Given the recent global financial crisis, many companies have placed more restrictions on variable compensation, however the implications of this for whistleblowing has received limited research attention. A recent US study examined the relationship between stock compensation structures and monetary whistleblowing rewards, and to what extent they influence senior managers’ decision to whistleblow. The results of this study suggest that when employees have stock compensation that has vesting restrictions, they are more likely to blow the whistle than when they have stock compensation that does not have vesting restrictions. Whistleblowing was also found to be more likely as the reward offered for whistleblowing increased.
Key Topics: Whistleblowing; Variable compensation; Equity
In modern business, developing a rapidly changing and knowledgable workforce to meet business pressures is crucial for company success, and central to this employee development is workplace learning. A study of the Spanish wine industry examined the types of rewards linked to employee training in the workplace, and the how these rewards differed by job categories and job functions. The findings indicated that multiple types of reward are used by companies in incentivising training, with financial rewards being less common than non-financial rewards. The study also found that training related rewards did not differ based on job type.
Key Topics: Training; Rewards; Learning culture
Organizational commitment by employees is one of the cornerstones of any successful company and has been shown to significantly impact various performance metrics. A study carried out in China sought to investigate the relationship between organizational commitment and turnover intention, as well as with intrinsic, extrinsic and social rewards. The study results suggest that all of the aforementioned reward types are positively related to organizational commitment, while turnover intentions were found to decrease as commitment increased. Findings also suggest that organizational commitment is related to a number of other factors, including training and autonomy.
Key Topics: Organizational commitment; Turnover intentions; Extrinsic rewards; Intrinsic rewards; Social rewards
An effective recruitment strategy is crucial to organizational success and central to this is the employment proposal to prospective employees. A study at the University of Massachusetts looked at the various aspects of the HR offering, including work life balance, reward, and performance policies, as they relate to prospective employees’ job choice decisions. The results suggest that work life balance has a stronger incentive effect than reward and performance policies, and this was found to be the case across both men and women, although it was a greater incentive to women.
Key Topics: Pay mix policies; Incentives; Work–life balance
Against the backdrop of increasing income inequality in many developed countries in recent decades, a recent study analyzed Danish private sector data from 1992 to 2007 to determine the level and trends of income inequality during that period. The results confirmed that income inequality increased in Denmark during this time. The researchers also found that the relative proportion of highly educated individuals increased, as did income growth rates across various employee subgroups, with managers seeing a particularly significant real income progression. Education and Management income premiums were found.
Key Topics: Income inequality; Upskilling; Education; Management pay