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Rewards Solutions Newsletter | May 2020

As the world continues to deal with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, attention has shifted to how businesses will begin to reopen and what a new normal will look like (subjects covered in great detail in the results of our most recent global pulse survey, available here).

In this special edition of our Big Data, Bold Insights newsletter we begin to examine the road ahead for organizations, including long-term crisis response frameworks, rethinking how financial services firms approach pay, the tough choices faced by venture-backed firms, new data on executive and director pay cuts in the U.K. and U.S. markets, corporate downsizing efforts in Europe and the growing importance of ESG investing in the midst of COVID-19.
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Decision Making In Complex & Volatile Times

In this comprehensive whitepaper from Aon, we cover what it takes for companies to successfully survive a crisis, our complete COVID-19 Response Framework, and how organizations can best protect their people and assets. Read More

In the midst of an ongoing humanitarian crisis and growing economic concerns, financial services firms should take a step back to thoroughly assess and evaluate their operations.  

Venture-Backed Companies Face Difficult Compensation and Workforce Decisions  

We recently connected with venture capital talent partners to learn how they are working with portfolio companies to address employee concerns, redeploy workforces, manage cash flow and adjust sales plans.  

Initial disclosures indicate about 30% of the FTSE 350 companies have disclosed a response to COVID-19, with the most common being a pay reduction for staff and/or management. We explore the types of actions large-cap companies are taking.  

To Conserve Cash, a Growing Number of U.S. Companies are Adjusting CEO and Board Pay 

As the scale and severity of the COVID-19 crisis deepens, business leaders are taking pay cuts to preserve cash, protect jobs and send a message. We look at the prevalence of pay cuts by industry and what leaders should consider before acting.  

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Organizations across Europe are accelerating plans for drastic measures, including layoffs and furloughs, to manage costs. We explain which sectors are most and least impacted. 

Why ESG Is Even More Important In A Crisis Like COVID-19  

Bankruptcy and stock volatility data show strong evidence that firms addressing sustainability issues are more resilient. As a result, the global pandemic isn’t likely to decrease investors’ focus on ESG practices and outcomes.  
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How Technology Firms are Responding to COVID-19  

Our experts discuss how technology firms are responding to the pandemic, from new and emerging rewards and workforce practices to key implications for your executive and employee rewards plans.

Date: May 21, 2020
Location: Online

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Downsizing Efforts in Europe Doubled in Three Weeks  

Our second COVID-19 pulse survey taken in mid-April finds 40% of organizations in Europe are either currently or considering downsizing compared to 20% from a similar survey taken three weeks prior. Read More



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About Rewards Solutions

The Rewards Solutions practice at Aon empowers business leaders to reimagine their approach to rewards in the digital age through a powerful mix of data, analytics and advisory capabilities. Our colleagues support clients across a full spectrum of needs, including compensation benchmarking, workforce and pay modeling, and expert insights on rewards strategy and plan design.