Taming the Incentive Beast

Compensation Force

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. Good luck in taming YOUR incentive beast!

Variable Pay: Is There a Difference Between a Bonus and an Incentive?

Compensation Today

At a time when increase budgets are tight, organizations are starting to shift their rewards towards variable pay over fixed costs (salary). Is there a difference between a bonus and an incentive? Depending on who you talk to, this could be either potential pay or pay at risk.

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Give a Bonus of Heartfelt Appreciation This Year

RecognizeThis!

Even after a difficult year, giving employees the appreciation and recognition they deserve is an important bonus. Employees were rightly concerned that years-long traditions around holiday bonuses might not materialize. I didn’t expect [a Christmas bonus] at all.

Is Your Annual Bonus Guaranteed?

Compensation Cafe

When worried organizations consider methods to get their arms around (control) high payroll expenses, they typically turn a blind eye to the variable pay component, to annual bonuses or incentives. Just be careful not to over-compensate the incentive payments to make up any loss.

Compensation Cafe: The Contradiction of Annual Incentives

RecognizeThis!

Incentives are only effective when they match the timeframes of employees’ motivation to perform. In light of a recent Willis Towers Watson report on the ineffectiveness of annual incentives, I wanted to take a closer look at how and why they motivate employee behavior.

The Dark Side of Incentives

Compensation Cafe

When describing their annual incentive plan (STI) most organizations will highlight to eligible employees the upside reward opportunities provided by the plan. But there’s usually less talk about what happens when times are tough, as incentive communication tends to focus on the positive.

Learning Corner with Jeffrey Pfeffer: Less Is Better Than More When it Comes to Incentives

Cornerstone On Demand

Zimmer commented on a bonus program I had written about where each store employee (except the store manager) would receive $20 if the store met its “good" sales target for the month, and $40 if it met its “excellent" sales goal. Incentives are a poor substitute.

Incentives and The Rule of Three

Compensation Cafe

Designing an effective incentive plan is always a challenge. Over many years I have come to rely on what I call the Incentive Plan Rule of Three. No more than three metrics (KPI), no more than three defined goal levels, no more than three incentive plans for any one individual.

Behavior Bonus: Performance Enablement

Kazoo

While the Kazoo Employee Experience platform is primarily driven by spontaneous, timely employee recognition — some employees want specific incentives and directions for their behavior. This is where our Behavior Bonus functionality comes in. Using Incentives for Performance Enablement.

Key Factors to Manage Employee Merit, Bonus & Incentive Plans Effectively

HRsoft

There are many ways to incentive performance in an organization. Typically grouped together under the umbrella term “pay for performance plans,” employers may choose among merit programs, bonus options, and individual or team incentive plans. In order to manage employee merit, bonus, and incentive plans effectively, however, it’s important to first understand the key differences among these types of pay.

Rewarding Today's Unsung Heroes: Could a "Viral" Bonus Plan Work for You?

Compensation Force

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.

Why Today’s Incentive Thinking Is Different

Achievers

Too often in human history, this meant that people with less power were simply compelled to work, and incentives — if they existed — consisted merely of being allowed to survive. The Central Challenge of Giving Incentives. Stats That Prove the Value of Incentives.

If Bonuses Don’t Work – What’s the Right Incentive for Referral Programs?

marenated HR

Chances are high your company offers employees a monetary bonus when they refer a candidate who then is hired (and who stays with your company for a set number of months). But there’s a problem: Referral Bonuses Don’t Work! Answer: as powerful as referral bonuses are when employees refer people they know to you, they only work if employees actually refer job candidates. And if she stays long enough, who is responsible for asking for the bonus?

If Bonuses Don’t Work – What’s the Right Incentive for Referral Programs?

marenated HR

Chances are high your company offers employees a monetary bonus when they refer a candidate who then is hired (and who stays with your company for a set number of months). But there’s a problem: Referral Bonuses Don’t Work! The Bonus Offered Is “Meh.”. By Red Branch Media: .

Cafe Classic: Don't Blame Incentives

Compensation Cafe

Editor's Note: Incentives are a tool. Incentives are not the cause of bad reinforcement programs, any more than forests should be blamed for the existence of warfare. The instrument is not at fault if the application is misused. Incentives/Bonuses Pay for Performance

Another New Year- Time to Think About Bonuses

Affinity HR Group

With 2019 over and at the dawn of a new decade, it’s an ideal time to think about bonuses for 2020. Organizations of all sizes and across all industries use bonus programs as an important component of total compensation. There are many different types of bonus programs.

Friday Five: Year-End Bonuses

Workology

Between scrambling to finish our holiday shopping, avoiding embarrassing ourselves at the office party, and planning our spring vacation – soon, friends, it’s coming soon – we’re busy seething over someone else’s year-end bonus. It’s that time again.

2019 Holiday and Incentive Calendar

Kazoo

For each date, we’ve also included a list of feature ideas and suggestions – so whether you’re looking to expand your rewards catalog, swap out your Behavior Bonuses, or create new onboarding redemptions, we’ve got you covered! January Holidays and Incentives.

2019 Holiday and Incentive Calendar

Kazoo

For each date, we’ve also included a list of feature ideas and suggestions – so whether you’re looking to expand your rewards catalog, swap out your Behavior Bonuses, or create new onboarding redemptions, we’ve got you covered! January Holidays and Incentives.

Should You Offer a Signing Bonus?

HR Daily Advisor

Whether you call it a hiring bonus, a signing bonus, or a sign-on bonus, the idea is the same: It’s a bonus offered to a job applicant to entice him or her to accept the position. Should You Offer a Signing Bonus? Should You Offer a Signing Bonus?

When Incentive Pay Goes Rogue!

Compensation Cafe

A friend of mine likes to say: “It’s not that incentive pay doesn’t work well, it’s that it works TOO well. Like any well-designed incentive compensation plan, Wells Fargo’s started with a strong company culture and a simple goal that required special effort.

Astron’s Yearly Compensation Review Part II: Incentives, Bonuses, and Variable Compensation – Oh Boy!

Astron Solutions

employers gave out performance-based bonuses. According to WorldatWork, “this prevalent use of variable pay, or pay at risk, is expected to continue in 2019 as the most successful organizations are always looking to maximize return on their rewards investment dollars.”.

Autonomy, Incentives and Motivation

Compensation Cafe

With this kind of autonomy, monetary incentives reinforce intrinsic motivation. Even competitive incentives awarded on a discretionary basis have this reinforcing effect. Incentives are not viewed as an instrument of control.

Using Multiple Incentives: 1+1=3?

Compensation Cafe

Before you read any further, take a moment and think about the pay incentives you offer to your workforce. Try to group them not in terms of short-term and long-term incentives, but whether they are based on individual performance, group performance, or organizational performance.

Turtles Confirm that Incentive Pay Works!

Compensation Cafe

The discussion regarding the efficacy of incentive compensation is ongoing. Will people jump through a few hoops if there is a reasonable prize at the end? We tend to think of incentives as based on job descriptions and tasks people normally perform.

The Not-so-secret Formula to Making Incentives Work

RecognizeThis!

To be effective, recent research suggests incentives are best paired with recognition. Whether or not incentive programs are effective has been a long standing question, spanning multiple academic disciplines. Bonus & Incentives Social Recognition employee motivation incentives

Cafe Classic: Nine Ways to Sabotage Your Incentive Plan

Compensation Cafe

I continue to be amazed at the many ways that companies manage to sabotage their own incentive plan efforts. You just couldn't find the time to work on the incentive plan until your boss reminded you (again) that it's one of your KPIs for the year.

Do Your Incentive Plans Motivate Choking?

Compensation Cafe

Could it be that we are designing and communicating incentives for our highest performance all wrong? This study specifically looked at the impact of incentives on motor and neurological performance in high-pressure situations. Or, follow him on Twitter at @ DanFutureSense.

The Real Cost of Mismanaged Incentives: Wells Fargo

Compensation Cafe

Today is a steaming jolt of quadruple espresso in response to the Wells Fargo incentive pay mess. If you have been under a log for a couple of weeks, please start by reading a couple of earlier Compensation Café Articles (my own When Incentive Pay Goes Rogue!

Your Brain on Incentives

Compensation Cafe

b) This is your brain on incentives. What can we possibly learn about incentive compensation from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)? Incentives/Bonuses Pay for Performance incentive pay pay for performance performance pay variable pay

5 Lessons from Glittery Smelly Incentive Plan Mistakes

Compensation Cafe

It turns out that incentive compensation doesn’t just work, it can work too well at motivating the wrong behaviors. Make sure you design your incentive plan to reduce the possibility and rewards for cheating. Incentive plans are difficult to get perfect.

Critical Incentive Pay Lesson from a Jeopardy Champion

Compensation Cafe

Lost aversion preys on people’s tendency to avoid losses at a higher rate than taking risks to attain gains. This is where we can leverage Jeopardy to improve incentive plans. Most incentive plans are very heavily weighted toward “winning.” The upside is great, but the downside can often be no payment at all. When you have already earmarked your potential incentive compensation, this risk of losing some of it can stop you from earning all of it.

Matching Incentive Promotions to Partner Personality Types

Workstride

When it comes to the incentives that motivate us to work harder, we tend to respond differently based on our personalities. Sure, most of us greatly appreciate a generous bonus, commission or restaurant gift card in response to our achievements. Those same principles should apply as you’re designing the channel incentive promotions that are likely to motivate the people working for your partners, distributors, dealers, and others in the channel.

Everyone Gets a $100,000 bonus!

Compensation Cafe

When 1,380 employees got a $100,000 bonus each, the story should have made headlines everywhere. The brilliant bonus decision was a wonderful example of a corporation that cares deeply about its employees. Image courtesy of Feelart at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

How To REALLY Design an Incentive To Drive Behavior

What is Paul Thinking

There are no shortages of people telling you how to get things done at work. There is, however, a shortage of people who will HONESTLY tell you how to get things done at work. Incentive for Reducing Travel Costs. If you do all three, you get a bonus of 20 points.”