Both respondent groups identified the same top reward priorities for the next three years, all of which are aimed at improving their ROI on reward programs. These priorities are increasing the linkage of rewards to company performance, differentiating rewards across talent segments to better reflect people’s roles and contributions, and increasing the linkage of rewards to individual performance. HR and finance executives were also closely aligned on top people risks, with both groups focusing on insufficient leadership development (44% finance and 60% HR), inadequate retention of people and skills required for growth (40% finance and 49% HR), and inadequate investment in talent for critical roles (34% finance and 50% HR).“HR/finance collaboration can and should go beyond rewards to encompass the full strategic workforce agenda,” said Seaborn. “Ultimately, sustaining and improving performance must be a shared responsibility between the two functions since it depends so heavily on the relationship between what an organization can afford to invest in its people and the financial goals it has to deliver,” Seaborn concluded. About the Survey The Towers Watson/Forbes Insights survey was conducted in February 2013, and includes responses from 122 HR executives and 218 finance executives at U.S. and global organizations. Survey respondents ranged in size from 1,000 to more than 25,000 employees and represented a broad range of industries. The full report is available at towerswatson.com. About Towers Watson Towers Watson (NYSE, NASDAQ: TW) is a leading global professional services company that helps organizations improve performance through effective people, risk and financial management. The company offers solutions in the areas of benefits, talent management, rewards, and risk and capital management. Towers Watson has 14,000 associates around the world and is located on the web at towerswatson.com. About Forbes Insights Forbes Insights ( www.forbes.com/forbesinsights) is the custom research practice of Forbes Media. Forbes Insights’ research covers a wide range of vital business issues, including talent management, corporate social responsibility, financial benchmarking, risk and regulation, and doing business in emerging markets.