Do It Yourself Incentive Programs

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Fixed Budget Incentive Programs
For those who need to know exactly how much the incentive program will cost based on their budget.

Travel Incentive Programs
Nothing motivates like travel. We have travel options for all budget ranges and a number of award earning structures to choose from.

Win-Place-Show Incentive Programs
Our most popular format, participants control their own fate in these incentive programs.

Grand Prize/Drawing Incentive Programs
For those with a limited budget, a grand prize incentive program can stretch your budget.

1-2-3 Incentive Programs
This fun and engaging earn-as-you-go format incorporates a theme to add to the excitement of the incentive program.

Online Points Based Incentive Programs
Like no other, used by many Fortune 500, this online self-managed solution includes over 16,000 options,
you ONLY pay when your goals are attained.

Plateau Incentive Programs
We build custom award catalogs based on your budget. No start-up costs or production costs for the award catalog. Perfect for safety, employee, and holiday awards!

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Cash Incentives vs. Merchandise – The Pros and Cons

Money makes the world go ‘round, or so they say, but a free weekend getaway or a beautiful piece of jewelry can be equally as rewarding. Every company that implements incentive programs has their own personal success stories of what works for their particular corporate culture, there is no one universal method or incentive strategy that works for all.

Popular opinion plus cumulative statistics reveal the following general statements about the various types of employee incentives:

Cash Incentives Pros -Easy to disseminate, everyone knows what it is
-Allows employees to use the money for their own purposes
-Often an initial or impulse choice, don’t have to deal with merchandise/travel choices or sourcing
Cash Incentive Cons -Not as motivating, small amounts viewed as chump change and not worth pursuing
-No trophy value, can’t brag about receiving it
-Often confused with salary or bonuses, hard to stop once started, people feel entitled to it in the future
-Most end up spending the money on necessities rather than indulgences, will forget about ever earning the extra money
-No lasting value, money is spent and gone, merchandise/travel is remembered
Merchandise Pros -Variety, can create themes to make the programs fun and different
-Trophy Value, people will brag about their new set of clubs or LCD TV they earned
-Tangible and has broad appeal
-Can create greater competitive spirit, people will work harder for items they normally wouldn’t purchase themselves
-Visual motivator, easier to promote than cash (catalogs, posters, presentation of prize, etc.)
-Long shelf life, a cruise or flat screen TV has more enduring value than a check
-Luxury promotes success, associate the program with high quality brand names, go “above and beyond” for your people
-Memorable, people remember merchandise and travel, cash is soon forgotten and so will those who gave it as an incentive
Merchandise Cons -Breakable (really)
-More of a liability to choose and source
-Not as easily measured as cash
-Poor quality can hurt company image
-Non-interest in merchandise offered can be a demotivator

Clearly, deciding on appropriate employee incentives can easily become a circular argument. That’s why it’s important in the planning stages of any incentive program to carefully assess the budget parameters and supplier(s) to get a general sense of what would work best for your company. In the last decade, the incentive scales seem to be tipped more toward merchandise and travel incentives, however, proper planning, good implementation, and consistency will ensure that your employee incentives will be well received for your particular business, regardless of what they are.

Incentives Marketplace is a performance improvement company devoted to providing clients with a single source for high quality, affordable incentives designed to achieve business goals.

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