Compensation Café

Recognition is Like Drinking Water

The benefits of a single glass on an average day seem inconsequential. The benefits on a long, hot day are indescribable. Recognition programs are like drinking water. When you drink enough water, you feel better. You think better. You perform better. You even live longer. Drinking water is such a... Read More

Cafe Classic: Perverse Disincentives and Effective Deterrents

Editor's Note:  We are right to exersize caution regarding the use of disincentives and punishment, but in the spirit of bringing a breadth of knowledge and understanding to our work, it's helpful to be exposed to practical information about their use and efficacy (or lack of).  With... Read More

Managers Who Don't Manage Pay

When an employee is promoted to their first manager’s position, they are given the proverbial Keys to the Kingdom.  They now have the authority to spend your money.  From the hiring, to promotions, to salary reviews, equity adjustments and beyond they are now able to render decisions that... Read More

Conference Topics To Meet Every Need - Part 2

Editor's Editor's Note: Today's post comes to us courtesy of guest contributor Chris Dobyns, as Part 2 of a two post series where he shares his impressions and takeaways - and particularly his top picks for breakout sessions - from the WorldatWork 2019 Total Rewards Conference and... Read More

Conference Topics To Meet Every Need

Editor's Note: Today's post comes to us courtesy of guest contributor Chris Dobyns, as Part 1 of a two-post series, where he shares his impressions and takeaways - and particularly his top picks for breakout sessions - from the WorldatWork 2019 Total Rewards Conference and Exhibition,... Read More

Compensation Force

Taming the Incentive Beast

It's a proven fact.  Left on their own, with no boundaries or constraints, incentive plans will often multiply like rabbits.  I recently spoke with a compensation professional who claimed that her organization has over 300 incentive plans in place.  Her question:  "What can we do to... Read More

The Perils of "Rewarding" FLSA Exemption

FLSA compliance - the challenges of getting (and keeping) positions appropriately classified - are difficult enough.  HR and compensation professionals everywhere can attest to this.  So why would we make the task even harder by "rewarding" FLSA exemption? Allow me to explain.  One of... Read More

What Incentives Can Do, What Incentives Cannot Do

Incentive compensation.  Powerful stuff when used well and - unfortunately - potentially even more powerful when misused and misdirected.  Chip and Dan Heath said it well... Incentives are dangerous, and not just because people game them. They often yield collateral damage. Remember the tale of... Read More