Examine the limitations of merit pay programs to determine which limitation is the most difficult to overcome and suggest ways to overcome these limitations. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Discretionary Employee Benefits” Please respond to the following:

Analyze the various codes and acts regarding discretionary employee benefits discussed in Chapter 2 and determine which code or law has had the greatest impact on the largest number of organizations. Explain your rationale.
Building on the same analysis, determine the most likely issue regarding discretionary employee benefits and a likely law that would address the issue. Provide specific examples to support your response.
week 3 diss 1

“Seniority versus Merit Pay” Please respond to the following:

Compare and contrast seniority (longevity) pay with merit pay. Determine the advantages and disadvantages of each, including specific examples to support your response.
From the e-Activity, determine which type of pay structure would benefit the company or organization the most. Provide your rationale.
diss 2

“The Pay-for-Performance Link” Please respond to the following:

Analyze the link between well-designed performance appraisals and merit pay and make at least two (2) recommendations for improving the strength of that link across the greatest number or organizations. Provide your rationale.
Examine the limitations of merit pay programs to determine which limitation is the most difficult to overcome and suggest ways to overcome these limitations. Provide specific examples to support your response.
week 4 diss 1

“Individual versus Group Incentives” Please respond to the following:

From the e-Activity, compare and contrast the likely success of individual incentives, group incentives, and companywide incentives for improving employee performance.
Referring to the same company, create an outline for an incentive pay program that would benefit employees and the company / organization. Provide specific examples to support your response.
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week 4 diss 2

“Person-Focused Pay” Please respond to the following:

From the e-Activity, determine if a person-focused pay system would benefit the company you researched. Provide specific examples to support your response.
Analyze the advantages to employees and to employers of a person-focused pay program to determine if this would be a good approach for all companies and organizations in the U.S. to pursue. Explain your rationale.
week 5 diss 1

“Internal Consistency at Customer First” Please respond to the following:

Determine how job analysis and job evaluation could be used at Customers First to develop an internally consistent compensation system.
Determine whether or not you agree with Joan’s view on job analysis and job evaluation. Explain your rationale.
diss 2

“Compensation Considerations” Please respond to the following:
Determine the best way to leverage compensation surveys to set the level of compensation for your current (or future) job position. Provide specific examples to support your response.
From the e-Activity, determine how you would integrate internal job structures with external market pay rates to set a base pay rate for the position you researched.
week 6 diss 1

“Pay Structures” Please respond to the following:

Argue for or against the argument that pay grades limit a company’s ability to achieve competitive advantage. Support your position.
Argue for or against the argument that merit pay grids have the potential to undermine employee motivation. Support your position.
diss 2
“Alternative Pay Structures” Please respond to the following:

From the e-Activity, determine how a person-focused pay program could benefit your current (or future) place of employment. Provide specific examples to support your response.
Determine ways that broadbanding or two-tier wage plans could benefit your current (or future) place of employment. Provide specific examples to support your response.
week 7 diss 1
“Discretionary Benefits” Please respond to the following:

From the e-Activity, evaluate how well the company you researched leverages its discretionary benefits to both attract and keep employees.
Assume the company you researched must drop 25% of the discretionary benefits it currently offers. Determine which benefits it should drop. Provide your rationale.
diss 2

“A Health Savings Account at Frontline PR” Please respond to the following:

From the case study in Chapter 10, determine the advantages and disadvantages of implementing the health savings account (HSA) option and recommend at least one alternative to offering the HAS option.
Recommend what Susan should do. Provide the rationale behind your recommendation.
week 8

“Employee Benefits” Please respond to the following:

Argue for or against the argument that employee benefits are seen by employees as an entitlement for their membership in companies. Support your position.
Analyze the components of designing and planning a benefits program to predict what additional issues will need to come into consideration over the next 10 to 20 years. Provide your rationale.
week 9

“Compensating Executives” Please respond to the following:

Analyze the components of executive compensation packages to determine which three components are the most essential to attracting exceptional talent. Provide your rationale.
From the first e-Activity, determine if current practices surrounding executive compensation should be changed. Provide either specific examples of what changes you believe are necessary, or a rationale for maintaining the status quo.
diss 2

“Compensating the Flexible Workforce” Please respond to the following:

Create an argument either for or against the practice of using contingent or flexible workers.
From the second e-Activity, determine how the company you researched could best leverage a contingent and / or flexible workforce. Provide specific examples to support your response.
week 10

“Compensating Expatriates” Please respond to the following:

Analyze the issues and considerations that impact expatriate compensation to determine the single biggest challenge in setting compensation. Provide specific examples to support your response.
From the e-Activity, determine which cultural characteristics should be considered when establishing a compensation program for a U.S. company planning to locate in the country you researched. Provide specific examples to support your response.
“Pay and Benefits Outside the United States” Please respond to the following:

Analyze the differences between minimum pay regulations and retirement systems in the U.S. and the other countries discussed in this chapter to determine how these differences affects the ability of U.S. companies to compete worldwide. Provide specific examples to support your response.
Select the minimum pay and retirement practices of one of the countries discussed in Chapter 15. Then, determine the likely result if those practices were adopted by the U.S. Provide your rationale.
week 11

“Looking Back” Please respond to the following:

Determine the single most important or surprising thing you learned in this course, as well as what made it so.
Looking back on the content of this course, determine which element of compensation management would be the most difficult for execute correctly. Discuss ways that you
may be able to address these difficulties.
“Looking Ahead” Please respond to the following:

Determine the best way that three major concepts you learned in this course could be applied or recognized in organizations.
Predict what major issues will be at the forefront of compensation management 20 years from now. Provide your rationale.

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