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Survey Report:

Reward management 2013: supplement: aligning strategy and benefits

Resource summary

Published: September 2013

Despite the fact that there appears to be little research focusing on employee benefits, reward professionals are being criticised by some academics for not making evidence-based decisions when making reward choices.

This year, to help start to break this circle, the CIPD asked the team of researchers involved with the CIPD’s Reward management 2013 survey to examine the survey findings related to employee benefits in more depth, and so help create an evidence base and encourage more academics to review this unexplored area.

The objectives of this research have been to explore the links between employee benefits provision and business strategy, workforce characteristics and HR outcomes. In addition, we have also explored the associations between organisational approaches to employee benefit transparency, benefits management and HR outcomes.

"What this study does is to address questions as to the strategic nature of investment in employee benefits: ....what the implications appear to be in terms of HR outcomes; and the degree to which organisations appear to favour openness in managing the provision of benefits to their employees or prefer to keep the matter confidential."

Contents
  • Summary of key findings
  • Introduction
  • Business strategy
  • Workforce characteristics
  • HR outcomes
  • Benefits transparency
  • Conclusions and implications
  • Background to the report
  • Appendix: benefits categories

Read our press release about this survey report

See the full results of our Reward management survey 2013

Aligning strategy and pay

While this report examines the alignment of business strategy and benefits, last year we conducted an analysis of our reward management survey results to find out about aligning strategy and pay.

Read the 2012 reward management survey supplement on aligning strategy and pay

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