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October 3, 2018 12:00 AM
Clearing Up the Confusion Around “Employee Engagement”

In the first blog in this series, I concluded that employee-engagement surveys are here to stay because they measure a special type of motivation...

September 11, 2018 12:00 AM
Is “Employee Engagement” a Passing Fad or a Better Way of Doing Business?

I’ve been studying human motivation for 40 years—long before the term, “employee engagement,” was coined, so let me provide some perspective on [...]

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

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

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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

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

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

October 30, 2017 12:00 AM
Holiday Gift Cards

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

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

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, [...]

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

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? [...]

September 7, 2017 12:00 AM
Three Ways To Think Like A Top Performing Company

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

August 31, 2017 12:00 AM
Employee Feedback

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

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

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

July 25, 2017 12:00 AM
How To Capitalize On Gift Card Giving For Back-To-School

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. [...]

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

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

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

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. [...]

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

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. [...]

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

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 [...]

June 1, 2017 12:00 AM
How To Match Your Leadership With The Greatest Coaches In Sports

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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

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 [..]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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, […]

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

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

July 28, 2015 12:00 AM
Make Incentive Travel Your Breakout Rewards Option

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

June 9, 2015 12:00 AM
If You Want Engaged Employees, Focus on Manager Wellbeing

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

June 2, 2015 12:00 AM
Does Your Workplace Wellness Program Need a Tune-up?

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 […]

May 28, 2015 12:00 AM
3 Ways An Employee Wellness Program Keeps Your Bottom Line Healthy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 29, 2015 12:00 AM
Is Your Workplace Safety Program Rewarding The Wrong Thing? OSHA Won’t Be Happy

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

January 22, 2015 12:00 AM
What Auto Dealers Can Learn From Retailers About Customer Loyalty

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 25, 2014 12:00 AM
How Promotional Products Can Support Workplace Safety Goals

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 […]

October 25, 2014 12:00 AM
The Why, What, and How of Rewarding With Promotional Products

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

September 11, 2014 12:00 AM
4 Reasons Why Digital Storefronts Can’t Replace a Promotional Products Specialist

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

July 10, 2014 12:00 AM
Infographic: Employee Wellness Program Brings Major Health Improvements

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

July 2, 2014 12:00 AM
Why Employee Well-Being Should Replace Your Workplace Wellness Program

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

June 27, 2014 12:00 AM
Quick Tips for Promoting Your Company’s Wellness Program

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

June 17, 2014 12:00 AM
4 Workplace Wellness Incentives That Work—And 1 That Doesn’t

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

June 10, 2014 12:00 AM
Want Your Employee Wellness Program to Work? Get Social!

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

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

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

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

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

May 22, 2014 12:00 AM
A Simple Checklist for Choosing Global Rewards

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

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

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

May 1, 2014 12:00 AM
What’s Hot, What’s Not, in Incentive Travel

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

April 25, 2014 12:00 AM
Why ROE Should Be An Incentive Travel Success Measure

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

April 9, 2014 12:00 AM
4 Essential Sales Incentive Program Best Practices

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

March 21, 2014 12:00 AM
3 Ways to Boost Channel Partner Success

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

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

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 […]

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

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

February 4, 2014 12:00 AM
Top 4 Takeaways from the PPAI Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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

November 21, 2013 12:00 AM
Infographic: Gift Cards Produce Results

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

November 12, 2013 12:00 AM
Boost Your Program Recall Power with Gift Cards

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

September 19, 2013 12:00 AM
5 Reasons Why Promotional Products Need To Be In Your Marketing Mix

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

September 10, 2013 12:00 AM
Infographic: Promotional Products Pack a Punch

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

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

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

July 30, 2013 12:00 AM
What to Look for When Creating an Incentive Travel Program

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

July 24, 2013 12:00 AM
In a Tight Economy, Experiential Travel Rewards Motivate Employees

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

July 11, 2013 12:00 AM
Top Travel Reward Destinations

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

June 27, 2013 12:00 AM
How Marketing Innovators Does Employee Wellness

“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 […]

June 21, 2013 12:00 AM
Take a Lesson From Sales for Employee Incentives That Work

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 […]