Gartner Expert

Kayla Velnoskey

Sr Principal, Research

Kayla Velnoskey is a Senior Principal Researcher with Gartner's Human Resource group. She supports research in total rewards and employee performance management to help HR leaders address their mission critical priorities. Her current work centers on strategic approaches to help employees achieve their personal best performance sustainably. She also focuses on the topics of rewards and recognition and well-being offerings. Kayla leverages her experience in neuroscience and cognitive psychology research to understand HR challenges from a psychological perspective.

Previous experience

Kayla has previously worked in advertising technology, market research, and academic psychology research fields, utilizing survey-based methodologies and multifaceted data sources such as facial coding, eye-tracking, and neuroimaging. Throughout her previous experiences she has explored the cognitive bases of social behavior and decision making.

Areas of coverage

Talent and Performance Management

Total Rewards


M.S., Cognitive Psychology, Yale University

B.S., Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Talent and Performance Strategy

2Rewards and Recognition Strategy

3Employee Well-being