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By Robyn Shutak, Computershare U.S.
Buying fractional shares—less than one share of company stock, under an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) is not a new concept, but hasn’t been widely used in practice yet—partly because companies simply aren’t aware of the tremendous value that fractional shares can offer.
With stock purchase programs going through a new era of appreciation and plenty of employees out there who want to participate in these plans, now is the perfect time to consider introducing fractional share purchases into your program. Here’s why:
It’s true; fractional shares offer a rainbow of benefits, and generally, with a few easy tweaks to your plan and a solutions provider that supports fractional shares, you can add this feature to your ESPP right away. What’s more, you’ll win back time in no longer having to manage residual ESPP contributions following each purchase.
Robyn Shutak is a practice leader for Computershare’s U.S. Plan Managers business and has more than 15 years of comprehensive experience with employee equity programs. In her current role, Robyn helps increase the company’s brand awareness in the U.S., cultivate new and existing relationships through content development and additional services, and as a subject matter expert, helps support Computershare’s products, events, and initiatives.
Robyn is a Certified Equity Professional (CEP) and has served on the Certification Counsel and Curriculum Committee of the CEP Institute. Robyn is a frequent speaker on equity compensation topics and is a co-author of the book, “If I’d Only Known That,” published in 2011 by the NCEO.
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