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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.” [...]

Streamlining Disbursement in the Trucking Industry
April 19, 2017 12:00 AM

The American Trucking Association reports that in 2015 there were 3.5 million employed truck drivers in the US. Typically, risks and costs [...]

Why the Trucking Industry Needs Workplace Incentives Now
April 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Worker retention is a challenge hitting nearly every major industry these days. For example, in the trucking industry, truck driver shortage hit [...]

Want to Juice Your Channel Incentives? Connect With the Sales Reps
April 6, 2017 12:00 AM

In many industries, incentives play a large part in channel sales performance, but if communication touchpoints and incentives aren’t reaching [...]

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 [...]

What to Look For in a Prepaid Debit Card Rewards Disbursement Platform
March 22, 2017 12:00 AM

We’ve seen the explosive growth of prepaid debit cards in incentive, reward and recognition programs. Incentive magazine reports a 17 percent [...]

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 [...]

Jump on These 4 Trends to Drive Employee Loyalty
January 20, 2017 12:00 AM

Whether your role falls within human resources management or as a department or business unit manager, you know how important employee loyalty [...]

Tips to Protect Your Employees—and Your Company--Against Gift Card Fraud
January 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Over the holiday season, gift cards flew off the racks. Sales of gift cards in 2016 were expected to grow by 7 percent over $130 billion in gift [...]

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 [..]

How to Maximize Channel Incentives Without Breaking Your Budget
December 1, 2016 12:00 AM

Effective channel partnerships are a proven sales driver in numerous business sectors, including automotive, software and hardware vendors, the [...]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Reasons Your Channel Incentives Aren’t Working
June 17, 2016 12:00 AM

Many businesses, in various industries, rely on dealer networks or channel partners to sell their products and use incentives to make sure that […]

Rewarding Business Referrals is Smart—Here’s How to Do It
June 9, 2016 12:00 AM

As we continue to serve our customers for more than 35 years, we are always considering programs that will benefit our clients and contribute […]

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 […]

Six Tips for Successful Onboarding
May 26, 2016 12:00 AM

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s not uncommon for a company’s onboarding process to be rushed, focusing on getting the new hire integrated into […]

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 […]

Incentive Programs Help Aftermarket Channel Partners Adapt to Industry Trends
March 22, 2016 12:00 AM

No industry is safe from the changing shopping habits of consumers and that includes the aftermarket industry. In the past, a consumer relied […]

3 Reasons Customer Satisfaction Must Drive Automotive Channel Incentives
February 27, 2016 12:00 AM

Channel incentive programs are well established in automotive, but unless they are backed by a fully automated, enterprise-wide tracking and […]

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 […]

10 Questions To Ask Vendors About Claims Before Selecting A Channel Sales Claiming System
February 16, 2016 12:00 AM

Many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are dependent on channel sales incentive coupons and vouchers to drive unit sales. While each OEM […]

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 […]

What Employees Really Think of Wellness Programs—And How to Fix It
December 18, 2015 12:00 AM

Workplace wellness programs are a good thing, right? And employees really love them…maybe not so much. With the vast majority of workplaces […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Give Corporate Gifts with Impact
December 2, 2015 12:00 AM

Ring the bells, the holidays are in full swing, and that means taking the time to thank your clients, customers and channel partners. Although it […]

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 […]

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 12:00 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 […]

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” […]

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, […]

Do Your Gift Card Incentives Reflect the Changing Workforce?
August 7, 2015 12:00 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 12:00 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 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 […]

Why Stress Reduction Needs to be Part of Your Workplace Wellness Program
June 16, 2015 12:00 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 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 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 […]

Promotional Products Work Week is Under Way
May 18, 2015 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Promotional Products Work
February 27, 2015 12:00 AM

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 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 […]

How to Increase Employee Wellness in the Winter
February 13, 2015 12:00 AM

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 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 […]

4 Fresh Tips to Improve Employee Wellness
February 3, 2015 12:00 AM

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 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 […]

Forget Promotional Products: Why (E)motional Products Engage Customers and Employees
January 23, 2015 12:00 AM

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 12:00 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 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 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 […]

Why Holiday Gift Cards Are the Perfect Way to Thank Employees and Partners
December 17, 2014 12:00 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 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 […]

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 […]

Use Promo Products To Pump Up The Fun In Your Employee Wellness Program
October 31, 2014 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 AM

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 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 […]

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 […]

Harnessing Big Data to Drive Channel Sales
August 8, 2014 12:00 AM

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 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 […]

New Technologies That Give Wellness Programs a Boost
July 17, 2014 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 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. […]

A Simple Checklist for Choosing Global Rewards
May 22, 2014 12:00 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 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 […]

What’s Hot, What’s Not, in Incentive Travel
May 1, 2014 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 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 […]

Top 4 Takeaways from the PPAI Show
February 4, 2014 12:00 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 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 […]

5 Questions to Consider When Awarding with Plastic or e-Gift Cards
November 28, 2013 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 AM

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 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 […]

How You Can Get The Most From 3 Top Uses For Promotional Products
October 3, 2013 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

“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 12:00 AM

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 12:00 AM

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Give Employees the Gift of Wellness This Holiday Season
December 17, 2012 12:00 AM

The holiday season is traditionally a time for showing employees appreciation; office parties, small gifts, and even bonuses are common […]

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 […]

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— […]

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 […]

Employee Wellness Programs Offer Positive Results
June 27, 2012 12:00 AM

June is National Employee Wellness Month making it a great time to talk about the importance of employee health initiatives. For companies of all […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Coming Your Way: Mobile Gift Cards in the Incentive Mix
December 16, 2011 12:00 AM

They’re hot, hot, hot for holiday shoppers and they’re quickly heating up in the incentives space as well. They’re mobile gift cards and they are […]

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. […]

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 […]