By Kimberly Rose
Because gainsharing both incents incentivizes units to find cost savings and returns a portion of those savings to the center, it is typically the approach to managing unit budget surplus that brings the most resources to central administration. However, the move to gainsharing also represents a meaningful budgetary change that faculty and staff might resist.
Leaders will obviously want to transition to the most impactful model while simultaneously minimizing disruption and pushback from faculty and staff. The best strategy for transitioning to a gainsharing program is dependent on how your institution currently manages unit surpluses.
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Structuring and Transitioning to Impactful Gainsharing