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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 9:02 PM

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 7:01 PM

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 2:08 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 2:55 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 1:45 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 1:49 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 12:56 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 2:04 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 2:12 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 2:22 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 8:08 PM

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 8:10 PM

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 8:28 PM

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 […]

Why Great Customer Service Starts With Great Employee Recognition
April 10, 2015 8:28 PM

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 10:16 PM

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 10:21 PM

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 10:34 PM

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 2:41 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 2:37 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 2:49 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 2:52 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 9:21 PM

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 9:46 PM

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 9:53 PM

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 1:24 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 1:31 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 8:48 PM

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 9:19 PM

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 10:23 PM

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 10:25 PM

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 9:48 PM

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 9:51 PM

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 11:17 PM

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 1:07 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 1:12 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 2:20 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 1:23 AM

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

Why Mobile Apps are a Key Employee Engagement Tool
October 29, 2015 12:00 AM

Most organizations understand why they need a highly engaged workforce, but many struggle with the how of creating that level of engagement. We […]

Is Technology the Secret Weapon of Employee Engagement?
October 24, 2015 12:54 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 12:56 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 2:02 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 2:04 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 2:07 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 2:10 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 […]

What the IRF’s Latest Research Means for Your Rewards and Recognition Programs
August 25, 2015 2:12 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” […]

Use Happiness Happens Month to Spark Employee Engagement
August 19, 2015 2:14 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, […]

Do Your Gift Card Incentives Reflect the Changing Workforce?
August 7, 2015 2:16 AM

According to the 2014 IRF Pulse Survey, almost 50 percent of program planners maintained they would be increasing their budgets and per person […]

Make Incentive Travel Your Breakout Rewards Option
July 28, 2015 2:20 AM

When you think incentive travel, most people visualize an incentive program aimed at increasing sales numbers by offering a travel package to the […]

3 Steps to More Effective Service Awards
July 9, 2015 2:22 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 […]

Why Stress Reduction Needs to be Part of Your Workplace Wellness Program
June 16, 2015 2:23 AM

Stress is a commonly experienced emotion in business and can take a toll on a company’s success. Tight deadlines, customer demands, long hours, an […]

If You Want Engaged Employees, Focus on Manager Wellbeing
June 9, 2015 8:02 PM

June is the 7th Annual “Employee Wellbeing Month,” whose sponsors include WorldatWork. By shining a spotlight on employee wellbeing, we draw […]

Does Your Workplace Wellness Program Need a Tune-up?
June 2, 2015 8:04 PM

Over the past decade workplace wellness programs have grown from being “a nice to have” for some companies to now becoming a Very Big Deal. Dozens […]

3 Ways An Employee Wellness Program Keeps Your Bottom Line Healthy
May 28, 2015 8:07 PM

Statistically speaking, healthier people work harder, are less stressed, help others more, and are all around happier employees while at work. […]

One Big Idea Can Help Hospitals Navigate The Big Changes Coming Their Way
May 26, 2015 8:08 PM

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 8:10 PM

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

Promotional Products Work Week is Under Way
May 18, 2015 8:23 PM

With Promotional Products Work Week under way, we want to reiterate the effectiveness of promotional products. Increasing brand recognition, brand […]

Is Your Workplace Safety Program Rewarding The Wrong Thing? OSHA Won’t Be Happy
April 29, 2015 8:25 PM

We all know about the law of unintended consequences: you do one thing expecting certain results, but that action produces a different result—and […]

Want to Engage Your Frontline Employees? Treat Them Like You Treat Your Favorite Customers
April 20, 2015 8:27 PM

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

Why Great Customer Service Starts With Great Employee Recognition
April 10, 2015 8:28 PM

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 […]

Disengaged Employees Are Costing Retailers Plenty
March 31, 2015 8:30 PM

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 9:12 PM

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 9:14 PM

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

Great Ways to Show Appreciation on Employee Appreciation Day
March 6, 2015 10:16 PM

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 […]

Why Promotional Products Work
February 27, 2015 10:18 PM

We’ve talked about the power of promotional products before, but it needs repeating: promotional products work for increasing brand recall, reward […]

How Secure is The Data in Your Rewards and Recognition Program? 5 Questions to Ask Your Vendor
February 19, 2015 10:21 PM

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

How to Increase Employee Wellness in the Winter
February 13, 2015 10:25 PM

The winter months can have a negative impact on employee health and well-being. Short days, gloomy weather, and chilly temperatures can take a […]

How to Get Manager Buy-In for Workforce Engagement Programs
February 5, 2015 10:28 PM

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

4 Fresh Tips to Improve Employee Wellness
February 3, 2015 10:31 PM

Did you know that a majority of healthcare costs stem from lifestyle decisions? With employer healthcare costs continuing to rise in 2015, it is […]

There’s More to Workplace Social than Recognition: Using Social Media to Find & Manage Talent
January 27, 2015 10:34 PM

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 […]

Forget Promotional Products: Why (E)motional Products Engage Customers and Employees
January 23, 2015 10:36 PM

Promotional products are top-of-mind when it comes to really grabbing the attention of employees and to engage customers. That’s one reason why […]

What Auto Dealers Can Learn From Retailers About Customer Loyalty
January 22, 2015 2:36 AM

Customer loyalty programs are everywhere it seems, from mom and pop shops to giant retailers, and from credit card issuers to the airlines and […]

A Second Look at the Business Impact of Engaged Employees
January 16, 2015 2:38 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 Energy Industries Need Rewards and Recognition Programs Right Now
December 30, 2014 2:41 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 2:37 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 […]

Why Holiday Gift Cards Are the Perfect Way to Thank Employees and Partners
December 17, 2014 2:44 AM

The holiday season is a time to say thank you, especially to your employees and partners for their hard work and loyalty to your business. But […]

Why Information Technology Upgrades Should Include Employee Engagement Platforms: Lessons From Our Nation’s Hospitals
December 9, 2014 2:46 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 […]

Questions to Ask When Looking for a Sales Incentive and/or Recognition Platform
December 2, 2014 2:49 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 2:52 AM

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

Use Promo Products To Pump Up The Fun In Your Employee Wellness Program
October 31, 2014 1:54 AM

Employee wellness programs have quickly moved from a frill to a “must have.” Heightened interest in fitness—and associated “wellness”—provided the […]

How Promotional Products Can Support Workplace Safety Goals
October 25, 2014 2:04 AM

Workplace safety is a serious topic. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4405 workers were killed on the job in 2013. Although this is […]

The Why, What, and How of Rewarding With Promotional Products
October 25, 2014 1:56 AM

With the holidays coming, and planning already begun for year-end recognition programs, now is the time to begin selecting gifts for customers and […]

4 Reasons Why Digital Storefronts Can’t Replace a Promotional Products Specialist
September 11, 2014 8:50 PM

Promotional products sales topped $19 billion in 2013 and are expected to do even better this year. Why? Promotional products score major points […]

5 Things Leaders Can Do to Improve Employee Retention
September 9, 2014 9:21 PM

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 9:46 PM

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 9:53 PM

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

HR Best Practices in a World of Rapidly Changing Skill Sets
August 14, 2014 10:08 PM

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

Harnessing Big Data to Drive Channel Sales
August 8, 2014 10:11 PM

There is a lot of talk, articles and buzz around big data. But what does “big data” mean? How does it affect channel sales? And how can you use it […]

Why HR is Spending on Technology
July 24, 2014 10:13 PM

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 […]

New Technologies That Give Wellness Programs a Boost
July 17, 2014 11:35 PM

Although national wellness month ended June 30, that doesn’t mean organizations should take a break from workplace wellness programs. In fact, […]

Infographic: Employee Wellness Program Brings Major Health Improvements
July 10, 2014 11:36 PM

As a provider of technology supporting employee wellness programs, Marketing Innovators wanted to demonstrate its own commitment to employee […]

Why Employee Well-Being Should Replace Your Workplace Wellness Program
July 2, 2014 11:41 PM

While considerable attention is being given to employee wellness programs, driven in part by the incentives embedded in the Affordable Care Act, […]

Quick Tips for Promoting Your Company’s Wellness Program
June 27, 2014 11:43 PM

When it comes to the success of your company’s employee wellness program, participation is crucial. However, this aspect is one of the many […]

4 Workplace Wellness Incentives That Work—And 1 That Doesn’t
June 17, 2014 11:45 PM

Employers have every reason to implement workplace wellness programs, including financial incentives under the Affordable Care Act, reduced […]

Want Your Employee Wellness Program to Work? Get Social!
June 10, 2014 11:47 PM

It’s the 21st century and nearly every form of communication is done online, including most social interactions. The use of social media continues […]

The Benefit of Employee Engagement Surveys for Global Workforces
June 5, 2014 11:49 PM

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 12:45 AM

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

A Simple Checklist for Choosing Global Rewards
May 22, 2014 1:02 AM

A global workforce deserves a global rewards program. At a time when even mid-sized organizations have global workforces, yesterday’s rewards […]

3 Ways Workplace Social Platforms Support Global Engagement
May 14, 2014 1:06 AM

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

What’s Hot, What’s Not, in Incentive Travel
May 1, 2014 1:08 AM

As you may have learned from our previous blog, or from a recent Incentive Research Foundation white paper, incentive travel rewards are on the […]

Why ROE Should Be An Incentive Travel Success Measure
April 25, 2014 1:14 AM

In the incentive industry, it’s pretty much a given that incentive travel rewards are powerful motivators—so powerful, in fact, that incentive […]

4 Essential Sales Incentive Program Best Practices
April 9, 2014 12:17 AM

If you are looking for a powerful tool to increase your sales team’s motivation, productivity, and overall performance, then a sales incentive […]

3 Ways to Boost Channel Partner Success
March 21, 2014 12:21 AM

As demands on business grow, more organizations are using partners and contractors to provide needed support and expertise. In addition, many […]

Convey Some Emotion in Service Anniversaries: 3 Ways to Make Service Awards Special
March 1, 2014 1:24 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 1:31 AM

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

Top 4 Takeaways from the PPAI Show
February 4, 2014 1:37 AM

I just returned from the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) Expo, which is one of the largest promotional products and premium […]

How to Use Your Brand to Engage Your Channel Partners
January 31, 2014 2:16 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 2:27 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 2:34 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 3:02 AM

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

5 Questions to Consider When Awarding with Plastic or e-Gift Cards
November 28, 2013 3:28 AM

Gift cards are the “go to” option for employee incentive programs. Research shows that 37 percent of incentive budgets are spent on gift cards. […]

Infographic: Gift Cards Produce Results
November 21, 2013 3:43 AM

Is your Organization Using these Top-Ranked Tools for Increasing Engagement and Sales Results? Gift cards or more accurately, Prepaid Cards, play […]

Boost Your Program Recall Power with Gift Cards
November 12, 2013 8:56 PM

How are your recognition and sales incentive programs performing this year? While the economy continues to place pressure on your company budgets, […]

If Your Workplace Doesn’t Have a Social Commenting System, It Should
October 15, 2013 7:59 PM

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 8:12 PM

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 […]

How You Can Get The Most From 3 Top Uses For Promotional Products
October 3, 2013 8:15 PM

Promotional products can be found just about everywhere—Trade shows, thank-you gifts for clients, and employee programs top out as the most […]

5 Reasons Why Promotional Products Need To Be In Your Marketing Mix
September 19, 2013 8:17 PM

You’ve probably been to enough trade shows, employee events, and health fairs to acquire plenty of promotional products—those magnets, pens, […]

Infographic: Promotional Products Pack a Punch
September 10, 2013 8:19 PM

Promotional products, also known as branded merchandise, make a strong impact and—when compared with traditional advertising—at a low cost. […]

5 Ways to Personalize Employee Awards and Connect With Your Workforce
August 26, 2013 8:23 PM

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

What to Look for When Creating an Incentive Travel Program
July 30, 2013 8:26 PM

Incentive travel programs lie at the heart of many rewards and recognition programs. When Marketing Innovators first opened its doors more than 35 […]

In a Tight Economy, Experiential Travel Rewards Motivate Employees
July 24, 2013 8:28 PM

A stagnant economy has definitely had an impact on incentive travel budgets. More than 90 percent of respondents to a survey conducted by […]

Top Travel Reward Destinations
July 11, 2013 8:31 PM

During the summer months, being stuck viewing the nice weather from behind glass, if at all, leaves many employees with lingering thoughts of […]

How Marketing Innovators Does Employee Wellness
June 27, 2013 8:36 PM

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don”t play […]

Take a Lesson From Sales for Employee Incentives That Work
June 21, 2013 8:39 PM

Too often, when many of us think of incentives, we think of “sales.” And why not? Sales incentives have proven to be effective, the results are […]

5 Tips to Improve Employee Wellness
June 11, 2013 8:40 PM

With the increased buzz surrounding workplace health due to employee wellness month, both employees and employers are looking for quick and easy […]

Performance Management Conferences – Spring 2013 Recap
June 4, 2013 8:48 PM

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

The Missing Link in Employee Engagement
May 7, 2013 8:54 PM

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 9:10 PM

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 9:13 PM

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

Five Simple Ways to Demonstrate Employee Appreciation
March 11, 2013 9:19 PM

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 10:23 PM

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 10:25 PM

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

Why You Should Measure Employee Engagement ROI
January 22, 2013 10:29 PM

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 10:31 PM

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