Editor's Note: What can Psychologists teach us about employee recognition. Plenty, it turns out. Derek Irvine expounds... What do employees value most for recognition? What do companies (and managers) actually do well for same? What does the research tell us? I’ve certainly written... Read More
Compensation Café"Serving up straight talk, original thinking and caffeinated discussion on everything compensation"
So, what did we learn about the link between dentistry and compensation? Obviously, Dan Walter thinks about teeth and dentists far more than a compensation professional should. Let’s face it, being able to link dentistry to pay practices, the tooth fairy, orthodontia and wisdom teeth was deeper... Read More
Editor's Note: Engineer, Author and Management Consultant W. Edwards Deming had some things to say about performance appraisal; particularly the evaluation of people without considering the context in which they are attempting to succeed. Organizational psychologist Ben Dattner agrees - and... Read More
They are out there somewhere, that’s for sure. Incredible as it may seem, but some business leaders still hold to their heart employee treatment practices that have been debunked for decades. The enlightened practitioners of today occasionally find themselves shocked to discover that some... Read More
Editor's Note: Is your organization struggling with defining performance levels? Dan Walter brings some Classic advice and a terrific example of what performance that truly goes above and beyond really looks like. Performance reviews and ratings are tough. When I work with companies that... Read More
Compensation Force"Practical news, information, tips and musings about employee performance and compensation"
Can employee retention be a double edged sword? According to Merriam Webster, in addition to being a sword with two sharp edges, this is defined as something that can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences. That's about right. Or, as John Sumser of the HRExaminer has put... Read More
I've had an important lesson reinforced for me. I'm reminded again, via several recent conversations with employees and managers, of the wide range of definitions people hold for some very basic compensation terms. Think there is some level of agreement on what terms like... Read More
"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things..." says Andy Dufresne, a character in the movie The Shawshank Redemption (based on a Stephen King novella), to his friend Red. Hard to argue with that. I thought back to that line as I was reading Seth Godin's blog post today, titled... Read More
There is nothing quite like getting leaders around a table (literally, if you can manage, virtually if not) to debate what they intend the organization to accomplish with its compensation dollars - and then documenting the points of their agreement in writing - to bring clarity to reward design and... Read More
When organizations examine their total compensation offerings, the savvy ones factor in something beyond cash compensation and benefits. That extra, less tangible, but inarguably significant element is work environment. I encourage many of my clients to throw work environment into the mix of... Read More