Pay for Performance is Good but Not Enough

Most of us have recently finished annual salary reviews and are now busy working on our KPIs. I am guessing about half of your organisations are taking a look at your performance management and pay for performance practices. I hope the following thoughts are therefore timely and helpful. Let’s start with the word “performance”. This term … More Pay for Performance is Good but Not Enough

It’s about management, not performance management

If an organization has a vision, a mission, a strategy and a business plan, then the 1st priority of all those employed is to help fulfill these. The leaders’ role (as many leaders as there may be) is to keep everyone—including the growing number of part-timers, FTCs (fixed term contracts), vendors and partners—moving in the … More It’s about management, not performance management

Horseless Carriages are “Cars.” Ratingless Performance Management is now…

So much talk about performance management and doing away with ratings. When cars were invented, they were called “horseless carriages” because the absence of horses was so shocking at the time. Wifi was first called “wireless LAN” since LAN cables were no longer needed. Telephones were called telephones until wireless phones appeared, which were called cordless or wireless … More Horseless Carriages are “Cars.” Ratingless Performance Management is now…

AI, MBSO, Reward Cycle… whatever you call it, it’s Salary Review time!

It’s late March, and every C&B manager is performing their sacred duty right now: making sure hundreds, thousands, maybe tens of thousands of employees are considered for a raise, and hopefully a bonus. So busy lah! Yes, but I don’t want to talk about us. I want to focus on the one with the most … More AI, MBSO, Reward Cycle… whatever you call it, it’s Salary Review time!

Coach for Performance, Reward for Retention

I will be presenting the latest and most comprehensive analysis of “no ratings” performance management in the Asian context, next week, at HRMAsia’s Performance Management and Rewards conference, in Singapore, on Tuesday, 11 October at 2 pm. The event will be held at Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre on Cavanaugh Road, behind Centrepoint. Here is … More Coach for Performance, Reward for Retention

Goodbye, pay for performance. Hello, real management.

Managers are paid to manage. HR exists to help managers manage. Performance management was not invented by managers, but by HR to help managers 1) manage out weak performers, and 2) allocate rewards. Rating systems that drive rewards have a life of their own and undermine core manager responsibilities and skills. We spoonfeed managers with “good pay decisions” instead of allowing them to make their own decisions and learn from their consequences. … More Goodbye, pay for performance. Hello, real management.

Rewards Without Ratings…Really? Event Invitation

Freelance Total Rewards is happy to announce a public networking event for C&B/HR practitioners with a panel discussion on the topic of “Rewards Without Ratings…Really?” to be held in Singapore, evening of Monday, 11 April at Royal Plaza on Scotts, in a beautiful poolside venue. The event is intended for compensation & benefits managers and professionals … More Rewards Without Ratings…Really? Event Invitation

Tell it like it is

No wonder companies are dropping ratings. We have adopted sloppy labels for people. Imagine if you took the performance rating labels of “meets expectations” or “exceeds expectations” and used them in other everyday contexts, you can hear just how meaningless they are: “I test drove a few cars, and the mini-Cooper significantly exceeded expectations” “I chose the … More Tell it like it is

Open Survey: Ending Use of Ratings–Deadline Extended

You must have heard by now. Leading companies such as Adobe, Apple, Microsoft and now Accenture are again leading a new trend: dumping the use of performance ratings. Reasons vary but include manager and employee dissatisfaction with forced ranking, forced “curve”, calibration, and harmful individual competition. In place of ratings, emphasis is now (again) on the old fashioned … More Open Survey: Ending Use of Ratings–Deadline Extended