Compensation Café

Cafe Classic: Newton’s Three Laws of Compensation Motion

Editor's Note: What can Sir Isaac Newton teach us about people and their pay?  Plenty, it turns out.  Dan Walter explores what Newton's three laws of motion can teach us about doing employee compensation right (and wrong) in this Classic post.  Recently my fellow Comp Café-er... Read More

Winning through Losing with Character

As the World Cup nears its conclusion, it’s impossible to avoid news coverage of the event – especially from my home base in Europe. Most stories are merely game recaps, nothing unusual or unexpected. And then, one of the classiest acts comes out of a story of loss. Japan captured the hearts of... Read More

Cafe Classic: Employee Rewards - What Do They Want, Anyway?

Editor's Note:  Reward fails abound; I'm certain most of those reading have encountered one or more head-slapping doozies along the way. Hopefully we learn from them, as Derek Irvine encourages us to do here. Occasionally, I like to share with you the horrible stories I hear of... Read More

When "Exceeds Expectations" Is "Meets Expectations"

You think performance management is difficult in your neck of the woods, let me tell you it could get even dicier. Imagine if your organization included jobs like tax attorney, firefighter, radio announcer, oncologist or pilot. All of these incumbents have to be experts when they perform their... Read More

Cafe Classic: Your Pay Practices Get Lost in Translation

Editor's Note: In today's Classic, Margaret O'Hanlon reminds us that when we don't communicate clearly and truthfully with employees about the how and why of their pay, they will make up their own version of the story.  And it may not be pretty.  So listen up! When it comes... Read More

Compensation Force

Your Pay Program Has a Big Mouth!

You have a not-so-silent partner in your compensation communication efforts. That partner? Your pay program itself. That's because compensation itself is a powerful communication tool.  In fact, everything we do in compensation is communication, so it's critical that we consider the... Read More

Incentive Plan Success? Think Big Picture, Act Small Picture!

Incentives remain one of the most powerful, and yet also one of the most misapplied, management tools out there.  While research has shown that group incentives can deliver significant return on investment (CARS research showed a median plan ROI of 134% - or $2.34 for every $1.00 in payout),... Read More

Best of the Force: What do ROWE and Incentives Have in Common?

Our Best of the Force series highlights some of the most popular posts from our archives. What do ROWE and incentives have in common?  More than a little.  At least that's the hypothesis I'm floating out here. What turned my mind to this comparison in the first place was a Fistful of... Read More