Compensation

Tracking the Pros and Cons of Increasing the Minimum Wage

The social and cultural drumbeat for higher minimum wages is picking up volume, but CEOs and business owners may want to listen to their own drummers on this issue.

Starbucks Expands Digital Tipping Option

You can do practically anything with a mobile phone these days including tipping your favorite barista. Could such apps be another path for rewards programs and tapping customer needs?

‘Living Wage’ Movement Beckons CEOs To Respond

While the ‘Living Wage’ issue seems to affect only the largest retailers and fast-food giants, the effort, if successful, will alter every business’ ability to enter into basic agreements with individuals resulting in a benefit for both parties.

Straight Talk About Minimum Wage Laws

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a bill that will gradually raise the state’s minimum wage from $8/hour to $10/hour by 2016, saying it is a long overdue measure to raise the income of working families. Yet earlier in September Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray, also a Democrat, vetoed a City Council bill that would require large retailers [read Wal-Mart] in the city to pay higher wages, a measure that had drawn national attention. Gray called the bill a "job-killer," saying it would result in the loss of thousands of jobs in Washington. So who’s right?

Four Ways to Counter the Counter Offer

When hiring new employees, counter offers should be expected, as nobody wants to lose their best people. It is a lot easier to make a counter offer than it is to find a new person especially if the person quitting is top talent.

The Limits of Monetary Incentives

Money isn't the great motivator people often suppose. In fact, excessive monetary rewards can lead to bad behaviors.

How to Reward Top Performers

The old rank-and-yank system pioneered by GE and others has given way to more sophisticated methods of identifying and retaining talent.

Recognizing Rewards

The numbers on employee engagement are out, and they’re compelling. Several leading research firms reporting on the quantifiable value of increased employee engagement concluded...
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