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Total rewards programs are a vital part of workplace culture, employee performance and securing top talent. Learn how program enhancements can help meet the demands of a changing workplace and workforce.

Plan sponsors are often faced with a balancing act of what benefits to offer versus what employees actually value the most. To develop the best program, many look to a total rewards approach, which provides a holistic look at compensation plus the “hidden paycheck” of benefits and wellness and/or education programs to empower employees.

5 Main Components

The main components of a total rewards program generally include the following:

Total Rewards in 4 Steps

There are four primary steps to develop and maintain a total rewards program according to SHRM, the human resources non-profit:[4]

  1. Assessment of current benefits and compensation system to determine program effectiveness can involve surveying employees to gain opinions on pay, benefits and opportunities for growth and development, as well as examining current policies and practices. A summary of recommendations and solutions should be the desired outcome.
  2. The design of the total rewards program should involve senior management to identify and analyze various reward strategies, while determining what would work best in their workplace.
  3. HR departments implement and execute a rewards system. Employee communication and training is also necessary to measure relevant variables.
  4. Total rewards program effectiveness must be regularly evaluated with the results communicated to company decision makers. Based on these reviews, modifications can be proposed and implemented.

Build It and They Will Come 

Total rewards programs are critical for the workplace culture, employee performance and overall recruiting of top talent. And, as the workforce changes or becomes even more competitive, it’s important to evaluate, adjust and enhance your employee benefit package to remain competitive and continue to recruit and engage top talent.

This is where we can help. We are dedicated to helping our clients develop benefit plans that fit the needs of the business owner, focus on company goals and help employees feel confident in their financial future.

Jerome Pfeffer, CRC, AIF

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This information was developed as a general guide to educate plan sponsors and is not intended as authoritative guidance or tax/legal advice. Each plan has unique requirements, and you should consult your attorney or tax advisor for guidance on your specific situation.

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[1] Ameritas. “What Benefits Do Employees Value Most?” April 2021.

[2] Miller, Stephen. “SHRM Benefits Survey Finds Renewed Focus on Employee Well-Being.” Sept. 2021.

[3] Miller, Stephen. “SHRM Benefits Survey Finds Renewed Focus on Employee Well-Being.” Sept. 2021.

[4] “What are total rewards strategies? Can you give me some idea on how to develop a total rewards strategy?” 2022.