Employee Holiday Gifts – Yeah – You Should…

Paul Hebert Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Influence, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

It’s that time of year again and we are staring down multiple barrels of holiday fun. Thanksgiving is soon upon us and Christmas, Hanukah, Bodhi Day, Festivus, Kwanza, Boxing Day, Feast of Winter Veil and a few other lesser known celebrations are following closely. It is that time of year when we reflect on the past and plan for the …

More Money Does Equal Happiness… By the Way…

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Tim Sackett, Total Rewards

Google recently made public plans to give each and everyone of their 23,000 employees a 10% raise in January.  From the Wall Street Journal article: The pay hike comes as Google ramps up its battle with competitors, especially neighboring Facebook Inc., in a fight to secure talented staff. Roughly 10% of Facebook’s employees are Google veterans and other Silicon Valley …

The One-Eyed HR Professional in the Land of the Blind…

Paul Hebert Change, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Influence, Paul Hebert, Performance, Total Rewards

“If ever there were a moment for companies to be experimenting with how they organise and motivate their employees, now would seem to be it. Businesses are being yanked in every direction by the forces of recession, emerging markets and new technology. Psychologists and economists are collaborating as never before to expand the field of behavioural economics, to tell us …

Start at the Wall

Paul Hebert Change, Influence, Paul Hebert, Performance, Total Rewards

When we think of changing behavior we typically think of rewards and recognition.  We think of compensation schemes and bonus structures. Motivation programs provide participants with a choice.  Do “x” get “y” – or not do “x” and don’t get “y.”  You can also turn that equation around and say – do “x” and get thrown in jail (a negative …

Don’t Recognize ‘Til They Can See the Whites of Your Eyes

Paul Hebert Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Total Rewards

I was hitting a local fast-food empire the other day when I noticed that the drivers in each of the cars in front of me had on sunglasses.  Nothing unusual, as most drivers will wear sunglasses on a sunny day. I also noticed, as they pulled up to the window to pay and get their order, they left their sunglasses …

The Laws of Gravity Apparently Do Not Apply to Compensation…

admin Compensation/Cash Money, Performance, Todd Dewett, Total Rewards

Pay for performance is a lie.  The premise is that if an employee, or group of employees, achieves results above some predetermined level, extra compensation will be awarded.  There are many flavors of pay for performance from individual and group bonuses, profit sharing, gain sharing, spot rewards, etc.  It is not a flawed idea per se, simply incomplete. When does …

Another Talent Management Lesson From Reality TV – Really Lesser-Known Reality TV

Paul Hebert Change, Driving Productivity, Paul Hebert, Total Rewards

No not American Idol.  No not Big Brother.  No not the Surreal Life (although there are some real cautionary tales in that hot mess of humanity.)  Nope – not Top Chef either. I’m talking Top Shot. Whaaaaaaaat?  I hear you saying. Yep. Top Shot is a History channel reality show hosted by 3-time Survivor show contestant Colby Donaldson.  The show …