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April 2017

IRF Research Looks at Wellness in Meetings & Incentive Travel

A vast majority of corporate and incentive house planners are enthusiastic about wellness, according to a new study from the Incentive Research Foundation. The IRF’s newly released ‘Wellness in Meetings and Incentive Travel Study’ is an analysis is the integration of wellness into meetings and incentive travel programs. The study provides insights and benchmarks for how meeting planners are successfully incorporating wellness into the incentive travel and meetings programs.

March 2017

Few Global Companies Prepared to Build Organization of the Future

Driven by the ongoing digital revolution and demographic, political and social forces, almost 90 percent of HR and business leaders rate building the organization of the future as their highest priority. In its 2017 Global Human Capital Trends report, “Rewriting the Rules for the Digital Age,” Deloitte issues a call to action for companies to completely reconsider their organizational structure, talent and HR strategies to keep pace with digital disruption.

February 2017

What Are the Top Trends for Incentive Rewards, Recognition & Travel in 2017?

The Incentive Research Foundation announced the release of its highly anticipated 2017 Trends Study, which highlights 10 key trends that will affect organizations, their products and services, and the workforce in 2017. From growth areas to consolidation to globalization, the study identifies key areas of change and their implications to workforce engagement, incentive travel and recognition.

January 2017

Burnout: Study Reveals Big Workforce Challenge in 2017

The biggest threat to building an engaged workforce in 2017 is employee burnout. The newest study in the Employee Engagement Series conducted by Kronos Inc. and Future Workplace found that 95 percent of human resource leaders admit that employee burnout is sabotaging workforce retention, and with no obvious solution on the horizon.

December 2016

Survey Looks at Holiday Gift Practices

More employers planned to throw holiday parties for their employees this year, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder.

November 2016

Culture & Communication Are Critical for Sales Compensation Policies

The economic environment is driving sales compensation plans toward higher payouts for overachievers, as well as increasing the role of incentives in the pay mix, according to a new study.

October 2016

Despite Tech Revolution, Younger Workers Want In-Person Collaboration

Despite popular belief, 41 percent of generation Z says corporate offices are their workplace preference, according to a global study released by Future Workplace, an HR executive network and research firm dedicated to the future of learning and working, and Randstad US, one of the largest HR services and staffing companies in the United States.

September 2016

Report: Small Biz Uses Merchandise to Motivate

A new survey of small businesses reveals high levels of success with merchandise incentive programs. Small businesses believe that merchandise incentives, including apparel, food and beverage, and electronics, improve morale, are an effective motivator and are more memorable than cash rewards.

August 2016

Workers Want Insight on How They Affect Bottom Line

We know that one of the keys to engagement is workers understanding their impact on the success of the organization. That’s why it should come as no surprise that a majority of workers want more information about how they contribute to the company’s bottom line.

July 2016

Incentives Market Reaches $90 Billion Annually

A new Incentive Marketplace Estimate Research Study released by the Incentive Federation confirms that the non-cash incentives market grew a remarkable 17 percent since the last market estimate study in 2013. With 84 percent of U.S. businesses spending $90 billion annually on award points, gift cards, trips and travel, and merchandise, the study also found that overall the businesses spend $14.4 billion annually on incentive travel and $75.6 billion on award points, merchandise and gift cards to reward sales staff, employees, channel partners and customers.

June 2016

Report Reveals Proven Ways to Create a More Human Workplace

Organizations can achieve higher levels of engagement, productivity and retention by focusing on creating a more human, caring workplace, according to a new research report published by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation, the charity affiliate of the association devoted to human resource management, and sponsored by Globoforce, a provider of social recognition solutions.

May 2016

Employers Falling Short in Recognizing Millennials

A new study from Aon Hewitt and O.C. Tanner revealed that many employers are missing the mark when it comes to recognizing and rewarding millennial employees.

April 2016

SHRM Survey: Employee Job Satisfaction Hits 10-Year High

More U.S. workers are satisfied with their jobs than at any time since 2005, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. In its annual Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Survey, Click here to read more.

March 2016

Which Generation Is Most Engaged? Survey Says: Gen X

An executive survey released by the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry, a global people and organizational advisory firm, reveals the heads-down, get-the-job-done attitudes and priorities of generation X employees (born between 1965 and 1980).

February 2016

IRF Spotlights Top Motivation Trends for 2016

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) has released its "2016 Trends in Incentive Travel, Rewards and Recognition" report, revealing that businesses will emphasize unique, upscale and individualized experiences in motivation programs this year.

January 2016

Bersin by Deloitte Looks at Growing Challenges in Engagement, Productivity

Organizations will be challenged to design a more engaging and productive workplace if they want to attract and retain employees in the new always-on, hyper-connected world of work, according to predictions for 2016 from Bersin by Deloitte.

December 2015

SHRM Says Fewer Are Hosting Holiday Parties for Employees This Year

While a majority of organizations will toast their employees with a holiday or end-of-year party, a growing number of employers are saying no to a party. However, nearly one-quarter will give non-performance-related gifts to employees this year.

October 2015

New IMA Study Examines Award Preferences, Dispels Myths

Companies looking to reward and motivate their employees with incentive awards need to focus on the total reward experience, and it frequently doesn't include cash, according to a new study commissioned by the Incentive Marketing Association.

August 2015

IMA Recognizes Five Firms with Circle of Excellence Awards for Successful Incentives

Five companies, each facing challenges to engage and motivate their employees and sales teams, creatively used incentive campaigns to achieve successful results, winning the Incentive Marketing Association's (IMA) 2015 Circle of Excellence Awards, presented at the association's 16th annual Executive Summit in Nashville.

June 2015

Employee Recognition Programs Continue Upward Trend to Achieve Organizational Goals

Recognition programs can be the key to motivating employees and driving organizational results, according to a survey, "Trends in Employee Recognition," by WorldatWork and underwritten by ITA Group.

April 2015

IRF Study Looks at Incentive Trends

A new study from the Incentive Research Foundation, "10 Trends for Merchandise and Gift Card Programs in 2015," notes that retaining top performers and preparing them to take over the reins during the next decade is a top priority for most organizations. A crucial part of that process will involve merchandise and gift cards programs that inspire and connect with these future leaders, keeping them happy, productive and engaged.

February 2015

Bersin by Deloitte Offers Predictions for HR in 2015

Employers will be challenged to re-engineer the workplace, rethink jobs and reshape the way to attract, engage and manage people if they are to drive business performance amidst a growing global economy in 2015. Those are among the top new predictions for the year ahead from Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

December 2014

Loyalty Reward Points to Go to Holiday Gifts

Six out of 10 American shoppers intend to use points they've earned through customer loyalty programs to save money on holiday gift buying this year, according to research from Colloquy.

October 2014

IRF Fall 2014 Pulse Study Indicates Positive Trends

According to the Fall 2014 Pulse Study from the Incentive Research Foundation, trends continue to stabilize compared with previous survey periods, with overall trends nearing those reported in 2008.

August 2014

Study: Business Buyers Boost Gift Card Marketplace

The B2B gift card market—encompassing employee and sales incentives, together with customer loyalty programs—continues to grow in size and popularity, reflecting ever-wider enthusiasm by recipients, according to the Incentive Gift Card Council (IGCC).

June 2014

BlessingWhite Research Reveals Career Perspectives

If one of your goals is ensuring employees are engaged and motivated, it's important to understand their perspective on their careers. BlessingWhite recently announced the release of a 2014 research report on Career, which captures the current perspectives—from both employees and employers—on the topic of career.

April 2014

Incentives Could Improve Patient Care

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) becomes reality for millions of Americans, a paper from the Performance Improvement Council (PIC) of the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) concludes that "one of the most effective ways to improve the quality of patient care is to invest in helping healthcare employees feel more engaged in their work" so they have a better chance to realize their goal of "helping patients and saving lives."

February 2014

Campaign Emphasizes Power of Meeting & Event Industry

As workers become ever more connected to 24/7 technology, are businesses forgetting the value of face-to-face meetings and interpersonal connection? Leaders from across the meetings and events industry recently unveiled a new national campaign to showcase the substantial value derived from business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions. The campaign, "Meetings Mean Business," will create an information and advocacy platform that highlights the industry's pivotal role in creating jobs, generating economic value and driving business success.

December 2013

Recognition Council Highlights New Workforce Realities

A white paper issued by the Incentive Marketing Association's Recognition Council, titled "The Recognition Revolution," underscores the importance of taking bold new moves to recognize and motivate a workforce that is increasingly becoming a largely virtual "workforce community" comprised of core employees, strategic partners, outsourced functions and independent workers, rather than a mainly homogenous group of bona fide employees.

October 2013

Incentives for Employees, Customers See Dramatic Growth

A new study conducted by the Incentive Federation confirms that the non-cash incentives market is thriving, with 74 percent of U.S. businesses spending $76.9 billion annually on incentive travel, merchandise and gift cards.

August 2013

IMA Recognizes Five Firms for Successful Incentives

Five companies, each facing challenges to engage and motivate employees and sales teams, creatively used incentive campaigns to achieve successful results, winning the Incentive Marketing Association's 2013 Circle of Excellence Awards, presented in July at the association's 13th Annual Executive Summit in Denver.

June 2013

Survey Shows Americans Have More Room for Loyalty

Maritz Loyalty Marketing unveiled the results of a comprehensive study into U.S. consumer loyalty programs, including what American consumers consider to be the highest-rated programs. The survey also shows that Americans have plenty of room for more loyalty programs.

April 2013

Turnover Problems? Consider Work-Life Balance

For the third year in a row, the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association's regular examination of health clubs' financial performance has shown improved performance, according to the IHRSA Index.