Employee motivation can be related to compensation, as employees may be more motivated to work harder or perform better if they feel that they are being fairly compensated for their efforts. Another word for compensation is remuneration.

Remuneration can come in many forms, such as direct or indirect compensation. 

  1. Direct compensation refers to the money paid to employees in exchange for their work or services. Some examples of direct compensation are: 
  • Base pay or salary: This is the fixed amount of money an employee earns for performing their job duties. It may be paid hourly, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.
  • Overtime pay: This is the additional pay that an employee receives for working more than their regular hours. It is usually paid at 1.5 times the regular pay rate.
  • Commission: Employees’ additional pay based on their sales performance. It is usually a percentage of the sales they generate.
  • Bonuses: These are additional payments that an employee may receive based on their performance, company profits, or other factors.
  • Benefits: These are non-monetary forms of compensation that an employee may receive, such as health insurance, retirement plans, paid time off, and other perks.
  • Equity compensation: This is the compensation that an employee receives through company stock or stock options.
  • Perks: These are additional benefits that an employee may receive, such as company cars, memberships, and other non-monetary incentives.
  1. Indirect compensation refers to non-monetary benefits and rewards provided to employees. Some examples of indirect compensation are: 
  • Employee benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans, paid time off, and tuition reimbursement
  • Workplace perks such as flexible work hours, work-from-home options, on-site childcare, and gym memberships
  • Recognition programs such as employee of the month, spot bonuses, and performance-based awards
  • Career development opportunities such as training programs, mentoring, and coaching
  • Work environment factors such as a pleasant and safe work environment, supportive colleagues and managers, and a positive corporate culture.