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.

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.

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SHRM 2017: Mykkah Herner and Pay Incentives

HR Daily Advisor

Today I attended a session by Mykkah Herner, the Compensation Evangelist at Payscale, entitled Effective Incentive Plan Design. The focus of his talk was on variable pay plans and how they fit into an overall pay incentives strategy. Bonuses, he says, “may or may not have a plan.

Incentive Pay is Like a Par 4 Golf Hole

Compensation Cafe

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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

Turtles Confirm that Incentive Pay Works!

Compensation Cafe

The discussion regarding the efficacy of incentive compensation is ongoing. We tend to think of incentives as based on job descriptions and tasks people normally perform. Instead of the incentive being pushed on recipients it was only available via request.

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 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!

Tips for Safety Incentive Programs

HR Daily Advisor

A safety incentive program is one option for employers to implement to help to improve safety in the workplace. What Are Safety Incentive Programs? First off, what are we talking about when we say “safety incentive program”?

An Unpopular Sales Incentive Plan Design Fiasco

Compensation Cafe

The new sales incentive plan was not well received. Their disapproval disappointed the corporate headquarters compensation experts tasked with the duty to faithfully but delicately comply with the incentive program guidelines supplied by the division's senior management.

When do workplace incentives become disincentives?

HR Morning

Does your incentive program bolster company culture or diminish it? Guest poster Catherine Spence explores how companies can design incentives that strengthen engagement and reinforce organizational values. . _. Avoiding Impotent Incentives.

Do You Know What A Bonus Is?

TLNT: The Business of HR

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The Tricky Business of Incentive Compensation

Compensation Cafe

One solution has been to implement incentive compensation or “pay for performance” plans. For adherents, incentives can motivate managers to engage in behaviors that are slightly outside the scope of their everyday role and tackle risks that are more directly aimed at improving performance.

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.

Double the Incentive – Reduce the Impact

Symbolist

I am a fan of incentives. Incentives are great when seeking to break behavioral inertia. Incentives are very powerful. Great care should be used when designing incentive programs. Google Tries Incentives and They Failed What? Are Incentives the Answer?

Cafe Classic: Reviewing Your Incentive Plan: A Three-Tiered Conversation

Compensation Cafe

Editor's Note: Reviewing existing incentive plans is part of the job for many of us. Many of you are - or will soon be - in the throes of reviewing your employee incentive plan, trying to determine how (and in some cases. Incentives/Bonuses

When Substantial Financial Bonuses Backfire

Madison

Recently, The New York Times’ Business Day featured an article discussing the bonus culture on Wall Street. According to a prediction report from Johnson Associates, Bonuses in the financial industry last year were expected to fall 5-10 percent… Nathaniel Popper, The New York Times.

Is Santa Administering Your Incentive Plan?

Compensation Cafe

The end of the business year, when managers everywhere turn their thoughts to – bonuses! I’ve seen senior executives manipulate, excuse me, adjust financial results to ensure that their own bonus awards wouldn’t be reduced. Compensation Philosophy Incentives/Bonuses

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: An Incentive Compensation Story

Compensation Cafe

Not the least of them was the creation, design and management of the company’s long-term incentive program. She also combined all of these skills to build and manage her incentive compensation plans. This year the two main incentive plans did not perform as expected.

Best employee incentive programs for health & fitness

Achievers

Incentives are essential. The Wall Street Journal reports “Nearly 90 percent of employers offer wellness incentives or financial rewards or prizes to employees who work toward getting healthier.” Diverse approaches to employee incentive programs. Individual incentives don’t invite team effort or competition, but people who prefer to make such efforts privately will appreciate receiving an individual bonus.

Sign-On and Retention Bonuses Reach All-Time High

Compensation Force

The use of sign-on and retention bonuses appears to be at an all-time high, according to a recently released WorldatWork survey on Bonus Programs and Practices. Note in particular that the use of retention bonuses has nearly doubled since 2010! Retention Bonuses.

Why Rewards & Incentives Do Make People Work Harder

EmployeeConnect

It’s also a chance to offer the right rewards and incentives in exchange for productivity and performance. Understanding how providing the right rewards and incentives at your workplace will help your employees visualise success in the long term. Why should we provide rewards and incentives? The push to finish work is exhausting and the thing that can motivate you to push through is an incentive. Types of rewards and incentives.

Time, Value and a Bonus

Compensation Cafe

We discussed the impact of bonus accrual accounting standards on balance sheets. The accruals cost us millions, but the executives value their bonus at a fraction of its face value.” We then spent two hours discussing that statement. Pressures on bonus structures.

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.

Hot topic: Paying bonuses

Strategic HCM

There's an interesting piece in HR Magazine today questioning whether bonuses are an effective reward mechanism. The article includes comments from Craig Newman, chief executive of Woodford Investment Management which gave up paying bonuses last year.

Incentive Compensation Management Software

HRsoft

Incentive compensation planning takes the concept a step further. Incentive Compensation is variable pay that is given to deserving candidates for exceptional performance. When done right, incentive compensation: Pushes all employees to give their very best.

Annual bonuses: How much do they actually incentivize employees?

Achievers

Do you give your employees big annual bonuses as a reward for their work? If so, you have plenty of company: It’s common to rely on annual bonus plans to build employee motivation and pad salaries. Most bonuses, however, only come 1-4 times per year.

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.

Promotions, Bonuses, Raises, Recognition - When They Work (and When They Don't)

Compensation Cafe

You can’t give all employees promotions, bonuses, or raises. Bonuses. Bonuses are a deeply embedded part of the compensation plan in many companies – especially at this time of year. It’s quite nice to receive a bonus, to know that what I do matters.

Money Meet Mouth – Should Executive Bonuses Be Tied to Employee Engagement?

Symbolist

A company has actually set up a bonus system for Executives based on employee engagement. Once results started coming in, Havas Creative Group global CEO Andrew Benett baked it into CEO bonus schemes. The bonus is paid out when the engagement score moves up 5 points.

8 Ways the Minneapolis Skyway is Like Incentive Compensation

Compensation Cafe

After using the Skyway to get from my hotel to the conference site, I realized that the system was exactly like incentive compensation. Simply replace the word “Skyway” with “Incentive Plan” and you’ll easily see the lesson learned.

Should You Scrap Your Long-Term Incentive Plans?

Compensation Cafe

If you're like most companies, you provide stock options, restricted stock grants, and other long-term-incentives to your senior executives. But do you know why you provide those incentive packages? But are those incentive packages working ?

Is “Annual Incentive” a Contradiction in Terms?

Compensation Cafe

In the best cases, these schemes are designed to differentiate among performance levels, rewarding effort and results with annual merit pay increases and other annual incentives. There is a design element to explaining the ineffectiveness of annual incentives.