Engaging incentive ideas

Paul Nolan

It happens every year...One workplace study or another releases survey results that show 70 percent or more of employees are disengaged at work. The most recent research by Gallup shows that employee engagement is strongly connected to business outcomes essential to an organization’s financial success, such as productivity, profitability and customer engagement. Engaged employees support the innovation, growth and revenue that their companies need.

Challenging work, opportunities for advancement and a sense that what they are doing is meaningful are all imperative to keeping employees engaged. So is recognition. If all of the other pieces are in place, the products featured here from our advertisers are the kinds of incentives that help motivate workers to exceed expectations.

Timing is everything.

Take a moment to reflect on the individual employee and why they are being recognized. To make the recognition more meaningful, it is best to deliver your praise as soon as possible after the employee does something recognition-worthy, while still allowing yourself time to prepare your sentiments and plan for any additional consideration such as a card or gift.

Source for engagement tips: Hallmark Business Connections blog (HallmarkBusinessConnections.com)

Fujinon Techno Stabilization Binoculars

Fujifilm has been producing high-end military and professional grade binoculars for decades. One example is the Techno Stabilization Series, which is designed for serious enthusiasts. Simply power up and you are able to maintain a steady field of view on any kind of rugged terrain. Fuji’s complete line of binoculars is available for corporate use. Contact Joe Hafenscher at Fujifilm North America at 312-924-5803 or email jhafenscher@fujifilm.com or visit FujiFilmUSA.com.

Show love with B-Dubs

When you need to reward a job well done, incent your employees or retain loyal customers, the Buffalo Wild Wings gift card is the ultimate solution. Redeemable at 1,100-plus locations nationwide. For details, visit buffalowildwings.com or email bwwbulk@buffalowildwings.com.

Motivate with the swoosh

As a reward, a thank you or an incentive, a Nike Gift Card is the gift your whole team will appreciate. Only Nike Gift Cards open up a world of performance apparel styles – from one of the most iconic brands in the world. Whether they’re weekend warriors or world-class athletes, comfort-seekers or fashionistas – it’s the perfect gift for everybody. For more information, call Nike Corporate Sales at 971-473-3415 or email austin.briggs@nike.com.

The most popular brand in sunglasses

Ray-Ban sunglasses are the perfect solution for your corporate and event gifting needs. Choose from over 50 Ray-Ban styles. Custom cleaning cloths are available with decoration. For more information, call 866-465-4657 or email corporatesales@linksunlimited.com.

Take home video to another level

For those who want to take video to another level, the VIXIA HF R700 camcorder is ideal for families looking for great-quality results. The camcorder’s 57× Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Image Stabilizer free up your creativity and shooting. Record Full HD video directly to a removable SD card for sharing. For more details, contact Canon Special Markets at specialmarkets@cusa.canon.com or call 866-50-CANON, or visit usa.canon.com/corporategifts.

Power to your people

Powerhouse Brands acts as an outsourced team that can manage some or all of a gift card program. Our team can streamline strategy, in-store, online, third party, or B2B sales channels. For more information, call Powerhouse Brands at 917-745-7363 or email HeatherAbbott@powerhousebrands.com, or visit powerhousebrands.com.

One-size-fits-all solutions

Foot Locker and Champs Sports are the world’s largest athletic specialty retailers, offering a broad selection of brand name footwear and apparel to meet today’s sport and fashion needs. Gift cards are redeemable at Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker and Champs Sports. Available in a traditional plastic format as well as an eCard format, in either U.S. or Canadian Dollars. Cards are redeemable in-store and online, and they never expire. For more information about Foot Locker Gift Card Sales brought to you by PMG call 800-690-5996 or email giftcards@footlockergiftcard.com,
or visit footlockergiftcard.com.

Motivation redefined

Sony is continuously redefining the world of audio/video electronics. From 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs, to their aseries interchangeable lens cameras, to portable and hi-res audio products, it’s never been easier to reward
the best with the best. For more details, visit Sony.com/motivation.

Deliver in the right setting.

Most incentive programs motivate only the top 20 percent of salespeople, but the reality is your biggest lift and highest potential comes from your other 80 percent. When you need to increase sales quickly, focus on driving participation and sales from 100 percent of your sales team with GoalQuest. Learn more and download a free eBook, “Driving Performance with Self‑Selected Goals,” at SalesandMarketing.com/GoalQuest.

On Target

From rewarding new and loyal customers to celebrating milestones to recognizing exceptional work, Target GiftCards™ are incentives everyone will love. They can choose from hundreds of their favorite brands at over 1,700 Target stores in the U.S. and online at Target.com. For more information, call 800-5GIFTS5 (544-3875), visit target.com/corporategiftcards or email B2B.giftcards@target.com.

IMEX America

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Great grilling

Omaha Steaks® ALL NEW grill starter kit and BBQ rub kits are a gourmet gift that is affordable and easy to distribute. These kits are shelf stable and are perfect to include with our Omaha Collection gift certificates. Call 800-228-2480 or visit b2b.omahasteaks.com/SMM for details.