WorldatWork Launches Career Excellence Model for Total Rewards Professionals

Launch coincides with second annual Total Rewards Professionals Week, April 29-May 3, 2013

Apr 30, 2013, 11:15 ET from WorldatWork

PHILADELPHIA, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help practitioners focus on the areas that truly impact their career success, WorldatWork has introduced a Career Excellence Model for Total Rewards Professionals. The model is based on the watershed "WorldatWork 2012 Total Rewards Professionals' Career Census" of 2,300 human resources professionals in compensation, benefits and work-life from around the world. The career census revealed the eight key differentiators of top total rewards performers — the characteristics of those in the profession who had been promoted more frequently.

The career census led to new and deeper questions related to career development. The just-released "WorldatWork 2013 Total Rewards Professionals' Career Development Survey" found that total rewards professionals are concerned about the lack of promotional opportunities at their organizations. This is partly due to the fact that 49% of the time, senior total rewards leaders are external hires.

"As the global, nonprofit association for total rewards professionals, WorldatWork's mission is to advance the knowledge and careers of total rewards professionals," said Bonnie Kabin, CCP, vice president of professional development for WorldatWork. "The Career Excellence Model will serve as an umbrella over current and future offerings, resources and content, ensuring rewards professionals have the knowledge and skills they need to excel in their roles."

As depicted in the Career Excellence Model, the eight differentiators of top performers in total rewards are:

  • Technical mastery
  • Strategic business understanding
  • Analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Communication and connection
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Passion and proactivity
  • Continuous learning
  • Development support system.  

With the Career Excellence Model in mind, Kabin said, WorldatWork is developing programming that brings together WorldatWork's widely respected technical skills education and the key elements that are critical to the career success of total rewards professionals. "Initiatives such as the new Career Excellence Model, Total Rewards Professionals Week and regular member surveys all signify our strategic intent to serve and engage 'the whole professional' for his or her entire total rewards career by addressing the need for continuous learning at different professional levels," Kabin added.

For additional information about the WorldatWork Career Excellence Model for Total Rewards Professionals, visit

About WorldatWork®

The Total Rewards Association

WorldatWork ( is a nonprofit human resources association for professionals and organizations focused on compensation, benefits, work-life effectiveness and total rewards – strategies to attract, motivate and retain an engaged and productive workforce. WorldatWork and its affiliates provide comprehensive education, certification, research, advocacy and community, enhancing careers of professionals and, ultimately, achieving better results for the organizations they serve. WorldatWork has more than 65,000 members and subscribers worldwide; 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies employ a WorldatWork member. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork is affiliated with more than 70 local human resources associations and has offices in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Washington, D.C.

WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals® is the certifying body for six prestigious designations: the Certified Compensation Professional® (CCP®), Certified Benefits Professional® (CBP), Global Remuneration Professional (GRP®), Work-Life Certified Professional® (WLCP®), Certified Sales Compensation Professional (CSCP)™ and Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP)™. 

The WorldatWork group of registered marks also includes: Alliance for Work-Life Progress or AWLP, workspan and WorldatWork Journal.

Contact: Marcia G. Rhodes, +1 (480) 304-6885,

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