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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 [...]

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 [...]

Three Ways to Think Like a Top Performing Company
September 7, 2017 12:00 AM

The Incentive Research Foundation surveyed top performing companies, as defined by having specific parameters regarding high revenue, good growth[...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

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...

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...

3 Steps to Refresh Employee Rewards and Recognition Programs
October 19, 2016 12:00 AM

Employee rewards and recognition programs must be clearly defined to be most effective. MI shows how to fine-tune your program in three steps.

Leadership Begins With Smart Succession Planning
September 21, 2016 12:00 AM

Given the multiple challenges facing businesses today—from price pressures to disruptive innovation—it’s no surprise that organizations have […]

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 […]

Get Ready for the New Year With Bulk Gift Card Orders
December 12, 2015 12:00 AM

With the calendar year nearly over, planning for the coming year is well under way for most organizations. When that planning includes rewards and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

What the IRF’s Latest Research Means for Your Rewards and Recognition Programs
August 25, 2015 12:00 AM

One size fits all fits no one in today’s world. Consumer-focused marketers recognized this a decade ago, unleashing the flood of “personalized” […]

3 Steps to More Effective Service Awards
July 9, 2015 12:00 AM

Service awards (“length of service” awards) can be hum-drum or they can pack punch. With employee talent being the top investment for 81 percent […]

One Big Idea Can Help Hospitals Navigate The Big Changes Coming Their Way
May 26, 2015 12:00 AM

The healthcare landscape is experiencing revolutionary change with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In Forbes, Robert Lezner say […]

Employee Recognition Can Slow The Turnover Rate For Banking And Financial Services
May 21, 2015 12:00 AM

Employees understand that they may need to give a little bit more of themselves during challenging times. During the Great Recession, many […]

Why Great Customer Service Starts With Great Employee Recognition
April 10, 2015 12:00 AM

There’s a small coffee shop in my neighborhood that serves great coffee. But that’s not why I keep returning. I love a good cup of coffee, but […]

Great Ways to Show Appreciation on Employee Appreciation Day
March 6, 2015 12:00 AM

Too often employee appreciation is thought about but not acted upon. In a manager’s busy day, it can easily be overlooked or taken for granted […]

How Secure is The Data in Your Rewards and Recognition Program? 5 Questions to Ask Your Vendor
February 19, 2015 12:00 AM

When people think about data breaches big retailers like Target, where personal data of 70 million customers was affected, come to mind or more […]

There’s More to Workplace Social than Recognition: Using Social Media to Find & Manage Talent
January 27, 2015 12:00 AM

At the close of 2013, we took a look at social media and its effects on hiring and employee recognition. In a blog titled “Using Social Media for […]

Why Energy Industries Need Rewards and Recognition Programs Right Now
December 30, 2014 12:00 AM

As technology advances, its influence on the workforce grows greater. At a time when the number of skilled workers is decreasing, the need for a […]

Using Social Media for Hiring
December 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest… the list goes on. A new social channel seems to be popping up every week and most can be […]

Questions to Ask When Looking for a Sales Incentive and/or Recognition Platform
December 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Selecting a sales incentive and/or recognition platform is never easy, even when your program needs are fairly basic. After working with a variety […]

What’s New in Workplace Social Platforms
November 21, 2014 12:00 AM

Over the past 10 years, technology has changed the way we handle almost everything, including how we communicate. From the increasing prevalence […]

5 Things Leaders Can Do to Improve Employee Retention
September 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Regardless of a slack or a tight job market, it would be a mistake for leaders to lessen organizational focus on employee retention. The most […]

How To Keep High-Value – But Dissatisfied – Employees
September 5, 2014 12:00 AM

Developing your talent is an investment of time and resources, but well worthwhile. Your lead employees are usually a driving force and the go-to […]

Are You Meeting Today’s Employee Retention Challenges?
August 27, 2014 12:00 AM

Among the many difficulties facing today’s organizations, employee retention challenges comes out near the top. Retention is especially critical […]

Convey Some Emotion in Service Anniversaries: 3 Ways to Make Service Awards Special
March 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Service awards are in danger of losing their value. First of all, there has been an overreliance on the tried and true—the engraved plaque or […]

Take Employee Recognition Beyond Service Awards
February 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Although employee recognition is typically associated with rewarding years of service or outstanding performance, more targeted approaches have […]

Performance Management Conferences – Spring 2013 Recap
June 4, 2013 12:00 AM

WAW, Avatar, and EEA shows look at big data challenges, new engagement strategies and rewards Spring 2013 was characterized by so many performance […]

Five Simple Ways to Demonstrate Employee Appreciation
March 11, 2013 12:00 AM

Although March 1 marked the beginning of Employee Appreciation month, every day provides an opportunity to recognize and—especially—to appreciate […]

What are the Fundamentals of Social Employee Recognition?
February 20, 2013 12:00 AM

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number one reason people leave their job is lack of appreciation. James Williams, influential […]

Workplace Social Networks Offer Unique Opportunity For Talent Mapping
February 4, 2013 12:00 AM

If the eyes are the “window to the soul,” then workplace social networks offer a unique window to employee skills, talents and achievements. While […]

HR Technology Conference Recap
October 25, 2012 12:00 AM

The HR Technology Conference in Chicago earlier this month was well worthwhile on several levels. Simply having the opportunity to meet face-to- […]

Why I Tweet
September 27, 2012 12:00 AM

Make the human connection in 140 characters or less In the six years since its launch, Twitter—the social networking service with the funny name— […]

Tips for Jump Starting Employee Recognition Program ROI
June 11, 2012 12:00 AM

In our last post we noted that smart organizations are actively investing in their people. Measuring the ROI of these investments can be of great […]

How Culture and Economic Shifts Affect Engaging Your International Workforce
March 2, 2012 12:00 AM

The costs of employee disengagement are staggering and they are magnified when an organization has a global workforce. Stock prices lagged that of […]

Are Your Awards Doing What You Want?
January 25, 2012 12:00 AM

The act of awarding employee achievement is probably one of the trickiest terrains a manager needs to navigate. It calls for a deep understanding […]

Why Understanding your Multi-Generational Workforce is Paramount
November 12, 2011 12:00 AM

One of the messages we brought back from the Incentive Marketing Association Executive Summit in August was that the businesses that understand […]

It’s Time to Tap the Power of Social Media
October 8, 2011 12:00 AM

It is common knowledge that in today’s multi-generational workforce competencies and capabilities no longer correlate to age or experience. […]