When compensation changes occur, it is important to present this critical information clearly and cohesively. Employees want to know the specifics, even the reasons and in some cases how this is impacting the firm, not just them. You therefore need to be prepared to cover a wide range of questions. Overall, the plan should be to explain at a level with which you are comfortable, provide reasons, be it broad and vague or specific, and then move on. It is important to remember that most if not all of these discussions are for the purpose of sharing news vs. debating or deciding, meaning you need to be prepared to cut off any extended discussions, especially when changing the decision is not an option.