WorldatWork Awards Three Research Grants

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WorldatWork, an international association of human resource professionals and business leaders, recently awarded grants to augment its research program in the area of total rewards.

We expect these three exceptional projects to result in practical information for both the profession and the organizations that total rewards professionals serve.

WorldatWork, an international association of human resource professionals and business leaders, recently awarded grants to augment its research program in the area of total rewards.

The WorldatWork 2007 Sponsored Research Initiative, launched in the Spring, was open to all sectors and generated 18 letters of intent from individuals, universities and businesses. The WorldatWork sponsored research budget of $100,000 for 2007 has been allocated through three grant recipients, namely Texas A&M University, Rutgers University and University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Project Title: The Relative Influence of Reward Strategies on the Attraction, Motivation, and Retention of Talented and Effective Employees
Principal Investigators: Stephanie C. Payne, Wendy R. Boswell and Michael K. Shaub
Organization: Texas A&M University
Research completion date: August 1, 2009

"The Relative Influence of Reward Strategies on the Attraction, Motivation, and Retention of Talented and Effective Employees" hypothesizes that benefits and compensation will be particularly important for employee attraction, while recognition and development opportunities will be particularly important for employee motivation and retention, and work-life will be important for all three: attraction, motivation, and retention.

Project Title: Implications of Employer-Supplied Connectivity Devices
Principal Investigator: Gayle Porter, Ph.D.
Organization: Rutgers University
Research completion date: September 30, 2008

With the rising number of teleworkers, 'Implications of Employer-Sponsored Connectivity Devices' will investigate how technology either facilitates efficient and improved work-life balance or, on the other hand, foster resentment or unhealthy work behaviors with the expectation to 'always be connected.'

Project Title: Organizational Culture and Reward Practices
Principal Investigator: Michael M. Harris
Organization: University of Missouri--St. Louis
Research completion date: June 1, 2008

'Organizational Culture and Reward Practices' will examine how an organization's compensation and rewards programs are affected by both employer and employee values. Do certain organizational values lead to particular reward programs?

"We are pleased to make the first in what will become an annual series of grants to build the growing body of research in total rewards," said Ryan Johnson, CCP, director of information development for WorldatWork. "We expect these three exceptional projects to result in practical information for both the profession and the organizations that total rewards professionals serve."

WorldatWork will publish the research findings beginning in late 2008.

About WorldatWork®
The Total Rewards Association

WorldatWork (http://www.worldatwork.org) is an international association of human resources professionals focused on attracting, motivating and retaining employees. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork provides practitioners with knowledge leadership to effectively implement total rewards - compensation, benefits, work-life, performance and recognition, development and career opportunities - by connecting employee engagement to business performance. WorldatWork supports its 30,000 members and customers in 30 countries with thought leadership, education, publications, research and certification.

The WorldatWork group of registered marks includes: WorldatWork®, workspan®, Certified Compensation Professional or CCP®, Certified Benefits Professional® or CBP, Global Remuneration Professional or GRP®, Work-Life Certified Professional or WLCPTM, WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals®, and Alliance for Work-Life Progress® or AWLP®.

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