Sixty-one percent of private employers offer long-term incentives while 95 percent provide short-term incentives, according to a recent study by WorldatWork and Vivient Consulting. 

The survey also finds that having a long-term incentive plan is common practice across all private for-profit corporations with the exception of partnerships. Although there are challenges regarding valuation and liquidity, long-term incentive use has grown from 35 percent in 2007 to 61 percent in 2011.

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