Recognition and reward advisory

EY’s Recognition and Reward professionals help companies articulate and implement strategic, financially optimized, sustainable, competitive and results-driven total reward philosophies and programs that reflect each organization’s purpose, vision, culture and values.

What we can do for you

Rewards Reimagined: As companies shape their Future of Work agendas to accommodate how, when and where employees are working, it will be imperative for legacy Total Reward structures to be contemporized to provide consumer grade reward experiences that support the often divergent needs of both companies and their employee populations.

EY Sustainable Remuneration Guidelines (SRGs)

EY, along with leading CSOs, have developed and launched global SRGs at the 2023 World Economic Forum in Davos.

blockchain token review

Company expectations

Companies anticipate that their evolving Total Reward experience will:

  • Be financially efficient
  • Be aligned with market practices and company performance
  • Attract, retain and engage the best talent
  • Be structured to accommodate future organizational changes
  • Be regulatorily compliant
  • Be easy to administer

Employee expectations

Employees expect a Total Reward experience will:

  • Be market competitive
  • Be digitally accessible 24/7 – convenient access, easy to understand and use 
  • Offer opportunities for personalization/ flexibility
  • Be fair, inclusive, and transparent 
  • Be relevant to each employee’s career path, life stage and personal needs

Future Total Reward strategies will be challenged to harmonize the expectations of employers and employees into cohesive total reward (TR) frameworks that simultaneously support employee engagement and wellbeing, business results, and long-term value creation.

EY’s global Recognition and Reward professionals believe that future TR frameworks (including individual program components, delivery platforms and supporting processes) will impact organizations well beyond basic employee pay and benefits programs by serving as strategic levers that foster and reinforce each of the following cultural elements:

1. Employer brand and Employee Value Proposition (EVP): TR frameworks serve as barometers for the value and importance companies place on their employees, their EVPs, employer brands and company cultures; 

2. Performance and business results: TR frameworks incentivize employees to embrace change and align their incentives with strategic priorities/ KPIs (e.g., annual and long-term incentives, etc.);

3. Employee engagement and connection: TR frameworks will encourage employee engagement, teaming, sponsorship and affinity group networks (e.g., paid time off to volunteer, employee affinity networks etc.);

4. Employee well-being and safety: TR frameworks holistically support employee well-being by providing reward programs that align with our four well-being pillars (emotional, financial, physical and social);

5. Employee choice and personalization: TR frameworks empower each employee to select total reward elements that best resonate with their needs and current situation each year; and

6. Sustainability, diversity, inclusion, fairness and transparency: TR frameworks support diversity, inclusion and equality objectives while incorporating “green” reward programs and metrics that align with ESG/ sustainability goals.

Our Total Reward (TR) focus areas:

EY’s Recognition & Reward professionals provide integrated and end-to-end TR advisory support in each of the following areas

Contact us
Like what you’ve seen? Get in touch to learn more.

Why the future of work will depend on the future of total rewards

Prioritizing employee wellbeing and reward choice translates into a distinct competitive advantage.

Woman skating on rollerblades

Our latest thinking

Mobility Reimagined webcast

In this webcast, panelists discuss reshaping global mobility, talent and the employee experience. Learn more.

How can a rebalance of power help re-energize your workforce?

Explore the EY 2023 Work Reimagined Survey with global insights from 17,050 employees, and 1,575 employers, revealing the contours of workforce realities.

Liz Fealy + 1

How Takeda accelerated the financial close process by nearly two weeks

In this case study, learn how leading pharmaceutical company Takeda is creating value for patients through finance innovation and process excellence.

How Yara centralized their HR operations

EY teams helped Yara redefine its HR operations and better integrate them across borders, freeing up time for HR to focus on strategic tasks.

Americas: How can government workers and technology align to serve future citizens?

In this webcast, panelists discuss the key workforce challenges organizations are facing, and the strategies and technologies they can adopt. Learn more.

How to manage the talent risk in transformation

A multitude of talent risks can hinder transformation. CROs can mitigate those risks and help build a resilient workforce. Read more.

How do you harness the power of people to double transformation success?

Read about how EY and the University of Oxford explored the emotional cost of failed transformations and what it takes to get them right.