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Discussion Assignment 

Assignment 1: Discussion—Pay and Benefits

A company’s compensation strategy is most effective when it remains in line with the organization’s overall business strategy. While human resources departments must strive to attract and retain the best workers for each position, the incentives needed to engage those workers must be balanced with the costs to the company.

Using the Argosy University online library resources and the Internet, research best practices regarding compensation strategies.

For this assignment, you are to research compensation strategies and consider general compensation programs for the following two scenarios:

  1. Scenario 1: A midsized company with a proven product. Executives are looking to keep labor costs at a minimum.
  2. Scenario 2: A small company that is still trying to prove itself in the industry while striving for product leadership and innovation.

For each scenario, describe the base pay and major incentives that are included in your benefits package and respond to the following:

  • Does your program include stock options, profit sharing, an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), healthcare, etc.?
  • Are your specified options provided for employees of all levels or just for certain positions?
  • What are the costs to the company for each added incentive?
  • How do these incentives shape/determine the type of employee you attract?
  • How is employee performance rewarded? Include a strategy for raises and bonuses. How do your strategies differ by job level and function?
  • Why do your packages differ between the two scenarios? What changes do you recommend if each firm moves from a large city to a minimally populated rural area?

For base pay, be sure to provide percentile ranges in lieu of hard numbers. For example a firm may target being competitive with the market at the fortieth percentile, the seventy-fifth percentile, or some chosen range (e.g., between the twenty-fifth and fiftieth percentile).

By Saturday, October 1, 2016, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Wednesday, October 5, 2016, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses.

Write your initial response in 300–500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Do the following when responding to your peers:

  • Read your peers’ answers.
  • Provide substantive comments by
    • contributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources;
    • building on the remarks or questions of others; or
    • sharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiences
  • Respond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to other students on their ideas.
  • Make sure your writing
    • is clear, concise, and organized;
    • demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and
    • displays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. answer all questions ApA FORMATTING  NO DIRECT QUOTES   I HAVE UPLOADED THE COURSE TEXT  

Grading Criteria

Assignment Components

Max Points

Initial response was:

  • Insightful, original, accurate, and timely.
  • Substantive and demonstrated advanced understanding of concepts.
  • Compiled/synthesized theories and concepts drawn from a variety of sources to support statements and conclusions.

16

Discussion Response and Participation:

  • Responded to a minimum of two peers in a timely manner.
  • Offered points of view supported by research.
  • Asked challenging questions that promoted discussion.
  • Drew relationships between one or more points in the discussion.

16

Writing:

  • Wrote in a clear, concise, formal, and organized manner.
  • Responses were error free.
  • Information from sources, where applicable, was paraphrased appropriately and accurately cited.

8

Total:

40