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Pay increases are coming

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Do you plan to give pay increases in 2011?

  • Yes — we plan to do across-the-board pay increases, 39%
  • Yes — we plan to do selective pay increases, 39%
  • No — we plan to keep pay frozen or have decreases, 22%

This is great news. Almost 80% of companies are looking to give pay increases in 2011. It won’t come a moment too soon for employees who are looking for a new position. Although pay isn’t necessarily the only way to retain your key employees, it is a step in the right direction.

Lance Haun is community director for, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board.