Toilet paper has floated up into view as a new total reward element. TP can now be added to the tool chest of vital popular rewards to be promised, dangled, offered, dispensed and hoarded as inducements for desired behaviors and rewards for successful productive activities. The global community... Read More
Compensation Café"Serving up straight talk, original thinking and caffeinated discussion on everything compensation"
For want of a nail, the shoe was lost.For want of a shoe, the horse was lost.For want of a horse, the rider was lost.For want of a rider, the message was lost.For want of a message, the battle was lost.For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost.And all for the want of a horseshoe nail. This... Read More
Editor's Note: During this time of crisis and challenge, we are mining our archives to bring you Classic advice and ideas from previous tough times (because we've been around for awhile!). Increasingly, job titles are seen as a currency with which to attract, retain and reward... Read More
You know, we've got this reputation for being irreverent at Compensation Cafe. There's been more than ten years of attitude from this blog, so I feel safe sending along this quote: "It's all about volume. When you're ***-deep in lemons, you start looking for a shovel, not a... Read More
The Japanese term “sumi-e” means black ink, the “e’ refers to painting. This is one of the most iconic forms of art in Japan. Simple ink on handmade paper. The goal is to communicate as much as possible with as few strokes as possible. Each stroke is critical. Each is also final. You must... Read More
Compensation Force"Practical news, information, tips and musings about employee performance and compensation"
This post first ran in 2009, a point of crisis that may not quite equal what we've got with the coronavirus pandemic but might be a helpful reference point. I've been hearing a theme play out in a number of places recently, from research and articles online to conversations with my... Read More
This post first ran in 2011. While the details on the ground at IGN Entertainment may have changed since then, their inspired peer-to-peer bonus plan brings us a great example of how we might engage employees in rewarding the heroic actions of their peers during our challenging times today. Who... Read More
I had the chance to join a group of HR professionals who serve entrepreneurial, small to mid sized organizations to talk about the realities and challenges of managing pay in this setting. Great group, great conversation. In my experience, having worked with organizations ranging from the Fortune... Read More
Charitable donations are not sales and fundraisers are not salespeople. The challenge is that there are many similarities that tempt us to treat these professionals - and to compensate them - in the same way. As a result, the first response of many performance-oriented nonprofit leaders, Board... Read More
Designing new compensation plans. Many of us are in the final throes of this activity as we roll into the last month of the year. Perhaps a paradigm shift could deliver that final kick of energy we need to put the final touches on a plan that will deliver results. Perhaps it would help us to... Read More