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Key Services:

Variable Compensation, Gainsharing and Team Bonuses
Pay-for-Knowledge and Competency-Based Pay
Performance-Driven Base Pay Designs
Removal of Outdated Pay Programs

CHRS holds a unique position in both the original research and design of gainsharing plans and other forms of variable compensation. Based upon grants provided by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Labor, and the GE Foundation, Dr. Schuster's original trend-setting work has served as a base for continued research today. We have installed and/or evaluated several hundred gainsharing plans. These designs frequently include the following elements:
Assessment and readiness evaluation
Financial analysis
Plan structure and measurement
Implementation training
Audit of existing plans
Redesign of plans for future effectiveness
Bonus programs to support fast-cycle completion of major projects, including new product creation

Pay-for-knowledge, skill-based pay, and competency-based pay programs reward employees for increasing the depth and breadth of knowledge and skill and the utilization of those skills. Pay-for-knowledge is often an extension of work redesign efforts.

Assessment and readiness
Task analysis
Design of knowledge and skill blocks
Development of technical, administrative and team training to support plans
Audit of existing plans
Redesign of plans for future effectiveness
Development of training & certification procedures


CHRS senior consultants have extensive experience establishing and revising base pay structures to make them more flexible, to increase their impact in driving critical business objectives, and to make them more cost effective.

Evaluating Large Group Bonus Plans
Aligning Compensation Strategy
Changing Compensation Systems: Strategies for Removing Individual Factory Incentives
Excellence in gainsharing: from the start to renewal
Gain Sharing: Do It Right the First Time
Gainsharing: The State of the Art
Employee Involvement: Making Supervisors Believers
Setting the Leadership Agenda for Executive Development

Practice Areas:
Executive Talent Development
Compensation Strategy & Alternative Rewards
HR Organization & Strategy
Implementing Change
Organization Design

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