Stop Wasting Money on Signing Bonuses: 3 Recruiting Incentives That Actually Work


Candidates may feel great about getting a 5–25% bonus check but having to sign a scary-sounding contract detailing what’s going to happen if they leave too soon feels icky. And if word gets out that signing bonuses were offered to some employees and not others?

Using Incentive Compensation Software to Drive Performance


Incentive compensation is the process of paying employees based on the performance of an entity. Also sometimes referred to as pay for performance, it can be used to motivate teams and support both recruitment and retention efforts. Incentive Compensation Examples.

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Should You Offer a Signing Bonus?

HR Daily Advisor

Whether you call it a hiring bonus, a signing bonus, or a sign-on bonus, the idea is the same: It’s a bonus offered to a job applicant to entice him or her to accept the position. Should You Offer a Signing Bonus? Should You Offer a Signing Bonus?

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.

Why Today’s Incentive Thinking Is Different


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.

Signing Bonuses: A Useful Talent Acquisition Tool in Today’s Labor Market?

Astron Solutions

A 2016 WorldatWork survey found that 76% of employers were using signing bonuses to attract key employees. Signing bonuses are described as “a lump sum of money that an employer provides to a prospective employee. Does your organization use sign-on bonuses to attract new hires?

Are bonuses the key to hourly staff retention?

Business Management Daily

It’s going to take some creativity to win today’s recruitment and retention battles. Some employers have decided that significant investments in bonus plans are worth a try. The bonus is then one week’s pay, calculated using the worker’s average weekly pay that quarter.

The Immutable Laws of Compensation (Part 2)

Compensation Cafe

The Third Immutable Law of Compensation: Compensation is always done for, and by, people. Second Corollary: Compensation strategies, decisions, and execution will always contain errors or assumptions that cause them to go awry. (See See Dan’s Third Law of Compensation Motion.).

How to Use Compensation Planning to Attract, Incent, and Retain Top Talent


Compensation consistently ranks as a top reason why employees choose to join and remain at an organization. Yet, companies constantly struggle with the simple tasks of providing the right salary and bonus structures to recruit and maintain the best people.

Pros and Cons of Monetary Incentives

HR Daily Advisor

Bonuses and incentive pay schemes are often looked at as a means to change employee behaviors. Pros to Using Monetary Incentives to Motivate Employees. An incentive scheme can improve employee attitudes and improve the working atmosphere.

The Immutable Laws of Compensation (Part 1)

Compensation Cafe

I was happy to see the repost Dan Walter’s article of the Newtonian Laws of Compensation Motion since I had been ruminating on the laws of compensation. . But here I want to discuss a few lesser-known, though equally fundamental laws: I’ll call them the Immutable Laws of Compensation.

5 Steps to Creating An Effective Employee Compensation Strategy

Career Metis

Do you have any idea about the employee compensation strategy? In the recruiting process, they need to offer some special benefits to high-skilled job candidates. And here, effective compensation can help. An Effective Compensation Management Strategy.

When Substantial Financial Bonuses Backfire


Recently, The New York Times’ Business Day featured an article discussing the bonus culture on Wall Street. According to a prediction report from Johnson Associates, Bonuses in the financial industry last year were expected to fall 5-10 percent… Nathaniel Popper, The New York Times.

What Employees Want: The Future of Compensation


Not much new thinking has gone into the standard compensation package since the invention of the 401(k) plan , nearly 40 years ago. All other elements are considered a bonus.” . Interested in putting together a great compensation package for the future?

Nonprofit Employee Compensation: Understanding the Essentials

Astron Solutions

Strategic employee compensation is an essential ingredient of success for any organization. Compensation strategies should lay foundations for sustainable growth by encouraging employee retention and long-term engagement. Modern approaches to nonprofit employee compensation.

Growing a Healthy Compensation Program

Compensation Cafe

If you're an HR office of one, busily juggling everything from beneficiary forms to incentive awards, it's hard to believe that you share any pressures with other HR managers. Compensation practices you typically see in an organization of fewer than 100 employees.

What’s a Signing Bonus? Should You Offer One?


If you’re looking to attract new talent, a signing bonus is one way to sweeten the compensation package you offer to highly qualified candidates. Unlike traditional benefits like healthcare insurance, paid sick days, and vacation/paid time off, a signing bonus is a one-time benefit paid at the start of employment with the company. . The typical signing bonus is given at a rate of between 5-10% of the base salary and is taxed at 25%.

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.

The Pillars of an Effective Compensation Management Process


The overarching objective behind your organization’s compensation management process is to pay your employees fairly without exceeding its budget. 3 Pillars Behind Effective Compensation Management Processes. Of course, these rewards don’t have to only encompass hard-dollar bonuses.

Growing a Healthy Compensation Program -- Part Two

Compensation Cafe

We'll identify some of their missteps -- common to companies their size -- then discuss what they can do to achieve healthy compensation habits. Common compensation practices when a company is growing quickly to at least 500 employees. This is the second article in a series. "If

Advice for Start-Up Compensation Has Something for All of Us!

Compensation Cafe

Molly Graham calls her approach to start-up compensation counterintuitive. She emerged on the other side that experience as a reward champion, extolling the value of a "solid, standardized compensation system.". Compensation is not a healthy version of retention," she notes. "I

Concerns Surrounding Non-Profit Executive Compensation

Astron Solutions

Executive compensation is a natural concern of many in the non-profit sector. Three years later, Charity Navigator reported that the typical charity CEO’s compensation had increased just 2.6% Others even pay bonuses, once rare at non-profits.

The Compensation “Off-Season”


5 ways to win at recruiting and retaining top talent. Having recently watched the NFL draft and listening to sports broadcasters discussing the upcoming NBA draft, it reminded me that it’s not only the sports industry that has “off-season” activities, but compensation professionals as well. Compensation professionals need to do the same. You are taking a step back to assess what new or revised compensation programs should be reviewed for implementation or updating.

5 Lessons for a Compensation Department of None

Compensation Cafe

These jacks-and-jills-of-all-trades, (and master of many), must be the policy maker, recruiter, trainer, confidant and much more for many companies. Often, on this very site, we talk about “compensation departments and compensation professionals” as if every company has one or both.


Compensation Cafe

An article was published last week with data from Aon Hewitt and Towers Watson that showed the annual pay raise is essentially dead (and in Towers Watson’s case, bonus pools will also be underfunded). Increases in pay will come from incentive plans, if they are funded.

Five Steps to Simplify Your Compensation Program

Astron Solutions

As compensation professionals we are often asked if there are alternatives to simplify the method by which compensation decisions are made and communicated within an organization. The following are five basic ways to simplify the complexities of compensation.

How to Grow Part 2: Compensation Motivation


There are a wide variety of compensation plans in the corporate world, but if you’re a startup which one is the best option? Keep these things in mind when planning compensation for 2015. Bonuses tend to make employees feel more appreciated and subsequently, more engaged at work.

Cafe Classic: Are Employees "Costs" or "Assets"?

Compensation Cafe

Such statements are usually a prelude to large executive bonuses, layoffs or plant closings. . Compensation, of course. First, Compensation has to gather all the cost information from the different parts of the company that track it. The ball is in your court Compensation.

Cafe Classic: Chaos Theory

Compensation Cafe

Perhaps that's why, in my experience, both start-ups and non-profits are the organizations that most often report that they have neither salary structures nor systematic compensation practices. But when it comes to employee compensation, time is not on their side.

When Size Matters -- Basics for Early Stage and Small Companies

Compensation Cafe

Turns out that you have to take better care of Human Resources than that, especially compensation. Want to keep things from getting rocky and make the most of your compensation budget? Or, and maybe less costly, engage a compensation consultant who has good surveys.)

Dealing with Veruca Salt

Compensation Cafe

It is everyone else’s job to provide context and maintain their compensation philosophy and integrity. Like sales people, we can only expect recruiters to think about the long-term of their hires if we are willing to link long-term results to demonstrable accountability.

HR Basics: How to Cope When You Have a Compensation Department of One

TLNT: The Business of HR

These Jacks-and-Jills-of-all-trades, (and master of many), must be the policy maker, recruiter, trainer, confidant and much more for many companies. Often, we talk about “compensation departments and compensation professionals” as if every company has one or both.

It's Cheaper to Pay Them than Lose Them

Compensation Cafe

We were discussing the cost of long-term incentives as related to their compensation philosophy of paying between the 50 th and 75 th percentile. In the end, it is the job of the compensation department to ensure the company can operate and perform at its peak.

How Are Salaries Affecting Millenial Engagement?

Compensation Cafe

I'm not suggesting compensation is the only cause of Millennials' negative attitudes, but I am suggesting it plays an important part. Her firm, re:Think Consulting, provides market pay information and designs base salary structures, incentive plans, career paths and their implementation plans.

Silence Isn’t Golden

Compensation Cafe

I hope your employees aren’t complaining about your compensation programs. I want to talk about compensation programs that people aren't complaining about. Everything You Do in COMPENSATION IS COMMUNICATION” was written by Comp Café writers, Dan Walter, Ann Bares and Margaret O’Hanlon.