In one of my businesses we have just set up a new employee bonus to the management team and this has been well received.
The title of this post was to emphasise a ‘Bias’ towards a bonus rather than fixed salary to your staffs – I would recommend this as a recession beating tool.
I was not sure how the team would take it, but they were over the moon and thank us for being so generous, which is interesting because by giving them a bonus (which was a percent of gross profit) they were focused on growing the business, which would benefit me anyway.
The psychology of giving a bonus instead of a salary rise is an interesting one and should be embraced by more business owners, especially in the present economic climate. Employees might still be looking for a pay rise despite problems and things being tough, so instead of giving them a fixed pay rise which would represent yet more fixed cost to your business, give them a reward that benefits them when the business benefits.
Of course this was only announced today, so I cannot report on how well this will go and to what extent it will affect my business going forward, but if the reaction I received today is anything to go by then I expect positive results.
If your business is struggling and you cannot afford to pay your staff higher salaries, then by replacing salary hikes with a bonus scheme the employees will not be paid unless things improve. So by definition you will be paying the extra salary out of extra profits. I recommend a ‘No-Cap’ bonus, which means that it is open ended so no matter how much they increase the profits the staff get paid a percent of every part of the increase.