Compensation Café

TP is the New Compensation

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

For Want of a Nail

  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

Cafe Classic: Job Titles... Are They Really Free?

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

Forget the Lemonade--Grab a Shovel

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

Equity Compensation and the Japanese Art of Sumi-e

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

Before You Put That Fundraiser on Commission...

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