Taking Stock In Employee benefits II
Broad-based, employer-sponsored stock ownership plans are an increasingly important method of rewarding working Americans at all income levels. Once a prerogative of executives, stock ownership programs (such as stock options and stock purchase plans) are now becoming part of the total rewards package of rank-and-file employees across a wide range of businesses. Often offered in response to employee requests, such stock plans are a further indication of the continuing evolution of employer-sponsored benefits programs. This article deals with stock options.