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You are a supervisor in a company that is a low payer relative to competitors. What kinds of things can you do to increase the likelihood that workers will feel fairly treated?

Why might you use a group incentive plan rather than an individual plan? And, be sure to provide supporting documentation to validate your response.

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This 293 word solution provides 2 solid references to tie its concepts together. It covers compensation for both groups and individuals. It provides information about the benefits of group incentives for small businesses and low wage companies.

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