Ashford University Human Resource Management Approach Discussion Martocchio, J.J. (2017). Strategic compensation: A human resource management approach (9th
Ashford University Human Resource Management Approach Discussion Martocchio, J.J. (2017). Strategic compensation: A human resource management approach (9th ed.). Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu Required Source: Martocchio, J.J. (2017). Strategic compensation: A human resource
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Discussion 1: Define the concept of seniority and merit pay plans, including the strengths and
limitations of such plans within an organization. Discuss the job, organizational and/or other
factors that should be considered when deciding between the two.
Discussion 2: Discuss how incentive pay plans both individual and group motivate
employees to achieve high levels of performance. Identify potential weaknesses of these plans
and suggest steps that can be taken to make these plans highly effective. Then, choose one
industry that either an individual or group incentive pay plan would work best providing support
for your reasoning (using personal examples to illustrate your point if possible). Explain your
Discussion 3: Discuss the basic building blocks of developing a market competitive pay system,
including the relationship between internal and external equity.
Discussion 4: Provide a brief overview of the job evaluation process, including the importance
of compensable factors. Detail the compensable factors of a position you are familiar with and
their impact on that positions salary, and you may want to reference the job analysis and job
description process, which form the foundation of job evaluation. Identify at least four pitfalls
that exist for organizations that do not follow this process.
Discussion 5: Read the article “Be Healthy and Get Rewarded–Incentives Driving Engagement
in Health and Wellness (Links to an external site.).” Taking into consideration some of the
significant changes to health insurance policies, please review the article and address the
following two questions. Explain your answers in at least 200 words.
As described in the article, what options do patients with preexisting health conditions have
in regards to wellness initiative compliance?
Are the new health plans truly helping consumers to live a better and healthier lifestyle or are
they actually hindering consumers ability to freely pursue getting proper treatment, if needed,
due to the fear of high deductible costs?
Nosta, J. (2014, April 9). Be healthy and get rewarded–incentives driving engagement in health
and wellness (Links to an external site.). Forbes. Retrieved from
Discussion 6: Discuss the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act of 2010. What are the most prominent elements to understanding these two
acts? How do they impact the employee and the organization?
Discussion 7: Contrast the principle difference between executive pay and non-executive pay,
including a discussion on controversies associated with the growing disparity between executive
and non-executive compensation packages.
Discussion 8: Contingent workers are assuming a greater role in today’s organization. With that
as a background, discuss compensation and benefit issues associated with the following workers:
part-time, temporary, independent workers, and flexible/telecommuting. What impact may these
changes have on an organizations compensation plan?
Discussion 9: Evaluate the following methods for establishing base pay in international
assignments: home country-based pay, headquarters-based pay, and host country-based
pay. Include within your discussion the strengths and weaknesses of each method and factors
that should be considered when determining the appropriate international pay strategy. How
should organizations balance host-country income tax differentials? How do compensation
plans affect employees willingness to accept foreign assignments?
Discussion 10: Select one country whose pay and benefits practices are discussed in chapter
15 and compare them to pay and benefits practices used in the United States. Include in your
discussion how these practices are similar and how they are different.
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