Korn Ferry Hay Group’s Salary Forecast for 2017 reveals that, adjusted for inflation, workers around the world are expected to see real wage increases of 2.3%, down slightly from last year’s prediction of 2.7%. Wages in Singapore are forecast to come in at a 4.0 percent growth, with a -0.7% adjusted for inflation growth.

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A growth economy is what keeps many organisations and people going strong—and striving for advancement. However, global economic uncertainty suggests that the Singapore economy will have a slow year during 2017. Economists anticipate purchases of discretionary items will decline as a result of the slowing wage growth and a soft labour market. Paychecks simply don’t hold the same promise that they used to.

What to do when the carrot is no longer as enticing

We know from the work we do with clients that when organisations have to pull back on salary and benefits, motivation suffers. So a question that reward and engagement professionals often ask us is: how can businesses propel employees to remain loyal and motivated to perform their best when the carrot is no longer as enticing?

An answer to that is to look at what motivates employees. Motivation experts have split motivation into two more manageable and measurable elements: intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. In short, extrinsic motivation is a drive that comes from outside rewards or punishments; it’s what propels you to put in the extra hours so you can be eligible for a bonus, or so that you don’t have to get an angry 2am email from your boss. Intrinsic motivation on the other hand is a drive that comes from within; it’s the adrenaline rush you get from a challenge, or the satisfaction you get from nailing a presentation.

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Organisations can address both motivation elements by introducing and promoting non-financial rewards. A Total Reward strategy that uses the right non-financial rewards will benefit most companies in difficult times and can make a substantial impact on employee engagement and motivation.

At Korn Ferry Hay Group, we advise businesses to make more use of cost-effective non-financial incentives to help attract and retain their best talent. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Make existing non-financial reward programs more accessible, such as remote working, improving work-life balance, or extra leave.
  • Be completely transparent when communicating reward policies i.e. what do you reward and recognise and why – this helps employees be clear on what and why certain things are happening.
  • Focus on each individual – align their role or certain things in their role that they get motivated by.
  • Invest in training and development for the future and ensure that key talent especially see where and how they can progress their career.

Non-financial rewards can help you weather these bleak business conditions whilst keeping your employees engaged and performing at their best.

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Kevin Goh is a Senior Client Partner with Korn Ferry Hay Group, based in the firm’s Singapore office. He advises senior management and remuneration committees on solutions around senior leaders and board of director’s remunerations with emphasis on linking total rewards to company strategy and performance. Kevin’s areas of expertise include design of total compensation structure, short-term and long-term incentive plans, equity-based incentive plans, benefits design, top management pay design, share plan valuations and non-executive director compensation. He has extensive experiences in designing and implementing equity-based compensation plans for listed companies and private companies preparing for IPO in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

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