Canterbury Business College
Working Conventional paper Series
The Characteristics of Performance Related Spend Schemes
Doctor Mark Watts Gilman Canterbury Business School
Working Paper No . fifty nine March 2004
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF PERFORMANCE RELATED PAY SCHEMES
Mark Watts Gilman
Dr M T Gilman Canterbury Business Institution University of Kent for Canterbury CT2 7PE Tel: 012227 823797 E-mail: meters. g. [email protected] ac. uk
Subjective Despite the developing amount of literature on performance related pay (PRP) schemes there exists still almost no, which investigates the enterprise of the techniques on a comparative basis. This paper does so by examining the nature and features of those companies with PRP schemes from your WIRS90/WERS98 info followed by a great examination of the schemes of 16 distinct companies by various areas of the economy. The study of the WIRS data pointed out certain unique features described by establishments with PRP. A closer study of the strategies, however , highlights that commonalities on paper disguise many of the useful differences, while the similarities in practice are masked by the several rhetoric and terminology used by the firms. (112 words)
Advantages Arguments relating to PRP generally revolve around whether or not the schemes actually work or not. Little or no work discusses the enterprise of strategies in order to emphasize any similarities or variations. In order to figure out their purpose and whether or not they are successful one need to first understand the subtleties of such techniques. Building in attempts by generating more potent material around the operation of PRP schemes (Kessler & Purcell, 1992) this Conventional paper aims to do just that by: вЂў вЂў examining the habits of use (i. e. the characteristics), and examining the structure of schemes (i. e. the detail).
In doing so the conventional paper will also seek to address the nature of PRP as an integrated a part of HRM systems. It will accomplish that by first of all examining info from the Workplace Industrial Associations Survey 1990 (WIRS90) plus the Workplace Worker Relations Survey 1998 (WERS98). It will discover the characteristics of those establishments with PRP and whether you will find in fact virtually any significant distinctions between the typical PRP business and normal non-PRP business. For example , Kessler (1995) argues that even though change to shell out systems is usually nothing new, what is story is the utilization of PRP, jointly with other HRM techniques, to support the process of efficiency transformation. Even more particularly, you are able to to be a part of a strategic method to the management of workers - efficiency management - linking their jobs and performance to the primary goals and objectives in the organisation (see Storey and Sisson 1993).
Being associated so closely to HRM one would expect to see specific features and identifiable variations present within establishments utilising PRP. For instance , products and markets have an important role inside the type of control strategies
utilised by organisations (Edwards 1986). Do they offer a change in the organisation and its particular work highlighting the fact that employees become valued and versatile members with the company; a consequent individuality of the employment relationship depending more in consultation mechanisms and less in collective bargaining with control unions; an alteration in the organisations administration systems to reveal the above; and lastly, if many people are pulling in the same direction what are the indications that such businesses have better relations at your workplace and endowed performance? The analysis creates results that highlight a few distinctive attributes about institutions utilising PRP.
Secondly, it will eventually examine the key characteristics of schemes in 16 example companies plus the circumstances beneath which they have already been introduced or developed. Unravelling a tendency towards efficiency management features some proclaimed differences in the ways that plans are utilised and applied. The...