Introduction to Total Rewards

Understand components that make up a Total Rewards program, used to retain and motivate employees.
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Total Rewards encompass five components—compensation, well-being, benefits, development and recognition—that collectively define an organization's strategy to attract, motivate, retain and engage employees. The challenge of developing, maintaining, and managing benefits and compensation plans is a critical and costly function for any organization and represents key components of a Total Reward Program.


  • Explain the Total Rewards Model (TRM)
  • Describe the role of the TRM in an overall HR strategy
  • Define each of the TRM components including compensation, well-being, benefits, development, and recognition
  • Assess the work involved in developing a TRM for an organization including legal and regulatory compliance, policy and plan development, structure, and design, as well as communication and administration


For individuals pursuing their certificate, this course satisfies one out of the six course program requirements. For HR professionals seeking SHRM recertification, this course earns 24 professional development credits (PDCs).

Course Format: Online, Self-Directed
Schedule: Begin your course on the first Sunday following enrollment.
Tuition: $799

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Anticipate 4-5 hours per week working through the 5-week program.


Discussion posts due on Mondays and all other deliverables due on Saturdays.

Getting Started

Begin your class on the Sunday following paid registration.

Roberta Gordon

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Roberta Gordon

Senior Higher Education Advisor for Workday Services for Accenture’s Education and Government Consulting Practice. Ms. Gordon brings more than 20 years of experience working in both higher education and human resources. The majority of her career was spent as the Chief HR Officer at Brown University in Providence, RI. She has also served as the HR Manager at a manufacturing subsidiary of Colgate Palmolive and as the compensation and benefits manager at Women and Infants Hospital. Ms. Gordon holds an MBA from Bryant University.

“Strategies for Success” is a one-week module that will familiarize you with our online learning system, to ensure when you begin your certificate program you are ready to learn and fully participate. Required for all first time Self-Paced Bryant University certificate learners.

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Bryant University's Executive Development Center is a SHRM preferred provider. All of our Human Resource Management classes are approved for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP recertification credits. This program has been approved for recertification credit hours through SHRM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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