Variable-Pay (Bonuses and Incentives) Masterclass

Designing and Managing Variable Pay Schemes as part of Compensation and Total Reward Management in order to Meet Business Needs and Drive Employee Performance

1 day in-person class or 2 half-day online sessions

Offered in-person & online

Accredited by HRD Future & Course Facilitator

Course Introduction

Many companies in the region and indeed globally have some form of incentive or bonus scheme, but many are based either on years-of-service or seniority or company performance, with little or no recognition of individual performance. In an increasingly competitive environment, when you want to attract and retain the best individual employees and high-performers, these methods of paying for performance may be unsustainable in the long-term and other approaches to variable pay and bonuses and incentive schemes may be necessary.

Course Objectives

The aim of this course is to show you how to develop practical bonus schemes, incentive schemes and variable pay policies that meet the needs of the business, while allowing you to attract, motivate and retain good quality employees. Most employers want to ensure that they can “attract, retain and motivate” the best employees and teams, and this course will cover the key areas in the overall compensation and benefits package that enable employers to adopt best-practices and help them compete more effectively in the war for talent whilst achieving optimal cost-effective performance for the employer.

Numerous forms of variable compensation, and incentives and benefit plans, provide employees with the opportunity to earn higher pay where performance can merit. You will explore the different types of variable pay and incentive plan options available including variable pay as a total remuneration strategy, and both short and long term incentive plans and options. You will also cover key trends in both the Asia and global compensation and benefits marketplace for employees, and learn how to use the overall remuneration package more effectively to manage employee performance and achieve better business results through a more effective approach to the compensation and benefits programme.

Course Methodology

This course will provide you with information and guidance on how to develop practical incentive schemes to meet the needs of your business. You will have the opportunity of designing and implementing various incentive schemes, as well as sharing ideas and experience. You will work on typical incentive scheme problems and issues, including actual issues and problems that are identified by the delegates during the course.

Course Facilitator

  • Global Remuneration Expert
  • Over 30 years of experience in HR and C&B
  • Global Guru #500 List
  • Global HR Leadership Award

Key Benefits of Attending

Increase your business performance and employee effectiveness through variable reward systems and annual bonus schemes that will attract, retain and motivate your employees

Align your variable pay schemes and annual bonuses scheme and sales incentives to your business objectives and human resources strategy

Discover practical steps for implementing a company-wide bonus scheme and targeted sales incentive schemes (SIPs) for updating your existing variable pay remuneration structures

Develop solutions for your own variable pay reward issues and challenges based upon practical case studies and interactive course and clinic discussions

Opportunities for networking in the breaks with your fellow course delegates and course tutor to discuss practical issues that will help you in your workplace

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for everyone who requires an appreciation or an in-depth knowledge of annual bonus schemes and variable pay plans including bonuses and incentives.  This includes anyone who needs to be involved in variable pay and bonus schemes, including all employees in HR at all levels  of VPs/Directors/Managers/Specialists/Analysts/Generalists, and this course is designed for the all of the following participants:

  • All managers and professionals and specialist who work in any area of HR.
  • All specialists in HR who work in Compensation and Remuneration and Rewards.
  • All specialists in HR who work in Performance Management and Performance Appraisals.
  • All managers from any functional area that need to know about bonuses and incentives


There are no pre-requirements, and this course is suitable for participants who classify themselves at either “elementary” or “intermediate” or “advanced” levels.

Case Studies and Course Outline

You will work on the main approaches for annual bonus schemes and variable pay plans and incentives, and the course will include various practical case studies designed around various leading global and local companies, including the following:

  • Building the internal case for introduction/revision of a variable pay programme
  • Selecting the most appropriate variable pay or bonus programme
  • Designing the main dimensions of a bonus scheme or company-wide bonus programme
  • Designing the main dimensions of a sales incentive plan (SIP) for sales staff

Detailed Agenda

What Others Say About This Course

“Very, very good course. Excellent instructor. Thank you, Robert. This course really put C&B in perspective for me."
“Robert, you’re the best. Excellent concept, approach and methodology! Very informative and well coordinated. Very practical in Malaysia.”
“What a workshop, a great speaker with good delivery skills that make attendees understand everything crystal clear.”
“Robert has excellent practical experience and provided several examples while addressing course objectives and answering our questions. I will now start designing the grading system andsalary scales in my organisation.”

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