Challenges to our county’s system of merit-based pay inevitably appear during each budget cycle.
The fact is, government employees are so used to automatic pay raises that, even thirteen years after the merit-based system was instituted, threats to it still exist.
The Commissioners Court instituted pay-for-performance (PFP) in 2004, before I took office. It has been around for thirteen years now, although it took several years to rollout to the various departments.
In a nutshell, productive employees get a larger salary increase; less productive employees get a smaller salary increase, if any at all. That is the way most of life works—extra effort receives extra recognition and reward.
The question on compensation is always two-fold:
What will the salary increase be, translated into a percentage increase?
What mechanism will be used to distribute the salary increase on a merit basis?