Should We Implement an Earnings-Based Bonus Plan?
Benjamin Vincent is the chief financial officer (CFO) of Annie Company. The company’s chief executive officer (CEO) has asked Benjamin to design an incentive scheme that will motivate employees to focus more on the company’s bottom-line results. Benjamin is considering a plan that will give each employee a bonus based on the company’s reported net income for the year. Each employee will receive an amount equal to the company’s earnings per share multiplied by either 10,000 times, 50,000 times, or 200,000 times, depending on the employee’s level in the company. Last year, Annie Company’s earnings per share was $1.32. Benjamin Vincent has asked you for your advice. In particular, he wants you to explain the disadvantages of having an earnings-based bonus system.