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How to keep 'salary capped' employees motivated?

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Question: "Our small law firm has several administrative staff members nearing the top of the pay scale (both in our organization and for similar jobs in our region). Does anyone have experience with keeping employees in that position motivated? We're not in a position to raise their salaries, but we need to keep them energized and excited." -- B.D., New York


We are also a small company with the same issues. If you can't increase salary have you looked at increased PTO or vacation time / sick time. In our company we have even provided extra toward their medical/dental insurance if you have it. January this year we increase the 401k percentage. These would be areas if you have these benefits to encourage and motivate.

We're already doing everything Mr. Angle recommends and more: We pay 100% of employee AND family medical coverage. Every five years we increase PTO by 1/2 hour per biweek worked (earn as you go system), and employees get a new display plaque at significant anniversaries (5, 10, 20, 25, 30), plus a luncheon and gift. I'm really topping out here; I'll earn my 30 year plaque in October!

Forgot to mention we also have a generous 401(k) match - dollar for dollar up to 6% of deferred wages.

Just found this gem of advice elsewhere on the HR Weekly site: "Survey employees about what benefits they'd like to have. Some may cost little or no money. Then talk with your execs about introducing new no-cost voluntary benefits...."

We cannot give more in salary or bonuses, so we give them time. We use time off as rewards for various things. It does not cost us anything, and these days people appreciate time off almost as much as they appreciate more money.

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