Gainsharing and Goalsharing: Aligning Pay and Strategic Goals

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Business & Economics - 237 pages
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Gainsharing and goalsharing, if carefully designed and administered, have great potential as compensation systems that align pay with the broader strategic objectives of the organization. To be successful over the long term, gainsharing and goalsharing require periodic review and adjustment to changing business conditions and continuing emphasis on mobilizing and involving employees. The authors share important insights from recent research (including two large-scale surveys of their own) on factors related to success and failure, and they provide highly useful information for anyone seeking to design and implement a gainsharing or goalsharing program, including managers, human resource professionals, and union officers.

Scanlon, Modified Scanlon, Rucker, Improshare, and goalsharing plans are defined as group-based contingent compensation schemes that are often combined with an employee involvement component. Gainsharing programs have been adopted at an accelerating rate by American corporations in the last decade. Approximately 40% of Fortune 1,000 firms reported the use of gainsharing in the 1990s, and there is little doubt that more programs exist than ever before. According to most evaluations, gainsharing and goalsharing are considered to be particularly potent among the various types of recent innovative human resource programs. By taking a process-based approach that presents a step-by-step guide to the implementation of gainsharing from design to administration and long-term maintenance, this book provides readers with practical and hands-on advice and guidance on gainsharing and goalsharing.


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What Is Gainsharing?
Chapter 2 Types of Gainsharing
Chapter 3 Review of Literature
1992 and 1999
Preliminaries to the Design Process
Chapter 6 Designing a Gainsharing Plan
Chapter 7 Administering a Gainsharing Plan
Chapter 8 Successful Gainsharing Programs
Chapter 9 Reasons for Failure of Gainsharing Plans
Chapter 10 Summary and Conclusion
Appendix A Example of a Memorandum of Agreement on a Scanlon Plan
Appendix B A RuckerStyle Gainsharing Plan Based on Value Added
Appendix C An Example of a Goalsharing Plan

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KENNETH MERICLE is Professor of Labor Education at the University of Wisconsin Extension and a participating faculty member in the Industrial Relations Research Institute. He has taught and conducted research in the fields of compensation, work redesign, and labor relations for over 25 years. His consulting activity covers a wide range of compensation topics, including incentive systems, job evaluation, skill-based pay, profit sharing, gainsharing and goalsharing.

DONG-ONE KIM is Associate Professor of Employment Relations at Korea University in Seoul. Prior to joining the faculty of Korea University in 1997, he was on the faculty of the School of Business at the State University of New York, Oswego. His research articles cover the areas of high-performance work organizations and such workplace innovations as skill-based pay, gainsharing, employee investment, and mutual-gains bargaining. He also has keen research interests in recent employment relations issues in Asia. He has consulted widely on industrial relations and human resource management issues with business, government, and labor organizations.

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