Compensation Café

3 Clues to 2020 Performance Management

For many of us, 2020 MBOs went up in smoke around about April 1, in the first days of the COVID-19 shutdown. In March we knew what results to target and how we'd measure our success. A few weeks later, most of those targets had been disassembled, blown up or replaced. Timelines became... Read More

The Time is Now. Compensation Pros Must Rise to the Challenge.

Change is hard. While it is inevitable, we prefer if it happens while we aren’t paying attention. It’s kind of like your hair during a more than 2-month lockdown. On day 5 your hair looks like your hair. On day 30 your hair looks like a long version of your hair. On day 70 your hair looks like... Read More

Cafe Classic: Misapplying Maslow

Editor's Note: Even today, Maslow's Hierarchy is ubiquitous, particularly in fields where human motivation is a critical factor. Should it be? From all appearances, Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is generally accepted throughout the business world as concrete, unwavering... Read More

Compensation Force

Punished By (Poorly Conceived) Rewards

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