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New Strategies for Public Pay: Rethinking Government Compensation Programs



New Strategies for Public Pay: Rethinking Government Compensation Programs

Howard Risher, Charles H. Fay

ISBN: 978-0-787-90826-3 May 1997 Jossey-Bass 340 Pages


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.
Rethinking Government Compensation Programs
One: Understanding Salary Management
1. Are Current Programs Working? Views from the Trenches, Barbara S. Wamsley
2. Salary Structures: The Framework for Salary Management, Howard Risher
3. Aligning Pay Levels with Prevailing Labor Market Rates, Charles Fay
4. Job Classification: The Support System for Personal Decision Making, 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 Labor Market 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 for Public Employees, Ronald P. Sanders
12. Paying for Performance: Lessons Learned in Fifteen Years of Federal Demonstration Projects, Brigitte W. Schay
Three: Public Compensation in Unionized and International Contexts
13. The Role of Collective Bargaining in Public Sector Pay Determination, Bonnie Bogue
14. Public Pay Programs in OECD Countries, Anke Freibert
Planning for the Future, Howard Risher, Charles Fay