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Buffalo Grove Considers Merit Bonuses for Top Performers

Buffalo Grove officials are weighing the benefits of offering bonuses to the highest-performing employees through a proposed “pay for performance” program.

Bonuses would be given to non-union employees who go above and beyond in their roles, according to a plan that Buffalo Grove’s director of human resources, Art Malinowski, outlined Dec. 16 to the Village Board. 

But the village’s elected officials said they need more specifics in place before they can vote on such a plan.

Village administrators last month had not finished establishing an evaluation process that would be used to measure employees’ performances. Some trustees also said they’d like to restrict the number of staff members who could qualify for bonuses. Trustee Steve Trilling suggested that the village might limit the incentives to the top 5 percent of its staff.

Trustee Beverly Sussman, who has voiced opposition to such a plan in the past, said her position has not changed. 

“When I interview people to fill a job vacancy, I will explain the job, expectations and salary,” she said. “I don’t say, ‘But if you really do a good job, I’m going to give you more money.’”

Others also voiced concerns, but indicated they might be more open to such a program. 

“People who always take on more … should be recognized,” Trustee Mike Terson said. But he and Trustee Jeff Berman agreed that such programs are generally implemented in the private sector, where businesses can use profits to fund the incentives.

Officials said they plan to revisit the proposal during a committee of the whole meeting in the spring.

ROGER GORLICKI January 01, 2014 at 01:34 AM
AS A CPA I REMEMBER AUDITING ONE COMPANY WERE THE SALESMEN COMPLAINED ABOUT NOT HAVING CONTESTS. SO THE GENERAL MANAGER SAID THE TOP 10 SALESMEN OUT OF 12 WOULD GET TO KEEP THIR JOBS.
Pete Speer January 02, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Highest performances should be the only standard acceptable for all employees. The budget may contemplate promotions. Anything else can be construed as a form of favoritism
JDS January 02, 2014 at 12:39 PM
When the village is considering cutting back on our police and fire personnel, then bonuses should not even be a consideration! Don't introduce bonuses because it will be another financial strain on the already maxed out budget. Don't look to future developments as a way to pay for them either.
Michael Barth January 02, 2014 at 03:25 PM
I think this is absolutely absurd. I know more money always helps but why is it people need more money to do a good job which they are already being paid for. This is the exact problem with this country to where people will do a good enough job to keep their job but will not do any more until they get more money. I liked the first comment to where people get to keep their jobs as their reward for a job well done.
Rick January 02, 2014 at 03:57 PM
This is a very tough program to regulate. You might be the best employee of the year and not get along with your boss. How do you measure an employees production if he is not making widgets that you can count? I wouldn't even consider this as a possibility. If you feel that good about someone just give them a raise.
Mary January 03, 2014 at 11:07 AM
If we don't get some retail in this town, we won't even need a board...Now that I have to go to other towns to do my shopping, I see how truly sad our retail situation is. The stores we DO have near by, are small dumps compared to the same stores in other communities....
Pete Speer January 03, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Mary, Too bad. We have the space in the Rohrman Desert along Dundee Road for a fairly large retain complex. As retail, that is vary valuable land, undoubtedly the owner is seeking property valuations lowered to the equivalent of a swamp. The Village and the School Districts need yop lawyer the property to keep the valuation as onerouly high as possible. The residents, of course, in the surrounding area do not want retail next door to them. It is up to the Village Board to do the policy work. They would rather see the the old gof course turn commercial and maybe get the developer to build a new edifice or two or three to replace the eminently useable buildings housing the City Hall, the Public Works Center and the Police Department. It ain't free lunch. The developer would have to make up the costs and hopefully they would be paid for by the development in those locations. The question is, in this economy, where is the demand for more big box and upper end retail space?
BG Resident January 04, 2014 at 12:18 PM
It is obvious that the Village Board is not doing their job when it comes to Rohrman, it has been vacant going on three years. If you drive from 53, East down Dundee it is like driving from the US to Mexico when you cross into Buffalo Grove, so many vacant storefronts in BG but not in Arlington Heights, wonder why. Probably because the Board has made it so difficult to do business in town that nobody wants to come.

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