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Paid Time Off Programs and Practices
A report by WorldatWork
September 2014

This report summarizes the results of a May 2014 survey of WorldatWork members to gather information about various paid-time-off (PTO) programs. The research provides information to help organizations better understand PTO-bank style and traditional system (e.g., vacation time, sick time, personal days, etc.) programs and practices. Similar surveys were conducted by WorldatWork in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

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Bonus Programs and Practices
A report by WorldatWork
June 2014

This report summarizes the results of a March 2014 survey of WorldatWork members to gather information about trends in bonus programs and practices. The research measures prevalence data on each of the types of bonus programs but also provides common eligibility criteria, payout averages and other details about how the programs are administered.

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Incentive Pay Practices
A collection of reports by WorldatWork, Deloitte Consulting and Vivient Consulting
February 2014

This collection of surveys examined the incentive pay practices at publicly and non-publicly traded companies, resulting in 3 reports, separated by sector:

Privately held, for-profit companies
Publicly traded companies
Nonprofit/government organizations


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2014 Incentive Pay Practices Survey Highlights
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Job Evaluation and Market Pricing Practices
A report by WorldatWork
December 2013

This report summarizes the results of an August 2013 survey of WorldatWork members to measure the growing trend in the use of market pricing to evaluate job worth.

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Survey on Workplace Flexibility
A report by WorldatWork
October 2013

This report summarizes the results of a July 2013 survey of WorldatWork members that updates information about trends in workplace flexibility practices, previously surveyed in 2010 and reported in early 2011. Specifically, the survey is designed to measure which flexibility options are offered to employees, which flexible work arrangements are most commonly used and how these programs are managed.

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2013 Survey on Workplace Flexibility
| 7:58 | October 2013

Trends in Employee Recognition
A report by WorldatWork
June 2013

The reports summarizes the results of a February 2013 survey of WorldatWork members to gather information about current trends in recognition programs. Specifically, the research is designed to measure specific types of recognition programs and the impact on the workforce.

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Video

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Recognition Basics: Type of Programs | 8:59
July 2013

Supplemental Report
Using Result-Driven Programs to Power Employee Recognition
August 2013


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Trends in Employee Recognition: Results-Driven Programs
| 2:58 | September 2013

Total Rewards Professionals’ Career Development Survey
A report by WorldatWork
April 2013

WorldatWork conducted the first‐ever Census of the Profession in 2007, a report that contained survey data regarding the scope of work, and the knowledge, skills and abilities of the professionals who work in the total rewards fields.

Five years later, the original Census survey instrument was modified and re‐fielded, and new data were collected for the 2012 WorldatWork Total Rewards Professionals' Career Census. The report took the association’s census analysis to a new level by identifying eight key differentiators of top total rewards performers — the characteristics of those in the profession who had been promoted more frequently. Building off of the popularity and success of that 2012 Career Census, two pieces of derivative work are now being released simultaneously: the WorldatWork Career Excellence Model (based on the eight differentiators) and this report, the Total Rewards Professionals’ Career Development Survey.

This survey discusses in detail the WorldatWork Career Excellence Model’s key differentiator of
“cultivate your professional development.”

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Emerging Technology in Health Engagement
A report by WorldatWork and Buck Consultants
March 2013

This report summarizes the results of a survey conducted by WorldatWork and Buck Consultants in fall 2012 to research the use and effectiveness of emerging technology tools (gamification, mobile technology and social networking or social media) to engage employees in improving their health and well-being.

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Podcast
Discussion of the results

WorldatWork’s Lenny Sanicola and Buck Consultants’ Ruth Hunt and Barry Hall discuss the results of this joint survey.
Video

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Emerging Technology in Health Engagement | 7:53 | April 2013

Trends in 401(k) Plans and Retirement Rewards
A report by WorldatWork and the American Benefits Institute
March 2013

This report summarizes the findings from a survey to update information on 401(k) plans, conducted by WorldatWork in partnership with the American Benefits Institute, the research and education affiliate of the American Benefits Council.

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Trends in 401(k) and Retirement Plans
| 6:07 | April 2013


2013 Sales Compensation Trends Survey© Results
A Survey by The Alexander Group, Inc. and WorldatWork
January 2013

Now in its 11th year, the 2013 Sales Compensation Trends Survey© captured U.S. sales force performance and sales compensation data for 2012 and projections for 2013. Participants provided data in December 2012 on what occurred in 2012 and what they plan for 2013.

View the 2013 executive summary

View the 2012 full report


Promotional Guidelines
A report by WorldatWork
December 2012

This report summarizes the results of an August 2012 survey of WorldatWork members to update information about current trends in promotional guidelines. This information previously was gathered in 2006 and 2010. This survey focuses on a variety of practices and policies, including what employers consider to be promotions as well as the standard pay increases that often accompany promotions.

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Research in Brief: Promotional Guidelines 2012 | 6:20

Promotional Increases: How Does Your Company Compare?
workspan, May 2013


Salary Structure Policies and Practices
A report by WorldatWork and Deloitte Consulting LLP
October 2012

This report summarizes the results of a July/August 2012 survey of WorldatWork members and nonmembers to gather information about current trends in salary structure policies and practices. The focus of this research is to better understand the types of salary structures as well as the designs and common practices in administration used by employers today.

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Research in Brief: Salary Structure Policies and Practices
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Compensation Programs and Practices Survey 2012
A report by WorldatWork
October 2012

This report summarizes the results of a June 2012 survey of WorldatWork members to gather information about current trends in compensation programs and practices. This survey focuses on the prevalence of base and variable pay programs as well as common practices used to administer and communicate these programs in today’s workplace.

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Research in Brief: Compensation Programs and Practices 2012
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2012 Global Sales Compensation Practices Survey©
A report by The Alexander Group, Inc. and WorldatWork
August 2012

The survey examined four topics. The key findings include:

  • Annual Design Process. Many companies make changes to the sales compensation plans on an annual basis. The primary reason for these changes is to improve sales objective alignment with business strategy.
  • Governance. Global companies have many choices to organize and govern sales compensation practices. Generally, corporate HQ provides worldwide direction to policies affecting pay competitiveness, program approval and design principles. Local management is responsible for such decisions as quotas and local contests and spiffs. Overall, the data suggests policy decisions tend to be made globally and application decisions locally.
  • Sales Crediting. Generally, companies split the sales credit for sales influenced by sellers in different regions of the world. Most companies do not make any adjustments for currency fluctuations.
  • Annual Sales Meeting. Most sales organizations have an annual sales meeting; some are global, others are held locally. Often, sales performance recognition is part of the agenda. Less than one-third of the companies have a separate President’s Club for high achievers. These events are often held at foreign resort destinations and frequently include guests.

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The Evolving Compensation Function
A Report by WorldatWork
July 2012

This report summarizes the results of a January 2012 survey of WorldatWork members to gather information about the changing role of the compensation profession. The focus of this research was to better understand how the compensation profession is changing in the current business environment and how it might change in the next couple of years.

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Research in Brief: The Evolving Compensation Function
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2012 Metrics and Analytics: Patterns of Use and Value
A report by WorldatWork and Mercer
July 2012

This report summarizes the results of a February 2012 survey of WorldatWork members to gather information about current trends in metrics and analytics. The focus of this research is to better understand what types of analytics are conducted and what technologies are used within organizations.

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2012 Metrics and Analytics: Patterns of Use and Value |
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Sales Performance and Technology 
A report by WorldatWork and OpenSymmetry
June 2012

The survey results provide information on the processes, approaches and technologies used by respondents to design and administer their incentive compensation programs. This year’s survey was sponsored by OpenSymmetry and WorldatWork.

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2012 Sales Performance and Technology Survey | 6:08

Retention of Key Talent and the Role of Rewards
A report by WorldatWork, Loyola University Chicago and Hay Group
June 2012

It is clear that the foremost challenge for management today is how to retain its key talent. Turnover is costly and directly impacts business performance, particularly during an economic recovery. As a result, rewards professionals will be under increased pressure to make counteroffers, increase new-hire offers, make more frequent exceptions to rewards policies and programs, and offer special deals to retain key employees. Furthermore, given the unique position that rewards professionals hold, they can offer unique insights into how organizations can retain key talent.

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Retention of Key Talent and the Role of Rewards | 7:49

Consequently, we surveyed rewards professionals to learn what strategies they are using to retain key talent and to learn how effectively these strategies are working. Our findings have been framed to answer some fundamental questions:

  • Is retaining key talent a significant challenge in organizations today?
  • Do organizations make a special effort to retain key employees?
  • Why does key talent quit?
  • What is done to retain key talent and are these efforts effective?
  • What role do counteroffers have in retaining key talent?
  • Do organization differences determine how key talent retention efforts are managed?
  • What are the “best practices” for retaining key talent?

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WorldatWork 2012 Total Rewards Professionals' Career Census
A Study by WorldatWork
May 2012

HR and total rewards professionals think often and deeply about careers. They spend considerable time on things such as job descriptions, career paths, developmental assignments and even geographic mobility of employees. Further, career evelopment is frequently a central feature in either the total rewards or employee value proposition concept promoted by many employers.

But there seems ample anecdotal evidence that many HR and rewards professionals spend far less time reflecting on their own careers. Despite all of the time, attention and effort they spend developing the careers of employees at their respective companies, many HR professionals are quick to express concerns about the development gaps of their own colleagues and subordinates, and lament the apparent depth of talent among prospective hires.

This research collects facts and perceptions from a broad swath of current practitioners in order to paint a more cohesive picture about the career development for HR and total rewards professionals. The results do not imply that there is one best path to career development among total rewards professionals. Nonetheless, this report documents relatively broad agreement on the key differentiators of top performers in the fields of practice that make up what WorldatWork refers to as total rewards.

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2012 Sales Compensation Practices Survey for the High-Tech Industry
A Report by WorldatWork and ZS Associates
May 2012

The “High-Tech Incentives Practice Research” survey from WorldatWork and ZS Associates is the first survey of its kind designed specifically to investigate the central issues faced by sales compensation professionals at high-tech companies. Learn about the methods 17 global high-tech companies use to incent the salesforce, and the biggest challenges they face.  

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Total Rewards and Employee Well-Being Survey 
A Report by WorldatWork
February 2012

Employers more and more are depending on health and wellness initiatives to build and foster a successful and productive workforce.

This survey was conducted to identify traditional wellness plans and new trends in employee well-being. The objective was to gauge how many programs and initiatives organizations offered and how those offerings are expanding to include a more integrated well-being approach beyond one that is just health-related.

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Research in Brief: Trends in Employee Well-being |
7:14

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Private Company Incentive Pay Practices
A Report by WorldatWork and Vivient Consulting
January 2012

What do short- and long-term incentive programs look like at U.S. private firms? How have competitive practices changed because of the difficult economic climate?

WorldatWork and Vivient Consulting first surveyed private companies to learn about their short- and long-term incentive practices in 2007. The survey was popular and filled a gap in competitive data for private companies relative to their public counterparts. For 2011, WorldatWork and Vivient updated this survey to assess how practices have changed over the past several years at private companies.

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2012 Sales Compensation Trends Survey© Results
A Survey by The Alexander Group, Inc. and WorldatWork
January 2012

Now in its 10th year, the 2012 Sales Compensation Trends Survey© captured U.S. sales force performance and sales compensation data for 2011 and projections for 2012. This is the first time WorldatWork has been a partner on this project.

The data, collected from 119 corporate U.S. sales forces, representing more than 120,000 sales professionals, confirms moderate success of 2011 and the modest optimism of 2012. Data was collected in December 2011 and results were published January 2012.

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Sales Compensation Trends: 2012 Survey Results | 6:38

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View the 2012 executive summary

View the 2011 full report


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2014 Survey Briefs & Reports
Paid Time Off Programs and Practices
Bonus Programs and Practices
Incentive Pay Practices: Private
Incentive Pay Practices: Publicly Traded
Incentive Pay Practices: Nonprofit/Government

2013 Survey Briefs & Reports

Job Evaluation and Market Pricing Practices

Proposed CEO Pay Ratio Regulations
Workplace Flexibility
Trends in Employee Recognition
Total Rewards Professionals’ Career Development Survey

Emerging Technology in Health Engagement
Trends in 401(k) Plans and Retirement Rewards
2013 Sales Compensation Trends Survey© Results

2012 Survey Briefs & Reports
2012-2013 Global Talent Management and Rewards Study
2012 Sales Quota Practices Study
Promotional Guidelines
Salary Structure Policies and Practices
Compensation Programs and Practices
The Evolving Compensation Function
2012 Global Sales Compensation Practices Survey© - Executive Summary
2012 Metrics and Analytics: Patterns of Use and Value
2012 Sales Performance and Technology
Retention of Key Talent and the Role of Rewards 
Total Rewards Professionals' Career Census 
Sales Compensation Practices Survey for the High-Tech Industry 
Snapshot Survey: FMLA Proposed Rules  
Total Rewards and Employee Well-Being Survey 
Private Company Incentive Pay Practices
2012 Sales Compensation Trends Survey© Results

2011 Survey Briefs & Reports
Employee Benefits Accountability and Consumerism Survey 2011
Talent Management and Rewards Study, North America
Global Sales Compensation Practices Survey©
Severance and Change-in-Control Practices
Vehicle-Related Benefits Programs
Telework 2011: A Special Report from WorldatWork
Reward Fairness
Quick Survey on Electronic Benefits Communication (U.S.)
Men and Work-Life Integration: A Global Study
Trends in Employee Recognition
Bonus Programs and Practices
Snapshot Survey: On-Site Clinics
Survey on Workplace Flexibility
HR Pay Practices Survey 2010 (U.K.)

2010 Survey Briefs
Promotional Guidelines
The Connection Between Academic Research Findings and Total Rewards Professionals
Sales Compensation Programs and Practices
The State of Performance Management
Performance Incentives and Sustaining Engagement
Compensation Programs and Practices
Global Talent Management and Rewards
Total Rewards Implementation and Integration
Organizational Culture and Total Rewards: Person-Organization Fit
The Impact of Rewards Programs on Employee Engagement
Paid Time Off Programs and Practices
The State of Work-Life 2010
Beyond Compensation: How Employees Prioritize Total Rewards at Various Life Stages
The Relative Influence of Total Rewards Elements on Attraction, Motivation and Retention
Snapshot Survey: Retirement Plan Options in the U.S.
Executive Compensation Case Studies

2009 Survey Briefs & Reports
Employee Equity Plans
Sales Incentive Plan Revisions
Weathering the Economic Downturn
2009-10 U.S. Strategic Rewards Report
Snapshot Survey: Five Questions on Health Care
Flexible Work Arrangements for Nonexempt Employees
Reward Next Practices
Severance and Change-in-Control Practices
Alignment of Strategies, Structures and Reward Programs
Implications of Employer-Supplied Connectivity Devices
Trends in 401(k) Plans
Job Evaluation and Market Pricing Practices 2009
Telework Trendlines 2009
Bonus Program Practices

2008 Survey Briefs & Reports
Company Car and Vehicle Allowances
The Power of Integrated Reward and Talent Management: 2008-09 Global Strategic Rewards Report and U.S. Findings
Global Compensation Practices
Rewarding a Multigenerational Workforce
Executive Compensation Survey Practices
Sales Compensation Practices
FMLA Practices and Perspectives
Trends in Employee Recognition
Rewards Communication and Pay Secrecy

2007 Survey Briefs
Severance and Change-in-Control Practices 2007
Attraction & Retention: The Impact and Prevalence of Work-Life and Benefit Programs
2007/2008 Global Strategic Rewards® Report and United States Findings
Private Company Incentive Pay Practices
Reward Programs: What Works and What Needs to be Improved
The Real Talent Debate: Will Aging Boomers Deplete the Workforce
State of Performance Management
Census of the Total Rewards Profession
Telework Trendlines

2006 Survey Briefs
Key Sales Incentive Plan Practices
Effectively Managing Global Compensation and Benefits
Paid Time Off and PTO Banks
The Trend Toward Employee Benefits Accountability and Consumerism
Best of the Best 2006 - Work-Family Research Summaries
Aligning Rewards with the Changing Employment Deal
State of the Work-Life Profession
Evaluating Pay Program Effectiveness
Promotional Guidelines

2005 Survey Briefs
Disaster Recovery Survey
Severance and Change-in-Control Practices
Flexible Work Schedules
Strategic Rewards and Pay Practices
The State of Electronic Communications in Compensation and Human Resources
Bonus Program Practices
Fiscal Management of Compensation
Trends in Employee Recognition 2005
Key Sales Incentive Plan Practices
FMLA Perspectives and Practices
State of the Work-Life Profession 2005
The Changing Role of Compensation
The State of Human Resources Outsourcing

2004 Survey Briefs
The Trend Toward Employee Benefits Accountability and Consumerism
Strategic Performance Measurement and Reward Systems
Global Compensation Practices
The State of Performance Management
Survey on Overtime and Exemption Changes
FASB Stock Option Exposure Draft
Employer-Sponsored Investment Advice
Pay for Performance 2003-04
Outside Director Pay and Practices

2003 Survey Briefs
Proposed Overtime Rule Changes
Variable Pay and Organizational Performance
Severance and Change-in-Control Plans
State of Employee Stock Options
Canadian Expatriate Assignments
Recognition - 2003
Stock Option Expensing - 2003
Proposed FLSA Changes
Outsourcing in Benefits and Compensation Services  
State of Electronic Communications in Comp & HR
Survey of Compensation Policies & Practices 
2003 Pre-Conference Survey
401(k) Survey
FLSA In Practice

2002 Survey Briefs
2002 Layoff Trends
Practices in The Work Experience
2002 Employee Recognition Survey
The Rewards Profession: One Year After 9/11
2002 Pre-Conference survey
The State of Employee Stock Options
Paid Time Off and PTO Banks
Stock Option Expensing Survey
Referral Bonus Survey
401(k) Survey
Retention Bonus Survey
Spot Bonus Survey

2001 Survey Briefs
Equity Programs Survey
Sept. 11 Survey
Retention Bonus Survey
Referral Bonus Survey
Sign-On Bonus Survey
Headcount Dilemma Survey
Equity Programs Survey IPOs
Role of Recognition
Elder Care Survey

2000 Survey Briefs
Alternative Medicine Survey
Spot Bonus Survey
Outsourcing Survey
Retention Bonus Survey
Online Benefits Survey
Equity Programs Survey

1999 Survey Briefs
Work/Life Survey
Vendor Management Survey