This study was undertaken to help WorldatWork ascertain practitioner knowledge of academic research in total rewards and to explore barriers to the application of that research.
A random sample of WorldatWork members was asked to indicate whether 10 statements relating to total rewards topics for which academic findings are available are true or false.
A total of 5,517 (including undeliverable) e-mail invitations went out to a random sample of WorldatWork Premier Members. A total of 641 substantively complete (responding to at least 8 of the 10 true/false items) were received in the two weeks the survey was open; a 12 percent response rate.
The participants were given a list of 10 statements regarding total rewards topics that have been the subject of published academic research. The statements represented a broad range of topics so participants would need a breadth and depth of knowledge to be familiar with research in all the areas.