Editor's message: Organisations like to be inventive with their reward offerings. Paying all employees a single salary, with no opportunity for them to earn any more during the year, may work for some roles, but is unlikely to engage or motivate employees in others.
Bonuses are one of the most common incentive payments used by employers, and can add up to a considerable enhancement to the salaries of some individuals. The possibility of earning a bonus encourages employees to go the extra mile - ultimately providing a benefit to both employer and employee.
Other payments don't require specific input from employees. Long-service awards, for example, reward employees for longevity with their employer. Although some such awards are token, for example a badge or a pen, some organisations make awards that are worth considerably more to recognise long service.
Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor
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The latest XpertHR data on bonus schemes and the level of bonus payments has been added to Benchmarking.
This summary report covers key findings from the 2019 XpertHR survey on reward strategies and priorities.
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