Editor's Note: Today's post comes to us courtesy of guest contributor Chris Dobyns. The phrase, A Dog’s Breakfast, is probably unfamiliar to most Americans, as its use and origin is probably better recognized and understood throughout the United Kingdom. The exact source and the... Read More
Compensation Café"Serving up straight talk, original thinking and caffeinated discussion on everything compensation"
Round and round it goes, where it stops, everyone knows. Lately, I have been wondering what it will really take to change things in the world of compensation. It would seem that we have more than enough motivation to result in real changes to compensation practices that have been ineffective, or... Read More
In order to effectively manage reward programs compensation practitioners and their senior management leaders need to understand how competitive those programs are. In making that determination, though, just how precise does the analysis have to be? To what lengths should one go to increase the... Read More
Editor's Note: While a foundation of structure and rules (in this humble editor's opinion) can provide helpful ballast against paying by whim and fancy, many of the paradigms and methodologies that underly our pay programs have their roots in the 1960's and 1970's. While it... Read More
Editor's Note: Back in 2015, Jim Brennan wrote this Classic post about Zappos' CEO Tony Hsieh's bold move to upend the company's culture and management approach and to introduce the idea of a holacracy. How has that worked out? Opinions appear to vary but offer many... Read More
Compensation Force"Practical news, information, tips and musings about employee performance and compensation"
How far can an incentive program go in driving the efforts and behaviors necessary for improvement and innovation, when the organization itself has placed large rocks in the way? Paul Hebert has written great posts on motivating people to be innovative (see here and here). One of Paul's... Read More
One of the tasks we face in the universe of pay administration is matching a job to compensation surveys, in order to establish its competitive value, is ascertaining the appropriate "level". Is it an Engineer 1, 2, 3 or 4? A Graphics Designer Senior or a Graphics Designer... Read More
I find it interesting that in an age where we increasingly prioritize pay transparency we are also issuing passionate calls to do away with performance reviews and ratings. Does anyone else see the irony here? I have encountered few organizations whose leadership has committed to a talent strategy... Read More
While it will be clear from what follows that I take issue with a number of things he says, I do believe that Alfie Kohn's book Punished by Rewards is a must read for reward professionals. Good kick in the head to shake out the cobwebs and challenge the thinking. As those who have read... Read More
I am floored by how many times, during the design of an employee incentive plan, management will trot out the assumption/foregone conclusion that individual employees are unable to make a meaningful contribution to overall organization - or business unit - performance measures. That there can be... Read More