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Incentive Plan Design

At NFP Compensation Consulting (formerly Longnecker & Associates), we recognize how important it is for employees to perform in the most productive ways possible. Employees performing at the highest levels are challenged and motivated, and therefore help improve your business. Instead of relying on standard salary increases, employers are uncovering ways to directly align organizational goals with the personal goals of employees by shifting to a pay-for-performance culture.

Incentive plans are a powerful tool to drive performance and encourage productivity in organizations of any size, but developing effective incentive plans can be difficult. That’s why NFPCC offers a variety of incentive plan options to fit the people, culture, operating model and financials that make up your business.

Whether you’re looking at incentives on an annual basis or as part of a long-term strategy to retain top talent, NFPCC will create an incentive plan design that is tailored to your unique business strategies and goals. We examine market data on compensation and job roles within your specific industry to create a custom and competitive incentive plan. We put decades of experience to work crafting an incentive plan that drives performance and meets all the needs of your business.

Learn more about our incentive design options below and when you are ready for a partner that understands strategic compensation, NFPCC is all in.

Types of Incentive Plan Structures

  • Annual Incentive Plan Design »
  • Executive Incentive Plan Structuring
  • Long-Term Incentive Plan Design
  • Deferred Compensation Plans »
  • Short-Term Incentive Plan Structuring
  • Equity-Based Incentive Plans
  • Management Compensation Incentives
  • Performance-Based Incentive Plan Design
  • Custom Incentive Planning & Structuring

NFP Compensation Consulting can help design a creative incentive plan design to attract top talent, and drive performance.

Annual Incentive Plan Design + -
  • Design or recommend the restructuring of annual incentive programs to maximize employee motivation and promote achievement of company goals and objectives.
  • Plan features and recommendations often include formula vs. discretionary targets, thresholds, maximums, payout timing, vehicles, plan metrics, etc.
  • Draft communication documents.
Long-Term Incentive Plan Design + -
  • Design or recommend the restructuring of long-term incentive programs for public, private and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Plan features and recommendations often include appropriate vehicles, target amounts, vesting, timing of awards, overhang analysis, run-rate analysis, financial modeling, etc.
  • Draft communication documents.
ISS Equity Plan Scorecard + -
  • Assist in assessing equity plan proposals in advance of shareholder votes to increase probability of support.

Designing effective incentive plans

The best incentive plan is one that efficiently aligns performance results with market competitive compensation opportunities to motivate employees. At NFP Compensation Consulting, we take a holistic approach to incentive plan design that is tailored to your unique business strategies, goals, and internal culture. We examine market data on compensation and job roles within your specific industry to create a custom and competitive incentive plan. We put decades of experience to work crafting an incentive plan that drives performance and meets all the needs of your business.

Important questions to ask when developing an incentive plan

  • What types of incentives are appropriate for your organization or industry?
  • What specific goals do you hope to achieve by implementing an incentive plan at your organization?
  • Do these goals produce a win-win scenario for both your organization and your employees?
  • Can you foresee any obstacles that your employees might face in trying to reach these performance goals?
  • How often should measurement and payout occur?
  • How deep into your organization should incentive eligibility go?

SEE ALSO

Long-Term Incentive Plan Design for IPO Case Study » 
Phantom Stock Plan Design Case Study »
Nonprofit Deferred Compensation & Incentive Plan Design Case Study »

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