Then, of course, my next question is, "Would employees ever consider they took enough of a cut? I think that answer is, probably, a resounding, "Never."
I'm reminded of a friend of mine. She supervises Accounts Payable at a large hospital....has four or five people working under her supervision. Last fiscal year, she received a $30K bonus for her department's renegotiation of major contracts and other cost-saving moves. The people she supervises don't receive a bonus, although they are surely responsible for renegotiating, just as she is. She told me it was getting harder and harder to motivate her people to renegotiate because it's a tough job. She said she felt they too easily took "no" for an answer.
I suggested she have a monthly contest awarding $100 (or more even) to the employee who saved the most money that month. She said, "Oh, corporate'll NEVER go for that. No money." I said, "Not corporate's money, YOURS." She looked at me like I was crazy and said, "You have GOT to be kidding!!! Like I'd EVER do that!!!"
(Outside of business, she's a nice person and friend. I marvel at her business selfishness, though.