ERIC Number: ED197427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct-27
Reference Count: 0
Productivity Pay: A Goal for the '80's.
Stewart, John A.
The enactment of a compensation model that rewards educators' efficiency and creativity is a goal for the current decade. Both inflationary trends and the accountability movement act as motivators for the introduction of a merit pay scale. Current compensation models guarantee income regardless of effort. Through this failure to reward productivity and innovation, individual initiative is reduced. Efforts to establish this program might be introduced as part of a salary package presented to employee groups. Those who accept the challenge of creating a merit system will examine what they are doing, establish priorities and goals, and devise a means of measuring their own goal achievement. Only after a successful productivity program will the public begin to accept the efforts of the public employee as worthy of respect and higher compensation. The barrier is fear of innovation, which is reinforced by a lack of incentive for success. The elements necessary to overcome this fear are leadership and the courage to accept the challenge. Successful competition will result in financial rewards for increased productivity. (Author/JK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Orleans Public Schools, LA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of School Business Officials (66th, New Orleans, LA, October 26-30, 1980).