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.

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!

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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

Cafe Classic: 3 Steps to Get Even More Value Out of Compensation

Compensation Cafe

Why does compensation matter? Yes, compensation is a contractual agreement with the employee: X amount of pay for Y amount of work. In this context, compensation can be an integral element of how you focus employees and communicate to them your strategic goals.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Best Employee Incentive Programs For Businesses: 4 Tips

Genesis HR Solutions

Is the line between “employee appreciation” and “employee incentive” a little blurry to you? However, I think it’s important that we do attempt to clarify the differences, because effective employee incentive programs serve a different purpose than employee appreciation programs.

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.

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.

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.

Smart Ways to Increase Employee Retention

Get Hppy

More often than not, it can be just as difficult to retain an excellent employee for longer than a year or so. Consider these tips and discover the best way to retain your employees. . While this might seem like it is enough, most employees see through such empty gestures.

5 Ways To Recognize Employees in the Transportation & Logistics Industry

CoreCentive

This article will examine strategies companies can use to address this problem head on and boost employee engagement. Recognition programs may include referral bonuses or non-monetary compensation such as priority for in-demand routes. Metrics-Based Recognition.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

6 Employee Rewards Ideas for Blue Collar Workers

Fond

Companies are now aware of the benefits that rewarding employees can bring. Offering incentives will boost morale, performance, and retention. . If you want to reward these employees, read on to identify which ways will most engage them, and show that they’re valued.

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?

What Is Employee Engagement?

Bonusly

This is the first chapter in our series about employee engagement! To start off, employee engagement is the emotional commitment an employee has to their work, their team's goals, and their company's mission. Employee engagement doesn't mean employee satisfaction.".

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.