Have you ever had a day at the office when everything went your way? When management thought your ideas were inspired, your recommendations spot-on, and they smiled on you and said nice things about you? A day when everyone nodded their head at you? No? Neither have I. Instead, what we all too... Read More
Compensation Café"Serving up straight talk, original thinking and caffeinated discussion on everything compensation"
Editor's Note: A Classic lesson from Jim Brennan on how denying a reward can change behavior in a way that positive incentives may not. I'm better our readers have some experience in this realm too - when has "reward denial" worked (or not worked) for you? More pay... Read More
Editor's Note: What can this holiday of love and appreciation teach us about doing rewards right? A lot, as it turns out! I give you Derek Irvine with some great insights and tips! (Hey, maybe they'll even help you spend this special day more successfully!) It’s Valentine’s Day... Read More
I work with an amazing array of companies. They run from tiny to huge. From established to start-up. From staid and conservative to wild and innovative. As you may have guessed each of them have some very unique roles that must be populated with insane talent if the company is to succeed. This post... Read More
Editor's Note: Former Pixar President Ed Catmull coined the term "corporate beast" to describe the collective efforts of those who will push you for a quick solution - any quick solution - in product (or, for us, pay plan) development. Read on for some Classic tips to guide your... Read More
Compensation Force"Practical news, information, tips and musings about employee performance and compensation"
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
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