Research and Surveys

Strategic Fact-Based Knowledge for the HR Professional

WorldatWork’s research and surveys provide the human resources community with critical knowledge and insights to guide HR strategy in today’s modern work environments. Our data empowers HR professionals with information for fact-based decision making in our core areas of benefits, compensation, executive compensation, sales compensation, work-life and total rewards. WorldatWork members receive exclusive access to participate in our valued Salary Budget Survey.

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Reward Fairness

Management faces numerous challenges in determining how to reward employees. They must balance market competitiveness, internal equity, organizational performance and individual performance considerations. Notably, issues of “fairness” underlie each of these areas. No matter how sophisticated the design, reward programs, policies and practices that are not perceived as fair will not successfully attract, retain and engage employees.

WorldatWork Salary Budget Survey
Now Available: Results from the ‘WorldatWork 2018-2019 Salary Budget Survey’

WorldatWork’s annual salary budget survey is the longest-running survey of its kind, delivering data and information that covers 19 countries. For more than 40 years, compensation professionals have relied on the salary budget survey in making key decisions about their compensation spend. Results available now.

Quick Survey on Salary History Bans (U.S.)

With the increasing number of states and local municipalities enacting legislation prohibiting questions about job candidates’ salary history, employers are making necessary changes and considering adopting nationwide policies. WorldatWork conducted a quick survey to understand the approaches organizations are taking to comply with new laws and the changing landscape.

Total Rewards Inventory Programs and Practices

WorldatWork, with underwriting support from Korn Ferry, gathered data about the use of total rewards programs in U.S. companies. This survey focused on the prevalence of a variety of total rewards programs and practices in today’s workplace.

Incentive Pay Practices

Long and short-term incentive plans affect all types of organizations from publicly traded to private to non-profit and government. It's a tool used to to both attract and retain top talent. The following survey data incorporates feedback from various business types to show trends in how each handles their incentive pay practices.

The Future of Work and Rewards

There are numerous reports that globalization, advances in technology, shifts in the composition and skills of the workforce and intense competition among businesses are reshaping how people work and interact at work. However, the way organizations will reward these changes in work, employment relationships, or the changing composition of the workforce is seldom discussed. WorldatWork, in partnership with Dow Scott, Ph.D., of Loyola University Chicago, gathered data to identify how rewards strategies, policies and programs are changing in response to changes in work and in the workforce in the next three to five years.

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