Three Tips for Maintaining an Engaged Sales Force

Posted by Mike Martin on Thu, Mar 07, 2019

This blog post is the first in a series on employee engagement and motivation.

Nearly 11% of professionals, such as doctors, nurses and lawyers, are “actively disengaged” in the workplace, according to Gallup’s 2017 State of the Global Workplace report. They’re showing up for work but they’re unhappy and likely looking for another job.


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Four Ways to Customize Your Incentive Plan

Posted by Mike Martin on Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Mayank Gupta co-wrote this blog post with Mike Martin.  

Over the past couple of years, there has been significant buzz within compensation circles around customizing and personalizing incentives. The motivating factors range from accounting for multiple generations in the workforce to accounting for local differences in salesperson geographies. One insurance company went so far as to have its salespeople set their own goals. The result was a 10% higher forecast than headquarters was expecting, along with a more empowered sales team. 


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Are Your Payouts Differentiated Enough?

Posted by Mike Martin on Wed, Mar 29, 2017


As you know, in sales compensation, performance drives bonus payout. It sounds simple, but there can be occasional challenges and disconnects that can hurt talent retention and sales force motivation. For example, it could be that, because of forecast uncertainty, the whole sales force wins or loses, reducing individual bonus differentiation. Maybe you have team selling situations that complicate how to differentiate bonus payouts from one team member to another, or your MBO ratings have little differentiation, which leads to little payout differentiation. Or perhaps your managers are all paid the same.


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Adidas Is Giving Away an Island. Should You?

Posted by Mike Martin on Tue, Mar 07, 2017


Last week, Adidas announced that it will give away an island to any NFL prospect who can set a new record for the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine—as long as the contestant is wearing a specific type of Adidas shoe when he does it.


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Is Your Sales Force Engaged?

Posted by Mike Martin on Thu, Feb 02, 2017


For a sales rep, engagement
is a summation of many different things. Oftentimes in sales compensation, we try to look at engagement through the lens of payout levels, but as I look more into what motivates sales repsand people in generalone common theme is that engagement requires more than money. It also requires a sense of purpose and belonging.


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