Retention Bonus Survey


The need to use cash incentives to retain employees can obviously become paramount when, as was the case in the late 1990s, the labor market is extremely tight and employers get into bidding wars to lure the employees of competitors. But retention bonuses are not just useful and necessary in tight labor markets. Indeed, when economic conditions soften and companies begin to struggle or face reorganization, retaining key employees can mean the difference between success and failure.

Survey Results

Interestingly, the 2002 survey data indicates a slightly higher prevalence of retention bonus in the more difficult market conditions. In 2000, about 24% of the 650 WorldatWork members who responded to the survey reported having a retention bonus program in place. In May 2002, however, 34% of the 772 members indicated their organization has a retention bonus program.

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