June 4, 2017 by Mike Sullivan
I recently attended the World at Work Total Rewards Conference in Washington DC. Full disclaimer, I am not a huge fan of trade shows in general. As an exhibitor, I feel like many of the attendees are just there to grab some free stuff and enjoy a day or an afternoon off from work. As an attendee, I have felt that most of the breakout sessions were not really talking to me or in the very least were reviewing material that I already knew.
There are many reasons for my bias, not the least of which may have been that I was not receptive or patient enough to “work” the show correctly. Regardless of why my prior experiences were poor, this experience was much better.
The attendees were happy to be there and looking to learn about rewards and compensation. Just about everyone I spoke with had a genuine interest in my specific thoughts on various industry topics such as the benefit of cash vs. non-cash incentives and recognition. (Side note: I think there is room for both and they can often be complementary.)
I attended several breakout sessions, and they were all very crowded and very interactive. I do not think I have ever attended a trade show/conference where the majority of the attendees were taking notes throughout the sessions! Good indicator that the topics chosen were relevant and interesting.
If you are an HR professional and are looking for an association to help process the complicated world of benefits and compensation along with the impact of rewards and incentives in these areas, I recommend that you check out World at Work and see if there is a benefit for you and your company.
And please contact us if we can assist you with your next incentive or recognition initiative.
August 3, 2016 by Brant Dolan
Wow! It does work. During our recent QIC business development team meeting, our VP of Marketing arranged a night of team building. We went bowling. Don’t know about you, but I haven’t bowled a lick for at least 10 years. For those of you who don’t bowl, let me assure you, at today’s bowling establishments… Read more »
June 9, 2016 by Brant Dolan
A recent study conducted by the Incentive Research Foundation sheds some interesting light on rewards favored by incentive program participants. It also describes the relationship and importance of certain “awarding dynamics” to overall program success. The physicality of the award presentation The visibility or notoriety gained by recognition among coworkers The inclusion of executive management… Read more »
July 22, 2015 by Jeff Edwards
I had some interesting thoughts this week around the idea of thresholds and how many of our personal and business relationships are influenced, if not governed by them. As I’ve written here a few times, one of my most enjoyable and satisfying activities is piloting a motorcycle. I also enjoy reading and subscribe to several… Read more »
March 10, 2015 by Mike Sullivan
Regardless of the type of incentive or recognition program being designed, a key element of a successful program is successfully registering your targeted participants. In a recent blog by Roy Bergameska of Deluxe Corporation called “Reward Program KPIs: How to Measure Registration Success,” the author tackles this key element to getting a program off the… Read more »
February 18, 2015 by Jeff Edwards
We don’t get much winter weather in Memphis. It does get cold, but as with ice and snowfall – that is a relative term. Even the cold is short lived however, and if you wait a couple of days things usually are much improved. For example, we are expecting temperatures around zero tonight and tomorrow… Read more »