I live in a house that is more than 100 years old. It was maintained well over the years but, like all old homes, it needs regular maintenance. My neighborhood is filled with many homes built around the same time, and a few homes built very recently. A few months ago, a house a couple of blocks... Read More
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Editor's Note: Your pay programs may not stand the test of time in the manner that the legendary hero of the Geats has. Dan Walter addresses this challenge with his Classic post. Most of you know of the poem Beowulf. Legend has it that it was passed down through oral performances for... Read More
Editor's Note: A great primer on the Classic case for dual career ladders via Jacque Vilet. I think we’ve all seen a situation where an individual contributor has been promoted into a management position with neither the desire nor the skill to do the job. The employee becomes... Read More
Editor's Note: In times like these, reinvention and creative adaptation are necessary for survival. Where will it come from in your organization and how well does your reward program encourage it - especially when that change comes from unlikely places and is driven by unexpected... Read More
Why communicate now? Aren't things bound to change before year-end salary reviews? Aren't we bound to get it wrong if we start talking to employees now? Compensation departments often run on the "no news is good news" communications strategy, choosing to take the upper hand in... Read More
Compensation Force"Practical news, information, tips and musings about employee performance and compensation"
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
I am floored by how many times, during the design of an employee incentive plan, management will trot out the assumption/foregone conclusion that individual employees are unable to make a meaningful contribution to overall organization - or business unit - performance measures. That there can be... Read More
This post first ran in 2009, a point of crisis that may not quite equal what we've got with the coronavirus pandemic but might be a helpful reference point. I've been hearing a theme play out in a number of places recently, from research and articles online to conversations with my... Read More
This post first ran in 2011. While the details on the ground at IGN Entertainment may have changed since then, their inspired peer-to-peer bonus plan brings us a great example of how we might engage employees in rewarding the heroic actions of their peers during our challenging times today. Who... Read More
I had the chance to join a group of HR professionals who serve entrepreneurial, small to mid sized organizations to talk about the realities and challenges of managing pay in this setting. Great group, great conversation. In my experience, having worked with organizations ranging from the Fortune... Read More