In a bid to stabilise compensation costs, an Anonymous US Manufacturer slowed raises for employees whose salaries were above market (market was defined as 94% to 106% of salary-range midpoint), and used lump-sum merits to reward outstanding above-market performers. The company also made increase guidelines more conservative for employees at market. To help below-market employees catch up the company made increase guidelines richer. Recurring low six-figure savings were expected from these change...

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