Key Factors to Manage Employee Merit, Bonus & Incentive Plans Effectively


There are many ways to incentive performance in an organization. Typically grouped together under the umbrella term “pay for performance plans,” employers may choose among merit programs, bonus options, and individual or team incentive plans. In order to manage employee merit, bonus, and incentive plans effectively, however, it’s important to first understand the key differences among these types of pay.

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?

When Incentive Pay Goes Rogue!

Compensation Cafe

A friend of mine likes to say: “It’s not that incentive pay doesn’t work well, it’s that it works TOO well. 124,000,000 “retirement pay” for the executive who ran the problem area.

The Real Cost of Mismanaged Incentives: Wells Fargo

Compensation Cafe

Today is a steaming jolt of quadruple espresso in response to the Wells Fargo incentive pay mess. If you have been under a log for a couple of weeks, please start by reading a couple of earlier Compensation Café Articles (my own When Incentive Pay Goes Rogue!

Incentive Pay is Like a Par 4 Golf Hole

Compensation Cafe

He worked down on the manufacturing floor, and this game was part of his retirement party. In the end, Janet won the most money, which she immediately donated as a retirement gift to Joe. It was a glorious day, the conditions were perfect, and the smell of just cut grass filled the air.

Beware of Bonus Pitfalls: Overtime and Nonexempt Employees

HR Daily Advisor

I received a call recently from an employer that wanted to know if it could exclude a newly created job category from an annual bonus program. The employer told me it hadn’t thought about doing so because this bonus was paid only once, on an annual basis.

Retirement Savings? HSA, IRA or 401(k)

Benefit Resource Inc.

We want to save for retirement, but reality kicks in. As the saying goes, “Don’t leave money on the table” This is very true when considering your approach to retirement savings. Verify HSA contributions, incentives or matching programs. HSA Incentive Contributions. There are many flavors that an HSA incentive program takes on. Pay close attention to the details of the incentives and the time frames. Looking to retire early?

Marketing Compensation to Employees and Managers? You Bet.

Compensation Cafe

Just as increased medical deductibles can simply telegraph higher out-of-pocket costs to employees unless they are addressed from a marketing standpoint, compensation announcements are strengthened by addressing employees' desires for recognition, a career with a successful company and retirement.

Equity for the Gig Economy?

Compensation Cafe

The service economy did not do wonders for employee retirement savings. I await other writers to address things like market data, retirement, pay equity and so much more. I am not going to bury the lead.

Astron’s Yearly Compensation Review Part III: Non-Profit Executive Compensation Planning for 2019

Astron Solutions

The second most impactful change is the clarifications from the Internal Revenue Service on the use on “incentive” and “bonus” programs for non-profit executives. As noted in the regulations, “tax-qualified” retirement plans are exempt from this provision.

Cafe Classic: Predicting the Next 10 Years of Compensation

Compensation Cafe

As someone who spends a lot of time designing and honing long-term incentive programs, I thought I’d skip 2014 and make some predictions about time frames that compensation people really have to worry about.

Job Candidates: How to Win Friends and Influence Their Decisions to Join You

Compensation Cafe

If you have strong savings and retirement plans, don't skip that topic either. Many candidates come from employers who use incentives very differently than your company does. Base Salaries Compensation Communication Compensation Philosophy Incentives/Bonuses Total Rewards

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Startup Equity: Staying Private in a Public World (Part 11 in an n part series)

Compensation Cafe

The events increasingly trigger vesting events, earn-out periods, house purchases and early retirements. Compensation Philosophy Executive Compensation Incentives/Bonuses Stock/Equity Compensation Total Rewards dan walter equity compensation pay performensation startup

More Retirement Plan Options—Which One Is Right for Your Business?

HR Daily Advisor

In yesterday’s Advisor , business consultant Bridget Miller wrote about some of the options out there for employer-provided retirement plans; today, Miller provides some more retirement choices for employers to consider. Individual Retirement Accounts, or IRAs, are commonly associated with individuals rather than businesses. As mentioned yesterday , SIMPLE stands for Savings Incentive Match Plans for Employees of Small Employers.

Are We Dealing with Reality or Just Giving In to Bad Habits?

Compensation Cafe

With awareness growing about how much people in administrative and similar job levels struggle financially, how much respect do you show other employees by ignoring compensation "rules" for one special person who then earns higher retirement and H&W benefits, too?

Pay Equity: Facts and Questions

Compensation Cafe

Don't forget to add lower bonuses, equity awards, retirement contributions and so on. Her firm, re:Think Consulting, provides market pay information and designs base salary structures, incentive plans, career paths and their implementation plans.

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Will Employee Compensation Beat Out the Kardashians for Celebrity Status?

Compensation Cafe

You can find the headline " One-Time Bonuses and Perks Muscle Out Pay Raises for Workers " on the front page of the Business Day section. Should we recognize a bubble has been forming, and liquidate our retirement investments (so we can bury them in the back yard)?

The Misallocation Dilemma

Compensation Cafe

The retired and the unemployed, I guess. Meanwhile, we who frequent this corner of the total rewards world tend to obsess about the many challenges we face dealing with all the complexity we find behind wages, salaries, bonuses stock options and fringe benefits.

Female Overcommitment Is Not Rewarded

Compensation Cafe

A guy completes his list of tasks, then retires to the man cave for a beer and a game on TV; but the woman is expected to continue to toil indefinitely, sacrificing her time for family welfare until absolutely nothing remains undone. Women work differently than men. One major difference leads to much mutual frustration because neither gender fully understands the viewpoint of the other. I have always called it female overcommitment.

Life Cycles and Compensation

Compensation Cafe

Hiring bonuses for key talent may be used to keep the fixed cost of salaries down. Informal bonus-type programs are based mostly on company profits. Compensation : Formal compensation programs are put in place including merit pay systems, job descriptions/grades, bonus plans with formal metrics and a full complement of benefits. Life cycles exist everywhere. Example: Countries have life cycles. Compare a developed country (U.S.) with an emerging country (Indonesia).

5 Reasons to Work for the Federal Government

Career Metis

From greater job stability and longevity to excellent retirement plans and industry-leading healthcare benefits, the federal government offers some of the best perks and incentives of any employer. 2) Generous Retirement Benefits. b) Relocation bonuses.

Tackling Total Rewards: A System for Communicating Employee Benefits

ClearCompany HRM

Another which values seasoned workers might create a lucrative retirement plan that increases in value the longer the employee is with the company. Short-Term Incentive Pay. Long-Term Incentive Pay (stock options, restricted stock or performance) shares. Retirement awards.

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From Boomers to Millennials, here are workers’ top 6 benefit needs

HR Morning

At the 2017 Mid-Sized Retirement & Healthcare Plan Management Conference in Phoenix, AZ, President and CEO of Cowden Associates Inc., retirement plan. bonus/incentive, and. retirement plan. bonus/incentive. retirement plan. bonus/incentive.

Employees Don’t Respond to Perks, They Respond to Culture


These values cannot be doled out like bonus bucks. Thus, wages, health insurance, retirement benefits, all of which are measured in dollars, are not perks. A few days ago, Jordan Yadoo at Bloomberg reported that employees will give up big pay raises in exchange for job perks.

The Small Business Guide to 401(k) Matching


We all want to find our perfect match—especially one we can retire with. Between the tax advantages and this year’s higher contribution limits, employees have plenty of incentive to put money aside for retirement. So how does this important incentive work?

How Fast-Growing Companies Can Improve Culture


Those values should be identifiable in all employee-related processes, from hiring to resignation, retirement, or dismissal. Incentives and Startup Culture. Until the culture you want is imbued in the company, you may need to use incentives. Improving team culture with incentives works–if you use the right motivators. Some companies offer financial bonuses, days off, or stock options, all of which are costly options for a startup.

4 Elements of Effective Compensation Management (Besides Base Pay)


Short-Term Incentives: Short-term incentives (STIs) or bonuses can encourage desired employee behavior and may include monetary or non-monetary rewards. Compensation management is the process of developing and administering employee pay.

The New #FLSA Overtime Changes: Make Sure Company Policies Are Aligned

HR Bartender

Employers will be allowed to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) to satisfy up to 10 percent of the new salary threshold.

5 Must-Have Elements for Every Compensation Management Process


When done correctly, it ensures employees are paid fairly and have the incentives needed to either improve performance or continue producing excellent results. Health care, retirement, and tuition reimbursement are some examples of types of benefits which factor into total reward packages.

Cafe Classic: Do Generational Differences Matter For Total Rewards Strategies? Part 2

Compensation Cafe

In this post, we'll talk about the implications of those differences for incentives and benefits, and how to incorporate these differences in a comprehensive total rewards strategy. Other groups - particularly the Gen Xers - view these kinds of incentives as cliche and would be turned off.

4 Tips for Your Compensation Planning from the Banking Industry

HR Daily Advisor

Tip #3: Define and Assess Retirement Preparedness. Benefits for a 35-year-old executive finds compelling are often quite different from those that appeal to someone who is 55 and thinking about retirement. “It’s Tip #4: Different Generations, Different Incentives.

Why Millennials Want More Feedback, More Often


Most millennials wear the generational label with pride, knowing they and their peers and more driven by impact than by pay , and are motivated by the same incentives that encourage us all to do our best work. Millennials are motivated by the same incentives that encourage us all to do our best work Click To Tweet. Everyone needs feedback. Constructive feedback helps people change course and reach their goals, and recognition affirms good behaviors.

4 Elements of Total Rewards to Consider in Your Organization


How are you using incentive compensation? Ideally, incentives should be used to drive desired behaviors in the workforce, and you should be able to answer: How far down does incentive pay go? Benefits/Retirement.

Reeling in Employees with Rewards

Bersin with Deloitte

Your company’s compensation program likely includes base pay and assorted forms of variable pay, such as bonuses and commissions. Benefits include retirement programs, health insurance, paid time off, and an increasingly broad array of voluntary and gateway offerings.

Creating a Desirable Employee Value Proposition (EVP)

HR Digest

At the core of EVPs are five key metrics: Benefits: This core component of EVP comprises of paid time off, health, dental, retirement, and disability benefits, and life and accident insurance. While others may value bonuses, benefits, and work-life balance. As the U.S.