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Human Resource Management (Available Titles Coursemate)

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Introduction: Incentive plans can be used as a motivation tool in any organizations. Public school systems each have accepted some incentive plans when it comes to students. One example comes from Willow Run School District, if a student earns all A’s they are put on the Honor Roll system and given a special privilege. These privileges can range from a movie day to a field trip to Cedar Point. These are good incentive for students to get goods grades but what about teachers, principals, and other staff members. Studies show that incentives can help organizations reach certain goals by motivating the employees. If the school where to direct some incentive towards their staff members could the district rise out of the deficit they are facing? This paper will analyze the incentive problem, identify certain standards, describe alternative solutions, evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the solutions, the implementing of the plans, follow up procedures, and a conclusion as to which plan is the best. Analyze the problem: Incentive plans are used to motivate staff members to reach a certain goal or achievements. As our economic situation continues to get worst in Michigan, public school systems are taking a blow from financial help involving the state. Teachers are being paid less and expected to work more, with little to no recognition for their efforts. “Teachers, however, say they do their part to help students, but are not acknowledged by the board for the contributions that they make” . The only incentive plan in place by the state legislation is early retirement for long term teachers. “The Michigan Legislature passed the incentive package in May in an effort to save hundreds of millions of dollars in operating costs in teacher salaries. The plan increased pension benefits for teachers who retired between July 1 and Sept. 1, aiming to get older, higher-paid teachers to retire to make way for younger, cheaper teachers” . The problem is there are incentives to retire but none for teachers who are doing extraordinary work. There are dedicated teachers at Willow Run, who should be recognized for their work and loyalty. Since the school does not recognize them, the message they send is “why do better then you are being paid?”. Identify Standards: The standard incentives for new teachers are limited to having a mentor. “Since 1994, Michigan districts have worked to meet the statutory obligation of Section 1526 of the Revised School Code to provide each new teacher a mentor and 15 days of professional development during the first three years of classroom teaching” . The Michigan School Board offers an adaption to this incentive. Approving incentive plans that included pay increase and could be performance – based. However since the economic downfall these incentive plans are no longer being
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offered. The deficit that faces Willow Run controls which incentive plans is offered and sets standards on future incentive plans. One standard is no bonuses, another is athletic based programs must provide their own funds.
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