Short- and Long-Term Incentive Plan Design Study

Understanding the mechanics of short- and long-term incentive plan design is no easy feat. To help you sort through the chaos, our annual study of plan design practices provides Radford Global Compensation Database clients with detailed information on the key factors you'll need to consider when deciding on how to make your programs as compelling and competitive as possible.


Study Scope

By making our entire suite of market practice studies automatically available to Radford Global Compensation Database participants, and complimentary to everyone who provides a complete and timely submission, we’ve maximized our data collection efforts. Our most recent Short- and Long-Term Incentive Plan Design Study includes:

2,200+

Short-Term Incentive Participants

1,900+

Long-Term Incentive Participants

63

Surveyed
Countries

Covered Practices

Our Short- and Long-Term Incentive Plan Design Study covers the following key market practices:
 

Short-Term Incentives
  • Cash profit-sharing plans
  • Discretionary bonus plans
  • Formal bonus plans
  • General plan design features, including eligibility, funding pools, and metrics
Long-Term Incentives
  • Employee stock purchase plans
  • Performance awards
  • Restricted stock plans
  • Stock option plans
  • General plan design features, including eligibility by level and vesting schedules

Timing

Our Short- and Long-Term Incentive Plan Design Study is conducted once a year with the following general schedule:

  • Data collection opens — March 2021
  • Data collection closes — Ongoing, and in sync with your annual compensation survey submission
  • Results published — October 2021

Results

Results for the Short- and Long-Term Incentive Plan Design Study are provided in a PDF format. Separate reports are created for U.S. and global short-term incentive practices and U.S. and global long-term incentive practices. All global reports include data for as many countries as possible where there is enough information to publish results.


Eligibility

Access to the Short- and Long-Term Incentive Plan Design Study is limited to Radford Global Compensation Database participants. All clients are automatically invited to submit data once a year via an online questionnaire posted on the Radford Network®. To check on your company's submission status, visit the input page on the Radford Network and look for the "ST/LT Incentive Design Study" information tile.


Pricing

All Radford Global Compensation Database participants who provide a complete and timely submission to the Short- and Long-Term Incentive Plan Design Study will receive a complimentary copy of overall study results at the time of publication. Custom industry or peer group reports can be purchased separately for $500 each.

Please note, access to results will align to the completeness of your submission. If you submit data for the U.S. only, you will receive U.S. results. If you submit data for all countries where you operate, you will receive full global results.

Radford Global Compensation Database participants who do not submit information to this study can purchase overall study results for a fee at the time of publication.

Participation in the Radford Global Compensation Database is required to join this study. To learn more about your survey participation options, click here.

 



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