Inspiration for Motivation Features

December 2019

IRF Releases Industry Software Report

The Incentive Research Foundation announced the release of the “Incentive & Events Industry Software Report: 2020.” This qualitative review of software platforms provides an overview of how technology is being selected, customized and integrated into rewards and recognition programs.

November 2019

IRF Sees Rosy Industry Outlook in 2020

The Incentive Research Foundation’s “Industry Outlook for 2020: Merchandise, Gift Card and Event Gifting” reports high levels of economic net optimism during the Fall of 2019 and a positive outlook for 2020. The new study provides useful insights and benchmarks on non-cash reward types, average spend, and how incentive programs are being administered.

October 2019

Preliminary Findings Released for 2019 Incentive Travel Industry Index

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF), Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), and Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP), along with research partner Oxford Economics, announced the release of the second joint study of the global incentive travel industry. “Incentive Travel Industry Index” powered by SITE Index, IRF Outlook and FICP is the largest-ever survey undertaken into the incentive travel industry, achieving an unprecedented number of submissions from five categories of incentive travel professionals.

September 2019

Gartner: More U.S. Employees Intend to Stay Put

There is evidence that employees are beginning to feel less confident in the labor market, with more than 53% of U.S. workers indicating they intend to stay with their current employer in the second quarter of 2019—a 10% increase over the first quarter and the first time ever that a majority of the U.S. workforce has reported an intent to stay put.

August 2019

IRF Study Shows High Rates of Incentive Program Changes to Comply With Regulations

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) announced the release of its signature study, “2019 U.S. Federal Regulations and Non-Cash Awards.” This research into program owners’ understanding of U.S. regulatory and tax requirements reveals a high rate of change in incentive program design due to a perceived need to make accommodations to comply with regulations.

July 2019

Research Looks at Gig, External Workers

If you want your external, or gig, workers to do their best work, recognizing them and saying thank you may be a key. This, according to new research conducted by SHRM and SAP SuccessFactors. The research suggests that some common thinking about external workers, widely referred to as “gig workers,” simply doesn’t hold up.

June 2019

IRF Examines How Top-Performing Financial Services Handle Incentives & Rewards

The Incentive Research Foundation announced the release of “What Top Performing Financial Services Firms Do Differently for Incentives and Rewards,” the second release in its signature series, 2019 Top Performer Studies. The study identifies the non-cash rewards strategies and tactics used by top-performing financial services firms.

May 2019

IRF Study Reveals Reward & Recognition Strategies of Top Tech Companies

A new IRF study shows that technology executives believe in the power of non-cash incentives and rewards. A recent survey revealed that executives at top-performing technology firms are twice as likely as those at average-performing firms to regard their reward and recognition programs as a competitive advantage.

April 2019

Big Box Retailers See Gift Card Growth

Big Box store gift cards are more popular than ever, according to recent research from National Gift Card. The findings from its annual gift card report detail redemption statistics for loyalty, rewards and incentive programs in 2018.

March 2019

Research Shows Loyalty Members Want More Redemption Opportunities

According to recent research, loyalty program members surveyed want more accessible redemption opportunities and prefer to redeem their points at least once a year. Furthermore, they want to redeem well before they hit the $100 mark in reward earnings and prefer a reward card over other reward options. These are among the findings of research commissioned by global financial technology company Blackhawk Network.

February 2019

IRF Announces 2019 Incentive Trends

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) announced the release of its signature study, “The IRF 2019 Trends Study.” The study highlights 10 key trends that will affect organizations, their products and services, and the workforce in 2019.

January 2019

Randstad US Identifies Work Trends to Watch

Randstad executives and other leaders from the human resources services industry recently shared key insights for employers facing complex challenges, from employees’ changing work preferences to the pressure to stay digitally relevant in a technology-saturated landscape.