Employee Equity Plans

A Collaborative Research Initiative Among PARC, WorldatWork and Hewitt New Bridge Street


This collaborative research report explores employee equity plans. Rewarding employees with equity through share plans has been a cornerstone for many companies in the past several decades. Recent economic events have, however, once again demonstrated that investing in equities is not for the fainthearted. Indeed, as the often-seen disclaimer says: Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. View the summary below and access the complete research results.

Survey Results

Employee Equity Plans Research Report

The aim of the survey was to gather information about the current state of broad-based employee share plans: prevalence, reasons for them, type, extent to which they apply globally, use of performance conditions and, perhaps most importantly, companies’ intentions about future use. The survey focused on the three types of plans described in the first section (i.e., share options, restricted/free shares and ESPPs).

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