10 Employee Incentive Programs to Engage Your Team


Incentives give employees something to strive for and provide tangible acknowledgement of their great work. When an incentive is offered, 85 percent of workers feel more motivated to do their best. What are employee incentive programs? The value of employee incentive programs.

Variable Pay: Is There a Difference Between a Bonus and an Incentive?

Compensation Today

PayScale’s 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR) revealed that nearly three-quarters of organizations give some type of variable pay. 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. Incentive” also falls under the umbrella.


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What COVID means to compensation


This is the second in a series on compensation during the pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has upended scores of traditional HR structures: hiring, recruiting, onboarding and compensation. This is the second in a series on compensation during the pandemic.

Compensation Analyst: All You Need to Know About the Role


In the competitive candidate market, organizations need to get their compensation strategy right. That’s why a compensation analyst is a fast-growing role and a career path worth considering. Let’s explore the role of a compensation analyst and how you can become one.

Compensation Planning in 7 Actionable Steps

Analytics in HR

Thorough compensation planning allows your organization to create compensation systems that reward employees fairly and support business goals. What exactly is compensation planning, what are its objectives, and how do you go about compensation planning in practice?

9 Employee Bonus Ideas and How to Use Them Effectively

Semos Cloud

9 Employee Bonus Ideas and How to Use Them Effectively. What are different types of employee bonuses and how can you use them to increase retention and productivity in your organization? What Is Employee Bonus. What is an employee bonus in the first place? Signing bonus.

PayScale Tools for Today's Comp Pro! Compensation Glossary: Part 1 of 4

Compensation Today

Jenni Marquez, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional Even the most seasoned HR professional might take a big gulp if approached by their CEO to take charge of anything comp. That’s because, despite being part of the HR department, compensation is like the cool kid at a party. PayScale has you covered in our new, 4-part Comp Glossary. Today’s Lesson: A Little Comp 101 Consider the comp pros at PayScale to be an extension of your team!

Compensation Cafe: Chasing Best Practices


A recent report from PayScale, which I covered in this post on Compensation Cafe , helps to provide some useful data around compensation practices, particularly among top-performing and average companies. Here’s what they found in their research: It turns out that high performers are more likely to provide pay increases (90% compared to 84%), bonuses (81% compared to 74%), and are also likely to leverage more of a compensation mix. By Derek Irvine.

Another New Year- Time to Think About Bonuses

Affinity HR Group

With 2019 over and at the dawn of a new decade, it’s an ideal time to think about bonuses for 2020. Organizations of all sizes and across all industries use bonus programs as an important component of total compensation. There are many different types of bonus programs.

Want to upgrade compensation best practices? Then Take Our Survey!  

Compensation Today

PayScale invited more than 250,000 professionals and business executives to participate in our 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR) survey. From the results of this survey we will produce the 2017 CBPR and reveal critical compensation trends that will help you upgrade your profession. More than a quarter of organizations surveyed give team incentive bonuses. PayScale CBPR 2017 compensation Compensation best practices future of comp

A Guide to Payscale Philosophy and Strategy With People Operations


As the workforce moves towards more freelance, contract, and part-time engagements, companies need to make sure they are compensating their employees in a way that meets today’s work style. Compensation is also a pivotal component of people operations.

The 5 Elements of a Good Incentive Plan

Compensation Today

Offering incentives is a practice that has seen increased popularity over the past decade. In PayScale’s 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report , over 60 percent of organizations surveyed said they give individual incentives, and nearly a quarter of them reported giving team incentives. But what makes a good incentive plan? Like all things in compensation, it’s more complex than you’d initially think. Are Incentives the Same Thing as Bonuses?

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. Before long, however, it was time to get down to the business of designing an incentive pay plan. And those concepts include bonuses, commissions, retention bonuses, project bonuses, etc.

7 Things to Look for in a Compensation Package

Visier - Talent Acquisition

Quite the hot commodity, workers can afford to be a little picky and a little particular about what kind of compensation they’d like in exchange for their labor. With companies competing for workers, savvy job seekers know exactly what they’re looking for in their compensation packages.

Top 15 Compensation Management Tools in 2021

Vantage Circle

Companies consider several factors when deciding on a compensation planning tool. In layman’s terms, compensation management software allows an organization to plan and administer employee compensation packages in an organized manner. Payscale Marketpay. CURO Compensation.

Top Five Compensation Trends from 2016

Compensation Today

What trends have impacted compensation the most? In the spirit of the coming new year, let’s count the top five 2016 compensation trends! Count down the top #compensation trends of 2016! Gone are the days where companies compensate with just base pay. Going are the days where companies stop at giving discretionary bonuses that are unlinked to performance. Compensation Plans 2016 compensation trends compensation trends compliance mix pay transparency

How to Make Headway on Pay Transparency

Compensation Cafe

What I'm talking about is giving employees enough information to understand how compensation decisions are made in your culture. Employees gather statistics-lite data from sites like Payscale, Glassdoor and Quora and treat it as equivalent to any data you may offer.

10 Unique Employee Incentive Programs For Your Team 2021


Incentives give employees something to aim for and motivation to work much harder without actually telling them to work hard. According to a study by Genesis Associates , 85% of the employees feel motivated to work their best when an incentive is offered. Bonuses And Raises.

Want a Better Culture? Set Compensation Strategy Accordingly

Compensation Today

At PayScale, we think the way you pay says a lot about you as an organization. Compensation should be a reflection of and an extension of your culture. In PayScale’s 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR), we found that 57 percent of organizations agree that compensation is becoming more important to their executives. We think this has to do with the increasing value placed on culture and the growing link between compensation and culture.

Pay the Friendly Way: United Airlines Ties Executive Compensation to Customer Satisfaction

Compensation Today

While they have done much to repair the damage, a recent development highlights how this is not only affecting their external customer satisfaction policies but their internal compensation policies as well. United Airlines is putting their money where their mouth is to turn things around – executive compensation will be tied to customer satisfaction. Let’s examine their decision more closely to see what we can learn from their executive compensation plan change.

7 Dos and Don’ts of Communicating Total Compensation Reports

Compensation Today

As a PayScaler and a people manager, one of my all-time favorite features of our PayScale Insight product is the (newly updated!) Employee Compensation Report , which enables managers to communicate with employees about their total compensation reports. This report — and other forms of total compensation statements — is a crucial tool for employee compensation communication and pay transparency. DO: Share total compensation reports with your employees.

2018 Compensation Budgeting Forecast Part 3: Trends in Non-Profit Compensation

Astron Solutions

The world of non-profit compensation continues to see radical changes from the past. Previously, it was assumed that non-profits, due to the limitations placed on their abilities to generate revenue, were in the position of compensating their employees much below the market. The following are key trends in non-profit compensation design Astronology® readers need to know. Trend #2: Compensation Philosophy Statements. Trend #3: Creative Compensation.

The Four Times You Should Be Talking About Compensation Throughout the Year

Compensation Today

We’ve written a lot at PayScale about compensation communication — especially about WHY talking about compensation is important, and WHO should be talking about pay. When’s the right time for compensation conversations — and what should you be sharing at that time? The best time to talk about compensation isn't at the annual review. – Explain the details of any bonus, incentive or variable pay plan including eligibility, measurement and payout.

Variable Pay Is on the Rise: What the Data Show

Compensation Today

This is an excerpt from PayScale’s 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report. A rich compensation mix encompasses much more than just base pay alone. There are bonuses, incentives, benefits and much more. Why not offer spot bonuses for individuals who show strong examples of the company’s core values? If an organization values collaboration, why not give a bonus to the individual who stayed late helping a coworker finish a project?

Lessons from Gravity: Murphy’s Law of Compensation

Compensation Today

Thanks to massive publicity, we’ve all got a front-row seat for the Murphy’s Law of compensation scenarios unfolding as we speak. What started as a noble intention has spiralled into a compensation can of worms. These are both legitimate concerns and are two of the most significant issues with equitable compensation practices. It’s an unfortunate thing when your well-intentioned efforts at creating an equitable compensation system go horribly wrong.

The First Step Towards Pay Transparency

Compensation Cafe

In terms of compensation design and administration, "management discretion" is the antonym to clarity and "pay transparency." They can see the difference (because you have explained it to them) between your pay data and the data on sites like PayScale. If you offer incentives, payment is based on communicated measures not management discretion. Everything you do in compensation is communication, so why not do everything better?

Compensation Round-Up: JLaw’s Gender Wage Gap, Transparency, and RIP Annual Raises

Compensation Today

Joleen Oerman, B2B Content Marketing Specialist, PayScale Welcome to the Compensation Roundup, where we bring to you the hottest news in comp! Sample what’s happening in compensation right now, get in the know and grab some conversation starters. The consulting firm Towers Watson, found that for the 5th year in a row, the employee bonus pool will look like an abandoned hotel pool—drained and neglected. The death of the annual raise and the rise of the bonus.

Cash is Still King When it Comes to Compensating and Engaging Workers

Compensation Today

Taylor, CPC, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger When I wrote Golden Carrots Don’t Produce Employee Engagement last year, little did I know just how much this would ring true for 2016. At that time, employers were just beginning to wake up to the critical nature of employee engagement, spending close to $720 million in programs and incentives. Compensation is more than just developing incentive plans and giving people small annual raises. Tess C.

What is a total compensation statement & how does it provide value?

Genesis HR Solutions

In an effort to show employees the true value of their compensation, benefits factored in, many employers are providing total compensation statements. What is a total compensation statement? A total compensation statement communicates the entire value of an employee’s compensation package, including wages, which they already see in pay stubs, along with the hidden cost of the benefits that employers provide. What’s included in a total compensation statement?

Seasonal Hiring Steady for 2015 Holiday Season, but is Pay Spiraling Downward?

Compensation Today

Taylor, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger This time of year always sees an increase in hiring additional people to cover the busy holiday season, at least on a temporary basis. To offset low wages, employers often turn to seasonal worker incentives and bonus programs based on worker performance. Tess C.

7 Tips for Moving to a Pay-for-Performance Culture

Compensation Today

In the 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report , PayScale found that 89 percent of organizations reward and/or recognize performance in some way. In the 2017 Compensation Best Practices Report, PayScale found that 89 percent of organizations reward and/or recognize performance in some way. At PayScale, we believe that your pay brand, the how and why decisions in your compensation plan, should both reinforce your culture and help accomplish business objectives.

Meeting Your Employees Where They Are When It Comes to Pay Transparency

Compensation Today

Among discussion of customer success best practices and trends, there were also deep-dive sessions on customer education and training — my personal area of interest as the Manager of Customer Education here at PayScale. Learn More About Our Compensation Software. When it comes to compensation information, one of the places your employees might be is “in the dark.” Expect These Kinds of Questions About Compensation.

Employee Rewards: From Most Popular to Most Creative

Compensation Today

In PayScale’s 2017 Compensation Best Practices survey, we asked employers what their workers’ favorite benefits and perks are. Other popular perks were bonuses, 401K options, pensions and modified schedules like Summer Fridays programs. Learn More About Our Compensation Software. Do you have room to offer more or higher bonuses (or better yet, incentives)? Compensation Plans Employee Retention benefits perks total rewards

2020 Workforce Trends- What You Need to Know!

Affinity HR Group

An increasing number of organizations use bonus programs as a retention tool. A 2019 Payscale survey reported that 73% of respondents used some type of bonus or variable pay program. Consider developing a bonus program(s) for 2020 with an anticipated 2021 payout date.

Merit Talks: Tis the Season

Compensation Today

Let’s talk a bit more about your overall compensation. Not every manager naturally knows how to communicate about compensation with those they supervise. Comp Conversations Pitfall #1: Forget the compensation data facts. In addition to linking bonus and incentive payouts, 50% of organizations surveyed in PayScale’s 2016 Compensation Best Practices Report said the main reason for giving raises was performance-based pay increases.

Companies Use Pay Alternatives to Keep Employees Around

Compensation Today

Taylor, CPC, PHR, SHRM-CP, PayScale Senior Blogger It always seems as if one company tries to be progressive in terms of it’s compensation strategy, it shakes things up for the rest of the business world. This comes on the heels of somewhat stagnant growth and the company’s efforts to retain key employees with generous bonuses. Non-salary incentives – the future of comp? The question that’s on many people’s minds is “Are non-salary incentives the wave of the future?”

Merit Talks: Tis the Season

Compensation Today

Let’s talk a bit more about your overall compensation. Not every manager naturally knows how to communicate about compensation with those they supervise. In addition to linking bonus and incentive payouts, 50% of organizations surveyed in PayScale’s 2016 Compensation Best Practices Report said the main reason for giving raises was performance-based pay increases. Compensation reviews are a good time to connect the dots for 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. It turns out that high performers are more likely to provide pay increases (90% compared to 84%), bonuses (81% compared to 74%), and are also likely to leverage more of a compensation mix.

Modern Comp Practices for Traditional Companies

Compensation Today

By Kari Van Hoof, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional At PayScale, we strive to help all kinds of organizations embrace modern compensation practices to engage their workforce and drive results. Last year, PayScale surveyed 71,000 employees and found that satisfaction is very closely linked to employer transparency about their pay practices. Top performing companies offer more of a compensation mix than average companies.

3 Practical Tips to Prepare for Salary Planning


Salary planning typically requires an extensive investment of time and effort for compensation professionals. According to an article in Employee Benefit News , companies can benefit from pulling data from a range of sources, such as crowd-sourced pay data from tools like PayScale as well as other outside surveys. Blog cloud compensation management software Compensation Management Solutions Compensation Planning Software Salary Structure