New Strategies for Public Pay: Rethinking Government Compensation Programs / Edition 1

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Overview

The survival and success of public organizations depends on employee satisfaction and motivation to improve performance. New Strategies for Public Pay addresses one of the strongest motivators?compensation. The book outlines proven strategies, many of which are successfully used in private industry, that are also well-suited for government organizations. Specific programs are described and analyzed by experts from government, academia, think tanks, labor unions, and private business, running the gamut from merit pay to competency-based pay to gainsharing.

New Strategies for Public Pay introduces a range of alternative pay systems that show public sector managers how they can:

? Set standards that match the unique needs of individual organizations

? Stimulate desired new behaviors necessary to overcome the fear of change and business as usual mentality

? Energize employees and provide a fresh incentive for continuing improved performance

The decision whether or not to revolutionize pay systems is fundamental. The way compensation is addressed and managed can either hinder or help accomplish an organization's mission. New Strategies for Public Pay offers a useful framework for planning compensation programs that are in line with the times and that will help create more efficient, flexible, and responsive public organizations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787908263
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/22/1997
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Public Administration Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

HOWARD RISHER is senior fellow and adjunct professor of human resource management in the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has twenty-five years of experience in the areas of workforce management, compensation system design, and employee research. He served as project director for the study that resulted in federal pay reform and the enactment of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act (FEPCA) in 1990. A well-known compensation consultant to public agencies at the federal, state, and local level, Risher has also served as a consultant to major corporations, hospitals, and universities. Risher is a member of several professional associations and is an instructor for certification in compensation management. He is also a member of the advisory board for Compensation and Benefits Review. CHARLES H. FAY is director of the graduate program in human resource management and associate professor of human resource management at Rutgers University. He is also editor of Human Resource Planning and serves on the board and the research committee of the Human Resource Planning Society. In addition, he engages in research and consulting focused on compensation, systems, performance management, performance appraisal, and human resource support systems.Fay served as chair of the Research Committee of the American Compensation Association. He is also a former member of the Federal Salary Council, a presidential council that advises the Federal Pay Agent on salary issues concerning white-collar employees.

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Table of Contents

Preface
The Authors
Introduction: Rethinking Government Compensation Programs 1
Pt. 1 Understanding Salary Management 19
1 Are Current Programs Working? View from the Trenches 25
2 Salary Structures: The Framework for Salary Management 40
3 Aligning Pay Levels with Prevailing Labor Market Rates 57
4 Job Classification: The Support System for Personnel Decision Making 76
5 Job Evaluation: The Search for Internal Equity 98
6 Rewarding Skills in the Public Sector 125
7 Competency-Based Pay: The Next Model for Salary Management 145
8 Executive Salary Management: The Clash of Political and Labour Market Realities 159
Pt. 2 Linking Pay to Performance 179
9 Managing and Assessing Employee Performance 185
10 Merit Pay: Motivating and Rewarding Individual Performance 207
11 Gainsharing in Government: Group-Based Performance Pay for Public Employees 231
12 Paying for Performance: Lessons Learned in Fifteen Years of Federal Demonstration Projects 253
Pt. 3 Public Compensation in Unionized and International Contexts 273
13 The Role of Collective Bargaining in Public Sector Pay Determination 277
14 Public Pay Programs in OECD Countries 294
Conclusion: Planning for the Future 312
Index 331
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