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What do you think of senority on the job?  If you‘re high in employment years, you get the promotion or the choice in job assignment.  Is that always fair?

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      Hunnypot88 wrote Jun 14, 2010
    • I believe if you have been with a company more than 10 years you should receive some kind of perk and or recognition. But I also believe even if you have been there 10 years or more you still must continue to carry your weight. I guess I believe you should receive more benefits since you have been there longer, but you are not entitled to them if you are a slacker.




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      Trudy S wrote Jun 14, 2010
    • THis is such a great question!  Our organization is heading toward ‘pay-for-performance’ and away from ‘pay for just being here.’

      There is a lot of debate on the topic.  You see it come up all the time with teachers.  Should they get paid extra just for having been a teacher for 20 years....or should the ‘kids’ who have the energy to really help kids learn get the extra cash?  Not saying you don’t help kids after 20 years...but studies show that the majority of teachers loose some of their ‘enthusiasm’ after a period of time.

      I personally like a combination of both.  A basic COLA (cost of living increase) for everyone and then you get paid for reaching your goals.

      The tough part is WHO gets to set your goals?  If the employee is not part of setting realistic goals (for them...not necessarily the company) then they aren’t going to be incentivized to reach them.  If you feel that an employee no longer fits in with the organization goals then perhaps its time for them to move on....or for them to understand that they will no longer just receive a raise for ‘seat warming‘.

      Great question!




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jun 14, 2010
    • Great question and great answers. I agree that seniority should be recognized - if they are still effective in their work. And, no, promotions should not be given just because they’ve been there longer.

      I also agree with the cost of living increase across the board but then raises or bonuses in addition to for results on the job or reaching goals.

      Joe’s school does a strategic plan every 5 years and then sets goals every year. He makes himself accountable to a board of 24 people every June with his goals and what was reached.  And his pay is always subject to performance.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 14, 2010
    • I think senority should only come into play if 2 equally qualified people are up for the same position.  

      I don’t think just because some are there longer means they do a better job or can do a better job. I firmly believe that if you worked hard for something you should be acknowledged.

      I do think tho that length of service should be acknowledged thru other means (more profit sharing, gifts, special lunch, etc).




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