Inspired Incentives

Better Engagement, Better Performance

Posted by Abby McMillin

Fri, Oct 07, 2016 @ 12:45 PM

Are you looking for better ways to engage with a target audience?

Through peer-to-peer recognition, team-focused gamification, and department-wide learning initiatives, engagement programs can dramatically enhance the productivity and efficiency of your target audience. It’s all a matter of asking the right questions.

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Topics: Performance Improvement, Employee Motivation, Channel Incentives

Engagement: Top 10 Statistics to Convince Your Leadership Team it's Worth the Investment

Posted by Abby McMillin

Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 10:50 AM

Engagement is a top priority for businesses today, requiring a tailored strategy to truly be successful. This buzz word isn't a trend that's likely to go away any time soon. More and more employees want to feel engaged in their work and feel recognized for their success. But let's face it, this is no easy feat, especially if your leadership team doesn't buy into engagement strategies in the first place. Incentive marketing companies and research institutions recognize this challenge and have compiled a comprehensive list of valuable statistic to debunk any skepticism surrounding the effectiveness of incentives to foster engagement.

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Topics: Performance Improvement, Employee Motivation, Incentive Marketing Strategies

Closing the Gap in Employee Recognition

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Thu, Jun 02, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

Recently, The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) published a report on job satisfaction. The report included the results of a survey of 600 U.S. employees that was conducted between November and December of 2015. What’s interesting from a performance improvement perspective is that one of the key measurements in the survey involved employee recognition in the workplace. More specifically, it looked at whether or not and to what degree U.S. employees were satisfied with their management’s recognition of their performances, as well as how important this feature of their job was to them. 

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Topics: Employee Motivation

Social Badging and the Evolution of Enablement

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

Back in 2012, Harvard Business Review listed social badging as one of its Four Innovation Trends to Watch in 2013. In the piece, HBR intimated that in the near future, badges would become “key variables in human capital evaluation.” Similarly, a November, 2012 New York Times article suggested that “while they may appear to be just images, digital badges are actually portals that lead to large amounts of information about what their bearers know and can do.” At the time, social/digital badging was a relatively new phenomenon in the business and education arenas, however its potential as a value-added resource was already beginning to be explored and expounded upon.

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Topics: Employee Motivation

Make the Most of Your First Impressions

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

When it comes to performance improvement, we all know that a first impression can be a very powerful thing. Whether you’re trying to impress a new client, or attempting to engage a new segment of your audience, you often get one chance—and one chance only—to demonstrate the value that you and your organization can bring to the table. Of course, some incentive programs are designed for customer retention, meaning that targeted marketing campaigns that focus on long-term engagement may be the way to go. However, as a performance improvement company we’re also frequently asked to develop strategies that draw potential employees or customers into a program from the very beginning, and for these types of programs the key is to generate excitement right away with clear and concise communications.

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Topics: Employee Motivation

Employee Engagement and Customer Engagement – What's the Difference?

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Thu, Mar 21, 2013 @ 03:52 PM

At HMI, we have a lot of discussions about our engagement within our incentive programs. We’re always looking for ways to improve our strategy, including studying and researching everything from behavioral psychology to consumer trends. With the topic of engagement, one wrinkle that occasionally comes up involves the nuances of customer engagement versus employee engagement. What are the driving motivations behind each? How can the two complement one another?

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Topics: Loyalty Programs, Employee Motivation

Can Your Channel Incentive Program Benefit from a Holistic Approach?

Posted by Matt Slane

Fri, Jan 25, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

It’s mid-January and for many, the New Year’s resolutions we made have already started to fall by the wayside and retreat to the back of our minds.  Personally I have decided to take a holistic approach to my goals this year.  

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Topics: Performance Improvement, Loyalty Programs, Goal setting, Employee Motivation, Performance Incentives, Incentive Marketing Strategies, Channel Incentives

Celebrating Service Through the Holidays and Beyond

Posted by Devin Ferreira

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 @ 09:45 AM

During the holiday season, you will undoubtedly hear stories of employees who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty to provide the best possible customer satisfaction. Often times, these good Samaritans are called upon to help a distressed patron who is short on time, money, or luck. In other situations, these professionals simply decide that customers deserve exceptional service and take it upon themselves to do what is necessary. In either case, these inspiring examples demonstrate that caring for customers goes hand-in-hand with better business.

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Topics: Employee Motivation, Customer Service, Performance Incentives, Non-Cash Incentives, Success Story, Points Based Incentive Programs

Balancing Expectations for a Successful Group Incentive Trip

Posted by Anne Bouthilette

Tue, Aug 14, 2012 @ 10:03 AM

One of the most commonly asked questions when potential clients are considering a group incentive travel program is how they can achieve maximum success for their company and their customers. Considering the many factors that go into a group incentive trip, it can be a challenge to balance the expectations of a company’s executives with the wants and needs of those who will be attending the trip. As with all incentive programs, the money spent on the reward must have a pay-off for those funding it, so it’s important to look at a group incentive program from all perspectives to ultimately achieve the highest ROI.

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Topics: Performance Improvement, Employee Motivation, Sales Growth, Performance Incentives, Group Incentive Travel

The Art of Motivation: Understanding the Individual

Posted by Abbe Novack

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 @ 09:31 AM

Just as no two people are alike, no two rewards should be the same. What motivates an employee with a family, for example, is far less likely to resonate with a single, twenty-something employee. Picking the right incentive isn’t as simple as organizing everyone by age and marital status, however; there are a lot of different factors that go into understanding what really motivates a person, including what they value and how competitive they are.

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Topics: Employee Motivation