ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Finding and retaining high-performing employees is a problem many government agencies are currently facing. But the city of Albany is taking a new approach.
Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan said the city will begin offering merit-based pay increases, not the standard 3 percent cost of living increase that employees across the board have received in past years.
Instead, the highest performing employees could receive a 14 percent pay increase.
Every employee will be given a performance plan with job goals.
Any salary increase will be based on each individual's performance.
"And that helps us with retention. When someone really excels, works hard, does all the right (things), they are the go-to people, and gets the same raise as someone who is just average? I think it is a disincentive," explained Subadan.
The minimum merit increase is 5 percent and the maximum is 14 percent.
Subadan said it is important the review process is done correctly and that based on research, the city has budgeted a certain percentage of employees being able to qualify and be rewarded.
The merit pay method will take effect this fiscal year.