Compensation Café

Cafe Classic: Why Self-Help Doesn't Help

Editor's Note:  In today's Classic, Chuck Csizmar looks at that quick fix the self-proclaimed expert is trying to sell you (or your senior management team).   Doesn't it seem that everywhere you turn these days you face a bombardment of professional how-to advice from... Read More

The Pebble In Your Shoe

For as long as I've worked in Human Resources the common solution most often suggested by all ranks and segments of the population for a host of employee issues was to simply . . . pay more. Yep, just push that EASY button of simplistic, no-thought, one-size-fits-all logic, and like a snake... Read More

Cafe Classic: Diamonds and Data Mining

Editor's Note: Our data collection capabilities and the technology supporting them continues to advance, but the questions and steps necessary to draw knowledge and insights from them remain constant.  Here with Classic advice and an analogy on how to create gems from the rock we mine is... Read More

Inspiring Generosity through Reciprocity at Work

Adam Grant, Wharton University professor and repeat WorkHuman speaker, is one researcher I follow closely. His own research and the research of others he chooses to highlight always teach me something new and powerful in the world of work, human motivation, and innovation. In one recent article,... Read More

Growing a Healthy Compensation Program

This is the first in a series. If you're an HR office of one, busily juggling everything from beneficiary forms to incentive awards, it's hard to believe that you share any pressures with other HR managers. After all, your company and culture are unique, your CEO directs a lot of the key... Read More

Compensation Force

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