The Curious Case of the Disappearing New Hires

8477821681_e97e479198_oA large company decided to reward project managers and team members based on performance. Sounds good, right? Tie people’s pay to the outcome of a program or project. Success leads to better pay and failure leads to pay reduction. Now everyone has skin in the game.

Except that multi-year programs that naturally have personnel turnover now have a new recruiting dimension. Imagine this recruiting conversation:

Hiring Manager: “You’ll be rewarded if this program is profitable.”

Potential Project Manager: “How is the program doing now?”

HM: “Not well. It hasn’t been profitable for the past two years.”

PPM: “So… I’ll be rewarded based upon the failures of past executives, PMs, and team members? Hmm. Think I’ll pass on that…”

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Written by Eric Verzuh
Eric Verzuh, PMP, earned his PMP in 1992. He is the author of the bestselling Fast Forward MBA in Project Management and the PMP® Deep Dive, a better, faster, and more fun exam prep program. You can contact Eric via email at
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