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Thanks for the perspective, Dan. Do you also see Restricted Stock Awards continuing to displace traditional Stock Options in the near future? At least in terms of the current payoff values (perhttp://www.erieri.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=NewsRoom.Dsp_Release&PressReleaseID=2179), they seem to be the at-risk component rebounding fastest for now. So many of these "trends" are only clear after they have passed and when their utility has ended.

I personally feel the Restricted Stock revolution is coming to a natural end. We will continue to see growth in these "full-value" awards, but it will slow until the market begins to fall again.

The one exception to this is performance-based units and related instruments. Read my post on March 8 for more information on this and other alternatives.

I think we should all take a moment of silence to ponder #3.


This graphic makes it pretty clear doesn't it? On the grand scheme it was difficult to lose on options during that period. So much so, that it lead to the reflex reaction of repricing for the few who did lose.

In a volatile market options become far riskier. Perhaps once again more of an incentive and less of a augmented base pay item.

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