In 2014 the CIPD commissioned research to draw insights from behavioural science into reward practice. In the first half of 2015 we built on this by looking more  specifically at executive pay. This work considers how CEO pay is set, what impact this has on CEO behaviour and performance, and challenges and opportunities in establishing more productive approaches to executive remuneration.

In early September 2015, we surveyed employees’ views on executive pay. We wanted to get a sense of what employees really think about their CEO’s pay packet and how CEO pay impacts on areas such as employee motivation, organisation reputation and the ability to attract the best people to do the job. We also examined employee attitudes towards pay transparency and CEO–employee pay ratios. Finally, we explored employees’ views on a range of practical suggestions
to better link CEO pay to their employees and their organisation’s success.

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