Tuesday, October 21, 2014

County to study worker compensation

By CRYSTAL HERBER, Herald Staff Writer | 1/30/2013

A study could reveal how Franklin County stacks up against other organizations in terms of employee compensation.

Franklin County government has commissioned The Austin Peters Group, Inc., Overland Park, to complete a compensation study. The study will help the county be competitive in the marketplace, allowing it to recruit and retain the best possible employees, Gayla Stofko, Franklin County human resources director, said.

A study could reveal how Franklin County stacks up against other organizations in terms of employee compensation.

Franklin County government has commissioned The Austin Peters Group, Inc., Overland Park, to complete a compensation study. The study will help the county be competitive in the marketplace, allowing it to recruit and retain the best possible employees, Gayla Stofko, Franklin County human resources director, said.

Stofko said she is hopeful the study would give the county a base at which to start in hiring positions, especially in the wake of the recession.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of allowing Austin Peters to begin the study at its Jan. 9 meeting. The study is expected to cost the county $30,000, Stofko said, and Austin Peters’ work already is under way. The company’s questionnaires targeted more than 100 positions. After the questionnaires are returned, Austin Peters will conduct interviews with employees to determine their specific duties, Stofko said.

The study likely would help redefine positions and clarify duties, she said. The recession has caused many businesses, Franklin County included, to not hire replacements when employees have left or retired, Stofko said. Other employees were given the departed individuals’ duties and might not have been compensated for those extra responsibilities, she said.

Austin Peters’ work also will include an analysis of county positions that are similar to those in other organizations. That will allow the county to see whether or not a position’s salary is competitively priced in the market, Stofko said.

Franklin County underwent a similar review in 2005, Stofko said. It is advisable that an organization conduct such a study at least once every five years, depending on the organization and the economy, she said.

The results of the study, which are expected to be completed by early May, are expected to be presented to the county board at a regular meeting, Stofko said. The study would not mean county employees will get an automatic raise, which sometimes is a common misconception with such analyses, she said.

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