How Sales Leaders Are Tackling Coronavirus Fallout

Posted by Emily Alexander on Fri, Mar 13, 2020

This blog post was originally published on ZS's sales comp blog, The Carrot

Jason Brown co-wrote this blog post with Emily Alexander.

Nothing is more pressing right now than COVID-19 and the impact the pandemic is having on the U.S. population and economy. Safety is the chief priority, but sales leaders are already grappling with how to keep their sales teams engaged and productive during this tumultuous time. With travel restrictions, community gathering bans, work-from-home guidance and limitation of non-essential personnel from offices, it’s becoming almost impossible for field-based salespeople to do what they do best: Get in front of customers.


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Discretionary Pay Is Not a Plug for Your Leaky Compensation Plan

Posted by Jason Brown on Mon, Jul 02, 2018

The other day I was speaking with a sales compensation director who had observed a peculiar correlation in her sales comp data. She compared the payouts that salespeople received for their quantitative bonuses—measures of direct sales results—to the discretionary payouts those same individuals received. Like many asset managers, this company uses a framework for determining discretionary pay but provides significant latitude to sales managers in deciding the actual rating for each individual.


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