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The Benefits of Executive Compensation Metrics

Much has been written about executive pay and there appears to be a natural distrust of rapid growth in compensation during a recessive period of history. Some may argue that executive pay has risen too far in recent decades while others argue that the pay is warranted based upon performance. We can be sure that pay has risen substantially over the past few decades and this is not necessarily a bad thing as long as the performance metrics are accurate and reflective of actual performance. How that performance is measured becomes a key concern. Like employees, executives need motivation and incentives to perform at their optimal level. However, such performance should be based on their actual contribution to the organization versus a quick in and out strategy. Improper metrics can lead to high pay and low performance situations that damage the financial performance of an organization and the employ-ability of those who work for them. Because there is a natural distrust of higher