Incentives in Your Company – Doing “With” vs. Doing “To”…

Paul Hebert Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Retention, Total Rewards

The typical process for developing and launching an incentive and recognition strategy at a company goes like this: BOSS:  “We need to motivate the troops.  We need to provide an incentive to do ‘X.’  Let’s put some  incentives in place – and while we’re at it – create a recognition program that changes the culture around here.  We need a …

The Soul of An Incentive Program – Why Debit Cards Don’t Deliver Rewards Impact…

Paul Hebert Compensation/Cash Money, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

I ended up tripping down memory lane this past week after watching "Across the Universe" – if you’re a Beatles fan – it’s a must see.  While it is hard to improve on the original songs, the soundtrack is great!  The movie traces the activities, of a group of characters, roughly mirroring the time of the Beatles.    Watching that …

No Love from SBC to AT&T Employees – Gas is $3/Gallon and Telecommuting is No Longer an Option…

Kris Dunn Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Retention, Total Rewards

OK, here’s the situation.  Gas costs $3 per gallon, companies are under increasing pressure to show their "greenness" and studies show that telecommuting can boost productivity in most, if not all, jobs. Based on those facts, would you increase the amount of telecommuting, keep it the same, or start making your current crop of telecommuters come back to the office? …

Have You Tried to Relocate A Candidate Lately?

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Compensation/Cash Money, Making Offers, Total Rewards

Cross one category of candidates off your prospect list – homeowners you have to relocate… Relocating employees has always had a "haves" and "have-nots" type of feel.  Back in the 90’s, most Fortune 500 companies had the "gold-plated" standard of employee relocation – covered physical moves, lump sums to handle all types of misc. costs and the ultimate in closing …

Does Your Company Sponsor Employee Clubs? Not Even a Wine Club?

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Engagement and Satisfaction, Retention, Total Rewards

Kristina Shevory has a cool article up at the New York Times about employee clubs.  From her article at the NYT: "Fat paychecks, pensions and health insurance are not enough to recruit and keep employees these days. Companies are again finding that adding a bit of social context to work is crucial to keeping employees happy and productive. That is …

Why “Cash Money” Won’t Save Your Best Talent…

Kris Dunn Career Paths, Compensation/Cash Money, Engagement and Satisfaction, Recognition, Retention, Total Rewards

Check out my article at workforce.com (Money Won’t Buy You Love) that went in 2007 if you have time… The theory?  Your managers will tell you that cash is king when it comes to retaining top talent. The truth is, you’ll never deliver enough money to keep the stars from moving across the street if they want to.   It takes …

Does Your Company Need More Stars or Ditch Diggers?

Kris Dunn Culture, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Performance, Retention, Sourcing, Total Rewards

Check out my article at workforce.com answering the age-old stars vs. steady performers question here… Here’s how it starts: Quiz time today with the HR Capitalist. Pick the book that is not available on Amazon: The War for Talent Secrets for Hiring Top Talent The World Needs Ditch Diggers Too Hiring the Best Confirm your knowledge and see the rest …

Performance Management – Can You Put Employees in Control of the “Meets vs. Exceeds” Equation?

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

Last week I broke off a couple of riffs (this one and that one) regarding the difference between a Meets vs. Exceeds when evaluating employees via your Performance Management process.  I’ve probably said enough on the topic for at least a week – so I’ll give everyone a break – from my thoughts on the topic anyway… How about someone …