July 24, 2017 by Mike Sullivan
As we enter the last part of July, a lot of parents here in the Southeast are starting to talk about the return of school in a few weeks. I grew up in the Northeast where school did not start until after Labor Day, so this still seems like a scary proposition to me, but I can usually justify it by remembering their “summer” gets started a lot earlier as well!
So, how does “Back to School” relate to incentive and recognition programs? Well, for many companies the summer months represent a bit of a slowdown where employees take most of their vacation time. With the end approaching, it is a good time for program administrators to roll up their sleeves and make some updates to their program.
For sales incentive programs, it could be the addition of a training component to their incentive program. Maybe there is a new product introduction or we want to start the busy fall season with some bonus point opportunities for their existing program. Those are some pretty good ways to get participants re-engaged in the program and find out who is paying attention.
For an employee recognition program, this could be a community service event where all participants earn points for their participation, or keeping in theme with back to school a quiz or survey reminding employees of safety initiatives at the company.
In either case, or really in any season, it is never a bad idea to take a step back and assess what is working and what is not working – or could work better in one’s incentive or recognition program. If you do not already have one scheduled on a periodic basis, ask your incentive/recognition partner to set up a status call or a more formal program review, so you can collaborate and address the challenges that you are experiencing. In other words, do not be afraid to raise your hand even if you do not know the answer or even the question. That is why we are here!
June 29, 2017 by Rob Miklas
It’s hard for me to believe, but the QIC Blog has now been in existence for nearly four years. Looking back at my contributions to the endeavor, I still count among my favorites a post that was published in September 2013, entitled Lessons from the Street – Employee Recognition and Misguided Sweet Sweepers . In… Read more »
January 18, 2017 by Mike Sullivan
Our web-based incentive points platform features many modules designed to enhance the participant experience. Our clients use these to ensure participant engagement and maximize the benefit of their sales incentive or employee recognition programs. Whether it is the utilization of graphic goal trackers for a sales incentive program or the utilization of badges for “shout-outs”… Read more »
August 26, 2016 by Rob Miklas
As I’m sure that our readers know, gamification is a pretty hot topic these days. However, what our readers may not know, or may not have thought much about, is that there can be confusion in the marketplace about the relationship between gamification and interactive games – especially games of chance. Here at QIC, we’ve… Read more »
August 9, 2016 by Mike Sullivan
Regardless of which of our illustrious political candidates you are supporting, there seems to be quite a bit of uncertainty in the marketplace during this election year. This leads to longer sales cycles and diminished budgets for companies that are interested in taking a tentative step forward and launching sales incentive programs in these uncertain… Read more »
June 30, 2016 by Jeff Edwards
I’ve always enjoyed the game of baseball. There’s something about its “simple complexity” that separates it from other ball or stick & ball contests. Baseball is played at a slower pace than other sports and therefore might seem boring to some. However, the strategic and tactical adjustments made during the course of the game make… Read more »