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The Goals of Stock Option Programs

A chart showing how company goals have changed between 2000 and 2002.

September 18, 2003
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T he chart below shows the percentage of companies and how they described various goals of their stock option plans.

    2000

2002

Major Goal Minor Goal Not a Goal Major Goal Minor Goal Not a Goal
Attracting and retaining talent 80% 17% 3% 76% 2% 4%
Motivating employee performance 74% 21% 5% 78% 18% 5%
Focusing employee attention on organizational performance 65% 26% 9% 72% 20% 8%
Creating a culture of ownership 59% 31% 10% 62% 29% 9%
Educating employees about the business 15% 41% 43% 21% 40% 39%
Conserving cash by substituting options for cash 11% 28% 61% 15% 27% 58%

Reprinted with permission from The State of Employee Stock Options 2002 by WorldatWork in conjunction with Sibson Consulting, a division of The Segal Company, Copyright 2002. All rights reserved.

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