Total Rewards Digest

  • Survey report: What do high-retention companies do differently in M&A?
  • Survey results: Health care costs to rise by 5.5% in 2018, up from 4.6% in 2017
  • The do’s and don’ts of CEO pay ratio communications

The State of M&A Retention Agreements in 2017: smart, selective and strategic
Insights from the 2017 M&A Global Retention Survey

In our third global retention study since 2012, we continue to focus on how financial retention agreements help keep key acquired talent with their new companies. Reassuringly, the effectiveness of these agreements has improved. Companies are smarter about constructing compelling agreements and using nonfinancial actions. Our report highlights changes since 2014 and focuses on the nuances of successful agreements.
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Despite rising costs and uncertainty about health care legislation, employer confidence in offering health benefits reaches pre-ACA levels

Employers expect health care costs to increase by 5.5% in 2018, up from a 4.6% increase in 2017, according to our 22nd Annual Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey. Yet employer confidence in offering employee health care benefits has reached its highest level since the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Amid continued cost pressures, including employee affordability, employers plan to step up cost management strategies.
For a deeper dive into this research, read the report in the January 2018 issue of this newsletter.
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The do’s and don’ts of CEO pay ratio communications

With the 2018 proxy season around the corner, now is the time to have a well-crafted, clear and concise communications strategy that articulates your company’s position on pay to internal and external stakeholders.
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What is the current state of your Total Rewards portfolio?

For most companies, Total Rewards programs are the largest expenditure in annual operating budgets. Are you treating this expense as simply the cost of doing business, or are you maximizing your investment? Here are some ways to do the latter.
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What is the current state of your Total Rewards portfolio?

Moving beyond the sales incentive plan

It’s time for companies to put aside their singular focus on getting incentive plans right and focus more broadly on other critical elements in the sales talent management equation. These include talent assessment tools, career development programs and a clearly articulated employee value proposition. Is your sales organization addressing the full range of talent management needs?
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10 practices to overcome outdated Total Rewards programs

Savvy employers are looking to break away from the classic employment deal — and for good reason. It’s outdated, expensive and ineffective. Fortunately, a new set of cogent practices has emerged that addresses those issues and sets the stage for the next generation of Total Rewards. Two Willis Towers Watson leaders detail.
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10 practices to overcome outdated Total Rewards programs

Infographic: Optimize Total Rewards to gain talent advantage

Rewards are critical for attracting and retaining key contributors, yet Total Rewards programs continue to fall short of employee expectations. The Willis Towers Watson Total Rewards Optimization (TRO) tool helps companies invest employee reward dollars across the workforce in a way that balances organizational and employee interests.
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Infographic: Optimize Total Rewards to gain talent advantage

Beyond software and services: The solutions HR needs today

Organizations can no longer solve their most pressing HR problems simply by implementing software, paying for consulting services or buying data. A smarter approach is to combine software, advice and data into a single, integrated solution.
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Beyond software and services: The solutions HR needs today