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ISS Launches Open Comment Period for Potential 2021 Policy Updates

As part of its annual policy review and update process, ISS has issued draft 2021 policy updates for comment until October 26. While the proposed changes cover a variety of topics, they do not include executive compensation for the second consecutive year.

Published: October 2020
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Retail Sector Wages Are Rising Due to Higher Employee Turnover and e-Commerce Demand

With employee turnover rising among retailers, businesses must closely benchmark pay as they look to replace workers and, in some cases, ramp up hiring plans.

Published: October 2020
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Five Ways Data & Technology Can Help Manage Employee Rewards for a Changed Workforce

In the face of the challenges and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have opportunities to revamp their HR strategies to meet short- and long-term needs. Here are five useful tips for navigating and embracing change to secure a positive future.

Published: October 2020
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The Latest Trends in Incentive Plan Design as Firms Adjust Plans Amid Uncertainty

In today’s uncertain environment, many companies are actively considering new approaches to mitigate performance and payout volatility, including the use of non-financial metrics, individual performance, widening performance ranges and flattening pay curves.

Published: October 2020
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Analytical Job Evaluation: Value-Adding Business Process or Bureaucratic Relic?

In the first article of our “European Leaders in Rewards” series, we examine the pros and cons of job evaluation and how firms should adjust methods to reflect the evolving business world.

Published: October 2020
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Six Year-End Considerations for Financial Services Remuneration Committees

Investors are even more focused this year on how remuneration committees exercise discretion, connect pay to performance and disclose key pay actions. Firms should scenario plan to guide decisions, anticipate curveballs and prepare for discussions with stakeholders.

Published: October 2020
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Location-Based Pay Heats Up as Workforces Remain Remote

As companies develop a comprehensive approach to managing their talent remotely, they need to examine many areas, including adjusting rewards for location, redefining the employee value proposition and delivering on inclusion and diversity through different hiring opportunities.

Published: October 2020
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Key Compensation Issues for Banks in a Turbulent Market

This article, first appearing in Bank Director, highlights the impact of COVID-19 on executive compensation decisions for banks and how incentive plans will need to be adjusted.

Published: October 2020
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Client Spotlight: How Bosch is Approaching COVID-19 Recovery in China

To explore how recovery efforts are shaping up in China, Judy Zhang, Partner and Head of China’s Rewards Solutions practice at Aon, recently spoke with Rosa Lee, Executive Vice President at Bosch (China) Investment Ltd. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Published: October 2020
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ESG Groups Form Partnership to Create Framework for Corporate Disclosure of Sustainability Metrics

With ESG issues gaining prominence among institutional investors, there is a need in the market for standards to evaluate how organizations are addressing these issues.

Published: September 2020
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New SEC Rule Requires First-Time Disclosure of U.S. Companies’ Human Capital Management

The new rules are principles-based, but the SEC did give examples of what could be considered material and worth including. Companies will be well-served to start preparing for disclosure now.

Published: September 2020
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Top Five Trends in Board Leadership and Pay at Public Companies

Board leadership structures and compensation can vary greatly depending on company size. Our research reveals key data, such as trends in stock ownership guidelines, types of perks that are declining and differences in how pay is structured for CEOs and executive chairs.

Published: September 2020
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Addressing Location Strategy in Europe With a Rising Virtual Workforce

As remote work becomes the new reality, companies across Europe are assessing geographic pay differentials and the impact of location strategy on total rewards.

Published: September 2020
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Aon’s 2020 Mid-Year Salary Increase Report for China Shows Lower Wage Growth Across Most Industries

While nearly all industries are reporting lower salary increases for 2020 compared to last year, some industries are showing signs of recovery. We explain how different industries have been impacted and what they need to consider as they plan for 2021. 

Published: September 2020
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How Your Workforce and Rewards Strategy Can Make or Break Your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs

Many firms have DEI programs that fall short of stated goals, partly because they often don’t track the right metrics — which is even more relevant as firms explore flexible working models. Here’s how to establish programs that produce meaningful, lasting change by examining a new way to look at pay equity, along with our framework and recent case study.

Published: September 2020
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Rewards Solutions Spotlight: Wie sieht MULTIVAC die digitale Zukunft von HR?

Ian Karcher, Associate Partner im Bereich Rewards Solutions bei Aon, sprach kürzlich mit Lulzim Gojani, Executive VP HR bei Multivac darüber, wie die Digitalisierung Human Resources in einer der führenden Firmen der Verpackungsindustrie verändert.

Published: September 2020
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A Year Unlike Any Other for the European Banking Industry

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are bringing about new compensation challenges for banks in Europe, further highlighting the importance of data to make informed decisions.

Published: September 2020
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How to Effectively Tackle the Most Unusual Compensation Cycle Ever

With immense economic challenges in today’s environment, here are three key steps to guide your year-end compensation plans, while preparing for continued uncertainty ahead.

Published: August 2020
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Performance Rating Systems in the Middle East: To Remove or Not to Remove

Is the removal of performance rating systems for financial services firms in the GCC a feasible solution? This article discusses resulting challenges and factors to consider.

Published: August 2020
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Rewards Solutions Spotlight: How Technology is Changing HR at Johnson & Johnson

Ian Karcher, associate partner in the Rewards Solutions practice at Aon, recently spoke with Thorsten Eger, head of HR in Switzerland at Johnson & Johnson, about how technology is transforming human resources at the pharmaceutical giant. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Published: August 2020
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2020 Pay Trends: First Look at CEO Compensation

During times of uncertainty, carefully reviewing your CEO pay decisions for the 2020 fiscal year is more important than ever before. This article offers a first look at key data points to help serve as a guide.

Published: August 2020
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New SEC Rules Could Alter the Proxy Voting Process; Here’s What Companies Should Know

Although uncertain, there are several potential implications of the new SEC rules — from raising the importance of company statements in response to a proxy firm’s recommendations to a lag in proxy voting, resulting in less visibility of potential voting outcomes. In any case, effective shareholder communication will be more important than ever.

Published: August 2020
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Addressing Gender Pay Gaps in the U.K.: Looking Backward to Move Forward

As the economy and businesses in the U.K. head towards COVID-19 recovery, many firms are reviewing their rewards strategies, including reassessing their approach to gender equality and pay gap reporting.

Published: August 2020
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Business Conditions in China Show Signs of Recovery, but Job Opportunities Remain Limited

Companies in China are showing an improved outlook for growth in the second quarter of the year compared to the first quarter, as the COVID-19 pandemic became more contained. However, employee turnover and college recruitment remain much lower.

Published: August 2020
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Rewards Solutions Spotlight: Challenges and Solutions for a Virtual Workforce

For many industries, the trend toward going virtual has greatly accelerated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing firms to reevaluate the future of work — from having more diverse talent pools to addressing geographic pay differentials and increased competition. This Q&A offers insights and advice for successfully managing remote employees, while also exploring its direct impact on hiring decisions, diversity and pay.

Published: August 2020
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ISS Releases 2021 Policy Survey: Key Topics and Questions to Consider

ISS is collecting shareholder feedback on potential changes for its global voting policies in 2021. Here’s a summary of core topics and questions included.

Published: August 2020
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As European Technology Firms Consider a More Virtual Workforce, They Must Decide How Location Factors Into Pay

Remote working will permanently transform the workforce culture. In the short term, however, rewards professionals need to consider changes to compensation plan design, including whether, when and how to implement geographic differentials to wages.

Published: August 2020
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A Framework for Making Executive Compensation Changes in 2020 and Beyond

With many firms evaluating mid-cycle adjustments to pay given the business uncertainty, boards and executive compensation professionals must prepare now to make decisions on short- and long-term incentives. Learn about our framework for an integrated approach.

Published: August 2020
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Identifying Operational Risk at Financial Services Firms: Common Blind Spots and Cost-Effective Remedies

A holistic effort to assess and address commonly overlooked risk areas can help your firm reduce operational risks, save time and money, as well as focus on key areas for positive business impact and market perception.

Published: August 2020
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Pandemic Salary Cuts are Being Restored – But Not for Every Company

Some companies, seeing a slightly improved business outlook, are lifting temporary pay reductions for senior leaders and broad-based employees. Here are the latest actions businesses have taken and what to consider when determining the right time to restore pay.

Published: July 2020
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