MI Blog

Refresh, Renew, Reenergize
April 12, 2018 12:00 AM

Although it doesn’t quite feel like it yet, spring is finally here. The gradual warming temperatures, signs of budding trees, blooming flowers [...]

Non-Cash Awards: What the Research Tells Us
February 28, 2018 12:00 AM

We recently spoke about the benefits of using non-cash awards for employee recognition. The IRF released a study with a unique twist that gave [...]

Two Ways to Boost Employee Satisfaction
February 12, 2018 12:00 AM

The New York Times pointed out in 2011, there are three reasons why people tend to leave their jobs. “The first is that they don’t feel a connec [...]

How Non-Cash Awards Can Boost Your Employee Recognition
December 19, 2017 12:00 AM

The IRF reported that 84% of all U.S. businesses are using non-cash awards, and their executives are recognizing this as a competitive advantage [...]

Keeping the Customer Satisfied
November 20, 2017 12:00 AM

When you think of excellent customer service, what comes to mind? There are probably a few specific businesses, companies, retailers, or restaur [...]

Holiday Gift Cards
October 30, 2017 12:00 AM

The end of October no longer solely means all things Fall and Halloween. Many retailers are well on their way to gearing up for the holiday [...]

Human Drive and Workplace Engagement
October 23, 2017 12:00 AM

It’s important to keep an eye on the current trends in research to guide decisions in the workplace. What we learn about human drive, the brain, [...]

The Why Behind Recognition
September 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Sure, there are lots of ways to recognize employees (and we talk about a lot of them), but do you know why people need to be recognized? We [...]

Employee Feedback
August 31, 2017 12:00 AM

Open and consistent communication between employees and employers is one of the most powerful tools in maintaining a positive and effective work[...]

Peer-to-Peer Recognition
August 22, 2017 12:00 AM

If your employees were asked to name the best aspects of working for your company, do you know what they would say? Aflac conducted a 2017 Happi [...]

How To Capitalize on Gift Card Giving for Back-to-School
July 25, 2017 12:00 AM

It’s that time of year again. It feels like summer just got started, and retailers are already featuring back-to-school merchandise and gear. [...]

Four Ways to Build Teamwork
July 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Creating a work environment where your employees feel motivated to work together and not against each other, towards common company goals, is [...]

Social Media Part Two: Employee Recognition
June 13, 2017 12:00 AM

As we recently discussed, social media can be used to boost your brand, but it can also be an effective tool to recognize your employees. As [...]

Social Media Part One: Brand Recognition
June 8, 2017 12:00 AM

With over 2 billion users worldwide, social media is a very powerful tool. It’s no secret that consumers base daily decisions on outlets such as [...]

How to Match Your Leadership with the Greatest Coaches in Sports
June 1, 2017 12:00 AM

As we are in the throws of the NBA and NHL playoffs, and well on our way into the baseball season, it is worth noting the relevance of sports in [...]

3 Ways to Beat the Summer Slump Before it Hits
May 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Now that the weather is finally getting warmer, it gets tougher to be in the office all day. When summer hits, by Tuesday at noon, everyone is [...]

3 Ways to Beat the Summer Slump Before it Hits
May 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Now that the weather is finally getting warmer, it gets tougher to be in the office all day. When summer hits, by Tuesday at noon, everyone is [...]

How To Apply The IRF’s Behavioral Economics Research To Your Company Today
May 12, 2017 12:00 AM

The Incentive Research Foundation recently released a fascinating research study which brings new insight to the incentive industry.

Three Ways to Keep Millennials Engaged in the Workplace
May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Millennials and their role in the workplace continue to be a hot topic for discussion across most industries. I don’t necessarily like to single [...]

Building Relationships for Effective Employee Engagement
April 28, 2017 12:00 AM

In 2015, GALLUP reported that 32% of Americans were considered engaged in their jobs, 50% were unengaged, while 17% were “actively disengaged.” [...]

E-Gift Cards: Where Are They Now?
March 30, 2017 12:00 AM

A 2010 article in HR magazine reviewed e-gift cards (electronic gift cards) and forecast their growth in the incentive industry. It focused on [...]

Gift Card Trophy Value: Why Cash Is NOT King
March 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Based on a 2008 survey by Incentive Magazine, the top two gift card uses in incentive programs are to recognize performance (70.2percent) and [...]

Don’t Just Motivate Your Employees—Inspire Them
March 2, 2017 12:00 AM

Businesses know that genuinely motivated employees are engaged employees—they are more productive and more loyal. So, time and resources are [...]

Would You Treat Your Best Customers Like You Treat Your Employees?
February 21, 2017 12:00 AM

As an HR professional and as a consumer, I keep my eyes on trends. Trend-watching keeps me ahead of the change curve when it comes to HR. As a [...]

How to Build a Culture of Trust and Why You Need It
February 14, 2017 12:00 AM

At a time when “fake news” captures headlines and eyeballs, concerns about trust have raised anxiety and confusion in our political sphere. I see [..]

Are You Ready to Turn Your Employees into Brand Ambassadors?
February 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Organizations invest a lot of time and capital into building their brands, but in the process often pay little attention to the best brand [...]

3 Ways Employers Get Work/Life Balance Wrong and How to Get it Right
January 27, 2017 12:00 AM

When employers commit to work/life balance programs, they reap many benefits: productivity increases, absenteeism drops, and the perception of [...]

4 Holiday “Distractions” that Re-engage Employees
December 19, 2016 12:00 AM

With holiday gift lists calling for attention, celebrations large and small, plus plans with family and friends, there are a lot of distractions [...]

Holiday Gifts for Employees Are an Opportunity to be Creative
December 9, 2016 12:00 AM

When managers think of holiday gifts for employees, they often standardize the event by giving the same kind of gift year in and year out. If you [..]

5 Fast Employee Engagement Ideas
November 18, 2016 12:00 AM

Successful employee engagement includes small events and complete programs. Check out these 5 ideas from Marketing Innovators to make yours a daily...

Is Your Company’s Culture Strong?
October 13, 2016 12:00 AM

Organizations of all sizes and in most industries are being hit by massive disruptions on all fronts: non-stop technological innovation, an [...]

Teams Take Top Billing in Today’s Organizations
September 29, 2016 12:00 AM

Deloitte reports that 80 percent of respondents to their global survey have either recently redesigned their structure or planned to in the near […]

Employee Training For Engagement
September 9, 2016 12:00 AM

The end of summer signals back-to-school, but school days aren’t necessarily limited to children and young adults. Ongoing training is a top [...]

How High-trust Relationships Drive High Performing Companies
August 23, 2016 12:00 AM

Over the years we have seen employee engagement replace employee satisfaction as a means for organizations to attract and retain talent. As we [...]

6 Ways to Re-engage Your Mid-Career Employees
August 17, 2016 12:00 AM

There’s nothing like the excitement of a new chapter in life to motivate an early-career employee. As we discussed earlier, knowing what resonates […]

Engage Employees with Summer Fun Rewards
August 10, 2016 12:00 AM

Summer’s almost over, but the fun isn’t. The beach still beckons, the grill isn’t covered (yet), and there’s still time for a quick getaway before […]

How Employee Referral Incentives Build Employee Engagement
July 21, 2016 12:00 AM

Companies with a strong organizational culture thrive, which is why companies that value their culture recruit new hires based on both […]

Engagement Strategies Get Employees into the Swim of Things This Summer
July 14, 2016 12:00 AM

When the temperatures finally begin to warm, we’ve all got one thing in mind: summer break. Even if it’s been decades since you were last in […]

You Won’t Get Today’s Top Talent With Yesterday’s Approach
July 7, 2016 12:00 AM

Top talent is priceless. But too often organizations short change themselves by going about attracting talent the wrong way. Here’s what I mean: […]

Three Tactics to Up Your Recruiting Game
June 22, 2016 12:00 AM

We’ve talked before about how you can retain top talent in today’s job-hopping world. Now, let’s take a look at how you can win at the recruitment […]

How Early Career Engagement Can Mean Long-Term Commitment
June 2, 2016 12:00 AM

So, you’ve successfully recruited and onboarded new talent into your workforce. If they are young and just starting their careers, they are likely […]

Successful Engagement Throughout the Employee Lifecycle
May 6, 2016 12:00 AM

When we talk about successful employee engagement, we usually talk about strategies that work for different generations—Boomers, Gen X and […]

Employee Engagement Thrives When Expectations are Aligned
April 22, 2016 12:00 AM

How would you like to increase customer satisfaction by 10 percent, boost workforce productivity by 21 percent, and hit a 22 percent increase […]

Six Steps to Assess and Improve Employee Performance
April 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Failure to address employee underperformance in a timely and appropriate fashion can damage team morale and even affect your bottom line. No one […]

Does Your Employee Engagement Program Support Organizational Goals?
April 8, 2016 12:00 AM

Employee engagement is critical to organizational success. That’s a given, and it’s widely supported by data showing the positive business impact […]

Does Telecommuting Affect Employee Engagement?
March 28, 2016 12:00 AM

When Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced an end to the company’s telecommute program, she stirred up a storm. Best Buy soon followed suit, with an […]

Can Cross-Channel Collaboration Make Your Sales Incentives More Effective?
February 19, 2016 12:00 AM

In today’s world, consumers are continuing to evolve their purchase habits and are dictating more of the sales process. From big box department […]

5 Tips for Keeping Talent in a Job-Hopping World
January 15, 2016 12:00 AM

A recent Gallup panel showed that over 50 percent of employees are considering looking for a new job. With these kinds of numbers, employee […]

Want Your Employees to be Engaged? Communicate
January 8, 2016 12:00 AM

Employee engagement continues to be a top-of-mind issue that cuts across industries and businesses of all sizes. Despite the attention, employee […]

Three Ways to Dump Post-Holiday Slump for your Employees
December 22, 2015 12:00 AM

The end of the much anticipated holiday season can often make us feel sluggish or blue. Many team members take off enough time to completely […]

How to Keep Employees Engaged During the Holidays
December 5, 2015 12:00 AM

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, often highly anticipated by your employees. Many of them schedule time off to enjoy with families […]

The Dos and Don’ts of Employee Reward Portals
November 13, 2015 12:00 AM

Today, it seems as though every workplace has an employee portal. Some companies are using portals to provide employees with access information […]

4 Ways to Get Creative With Gamification
November 6, 2015 12:00 AM

Since we first wrote about gamifying work-related activities, the practice has become firmly embedded in leading organizations. According to […]

Is Technology the Secret Weapon of Employee Engagement?
October 24, 2015 12:00 AM

The successful implementation and sustainability of employee engagement programs continues to be at the forefront of organizational thinking. […]

Want to Keep your Top Employees? Train and Reward
October 9, 2015 12:00 AM

Today’s business environment is a good news, bad news story. The good news is that the economy continues to muscle its way to new job creation […]

Generational Mentoring for Organizational Success
October 2, 2015 12:00 AM

Developing a successful mentorship program that is organization-wide and engages all generations is a valuable tool that can help you develop […]

3 Reasons Career Development Should be a Business Imperative and 3 Ways to Make it Happen
September 25, 2015 12:00 AM

Today’s workplace is fast-paced, intense, and demanding. Management is under extreme pressure to do more with less, including a lean workforce. […]

3 Ways to Create a “Back to School” Culture That Drives Employee Engagement
September 18, 2015 12:00 AM

The month of September means “back to school” for children and young adults across the nation. But we know learning is a lifelong process that […]

e-Gift Cards Engage the Modern Employee
September 9, 2015 12:00 AM

It’s safe to say that gift cards are continuing their influence as powerful rewards options in company recognition and reward programs. They’re ve […]

Use Happiness Happens Month to Spark Employee Engagement
August 19, 2015 12:00 AM

Have you tuned into the news about Happiness Happens Month? Maybe not, and possibly you should. In 2000 the Secret Society of Happy People (yes, […]

Want to Engage Your Frontline Employees? Treat Them Like You Treat Your Favorite Customers
April 20, 2015 12:00 AM

You may have heard the recent bad news about employee engagement: according to the latest Gallup poll, employee engagement dipped to 31.7 percent […]

Disengaged Employees Are Costing Retailers Plenty
March 31, 2015 12:00 AM

We’ve been researching employee engagement for years, through our participation with the Performance Improvement Council and Northwestern’s The […]

Are You De-Motivating Your Employees With Negative Messages?
March 18, 2015 12:00 AM

The value of a positive attitude is well documented. We know that engaged employees have a positive attitude toward their work, their organization […]

Should Hospitals Study Google’s Approach to Employee Engagement?
March 10, 2015 12:00 AM

Hospitals are rightly concerned about employee engagement. With Medicare linking payment to patient satisfaction scores and the impact of the […]

How to Get Manager Buy-In for Workforce Engagement Programs
February 5, 2015 12:00 AM

Your employee engagement program may start in HR, but it doesn’t end there. Although HR usually is the department responsible for supporting […]

A Second Look at the Business Impact of Engaged Employees
January 16, 2015 12:00 AM

One of our most popular blogs in 2014 was an infographic, “The Business Impact of Engaged Employees”—and for good reason: Engaged employees boost […]

Why Information Technology Upgrades Should Include Employee Engagement Platforms: Lessons From Our Nation’s Hospitals
December 9, 2014 12:00 AM

As a result of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare delivery is undergoing massive changes and there’s no end in sight any time soon. In addition […]

HR Best Practices in a World of Rapidly Changing Skill Sets
August 14, 2014 12:00 AM

One way or another, we often find ourselves talking about how everything around us is constantly changing. Whether it’s the technology used to […]

Why HR is Spending on Technology
July 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Change is in the wind for HR and, not surprisingly, it’s being driven by technology. A survey report released by the global professional services […]

The Benefit of Employee Engagement Surveys for Global Workforces
June 5, 2014 12:00 AM

Gaining insight from employees through a survey is important and can help ensure your employee engagement programs continually improve. This […]

Why You Need to Customize Your Engagement Strategies for Your Global Workforce
May 29, 2014 12:00 AM

Engaging employees remains a critical ingredient for organizational success, and employee engagement on a global scale holds unique challenges. […]

3 Ways Workplace Social Platforms Support Global Engagement
May 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Workforce engagement is an ongoing challenge, here and abroad. Gallup reports that 70 percent of the U.S. workforce is “unengaged.” Globally […]

How to Use Your Brand to Engage Your Channel Partners
January 31, 2014 12:00 AM

When it comes down to it, engage your channel partners like employees, but remember their differences. A critical difference is that channel […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Successful Employee Engagement
January 28, 2014 12:00 AM

Are you new to your management position? If so, one of the most important things you should understand is the importance of employee engagement. […]

5 Upcoming Realities You Should Know about Workforce Engagement
January 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Workforce engagement is a term you will hear and read more about in the future. In today’s business environment the role of the contingent […]

Does Your Work Culture Attract and Keep Top Talent?
December 11, 2013 12:00 AM

Of the many challenges organizations face today, attracting and retaining top talent heads the list. What defines top talent also defines a top […]

If Your Workplace Doesn’t Have a Social Commenting System, It Should
October 15, 2013 12:00 AM

Research from McKinsey shows that social platforms can unlock more than $1 trillion in value—and that’s just in the four industry sectors the firm […]

Considering Employee Engagement Technology? 5 Must Ask Questions
October 8, 2013 12:00 AM

Every day, millions of us start our business day by firing up the computer. We may check out a few social channels, skim the headlines of the […]

5 Ways to Personalize Employee Awards and Connect With Your Workforce
August 26, 2013 12:00 AM

Too often in our rewards and recognition programs we confuse personalized employee awards with personalization. But there is a vast difference […]

The Missing Link in Employee Engagement
May 7, 2013 12:00 AM

We know employee engagement is necessary for our business’s success. Research has born this out, conferences extol its virtues, studies examine it […]

Is There a Difference Between Employee Engagement and Customer Engagement?
April 30, 2013 12:00 AM

We have all heard the workplace mantra: “the customer is always right.” But what we are starting to hear more and more is that your employees may […]

Infographic: The Business Impact of Engaged Employees
April 2, 2013 12:00 AM

Employee appreciation and recognition are drivers of employee engagement. Although appreciation and recognition are “soft” activities, as drivers […]

Why You Should Measure Employee Engagement ROI
January 22, 2013 12:00 AM

Measuring Return on Investment (ROI) for employee engagement programs can be daunting. However, when done correctly, it can provide valuable […]

Show Me the Money! Measuring Employee Engagement
January 11, 2013 12:00 AM

The catchphrase, “Show me the money” made famous in Cameron Crowe’s 1996 movie, Jerry Macquire seemed a fitting title for the upcoming webinar, […]

All Work, No Play, Could Affect Workplace Performance
December 4, 2012 12:00 AM

When it comes to driving employee engagement and even changing employee behavior, the line between work and play is becoming blurred. By applying […]

Do you Struggle to Measure Employee Engagement ROI?
November 26, 2012 12:00 AM

HR professionals are challenged on many sides, but nowhere more persistently than in the area of employee engagement ROI. More than 75 percent of […]

What to Consider When Selecting a Performance Management Technology
July 13, 2012 12:00 AM

When was the last time you stepped back and took a good look at how you manage your incentive, recognition, engagement, loyalty or similar kinds […]

Measuring Engagement ROI – Getting Started
May 8, 2012 12:00 AM

As an added value to our readers, we will include from time-to-time posts from guest authors. We hope you will find their viewpoints informative, […]

Are You Capturing The Real ROI of Your Programs?
February 8, 2012 12:00 AM

Markets are volatile, costs are rising, your customers are squeezing your margins as they push for the best possible “deal,” and— if yours is like […]

Is the Ground Shifting Under your Feet?
September 23, 2011 12:00 AM

Do you have the feeling that the ground is shifting under your feet? It is. And it’s not about to stop any time soon. You probably feel it […]

September 9, 2011 12:00 AM

Welcome to the first edition of the Marketing Innovators blog. Our intention is to provide you with a perspective on the issues affecting your […]