Some companies take a hard line by saying that the individual is not eligible for a salary bump until the salary range itself is increased based on market data. Once the salary range is increased, which most organizations do annually, then the individual may once again be eligible for a salary increase, since his/her salary will then be below the maximum.
Other organizations provide one-time bonuses to employees in lieu of salary increases. Several organizations I have worked with provide a bonus that is equal to one-half of the amount a salary increase would have been had an individual received it. Their reasoning: A bonus should not equal the amount of a salary increase, as that would defeat the purpose of managing overall costs of employee compensation. In my experience, employee reactions to such schemes have generally been positive.
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