The Future of Total
Rewards Starts Now

Join our 2021 Total Rewards Strategy Survey to
learn how your peers are preparing for the future


This study is now closed

  • Key Survey Dates:
  • Survey Opens – Feb 18, 2021
  • Survey Closes – April 23, 2021
  • Results Ready – Mid-May 2021

Who Should Participate?
This survey is designed for senior business, HR and total rewards leaders working for companies across all industries and geographies.

How Much Time is Needed?
On average, it takes 20 minutes to complete this survey.

Total Rewards Strategy Survey Overview

Over the past decade, far more companies have adopted a Total Rewards mindset. Rather than looking at programs on a one-off basis, they understand the value of creating an ecosystem of connected and self-reinforcing employee offerings.

While this is an important sea change in the right direction, the current pandemic is a stark reminder that total rewards strategies need to evolve on a regular basis to meet changing business and employee needs while delivering maximum ROI. Today, companies face growing pressure to manage costs and boost short-term financial performance without eroding workforce productivity and wellbeing.

This means business leaders are actively looking to HR to accomplish more with less, yet many practitioners don’t know exactly what levers to pull to drive meaningful change. Our survey seeks to illuminate the path forward by understanding where leaders see opportunities for improvement. Covered topics include:

  • Understanding short- and long-term business and talent priorities;
  • Discovering where companies have generated more value without spending more;
  • Gathering input on how the current environment is influencing total rewards strategies; and
  • Assessing where companies can optimize total rewards to accelerate change.

Complimentary Participation and Results

There is no fee to join this survey. All participants who provide a complete and accurate submission will be invited to review and receive survey results via an Aon-hosted webinar in mid-May 2021. We will also offer one-on-one discussions with participants to explore industry- and situation-specific insights.

This study is now closed. We are no longer accepting submissions.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have already participated in one or more HR-focused pulse surveys from Aon in the past six months. Is this survey different and do I need to submit data again to receive results?
    Yes, this survey is different. While we conducted six pulse surveys in 2020 examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HR policies and practices, this survey is focused on leadership-level priorities related to total rewards strategy and maximizing the ROI of total rewards programs in the future.
  • Who should complete this survey?
    Senior business leaders (e.g., CEO, CFO, COO), senior HR leaders (e.g., CHRO, Chief People Officer), or senior HR function leaders (e.g., Head of HR Administration, Head of Total Rewards) who have ownership over total rewards investments and strategy are encouraged to complete this survey.
  • How long will it take to complete the survey?
    In most cases, this survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. However, some participants may take longer based on your company's specific practices.
  • What type of demographic data is collected in this survey?
    This survey includes questions about your role and your company’s industry, business profile and geographic span.
  • When does this survey close?
    This survey will close on Friday, April 23, 2021.
  • When will the results be published?
    All survey participants who provide a complete and accurate submission will be invited to review and receive survey results via an Aon-hosted webinar in mid-May 2021.
  • Will my answers remain confidential?
    Yes. All individual company responses will remain confidential. Results will only be published in an aggregated manner in accordance with best practices for maintaining data confidentiality.