Total Rewards For Inclusive Growth

Total Rewards For Inclusive Growth

Employee recognition is vital for a company's success since it motivates employees to deliver, thereby enhancing the productivity of the company. Organisations have embarked on a Total Rewards approach to recognise performers that include monetary and non-monetary rewards, and this could include personal growth opportunities as well.


Companies are working to bolster employee engagement and retention by developing a strong Employee Value Proposition that demonstrates a dynamic relationship between the company and its employees. This is done to articulate their approach through annual total rewards statements, detailing rewards already received by the employee and those anticipated in the future. This determines Employee Value Proposition and drives organisations to place a monetary value to their rewards to evaluate the Return on Investment. 

Some of the standard practices for formal Rewards and Recognition are:

◆ Base Pay: To help signal recognition of hot skills/ tenure and loyalty and other factors by determining the pay levels vis-à-vis internal and external benchmarks. 

◆ Salary Increments: Consists of merit increases and market corrections. Merit increases are linked to employee performance and salary levels. Market corrections may be given to employees with below market salaries based on tenure, performance, hot skills and comparatio/range penetration criteria. This process helps drive internal and external equities. In many developing markets such as India, salary increments are essential to provide real increase in compensation levels vis-à-vis increases in cost of living.


◆ Short term performance-linked pay: This is a core component for recognising and differentiating high performers. Typically paid on a quarterly/half yearly/annual cycle, performance-linked Pay is the direct link between organisational and individual performance, and therefore provides the highest RoI among all the elements of Rewards. 


◆ Long term incentives: This is typically in the form of deferred cash or stock options, Restricted Stock Units etc. Such a rewards mechanism is especially popular among startups and listed companies. 

◆ Recognition schemes: For top performing individuals and teams at different intervals these can be Spot Awards, Gift Vouchers, and similar awards for individual and team contributions. As organisations collaborate to drive projects and achieve key business outcomes, a trend of higher recognition of crossfunctional teams gains prominence. 

◆ Service Awards: A loyalty recognition to long-serving employees

◆ Job Promotions/High-value training programmes: Through these learning and career development opportunities, organisations recognise talented employees and build a talent pipeline for the future


Role of recognition in driving values 


Values-driven recognition is a major trend amongst large and medium sized organisations. The emphasis is on recognising employees and teams who have contributed towards developing an organisational culture and lived up to the company's values. Peer acknowledgement through spot recognition or appreciation messages go a long way in ensuring recognition which is crucial for the millennial workforce.


Rewarding employees during employee forums and town halls will make a huge impact as it will motivate others to perform. Internal display boards, intranet portals, or any social media platforms can be used to call out achievers. Forums for interacting with the leadership team and celebrating organisational milestones through events and get togethers will prove to be ideal platforms to recognise individuals and bolster workforce morale.


Organisations are going digital and drive various recognition efforts with a wide variety of rewards for employees. Rewards and Recognition approaches will be therefore be tailor-made to cater to employee needs.



Sajit T C is the Chief Human Resource Officer, Bengaluru International Airport Limited. In a career spanning 27 years across sectors such as Oil, Steel, Telecom, Financial Services and Aviation, he has held senior leadership roles in Tata Motor Finance, Tata Teleservices, Bharti Airtel and Essar Group. Sajit is also a certified Corporate Director by the Institute of Directors.


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