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

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The survival and success of public organizations depends onemployee satisfaction and motivation to improve performance. NewStrategies for Public Pay addresses one of the strongestmotivators' compensation. The book outlines proven strategies, manyof which are successfully used in private industry, that are alsowell-suited for government organizations. Specific programs aredescribed and analyzed by experts from government, academia, thinktanks, labor unions, and private business, running the gamut frommerit pay to competency-based pay to gainsharing.

New Strategies for Public Pay introduces a range ofalternative pay systems that show public sector managers how theycan

  • Set standards that match the unique needs of individualorganizations
  • Stimulate desired new behaviors necessary to overcome the fearof change and "business as usual" mentality
  • Energize employees and provide a fresh incentive for continuingimproved performance

The decision whether or not to revolutionize pay systems isfundamental. The way compensation is addressed and managed caneither hinder or help accomplish an organization's mission. NewStrategies for Public Pay offers a useful framework forplanning compensation programs that are in line with the times andthat will help create more efficient, flexible, and responsivepublic 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 ofhuman resource management in the Wharton School, University ofPennsylvania. He has twenty-five years of experience in the areasof workforce management, compensation system design, and employeeresearch. He served as project director for the study that resultedin federal pay reform and the enactment of the Federal EmployeesPay Comparability Act (FEPCA) in 1990. A well-known compensationconsultant to public agencies at the federal, state, and locallevel, Risher has also served as a consultant to majorcorporations, hospitals, and universities. Risher is a member ofseveral professional associations and is an instructor forcertification in compensation management. He is also a member ofthe advisory board for Compensation and Benefits Review.

CHARLES H. FAY is director of the graduate program inhuman resource management and associate professor of human resourcemanagement at Rutgers University. He is also editor of HumanResource Planning and serves on the board and the researchcommittee of the Human Resource Planning Society. In addition, heengages in research and consulting focused on compensation,systems, performance management, performance appraisal, and humanresource support systems.Fay served as chair of the ResearchCommittee of the American Compensation Association. He is also aformer member of the Federal Salary Council, a presidential councilthat advises the Federal Pay Agent on salary issues concerningwhite-collar employees.

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Table of Contents

Rethinking Government Compensation Programs
One: Understanding Salary Management
1. Are Current Programs Working? Views from the Trenches, BarbaraS. Wamsley
2. Salary Structures: The Framework for Salary Management, HowardRisher
3. Aligning Pay Levels with Prevailing Labor Market Rates, CharlesFay
4. Job Classification: The Support System for Personal DecisionMaking, Lynn Holley, James O'Connell
5. Job Evaluation: The Search for Internal Equity, Howard Risher,Lois Wise
6. Rewarding Skills in the Public Sector, Nina Gupta
7. Competency-Based Pay: The Next Model for Salary Management,Howard Risher
8. Executive Salary Management: The Clash of Political and LaborMarket Realities, Howard Risher
Two: Linking Pay to Performance
9. Managing and Assessing Employee Performance, Doris Hausser,Charles Fay
10. Merit Pay: Motivating and rewarding Individual Performance,Howard Risher, Charles Fay, James Perry
11. Gainsharing in Government: Group-Based Performance Pay forPublic Employees, Ronald P. Sanders
12. Paying for Performance: Lessons Learned in Fifteen Years ofFederal Demonstration Projects, Brigitte W. Schay
Three: Public Compensation in Unionized and InternationalContexts
13. The Role of Collective Bargaining in Public Sector PayDetermination, Bonnie Bogue
14. Public Pay Programs in OECD Countries, Anke Freibert
Planning for the Future, Howard Risher, Charles Fay

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