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October 9, 2009

HR Fact Friday: Employers Explore Changes to Sales Incentive Plans

Filed under: Salaries & Pay — Tags: , , , , — Paul Hendrycks, VP Sales and Marketing @ 6:57 am

Many large employers are planning to make changes to their sales incentive plans during the upcoming fiscal year, such as changing performance measures (60%), changing performance measure weightings (50%), changing incentive formulae or mechanics (49%), and changing their pay mix (20%), according to a survey by Watson Wyatt, a consulting firm.

Conducted among 129 large employers, the survey found that 60% of respondents said sales force productivity and efficiency remains a significant concern. 48% of employers said sales force quota and goal setting is a concern. Just 47% of respondents said they are satisfied or very satisfied with their goal-setting processes.

The survey also found that fewer employers are planning more sales force layoffs as the economy shows signs of improvement. 16% of respondents said they plan to increase sales staffing levels in upcoming fiscal year. By contrast, 12% said they anticipate decreasing their sales staffing levels, down from 53% who said the same in February. Meanwhile, voluntary turnover has declined, with 81% of respondents reporting less than 10% voluntary turnover, down from 51% who said the same in February.

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