The benefits of a single glass on an average day seem inconsequential. The benefits on a long, hot day are indescribable. Recognition programs are like drinking water. When you drink enough water, you feel better. You think better. You perform better. You even live longer. Drinking water is such a... Read More
Compensation Café"Serving up straight talk, original thinking and caffeinated discussion on everything compensation"
Editor's Note: We are right to exersize caution regarding the use of disincentives and punishment, but in the spirit of bringing a breadth of knowledge and understanding to our work, it's helpful to be exposed to practical information about their use and efficacy (or lack of). With... Read More
When an employee is promoted to their first manager’s position, they are given the proverbial Keys to the Kingdom. They now have the authority to spend your money. From the hiring, to promotions, to salary reviews, equity adjustments and beyond they are now able to render decisions that... Read More
Editor's Editor's Note: Today's post comes to us courtesy of guest contributor Chris Dobyns, as Part 2 of a two post series where he shares his impressions and takeaways - and particularly his top picks for breakout sessions - from the WorldatWork 2019 Total Rewards Conference and... Read More
Editor's Note: Today's post comes to us courtesy of guest contributor Chris Dobyns, as Part 1 of a two-post series, where he shares his impressions and takeaways - and particularly his top picks for breakout sessions - from the WorldatWork 2019 Total Rewards Conference and Exhibition,... Read More
Compensation Force"Practical news, information, tips and musings about employee performance and compensation"
It's a proven fact. Left on their own, with no boundaries or constraints, incentive plans will often multiply like rabbits. I recently spoke with a compensation professional who claimed that her organization has over 300 incentive plans in place. Her question: "What can we do to... Read More
FLSA compliance - the challenges of getting (and keeping) positions appropriately classified - are difficult enough. HR and compensation professionals everywhere can attest to this. So why would we make the task even harder by "rewarding" FLSA exemption? Allow me to explain. One of... Read More
Is "making teams better" the holy grail of performance analytics? Fresh from the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, HBR blogger and MIT Research Fellow Michael Schrage notes that one of the top themes of the event was how to move beyond the Moneyball-like era of predicting... Read More
A client of mine with a gift for distilling information recently came up with a simple and elegant chart that tracks employee perceptions of the company's pay program. As someone who believes there is still a place for the straightforward, low-tech solution (like this one), I wanted to... Read More
Incentive compensation. Powerful stuff when used well and - unfortunately - potentially even more powerful when misused and misdirected. Chip and Dan Heath said it well... Incentives are dangerous, and not just because people game them. They often yield collateral damage. Remember the tale of... Read More