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Quarterly Workshop

Many employers have taken a calculating approach to the issue of employee compensation, often searching for meaning in spreadsheets and using terms such as “competitive” and “commensurate” to justify their analysis. But value is in the eyes of the beholder; for some pay is a measure of self-worth whereas for others it is a means to an end. Moreover, in a labor market in which employees have a significant amount of leverage and the socio-political divide across generations is more pronounced than ever, employers who engage in nebulous pay practices may find themselves struggling to attract or retain talent. This workshop aims to explore how HR professionals can use economic and psychological research to better understand not only the role of pay amongst current and potential employees but also the factors influencing this paradigm shift in determining compensation.


By engaging in this workshop, participants will…

  1. Develop an overview of current and historic trends in the labor market;
  2. Study the significance and effect of compensation between the four (4) major generational groupings [Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y (Millennials), and Generation Z];
  3. Consider a variety of compensation models, including their strengths and limitations through the lens of equity and inclusion;
  4. Discuss ways in which organizations can effectively use financial and non-financial resources to create value that promotes employee retention

To hear more about this session, check out a message from Ethan here.

Meet Our Speaker:

Ethan Ake-Little, Ph.D., SHRM-CP is the Director of Human Resources at the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, which employs over 500 individuals serving 3,750 students. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of AFT Pennsylvania, the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), in which he oversaw the support of over 26,500 members across nearly 60 affiliates. An educator at heart, Ethan has experience in both K-12 and post-secondary education, working as a school administrator at the School District of Philadelphia, a high school biology teacher, and a research assistant at Temple University, He has authored and presented several studies on issues of teaching and learning as well as published commentary regarding education policy-related issues in outlets such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Education Week, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.