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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

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.

Accelerate Your Employee Recognition Program with Meaningful Rewards

Bonusly

Employee recognition is openly-expressed acknowledgment and appreciation for an employee’s contributions to their organization. Years of service awards; annual, quarterly, and performance bonuses; and verbal and written praise all fall under the umbrella of employee recognition. Modern employee recognition is powerful: it makes work visible, supports company values, and boosts morale. Understanding the value of employee rewards.

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.

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.

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.

Employee Recognition: Picking Up The Pieces

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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. SMALL INFORMAL meetings -- no surveys. Compensation Philosophy Incentives/Bonuses Recognition

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.

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. A simple thing, such as a shout out in a team meeting or a company-wide email to acknowledge good work or a personal call for appreciation, goes a long way. What experts say on employee recognition. Recently, Gallup surveyed 4+ million employees across multiple countries to know their views on employee reward and recognition.

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.

HR systems are critical in building culture

NCHRA

Employees shared the impact of the HR systems. “I I had to meet sales goals every day or I could get written up.” 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.”