ERIC Number: ED388158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Incentive Pay: A Plan To Recognize Major Contributions by Individuals, Teams, or Departmental Units. HR Monograph Series.
Butterfield, Barbara; And Others
This monograph describes how to design cash incentive programs in higher education as a way to help employees achieve their best productivity and as the most cost-effective way to communicate and stimulate the work behaviors that the institution values. Including a mentoring role as part of recognition of model departments or model managers not only spreads the expertise, but also provides a boost to the morale of those recognized. In designing an incentive pay program institutions should: (1) delegate selection to a small committee of the right people; (2) announce the award program to key stakeholders; (3) evaluate those nominated against clearly defined, measurable criteria; (4) celebrate appropriately and communicate awards to the campus community; and (5) teach and stimulate emulation of the model behaviors through forums, workshops, and one-on-one sessions with other members of the campus community. Incentive programs have many benefits to the institution itself. The cost of a program generally matches the amount of the cash incentive itself. Plans can be designed in a number of ways. Descriptions of model department initiatives and model individual incentives are included. Also discussed are challenges for successful implementation, and communicating about incentive programs. (Contains 16 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, College Administration, College Faculty, Cost Effectiveness, Departments, Group Behavior, Higher Education, Incentives, Mentors, Motivation, Organizational Communication, Productivity, Program Design, Program Implementation, Staff Development
College & University Personnel Association, 1233 20th St., N.W., Suite 301, Washington, DC 20036-1250 ($7.50 for single copies; discounts for bulk orders).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: College and Univ. Personnel Association, Washington, DC.