Changing Your Perspective From the Stern to the Bow

In 30 or so years of looking at salary surveys, I don’t think I ever heard a description of this critical tool of the compensation professional that made me think as hard and as critically about what I do as, “Salary surveys are like the wake of a boat; they only tell you where you’ve been, not where you’re going.” Think about that for a minute.  Why is that the case? Why can’t we make that more strategic turn towards a future view of where to go?  Here are a few reasons I’d offer up: We’re comfortable just doing what we’ve…