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Compensation Studies

Compensation Studies Certificate from Cornell University
On demand
USD 2400

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Compensation plays an essential role in attracting and retaining the key talent you need in your organization. It’s important to understand how to leverage compensation in such a way that it benefits both the talented employees and the organization as a whole. The Compensation Studies Certificate will give you the confidence and skills to articulate key compensation factors within your organization, assess compensation needs, align those needs with your organizational strategy and goals, use compensation to attract and retain top talent, and evaluate the effectiveness of pay-for-performance practices.

The certificate is ideal for individuals working to improve their organization’s compensation system so that it functions more effectively and aligns with their organization’s strategic, financial, and institutional objectives.


  • Total Rewards Compensation
  • Measuring and Compensating for Performance
  • Attracting and Retaining Talent with Performance Pay
  • Assessing the Financial, Strategic, and People-Related Return on Pay for Performance


  • Recognize and apply elements of the total-rewards framework

  • Identify how to effectively communicate and implement a compensation plan

  • Determine ways to align the compensation strategy to the talent strategy

  • Define performance in a contextually appropriate manner

  • Recognize differences within the workforce that either facilitate pay for performance or make pay for performance more challenging

  • Identify opportunities to improve pay-for-performance practices that are counterproductive or misaligned with organizations’ needs

  • Choose pay-for-performance elements to attract and retain key talent and superstars

  • Critically assess the improvements in attraction, retention, productivity, engagement and motivation associated with pay-for-performance systems


  • Compensation Studies Certificate from Cornell ILR School
  • 32 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • 36 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification

Who should attend

  • HR generalists
  • Compensation and benefits specialists
  • Intermediate-level HR professionals
  • New and aspiring human resource professionals
  • Operational and financial decision-makers outside HR
  • High-level HR professionals in small companies
  • Governments/nonprofits interested in pay for performance
  • Organizations that operate in the U.S.


Overview Linda Barrington is the Associate Dean for Outreach and Sponsored Research in the ILR School at Cornell University. She is also the Executive Director of the Institute for Compensation Studies (ICS), an interdisciplinary initiative in that analyzes, teaches, and communicates broadly abo...
Overview Kevin is the Kenneth F. Kahn Dean and the Joseph R. Rich Professor of Economics and Human Resource Studies in the ILR School at Cornell University. Previous Cornell positions include the Chair of the Financial Policy Committee, the Donald C. Opatrny Chair of the University-Wide Departme...
Overview Stephanie R. Thomas is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Cornell University. She teaches courses in microeconomics, labor economics and personnel economics. From August 2013 through June 2016, Dr. Thomas also served as the Program Director of the ILR School’s Institute for Co...


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