Cafe Classic: Tinker, Tailor, Experiential Learner

Compensation Cafe

Editor's Note: I'm a fan of the provocative books of Nassim Nicholas Taleb and am currently working my way through Skin in the Game , which promises to have some interesting lessons for the practice of compensation. That is how we develop and get better at compensation and total rewards.

Cafe Classic: Happy Holidays & an Evidence-Based New Year!

Compensation Cafe

In today's Classic, we draw on one of the big thinkers in the rewards field, Robert Greene, and his thoughts on what is stopping us from getting where we need to be. When was the last time you picked up a copy of Academy of Management Journal ?

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Time Wasting: The Anti-Reward

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Is time wasting, as a product of poorly structured (and perhaps poorly incented) management undermining your reward program? 83% of the study''s respondents reported that their time is wasted by managers or colleagues with too much on their plate.

Who Owns Retention? The REAL Employee Turnover Problem


At many companies, when turnover rises executives point to HR to fix it – whose plate is already overflowing with terminations, payroll, benefits management, and back-fill recruiting. determining gaps where additional supervisor/management training is needed.

Turn Hunter-Gatherers Into Farmers: How Modern Talent Acquisition Can Adopt Millenia-Old Evolutionary Changes to Hire Better and Faster


Internal employees already know the team and management and politics and culture, making the path from start to profit far faster. If you invest and support growth, and reward it appropriately, people will stay. The company must reward managers who hire from within.