If employees received bonuses in the past, they may be expecting them again this year. While it’s impossible to stop the chatter, you can remind employees that bonus information, like pay information, is confidential and should be kept that way. Bonus blunder: Confidentiality is the goal, but you shouldn’t put an outright ban on discussions. Reason: Under the National Labor Relations Act, employees (even non-union employees) have the right to discuss their working conditions, which includes their pay.
Likewise, employees should understand the criteria for bonuses. Bonus blunder: Don’t assume that employees have known all along how their bonuses will be measured. This is c...(register to read more)