Top Performers - March-April 2019


Workplace engagement starts and ends with strong management, as our cover story in this issue makes clear. “I have yet to come across an engaged and productive team that lacked an equally engaged leader,” commented one respondent to our query about what leads to workplace engagement.

Once you’ve got your team excelling, recognizing their strong performance is a proven way to get that same effort in the future. “Giving the right gift to a person who appreciates tangible rewards can send a powerful message of thanks, appreciation and encouragement,” states Paul White, co-author of “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace.”

Appreciation for colleagues communicates respect and value for the person. “People are not solely ‘work units’ whose primary value is derived from hohw much they produce,” White says. “Authentic appreciation flows from valuing employees as people — encompassing not only their capabilities and what they accomplish, but also how they enhance the work of the team and, finally, who they are.”

When leaders actively pursue communicating appreciation to their team members, the whole work culture improves. Ultimately, White says, the managers report that they are enjoying their work more. All of us thrive in an atmosphere of appreciation.

The incentive and recognition ideas featured here from our advertising partners can help you show appreciation to your top performers and drive more stellar results.

Individual cruise certificates to motivate and inspire
Royal Caribbean International offers you a turnkey program that recognizes and rewards employees, business partners and clients with an incredible cruise vacation. The Certificate Program treats recipients as the deserving individuals they are, giving them the freedom to go where they want, when they want. Choose from a wide variety of certificates to fit all budgets. Call 800-762-0458 or visit to learn more.

A deep dive into style
Introducing the Marine Star Automatic. There are many reasons for corporate gifting — and Bulova is the solution for them all. With its recognized brand names, wide range of styles and customization opportunities, Bulova transforms any corporate gifting event into a thoughtful, individualized and engaging experience. For more information, visit

Motivation Experience
Motivation Experience is the leading conference and expo catering to the incentive, loyalty, rewards, motivation and recognition industry. Education is powered by leading associations to deliver mission critical trends and best practices. Join us at the Motivation Experience in Chicago, May 21-23. Learn more at

Gifting mastered
Omaha Steaks® custom gift certificates make a memorable business gift and effective promotional item. Each certificate can be branded and personalized and gives the recipient the ability to select their own gift — these are sure to leave a lasting impact. Shop online or request a quote via, 800-228-2480 or visit

Velocity B2B
Bloomin’ Brands is your partner for personalized gift cards featuring logos and pictures of your choice. Receive a 10 percent discount on bulk orders and free standard shipping — gift cards do not expire and can be used at any Bloomin’ Brands location. For more information, contact Erin hudale at or call 412-639-7371.

Fashion and function
This striking timepiece features a silver-tone stainless steel case and bracelet, black dial with rose gold-tone hands, and Arabic numeral hour markers. Includes a date display between 4 and 5 o’clock position, chronograph sub-dials, and water resistance to 100 meters. For more information, contact Jeffrey Brenner at or call 201-529-7984.

One card, many great choices
Give your employees and clients a gift they really want, experiences to share with friends and family! With over 1,700 restaurants, and a variety of unique restaurants to choose from, the Darden Gift Card is One Card, All the favorites. For more information, call 800-642-7336, email or visit

Gift card conference
Discover how branded currency can help your sales flourish. Returning for its third year, the Flourish Conference teaches leaders how to take advantage of tools like gift card, branded payments and loyalty programs to increase sales and team performance through unique educational and networking offerings. Learn more at

Easily send digital rewards people want
Choosing the right gift card to fit every recipient’s lifestyle can be a hassle. That’s why GC Incentives —  now part of Tango Card — makes digital rewards easy to send and awesome to receive. We offer a robust gift card catalog and expert program support so your recipients can choose the reward they really want. For more information, visit for a demo or call 877-737-0200.

Products that motivate
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