The Role of Rewards in the “New Age” of Employee Empowerment. So where does compensation fit in this new engagement environment? Does it play any role? Some analysis suggests its impact is minimal. Other studies indicate it is a larger factor. To the extent attrition can be considered the antithesis of engagement, one might be confused by what seems to be conflicting data analyses among researchers regarding the influence compensation has on this much sought after quality in employees. If these are questions you are trying to answer, you should not miss this presentation.