Modern Pay for Performance

Performance management is definitely undergoing a midlife crisis; it’s time for it to reinvent itself. For the past few HR and compensation conferences I’ve attended, the question has been heavy in the air: what are you doing about your performance …

Lessons in Pay Equity

In March, members of the United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT)—the reigning World Cup Champions—filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging wage discrimination by the U. S. Soccer Federation when their pay is compared to …

3 Common Types of Pay Compression

Pay Compression comes in many forms.  At its very root, pay compression refers to a situation where pay isn’t differentiated enough (i.e.: compressed) where maybe it should be and for a very compelling reason.  When pay compression is present, you …

The secret to keeping top employees

All too often, the bulk of a company’s time, energy, and financial resources are spent sourcing new talent at the expense of existing star employees left languishing for some attention. Can it be too long before these top performers seek …

Making your internship program work

There’s a reason internships are so popular—structured properly, an internship provides awesome benefits to the intern and the employer. Interns get real-world work experience, a chance to learn marketable skills, and exposure to pros in their field of interest who …

Merit Raises – Do Employees Really Appreciate Them?

When it comes to raising employee morale while simultaneously boosting productivity at work, one employee at a time, a strategic way to compensate high performance employees is through merit raises. These often unscheduled pay raises or bonuses are generally part …

Essentials for Incentive Plans

On Your Mark, Get Set, Wait… Before You Go: Essentials for Incentive Plans

Before you add an incentive plan, there are several considerations to address to get ready. Answer these seven questions to assure you achieve success.

2011 Compensation Trends

Simple Incentive Plan Design

Use “Line of Sight” to Keep Incentive Plans Simple

More and more organizations are bringing incentives down to lower levels within the organization. They want employees to have a piece of their compensation that is variable. But, they often complicate …

Employee Retention and Engagement

Be Bold and Reward Only What You Want

It’s challenging to design an incentive program that actually rewards top performers, and only top performers. But, it is more expensive, in the long run, to leave them under-rewarded. If you don’t …

Laws for Employee Breaks

Employee Work Breaks: Legal Issues and Worker Needs

Surprisingly, federal law does not require employers to provide employee work breaks. Still, you should consider providing them. In addition to giving employees a necessary break from workday chores, they may also …

The Effects of Training on Employee Performance

Why Employee Development Is Important

Employee development is something that most people imagine as intrusive all-day group training sessions. Unfortunately, this dreaded approach to employee development is just the opposite of how employee development should occur and feel to employees. …

Sample of Employee Review Methods

Employee Performance Review Process Part 3: A Fresh Perspective on Employee Review Methods

I mentioned in an earlier post on the employee performance review process that most employee review methods have a shelf life. It is good to change things …

Tips for an Effective Employee Performance Review Process

Employee Performance Review Process Part 2: Tips for Giving Effective Employee Reviews

Despite all the debate about whether annual performance reviews ought to happen, the fact is that they still usually do. And, if you’re going to make time for …

Employee Performance Reviews and Best Practices

Employee Performance Review Process Part 1: Challenging the Status Quo

Few things bring me more satisfaction in my career as an HR professional than when I can take an old process and apply new and innovative approaches to make it …