Hey everyone, I'd like your input. If you are like me, then you must get sick of employees coming up every year and asking for their usual raise. My gut reaction wants to say "you want more from me, but what extra do I get from you?" Well, this next year I want to implement a system where everyone knows what they need to do to get a raise, and how much they will get. For example, I may have a list of 20 commonly used perennials and if a laborer can learn to identify them all, he get's an extra 25 cents/hour. I think it would be wise to have different "tiers" for different levels of employees. A foreman, for instance, was probably hired with the understanding that he already knows how to do certain things...he shouldn't get paid extra for, say, learning to run a bobcat. He may get a CLT, or get his pesticide operators license, or take a class, etc, etc,. The idea is to make guys earn their raises. At the same time, it SHOULD make them feel better knowing they are not stuck at the bottom rung with no way up the ladder. Do this, get paid more. Do that, get paid more. Simple. This would be posted right out where everybody can see if. No more complaints about not getting paid enough. I'd like to hear some ideas from some of you folks about what SPECIFIC tasks, talents, skills, etc. you would like your employees to learn, and what kind of raises you would be willing to pay for each of them. Here are some of my initial ideas...feel free to share yours. Please make them specific. General laborer: (per hour) .10 Demonstrate a mastering of running a walbehind mower (obstacle course?) .05 Demonstrate ability to change filters and oil on a given machine. .25 Learn to identify 20 commonly used perennials and how to prune them. .25 Ability to run a skid loader through an obstacle course in a given time. .50 Get a valid drivers license (for those without) 1.50 Get a CDL .10 Take a class on a given subject (will provide a list) 1.0 Get an operator's license for pesticides 1.50 Pass a CLT exam .05 vote for Bush...(heh heh, just kidding) .10 demonstrate the proper way to plant a tree or shrub. .20 demonstrate the ability to properly identify a number of weeds Ok, I have more. But you get the idea. I'd like to hear your ideas. Thanks! Dan .