Pay for Performance: Evaluating Performance Appraisal and Merit Pay

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"Pay for performance" has become a buzzword for the 1990s, as U.S. organizations seek ways to boost employee productivity. The new emphasis on performance appraisal and merit pay calls for a thorough examination of their effectiveness. Pay for Performance is the best resource to date on the issues of whether these concepts work and how they can be applied most effectively in the workplace.
This important book looks at performance appraisal and pay practices in the private sector and describes whether--and how--private industry experience is revelant to federal pay reform. It focuses on the needs of the federal government, exploring how the federal pay system evolved; available evidence on federal employee attitudes toward their work, their pay, and their reputation with the public; and the complicating and pervasive factor of politics.
 

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Contents

Executive Summary
1
1 Introduction
7
2 The History of Civil Service Reform
13
3 The Nature of the Evidence
34
Definition Measurement and Application
45
Perspectives and Research
77
6 PrivateSector Practice and Perspectives
102
7 The Importance of Context
122
8 Findings and Conclusions
135
References
167
Appendixes
189
Index
201
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