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Wausau to implement wage study recommendations

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Michael Loy
Michael Loy

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Like many units of government, the City of Wausau has been looking closely at what they offer employees compared to similar municipalities elsewhere in Wisconsin. Now, they are ready to implement the recommendations of a pay study.

Wausau’s Human Resources Director Michael Loy says it has been a long process, but it’s been worth it. “It’s been over a year. We’ve put a lot of thought and depth into it. It involved employees and a lot of management and we’re finally at the end result today.”

The city hired consultants from Wipfli to evaluate their job descriptions and duties, as well as the pay and other compensation and put those figures up against similar communities and the private sector. Loy says the study showed the city wasn’t far off from what the market determines is right for each position. “The study gave us good information. We know we’re relatively competitive within the market, and certainly not overpaid. We are looking forward to implementing the new system based on performance, and I think it’s going to have some long term and profound impacts on the long term success of the organization.”

Loy says unlike many cities and counties, Wausau didn’t have to deal with a large number of union issues. He says they did spend a lot of time with individual employees.. “Compensation can be an emotional topic, and everybody’s very interested in their outcome and how it impacts them, so we had a number of one-on-one conversations. We tried to treat employees fairly and be consistent across the organization.”

The new pay scales and performance grading will be implemented in the new year. Loy expects few changes for existing Wausau employees.

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