something to share, please do so! –Or, if you feel more comfortable, you can text it to me and I will read it out to the class
    4. If you’re really good at making Study Notes, speak up! J
  • Activity: In Study Groups - Using Study Notes Worksheet #2
    1. Split into groups of 3-5 students (your choice)
    2. Using the next worksheet provided (1 copy/group), work together to complete it as much as you can in the time for this exercise - Complete it in the order you prefer
    3. When finished, someone in the group needs to take a picture of your work and upload it to Moodle - Folder “Materials for Week 8 class”
  • Ch. 11 = Strategic Pay Plans
  • Ch. 12 = Pay-for-Performance and Financial Incentives
  • Special Note for Today's Class
    Today’s learning goals
    - The best students know that teaching someone else always helps improve their own comprehension
    - Active learning leads to better long-term memory and retention than passive learning
    - There are lots of ways to create Study Notes
    - All three (3) worksheets from today’s class is in Moodle, see folder “Materials for Week 8 class
  • What are the concepts and cited empirical evidence from these two related chapters?
    1.Paying for work –Relatively modern concept, so what do we mean?
    2.Business Strategies influencing pay –Conditions, too
    3.Employee Pay – to incentivize workers (or not) –Definitions, Descriptions, and Pros & Cons of various Plans
    4.Classification 1.What is it and how would an HR Advisor do it?
    5.Modern pay strategies for Managers and Executives
    6.Pay equity
  • Activity -- Using Study Notes Worksheet #3
    1. Split into 6 groups  to each handle the 6 concepts listed on the previous slide
    2. Using the Worksheet #3 provided (1 copy/group), focus on your group’s assigned concept to complete the worksheet –Use your prior knowledge, your textbook, and what you can find online
    3. Designate a speaker who will then present back to the class what you learned
    4. You will be staying in this group until the end of class


  • Learning Consolidation
    Activity = Strategic HRM Theories & Models
    1.Staying in the 6 groups, use the handout Strategic HRM Theories & Models (PDF)
    2.Discuss the 8 theories and models to see which one would best apply to your assigned Concept
    3.Chose one theory or model to apply
    4.Discuss how using this theory helps to explain the phenomenon 1.Write down your insight(s) on Worksheet #3
    5.The goal of this exercise is to start applying theories and models.  It’s okay if you struggle this first time. We have plenty of time to practice before the Final Exam!



  • Materials uploaded to Week 8 folder


  • Step #1
    Chose one of the ten Canadian provinces or three territories and research its minimum wage.  Then, research one choice from List #2 to find the minimum wage in that jurisdiction.
  • Step #2
    Post these two pieces of information and the links to the government sources for this information.  (Sorry, no Wikipedia, random sites, or news articles.)
  • Step #3
    Read what your classmates have posted and try to find one posting that surprised you.  Write a post, explaining why the information provided surprised you.  Can be for positive or negative reasons, but still remember to be kind, please.
  • List #2
    - Your home country
    - Another country
    - OR - One of the 50 states or 16 territories in the USA

    Note: There are 9 countries without minimum wage legislation that you will not be able to use in this exercise: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland.