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.

The Tricky Business of Incentive Compensation

Compensation Cafe

The impact of these changes can be felt throughout the organization, from senior leadership teams responsible for successfully planning around those challenges to the front-line employees who adapt their roles and deliver on those plans. Compensation Philosophy Incentives/Bonuses Recognition

Compensation Cafe: How to Get People to Work Harder

RecognizeThis!

This week on Compensation Cafe , I asked the very fundamental question – “How do you get people to work?” ” Of course, the basic answer is through a contract for a specified amount of compensation in return for a specified amount of work. Recognize This!

It’s Clear Employees REALLY Matter When They Get a $100,000 Bonus

TLNT: The Business of HR

When 1,380 employees got a $100,000 bonus each, the story should have made headlines everywhere.

What Hourly Workers Really Want (It Might Surprise You)

Achievers

Hourly workers are among the most unhappy employees in the workforce. Employee engagement is more important than ever before. Bonuses. Another work perk that hourly candidates care about is a performance-based employee bonus. Employee Recognition.

The Business Case for Employee Recognition and Rewards

Compensation Cafe

Why do we compensate employees? But compensation professionals (and readers of this blog) know the pay cheque is but one part of a very complex agreement between employer and employee to maximize a mutually beneficial relationship.

3 Practices for Effective Bonus Administration

HRsoft

When executed effectively, bonus administration can incentivize improved performance. It also provides the recognition most employees seek, which can support employee engagement and help you retain your top talent. However, mastering bonus pay isn’t always easy.

Cafe Classic: Choosing the Right Currency for Compensation & Rewards

Compensation Cafe

If you polled your employees and asked them, “What kind of rewards would you prefer?”, But what employees say they want for rewards, what actually works best to motivate employees, and what employees enjoy as rewards are entirely different things. It’s compensation.

Update: Employee Compensation at Wells Fargo

Compensation Cafe

Compensation Cafe has covered Wells Fargo's pay practices since 2009, when the Bank canceled prefunded employee recognition and rewards events in the midst of the Recession, blaming it on federal government restrictions on bank practices following the subprime mortgage crisis.

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

Compensation Cafe

You can’t give all employees promotions, bonuses, or raises. Social recognition, however, can be applied to all. In perhaps a worst-case scenario, promotions are little more than title changes in which the employee’s job duties change little if at all with no pay increase.

3 Innovative Compensation Ideas Ready for Prime Time

Compensation Cafe

A few innovative companies implement compensation practices that others quickly dismiss as (at best) “good for them but it will never work for us” or (at worst) “crazy, impractical and unsustainable.” They change employee commitment to their colleagues, their customers, and their company.

Employee Recognition: Picking Up The Pieces

Dave's Weekly Thought

Case Study #1: A Story of Manipulation Employee A (Let's call him Carl) had worked for Company X (let's call it Pied Piper ) for a calendar year. Employee Recognition would be leveraged as part of the Performance Management system. Carl asked each of his colleagues to send him a recognition through their peer to peer system. Within a week, Carl shot to the top of Recognition Leaderboard. Make the Great Place to Work list and Senior Managers receive a bonus.

Cafe Classic: Celebrating Success. Who Do You Reward?

Compensation Cafe

It's time to take down the these false barriers to recognition and reward. I’m told this is standard in Pixar movies and one reason they usually include a “secret scene” at the end – to ensure everyone involved in creating their award-winning movies receives the recognition they deserve.

4 Keys to Leadership According to Jack Welch

Compensation Cafe

To be a good leader for your employees, one needs to be rich with your praise, cheer them on, love to watch them grow and be excited about their success. You need to love to give bonuses. Above-and-beyond bonuses available to any level of employee.

Living Wage vs. Pay for Performance

Compensation Cafe

Yet in some industries, especially those where labor is perceived as a cost and not an asset, more emphasis is put on incentives or bonus in a pay-for-performance model targeted to the higher order needs before fulfilling the base pay requirements for achieving the security of the foundational needs.

Recognition And Rewards Are Two Different Things

SuccessFactors

It’s about time someone demystified and explained the differences between recognition and reward. Recognition and reward are two completely different things and are used for different purposes. Okay, so take the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA). When do you give recognition?

Who Owns Retention? The REAL Employee Turnover Problem

Achievers

What’s the biggest problem when it comes to employee turnover? This often includes, but is not limited to: conducting and analyzing employee surveys and stay interviews. building employee networks/committees. implementing recognition and appreciation programs across organization.

Including Meaningful Work in the Total Rewards Package

Compensation Cafe

I’ve been consulting with organizations on how best to structure – and fund – social recognition programs to create a culture of appreciation and gratitude in an organization for a couple of decades now. Because cash is the currency of compensation. Ah, humans.

Using the Corporate Tax Break to Your Best People Advantage

Compensation Cafe

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have several impacts on compensation in the US, largely because of reduction in the corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%. To date, more than 260 companies have announced one-time bonuses for employees out of the expected return.

Where Have All the Raises Gone?

Compensation Cafe

Last month The New York Times ran an article bemoaning the loss of pay raises in favor of one-time bonuses and non-monetary rewards. Cited in the article, analyst firm Aon Hewitt calls this a “drastic shift” based on the firm’s annual survey on salaried employee compensation.

Will Keeping SCORE Help You Keep Top Employees?

Compensation Cafe

How do you measure impact of efforts to improve employee satisfaction, engagement and retention? According to the article, SCORE stands for the primary employee concerns in the engagement and employment contract: Stability, Compensation, Opportunity, Responsibility, Environment.

Fair Pay, Differentiated Rewards

Compensation Cafe

In the post, I asked compensation pros to weigh in on the idea of “unfair pay” with more of the merit pot going to the top 10% of high performers who arguably do far more of the work. Let these employees shadow their VP for a day or two including any meetings with clients and top management.

Why Appreciating the Labor of Others Matters

Compensation Cafe

Material incentives like bonuses…quickly lose their punch… When you rely on “stuff” to feel satisfied, you have to keep upping the ante because whatever you get becomes the baseline. Does appreciation replace compensation? Incentives/Bonuses Recognition

Cafe Classic: Unions, Recognition and Employee Engagement

Compensation Cafe

Editor's Note: Today's Classic features Derek Irvine with some data and insights about the importance of employee engagement - even (and some might argue especially) in a union environment. In today’s workplace, unions still have power when they need to step in for employee rights.

Money Doesn’t Make the World Go Round

Benefit One USA

The problem is that many employers ­– in a sincere effort to reward employees – apply this grand concept about money being the be-all end-all on a micro scale. or house, employees won’t always draw the connection between this increased financial power and the employer’s appreciation. Reward and recognition isn’t just a business process, it’s a chemical one. Rewards are most effective when the rewardee can clearly see what leads to the recognition.

How and Why You Need to Recognize Your Executives

Bonusly

Most employee recognition programs position senior leaders as champions or role models, not candidates for feedback. Senior leaders make excellent champions and role models for receiving recognition as well as giving it. Building a recognition culture.

Why Appreciating and Rewarding Employees is More Important Than Ever

Empxtrack

Experts believe that praise and recognition have always been crucial in improving employee productivity, engagement and retention. What experts say on employee recognition. Recently, Gallup surveyed 4+ million employees across multiple countries to know their views on employee reward and recognition. It was found, that employees who receive regular praise and recognition –. How to reward and compensate employees?

Chasing Best Practices

Compensation Cafe

Research from the firm PayScale may help to answer at least some of those questions, with their annual analysis of compensation trends and activity.

8 Influential Employee Engagement Trends for 2019

Bonusly

Employee engagement will be one of the most important differentiators for organizations in 2019, and it’s an issue that nearly every organizational leader has thought about recently. It’s the emotional commitment an employee has to their role, their organization, and stakeholders.

Types of HR Software: A Guide

Capterra

But how do you choose between things as seemingly similar as “attendance tracking” software and “employee scheduling” software? This bucket includes all the types of HR software relating to managing the compensation of employees. Compensation Management.

How to Effectively Incentivize Your Sales Team

Bonusly

That’s why US companies spend up to $800 billion each year on sales compensations, more than three times what they spend on advertising. With the right incentives, businesses can keep their pipelines full. Unfortunately, the current incentive system is broken.

HR systems are critical in building culture

NCHRA

Employees shared the impact of the HR systems. “I according to one employee. Another employee stated that “The quotas were simply a way to keep my job, not to earn any substantial bonus or commission.” Was it the employee’s fault? Compensation. Recognition.

Annual Performance Reviews Aren’t Dead, but They Do Need New Life

Capterra

Close to two-thirds of employees and managers agree that the typical annual performance review process is outdated and ineffective—contributing to a poor employee experience. In many systems, managers can simply pick their rating for each employee from a drop-down list.

How to Disappoint Your Employees in One Easy Step

UpstartHR

One of the memorable scenes in the movie is when Clark opens up what he expects to be a holiday bonus only to find a “jelly of the month” membership card. He even carries around a brochure to look at and share when necessary, demonstrating how excited he is about the coming bonus.