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What are you worth?

Bob Selden | 02 September 2010

Despite the recession, CEOs continue to pay themselves vast sums while expecting others to suffer - with those CEOs who slashed their workforces the deepest earning the most. As a new report puts it, 'CEOs laid off thousands while raking in millions.'

Optional extra?

Brian Amble | 29 July 2010

The effectiveness of stock options as part of a reward package has became something of an article of faith in the tech sector. But is there any evidence to back this up?

Flexible working tops benefits wish-list

Brian Amble | 01 June 2010

Flexible working is the most valued benefit for employees, proving far more popular than material perks such as bonuses, according to a new survey carried out in the UK by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Has HR finally hit the big time?

Dona Roche-Tarry | 27 April 2010

One of the ironic twists of the economic meltdown is that the very issues HR leaders have been voicing for decades are now the hot topics for CEOs and boards across all industries. That's good for HR - but it also means it needs to raise its game.

How capitalism was tested beyond its limits

Robert Heller | 09 March 2010

Capitalism has been tested beyond its limits by completely false and inherently risky assumptions. Globalisation transpired to be a trap and a delusion. What looked like a dead cert for the world economy became a sure nightmare.

Bankers bonuses are a self-created myth

Nic Paton | 02 March 2010

Wall Street and the City of London will beg to differ, but a Dutch business school says that the need to hand out vast bonuses within the banking world is a 'self-created myth'.

What have we learned about performance management?

Bob Selden | 15 February 2010

What have organisations learnt from the economic crisis about getting the best out of their people? Two contrasting examples suggest that while some have learned a lot, others are stuck in the same old rut.

CEOs think the worst is over

Brian Amble | 28 January 2010

CEOs the world over are confident that the worst of the recession has passed and that their businesses and their headcounts will grow during 2010. But what lessons have they learned from the crisis?

CEO pay rises hit the buffers

Brian Amble | 25 January 2010

For the first time in ten years, the bosses of the UK's largest companies enjoyed pay rises less than those of the average British worker in 2009.

Hourly-paid workers are happier

Brian Amble | 14 December 2009

It's often said that money doesn't bring happiness. But the truth could be more complicated, according to researchers at University of Toronto and Stanford University.

CEO pay immune from reality

Brian Amble | 30 September 2009

Between 2007 and 2008, the US stock market fell by 37 per cent and 2.6 million American jobs disappeared. But amid the economic chaos, one group has remained immune from the pain. For America's CEOs, the gravy train has just kept on flowing.

What can a college degree do for you?

Dan Bobinski | 26 August 2009

To those who might question the value of a college degree, please let me encourage you to 'go for it.' If you still don't think it's worth it, perhaps a few figures might persuade you otherwise.

Corporate culture and the new economics

Robert Heller | 21 August 2009

Reward for decision-makers has always been determined by vested interest. It obviously suits the men and women themselves to be paid enormous sums, irrespective of any rationale. But what can we do about it?

Expect pay raises to return next year

Nic Paton | 22 July 2009

Assuming the economic recovery does not get blown off course, most American managers could be looking forward to pay rises and bonuses again next year.

Performance-related pay doesn't encourage performance

Nic Paton | 25 June 2009

Rather than encouraging executives to work harder, performance-related pay may actually have the opposite effect. So isn't it time for a wholesale rethink?

Business and healthcare

Derek Torres | 22 June 2009

I've been following the healthcare reform debate in the United States from afar with great interest. Of all the arguments for and against, one voice has been particularly silent: that of management, such as CEOs, HR, CFOs, etc.

Health survivors

Derek Torres | 16 June 2009

In the US, where health care access is tied to your ability to stay employed in troubles times, life for many people is looking more and more like the TV show Survivor.

A creative approach to executive pay

Nic Paton | 09 June 2009

Companies need to get more imaginative if they are going to take the poison out of the debate over executive pay, perhaps by putting bonuses into locked accounts that only pay out if long-term targets are met.

Executive pay and excessive risk

Nic Paton | 05 June 2009

Executive pay and remuneration programmes have been slammed for encouraging the excessive risk-taking that brought the world economy to its knees

No sign of austerity in British boardrooms

Nic Paton | 03 June 2009

Amid all the talk of austerity, there has been precious little evidence of belt-tightening among Britain's top bosses over the past year, despite the value of their companies falling by a third.

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