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Uncover an Impactful Employee Value Proposition

Strategically highlight organizational strengths to create a compelling and realistic story to attract and retain the right talent.

  • When creating an employee value proposition (EVP), organizations often forget about the employee voice, neglect to look at competitors, and confuse the EVP and employer branding. This can lead to inaccurate, misaligned, and undifferentiated EVPs.
  • Unrealistic EVPs can do more harm than good. If the lived experience does not match candidate expectations, the organization will continue to struggle to attract and retain talent.

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Critical Insight

A strong EVP provides a compelling but realistic view of the benefits of joining the organization while also leading to a connection that encourages employees to stay.

Impact and Result

  • Ensure the EVP is realistic and compelling by using the employee voice to uncover the lived experience and the organizational offerings that are highly valued.
  • Highlight the unique features of your organization in the EVP to differentiate from competitors and support recruitment and retention efforts by enabling potential and current employees to assess fit.
  • Refine the EVP using an iterative process.

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2. Uncover the EVP

Collect, analyze, and theme data to draft the EVP statements, then tailor for key employee segments.

3. Evaluate and refine the EVP

Evaluated the EVP to ensure it is aligned, accurate, and unique.

Employee Value Proposition

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How to complete this course:

Use these videos, along with the Project Blueprint deck above, to gain an understanding of the subject. Start with the Introduction, then move through each of the Course Modules. At the end of each Module, you will be required to complete a short test to demonstrate your understanding. You will complete this course when you have completed all of the course tests.

  • Number of Course Modules: 5
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1.5 hours

Learning Outcome

Develop a unique EVP for your organization to reinforce your talent management strategy and differentiate from key talent competitors.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand what an EVP is for and the impact of the EVP for organizations both internally and externally.
  • Determine the criteria necessary to create a robust and successful EVP.
  • Align the EVP with the employer brand.
  • Road-test the EVP internally and externally.
  • Determine how to align HR policies and programs to the new EVP.
  • Define communications around launching the EVP.

Course Modules

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Academy EVP: Introduction: Uncover an impactful Employee Value Proposition

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Academy EVP: Module 1: Build a Plan to Develop the EVP

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Academy EVP: Module 2: Uncover the EVP

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Academy EVP: Module 3: Evaluate and Refine the EVP

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Academy EVP: Module 4: Implement and Sustain the EVP

Workshop: Uncover an Impactful Employee Value Proposition

Workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Build a Plan to Develop the EVP

The Purpose

Consolidate, analyze, and theme data from focus groups and existing internal data sources for the creation of the EVP.

Key Benefits Achieved

Employee voice and experience are integrated into the EVP.




Consolidate focus group feedback to identify insights.

  • Focus group notes consolidated into insights and categorized

Consolidate existing survey data to identify insights.

  • Insights from existing employee surveys categorized

Synthesize all gathered insights into themes.

  • Key themes identified

Module 2: Uncover the EVP

The Purpose

  • Draft the EVP statements.
  • Analyze competitors’ EVPs.
  • Present potential EVP statements.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • The EVP is evaluated to ensure it is differentiated from competitors and resonates with stakeholders.




Select key EVP themes.


Draft EVP statements.

  • Drafted EVP statements

Conduct a competitor analysis.

  • Identification of how to differentiate EVP from competitors

Present draft EVP statements to key stakeholders for feedback.

  • Feedback from key stakeholders

Module 3: Refine and Plan for Implementation of the EVP

The Purpose

  • Integrate employee and candidate feedback into the EVP.
  • Create a communications plan to share the EVP internally.
  • Prepare to transition the EVP into the employer brand.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Created a short “elevator pitch” of the EVP to launch internally.
  • Prepared Marketing is to promote the employer brand externally.




Update draft EVP statements based on key stakeholder feedback.


Develop the plan to segment and assess the EVP.

  • Action plan for road testing

Develop the internal communications plan.

  • Draft communication plan

Create a plan with Marketing to implement selected branding ideas.

  • Draft project plan to create EVP brand

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What Is a Blueprint?

A blueprint is designed to be a roadmap, containing a methodology and the tools and templates you need to solve your HR problems.

Each blueprint can be accompanied by a Guided Implementation that provides you access to our world-class analysts to help you get through the project.

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Guided Implementation #1 - Build a plan to develop the EVP
  • Call #1 - Identify organizational challenges and goals for the EVP project.
  • Call #2 - Review employee segments and develop the project plan.

Guided Implementation #2 - Uncover the EVP
  • Call #1 - Prepare for focus groups and identify other inputs of data.
  • Call #2 - Review gathered data and key themes.
  • Call #3 - Review EVP draft statements.

Guided Implementation #3 - Evaluate and refine the EVP
  • Call #1 - Re-visit project plan timelines and confirm how stakeholder feedback will be collected.
  • Call #2 - Review stakeholder feedback and revisions made to the EVP.

Guided Implementation #4 - Implement and sustain the EVP
  • Call #1 - Review the Employer Brand Look Book and identify options for communicating the EVP.
  • Call #2 - Create the communications plan.


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