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The Compensation Handbook, Sixth Edition: A State-of-the-Art Guide to Compensation Strategy and Design, 6th Edition by Dorothy Berger, Lance Berger

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Revolutionizing Workplace Culture through Scanlon Gain Sharing

DOW SCOTT

Loyola University, Chicago

PAUL DAVIS

EPIC-Organizations.com

Scanlon Gain Sharing: Where the Best Ideas Come Together

In the novel, Moby Dick, Ishmael signed on for “the three hundredth lay.” Provided that he survived the three years at sea, he would receive 1/300th of “the clear net proceeds of the voyage.” His friend Queequeg was a master harpooner, so he signed on for a nineteenth lay, or 1/19th of the net proceeds. These nineteenth-century whalers were engaged in gain sharing, a concept as old as human history.

Gain sharing has stood the test of time because it meets a fundamental human need for fairness and combines a primal understanding of group dynamics with ...

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