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RALEIGH, N.C. – FMI, a leading provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, announces the release of its 2013 study on the effectiveness of incentive compensation in the U.S. construction industry. The report is based on the survey results from 224 top executives.Of those studied, 88 percent of the companies are offering incentive plans. However, only 21 percent of those offering the plans consider them to be working “very effectively.” To help answer why, the study looked at the seven critical issues providing best practices for each. 1. Discretionary vs. Structured ◦ The executives of companies offering structured plans state that having a structured incentive plan is not only more fair to their participants, but also easier to administer if the incentives are awarded on results of data the company readily tracks and makes available for their employees. 2. Arbitrary Pay vs. Market Value ◦ The compelling reason to use market data is to ensure that the incentives are competitive and meaningful for the participants, while the company can budget for the potential incentive payout, given certain levels of performance above and below target goals. 3. Balanced Design Based on What Is Strategically Important ◦ Allocate a portion of the incentive to the overall success of the company while another portion of an employee’s incentive depends on the individual’s achievement of predetermined goals. 4. Top-down versus Bottom-up Funding Mechanism ◦ Companies using a bottom-up approach establish a fail-safe mechanism to ensure that the owners receive a certain return on their equity before incentives begin to pay out. 5. Employee Empowerment ◦ Involvement begets commitment. Providing an incentive opportunity to your employees will help them focus on what is important and support their commitment to company success that the vast majority of respondents desire. 6. Communication and Transparency ◦ If a company does not provide consistent updates, participants will have pre-determined conclusions. A quarterly progress update, along with informal individual performance feedback, not only minimizes potential surprises, but also helps management develop and grow its direct reports. 7. Clear and Measurable Stretch Goals/Objectives ◦ Establish stretch goals. By stretch goals we mean goals that are more than our best past performance, but not unattainable. Achievement of the target goals (stretch goals) denotes 100% payout of the target incentive opportunity.To download a copy of the full report, click here. For reprint permission or to schedule an interview with the author, please contact Sarah Vizard Avallone at 919.785.9221 or savallone@fminet..com.About FMI:FMI is a leading provider of management consulting, investment banking* and research to the engineering and construction industry. We work in all segments of the industry providing clients with value-added business solutions, including: • Strategic Advisory • Market Research and Business Development • Leadership and Talent Development • Project and Process Improvement • Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Consulting* • Compensation Benchmarking and Consulting • Risk Management ConsultingFounded by Dr. Emol A. Fails in 1953, FMI has professionals in offices across the U.S. FMI delivers innovative, customized solutions to contractors; construction materials producers, manufacturers and suppliers of building materials and equipment, owners and developers, engineers and architects, utilities, and construction industry trade associations. FMI is an advisor you can count on to build and maintain a successful business, from your leadership to your site managers. For more information, visit www.fminet.com.*Investment banking services provided by FMI Capital Advisors, Inc., a registered broker-dealer and wholly owned subsidiary of FMI.