'Strategic reward' takes a long-term approach to how an organisation’s reward policies and practices balance and support the needs of both the organisation and its employees. The concept of 'total reward' covers the tangible and intangible aspects of work that people value and may form part of a reward strategy.

This factsheet examines how to create a reward strategy, covering the reasons behind it, how to implement it, and offering guidance on key principles. It introduces the different aspects of total reward and then discusses the available approaches, as well as their pros and cons. 

This factsheet was last updated by Charles Cotton: Senior Performance and Reward Adviser, CIPD

Charles directs CIPD’s research agenda and public policy on performance and reward. He speaks for CIPD at government consultations on topics such as, pensions, retirement, CEO remuneration, low pay and employee tax.  

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