RemWorkshops - Our suite of public and in-house training courses

dsd has a long history of providing training and professional development courses for Remuneration Specialists, HR professionals and Line Managers through public courses and in-house seminars.

Our goal is to provide attendees with practical tools and techniques to manage remuneration and rewards on a day-to-day basis within the business. Courses have been designed with all skill levels in mind.

Our workshops include:

Remuneration Essentials - From Strategy to Implementation
Maximising Incentive Design
Mastering Pay Challenges - the Ultimate Manager Workshop
Capitalising on the Employee Value Proposition
Forging effective links between Pay and Performance
Designing effective Pay Structures
Optimising Salary Surveys

In-House Courses

Alternatively, why not hold your own workshop? Any of our workshops can be tailored for an in-house audience. This approach allows you to tailor content to your organisation and exclusively workshop your company's issues.

Leadership Lunchbox©

Time is money and getting managers together for training sessions and workshops can be challenging. In response, we have developed short, punchy, 'bite-sized' sessions that are delivered over breakfast or lunch. Based on a theme, these sessions never fail to deliver key concepts in a fun, interactive manner.

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Remuneration Essentials - From Strategy to Implementation

Designing and implementing an effective Remuneration and Reward Strategy is essential to support overall business objectives. The investment in remuneration, rewards and benefits represents one of the biggest costs to the bottom line and one of the areas you can make some critical savings. It also provides a key tool for attracting, engaging and retaining key talent.

What's it all about?

This one day workshop is designed to equip Line managers and HR professionals with the skills necessary to formulate a remuneration and rewards strategy that will support the business and attract, motivate and retain key talent. Participants are introduced to dsd's the 'Five Pillars of Reward Strategy'© with emphasis on market competitiveness; structuring remuneration packages, linking performance and rewards, designing an effective employee value proposition and developing an effective communication strategy.

Course Content

  • Remuneration Strategy in the current climate
  • Understand and develop your own strategy based on the Five Pillars of Reward Strategy©
  • Understand the external market, systems and policies
  • Understand how to structure remuneration for the best results
  • Make the link between performance and pay
  • Review the Employee Value Proposition (EVP)
  • Review contemporary communication practices; including Total Reward Statements
  • Workshop costs

    $850 plus GST

    Date and time

    28 July 2010 - Auckland
    8.30 am to 5.00 pm. Includes lunch, morning & afternoon tea, plus full course notes.

    Cancellation policy. A full refund will be provided if cancellation is received 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop. No refund will be given for cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the workshop; however a substitute is welcome to attend.


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    Maximising Incentive Design

    In today's challenging business environment getting employees to focus on, and deliver business priorities is essential. That's where a robust incentive scheme design is critical to supporting the business.

    Incentives take centre stage for many organisations within the overall reward mix. However organisations are uncertain how to approach developing incentives and ensuring they choose the right incentive to support the business.

    What's it all about?

    This half day workshop is designed to provide Line Managers and HR professionals with the fundamentals for the design and implementation of incentive schemes tailored to the business strategy. Emphasis is placed on understanding the key concepts and principles of variable pay, practical design options, the importance of financial modelling and employee communication.

    Course Content

  • Fundamentals of incentive design
  • Aligning incentives schemes with business objectives
  • Incentive scheme options
  • Designing incentive schemes to suit all areas of the business - Executive level to the shop floor
  • Determining the right performance measures
  • Measuring for effectiveness
  • Effective implementation and communication strategies.
  • Workshop costs

    $450 plus GST

    Date and Time

    12 August 2010 - Auckland
    9.00 am to 1.00 pm. Includes morning tea plus full course notes

    Cancellation policy A full refund will be provided if cancellation is received 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop. No refund will be given for cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the workshop; however a substitute is welcome to attend.


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    Mastering Pay Challenges

    The Ultimate Manager Workshop (one day)

    The uncertain economic outlook for New Zealand is placing ever increasing pressure on Line Managers and HR professionals to manage pay issues more effectively using a range of creative approaches.

    HR professionals and Line managers are frequently faced with complex pay and performance-related scenarios - everything from day-to-day operational issues to managing expectations in the current climate.

    What's it all about?

    This one day workshop is designed to provide a clear understanding of general remuneration and reward concepts, practical tools for managing a diverse range of pay-related situations and practical tips and techniques for managing salary discussions.

    You'll leave refreshed, skilled up and energised.

    Course Content

  • Understanding remuneration basics
  • Interpreting and applying external survey market information
  • Balancing internal relativity with external market competitiveness
  • Budgeting and distributing salary increases fairly and equitably
  • Salary bands and managing progression through the pay range
  • Performance Management - why, when & how
  • Delivering the message - the good and the bad
  • Strategies for managing counter-offers
  • Tailoring rewards - developing a compelling EVP to attract and retain talent
  • Workshop costs

    $895 plus GST

    Date and Time

    13 October 2010 - Auckland
    8.30 am to 5.00 pm. Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea plus full course notes

    Cancellation policy A full refund will be provided if cancellation is received 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop. No refund will be given for cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the workshop; however a substitute is welcome to attend.


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    Capitalising on the Employee Value Proposition (EVP)

    "An Employee Value Proposition (EVP) is the set of attributes that the labour market and employees perceive as the value they gain through employment in an organisation" (Corporate Leadership Council).

    The Employee Value Proposition allows you to differentiate your remuneration and reward offering from your competitors and focuses on attracting, engaging and retaining key talent.

    What's it all about?

    This half day workshop explores the key concepts for developing an effective Employee Value Proposition for your organisation; drawing together all of the key elements of financial and non-financial rewards; including work/life balance, career management and flexibility. Attendees will learn about key implementation tips and how to communicate the EVP effectively, including designing Total Reward statements.

    Course Content

  • Understand the key components of the Employee Value Proposition
  • Explore the Four F's of EVP©
  • Brand your message
  • Package your offering
  • Contemporary communication practices; including Total Reward Statements
  • Measuring employee engagement.
  • Workshop costs

    $450 plus GST

    Date and Time

    27 October 2010 - Auckland
    9.00 am to 1.00 pm. Includes Morning Tea plus full course notes

    Cancellation policy A full refund will be provided if cancellation is received 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop. No refund will be given for cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the workshop; however a substitute is welcome to attend.


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    Forging Effective Links Between Pay and Performance

    Many organisations aspire to create a high performing organisation and seek to reinforce this message through 'pay for performance'. However most struggle with designing the appropriate links between performance outcomes and pay progression and the mixed messages that are created as a result.

    What's it all about?

    This half day workshop will explore the reality of 'pay for performance', investigate the role of performance management and how to effectively link performance and pay progression. Attendees will be able to explore various pay-for-performance options and determine the most effective approach for their organisation.

    Course Content

  • The essence of good Performance Management
  • Creating appropriate links between performance management systems and pay
  • Effectively differentiating rewards based on performance - good and poor
  • Choosing the right pay progression option for your business
  • Understanding the key differences in pay-for-performance approaches (bonuses and fixed pay)
  • Establishing effective moderation systems
  • Measuring results for effectiveness.
  • Workshop costs

    $450 plus GST

    Date and Time

    24 November 2010 - Auckland
    9.00 am to 1.00 pm. Includes Morning Tea plus full course notes

    Cancellation policy: A full refund will be provided if cancellation is received 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop. No refund will be given for cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the workshop; however a substitute is welcome to attend.


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    Designing Effective Pay Structures

    There can be no more important foundation tool in remuneration than designing and maintaining an effective pay structure. The pay structure becomes the cornerstone for recruiting new staff, progressing pay annually and ensuring there is a balance between internal relativity and external market competitiveness.

    What's it all about?

    This half day workshop is designed to give the HR professional and Remuneration specialist with the tools and techniques to develop an effective pay structure custom fit to your organisation. Attendees will understand key design principles, learn how to analyse the effectiveness of their current pay structure, build a new pay structure using a variety of options and how to manage the implementation within the organisation.

    Course Content

  • Understand the Pay Structure basics
  • Explore the different pay structure options available
  • The key to choosing the right pay structure approach for your business
  • Creating a pay structure based on benchmark data
  • Weighing up the 'one size fits all' approach against job family pay structures
  • Analysing your pay structure for effectiveness
  • Communicating pay structures effectively - what and how
  • Workshop costs

    $450 plus GST

    Date and Time

    10 November 2010 - Auckland
    9.00 am to 1.00 pm. Includes Morning Tea plus full course notes

    Cancellation policy: A full refund will be provided if cancellation is received 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop. No refund will be given for cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the workshop; however a substitute is welcome to attend.


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    Optimising Salary Surveys

    Getting the best market intelligence to support pay-related decisions can be difficult. Many organisations are challenged with defending pay decisions and often asked to justify market information. In addition, organisations face trying to accommodate multiple job families and specialists that are paid differently within the external market.

    What's it all about?

    This half day workshop is intended for those individuals who are relatively new to the remuneration field who wish to develop a thorough knowledge of managing the link between jobs and the external market, understand how to manage salary surveys for the best outcome and gain the basics in statistical concepts. By the end of the workshop attendees will be able to manage surveys and take a spreadsheet of remuneration data and draw out meaningful, insightful conclusions that can be used effectively within the business.

    Course Content

  • Understand and define your remuneration market
  • Review survey options and how to choose the best for your organisation
  • Understand basic survey statistics
  • Interpret and apply the information within the organisation
  • Recognise and resolve data issues
  • Hold confident discussions with managers and employees on market data
  • Workshop costs

    $450 plus GST

    Date and Time

    8 September 2010 - Auckland
    9.00 am to 1.00 pm. Includes Morning Tea plus full course notes

    Cancellation policy: A full refund will be provided if cancellation is received 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop. No refund will be given for cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the workshop; however a substitute is welcome to attend.


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