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While the Van Halen story may be true, the boiling frog one is generally disputed as a myth, although it remains a useful metaphor. This policy http://www.compensationcafe.com/2011/07/divorce-pay-a-modest-proposal-for-a-new-policy.html was exactly such a tripwire. Inserted in a draft management policy manual for a well-known global corporation with very generous perquisites, it worked as designed. When it was discovered, the inquiring HR manager asked if it could be applied retroactively.

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