Nov - Dec  2012 issue

What are your top reward risks?

'Employees don't appreciate the value of their total reward offering' This top challenge from the latest CIPD Reward risks survey raises the question on what employers are doing to address the issue  




Welcome to the last issue of Just Rewards for 2012. In this newsletter for HR and reward professionals we look at how we can manage risk when rewarding our employees. 

We've asked Keith Waitt, a risk management specialist based in New York, to consider the dilemma evident in the financial services industry, but also relevant elsewhere. If risk-taking achieves growth, how should we reward risk-taking activities? 


In this issue:

Guest feature on balanced diet of risk        and reward  

■ News and updates

■ Tips to manage reward risks

■ Next newsletter - January 2013

If you've found something in this newsletter helpful, or there's a topic you'd like to see us cover in a future issue, please drop us a line.

Best wishes
Sylvia Doyle
Reward First People Consulting

Keith Waitt of Consultancy Matters LLC, a risk management training consultancy writes: "Motivating Bankers: Balancing a Diet of Risk and Reward"


Banks take risks. That is how they make money. To be competitive, banks also need to innovate, introducing further levels of risk. Risk aversion, therefore, has no place in a long-term growth strategy of a bank (or any company for that matter). 

The recent financial crisis was a clear demonstration of the "irrational exuberance" of risk taking in the western banking world. New innovative products were created, billions of pounds of risk were added on to bank balance sheets, and rewards (to the banks at least) were bountiful.

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People Consulting

We are a specialist compensation and benefits consultancy with a proven track record of delivering pragmatic reward 
solutions since 2004.


Reward First People Consulting is led by Sylvia Doyle  founder and Managing Consultant. 


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News and updates


■ "Sylvia's Employee Benefits video gives Remco top tips".VIDEO: Sylvia Doyle on executive pay  Employee BenefitsReward managers must work with remuneration committees to ensure there are clear rules of engagement, said Sylvia Doyle, director, Reward First People Consulting.


■ The latest CIPD reward risk survey 
reveals that 'attraction and retention of key employees' has fallen out of the top ten list of concerns for the first time since the survey began in 2010, while 'increasing pensions costs' has crept in to the top ten for the first time.
Next Time 
The Jan/Feb 2013 newsletter will focus on 
managing the annual salary review


If there is a topic that you would like me to cover in a future issue please contact me


Please note that this information is provided as general guidance only. If you need specific advice relating to your requirements, please contact us on +44 (0) 1367 710 618. 

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