2016 Resolution #2 – Take Compensation Off the Table

Continuing our series of compensation resolutions for 2016 — “Organizations are told that they need a fancy glittery compensation program to “attract, retain and motivate” – what they really need is a fair and equitable program that just does its job and stays out of the way!”

The Compensation Times

Resolution #2 – Build a program that will take compensation off the table — effectively making it a non-issue rather than a bone of contention.

In his best-selling business book “Drive,” Daniel Pink makes a compelling argument that it is essential to “take compensation off the table.”  That means that you need a compensation program that works so well that people simply aren’t thinking about pay.  When you take the focus off of “how to make more” and “whether I can do better elsewhere” (or even “can I afford to keep working here”) you free up employees’ time to actually think about doing their jobs.

Do you see the irony here?  Organizations are told that they need a fancy glittery compensation program to “attract, retain and motivate” – what they really need is a fair and equitable program that just does its job and stays out of the way!

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About Edmund B. Ura

Edmund B. Ura, MAIR, JD, works with governing boards, executives and human resources staff to develop methodologies for ensuring fair and equitable compensation programs that support achievement of organizations' missions. Contact Ed at ebura@mercesconsulting.com.
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