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

Compensation Today

Is there a difference between a bonus and an incentive? Under the umbrella you can find any number of bonuses, incentives, commissions, and other cash comp that is contingent on something happening. Bonus” falls under the umbrella. Choosing Incentives or Bonuses.

What Incentives Can Do, What Incentives Cannot

Compensation Force

Incentive compensation. Incentives are dangerous, and not just because people game them. Incentives are like that jet engine. Yet incentives are still the first resort of most managers, perhaps because they all think they’re smart enough to create the perfect carrot.

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The Intent to Incent is Our Sun

Compensation Cafe

Incentive plans are one of the most complex aspects of pay and rewards. All of these simply orbit around the most important element of any effective incentive plan. The purpose of an incentive plan can only be absolutely clear if we avoid assumptions.

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!

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.

Do You Know What A Bonus Is?

TLNT: The Business of HR

Bonuses Compensation & Benefits Incentives Pay for Performance Pay Increases & Raises Wages, Pay, & Salary FeaturedI’ve had an important lesson reinforced for me.

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. By Derek Irvine.

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.

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.

Astronology®: 2020 Compensation Budgeting Forecast Part 2: Incentives, Bonuses, and Variable Compensation

Astron Solutions

The top five retention incentives for millennial employees are: additional bonuses or financial incentives (44 percent). Why incentive Plans Fail: They seek to change or control behavior. In the meantime, however, we’d love to hear your thoughts on incentive compensation!

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.

6 Ways Incentive Plans are Like COVID-19 Planning

Compensation Cafe

Comparing incentive plans to a pandemic response seems like a stretch, but great incentive plans are all about stretching. The weeks inside have given me the time to realize the lessons a pandemic team can learn from the perspective of incentive plan design and execution.

Don’t Wait For December, Pay Bonuses Year Round

TLNT: The Business of HR

If you’re like most companies, you probably already give annual bonuses to thank and reward people for their work throughout the year. Except, there’s a problem: A yearly bonus isn’t always the best way to do that. Bonuses Incentives Merit Increase Wages, Pay, & Salary Featured

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.

6 Types of Bonuses and Perks for Employees

HR Digest

. Bonuses are a way to show appreciation of an employee’s effort or performing a task beyond and above the call of duty. He says structured bonus programs are still very popular with organisations and on average companies are planning to budget 13 per cent of their payroll for bonus expenses.

Cafe Classic: Is it Safe to Incent Safety?

Compensation Cafe

Should rewards be used to incent greater attention to safety? Is it a good idea to include safety metrics in a broad-based employee incentive plan? I recently came across an interesting article in Incentive Magazine about safety incentives.

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. Because incentives are powerful, they should be designed and implemented with great care.

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?

Compensation Cafe: Employee Engagement and Incentives Compensation

RecognizeThis!

Then today, I blogged “The Tricky Business of Incentive Compensation,” examining research on when and how incentives can motivate, given the typically low performance of such schemes. by Derek Irvine. Recognize This!

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.

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: .

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.

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.

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.

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

Astron Solutions

employers gave out performance-based bonuses. In its final review, SHRM focused on how organizations determine the measures of short-term incentive pay, with a reference to the Empsight 2018 Policies, Practices & Merit survey report ( [link] ). Photo by Lukas from Pexels.

Stop Wasting Money on Signing Bonuses: 3 Recruiting Incentives That Actually Work

Yello

Candidates may feel great about getting a 5–25% bonus check but having to sign a scary-sounding contract detailing what’s going to happen if they leave too soon feels icky. And if word gets out that signing bonuses were offered to some employees and not others?

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.

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. This post first ran in 2011.

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.

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

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?

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.

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!

Employee Incentives: Good or Bad?

AbelHR

One such benefit that has been shown to really catch the interest of employees is that of incentive programs. To start with the basics, employee incentive programs are any program designed to provide your employees with recognition and appreciation.

Compensation Cafe: Promotions, Bonuses, Raises, Recognition – When They Work (and When They Don’t)

RecognizeThis!

You can’t give all employees promotions, bonuses, or raises. ” Many companies distribute annual bonuses around the holidays, leading me to ponder the best time and use for bonuses as well as the other major reward methods of promotions, raises and, of course, recognition. Bonus & Incentives Social Recognition bonuses compensation cafe promotions raises recognition and reward Recognize This! -

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

Can Your Employees Make a Difference? What Does Your Incentive Plan Say?

Compensation Force

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.

Incentive Plans Work Too Well (here’s the trick)

Compensation Cafe

It's not that incentive plans don't work well, it's that they can work too well in motivating unintended consequences. Are any incentive compensation experts shocked by this? The failed Wells Fargo incentive plan and Tax Reform are similar.