Raises to average 3% in 2016, more for top performers

Pay raises for U.S. employees are expected to hold steady in 2016, according to a survey by the Towers Wat­­son HR consulting firm. Virtually all respondents (98%) said they plan to give employees raises next year, with an average salary increase of 3% for exempt professionals.

How do employers hand out variable pay?

Almost two-thirds of employers surveyed offer individual performance-based incentives, but it’s not the most common kind of variable pay.

Top 5 employee recognition awards

We present the top five awards employees receive, according to a WorldatWork study. If it’s all the same, we’ll take the cash.

Talk up total rewards to improve engagement

There’s a strong correlation between employees’ perceptions of their total compensation package and their degree of engagement at work, and employers can strengthen that connection by communicating exactly how much employees’ pay and benefits are really worth.

Put your slackers to shame with this amazing example of dedication

On Jan. 30, Ron Kline, an employee of toilet manufacturer Mansfield Plumbing, reached a career milestone most people would never dream of: 50 years of perfect attendance.

Be sure you can justify reason why promoted worker didn't get raise


Most employees who are promoted see that as a vote of confidence and assume their new responsibilities will include more money or other tangible benefits. But what if you don't want to raise pay?

Vodka maker keeps moms on board with family-friendly employee perks

A lot of moms work for the maker of Guinness beer and Smirnoff vodka, so Diageo North America has a lot benefits to keep them on board.

Serve up on-site, tax-free, deductible meals for employees

Do you provide a company cafeteria or other on-site meals for employees? This can be a valuable tax-free fringe benefit to employees and help attract and retain workers.

Walkthroughs, wellness contribute to 1 million-hour safety milestone

Paperboard packaging company Zumbiel Packaging used positive reinforcement and employee education to log more than 1 million hours without a lost-time accident and a quarter million hours without any type of injury.

Office gift-giving: 4 tips to make the season bright

With holiday gifts to employees, good intentions can quickly turn into sticky situations.

Octoberfest transformed mortgage bank into Halloween fantasyland

It’s not all work and no play at United Shore, a Troy, Mich., mortgage lender, which stages an annual Octoberfest.

Career management programs miss the mark

Research from Towers Watson reveals that employees don’t believe their employers deliver on the promise to help them grow.

'Happy' receptionists get five-week, paid sabbatical

Happy receptionists make a good first impression on clients, say execs at Ruby Receptionists in Portland, Ore., who are trying their best to keep their staff of virtual receptionists smiling.

Trucking firm adds bonuses, ups pay to help recruitment


It’s not easy recruiting long-distance truck drivers, so Con-way Truck­­load is piling on the pay. Its new compensation package raises per-mile pay; increases layover pay; and offers bonuses for loyalty and helping the company achieve its productivity goals.

Ad agency rewards tenure with custom-made bobbleheads

Managers at advertising and PR agency The Lavidge Co. in Phoenix encourage employees to “be creative, work smart, have fun”—words from the firm’s corporate philosophy. One particular perk definitely falls into the "creative" category.
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