Incentra Insights

Recognition and Rewards Software – Making the Right Choice

Posted by David Chittock on Oct 6, 2017 10:45:39 AM

Where Do I Start?

OK, so you’re ready to select a new Rewards & Recognition (R&R) software platform.  But wait!  Not only are there a myriad of choices out there, there’s also a multitude of types.  There’s talent management, human capital management, and domain specific points systems just for starters.  Totally confused?  No worries, you’re in good company.  Most HR managers feel the same way you do.  So…what to do first?

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Topics: Employee Engagement, recognition and rewards software

Recognition and Rewards Software - Are You on the Right Track?

Posted by David Chittock on Sep 8, 2017 3:30:00 PM

Feeling Left Behind?

We talk to a lot of HR Managers about where they are going with Recognition and Reward (R&R) platforms.  It’s safe to say there’s a lot of uncertainty and angst out there on this topic.  Some tell us they’ve jumped on the train but it’s going too fast; others feel like they’re hanging on to the caboose.  Still others say they got to the station but the train had already left.  What can a HR Leader do to ensure that his or her company’s R&R program is going in the right direction at top speed?

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Employee Recognition and Politics in the Workplace

Posted by David Chittock on Aug 7, 2017 10:28:22 AM

The Mingling of Politics and Work

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Topics: Employee Recognition, workplace politics

Employee Engagement and the Role of Power in the Workplace

Posted by David Chittock on Jul 13, 2017 10:06:41 AM

What Do We Mean by Workplace Power?

You might ask what is workplace power and how does it affect employee engagement?  In their book "Organizational Behavior", Steven McShane and Mary Von Glinow describe power as the ability of a person, or group of people, to influence others.  Power is a tool that, depending on how it's used, can lead to either positive or negative outcomes in an organization. It would appear that power used affirmatively would promote employee engagement.  Power used destructively could easily cause employees to disengage.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Employee Recognition - Why Non-Cash Rewards Rule

Posted by David Chittock on May 30, 2017 10:04:15 AM

The Cash/Non-Cash Debate

Over my years in the employee recognition business, I’ve seen a real evolution in the age-old discussion of cash vs non-cash rewards.  It appears at this juncture that the evidence shows that non-cash rewards have clearly come out on top.  According to the Incentive Federation, “…over the last 20 years there has been a dramatic jump in the number of U.S. businesses using non-cash rewards, rising from just 26% of all U.S. businesses in 1996 to 84% of all U.S. businesses in 2016.”  So what accounts for this significant shift in recognition practices?

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Topics: Employee Recognition

Employee Recognition and the Consumerization of HR

Posted by David Chittock on May 16, 2017 2:52:13 PM

Welcome to the Future!

Last year Forbes published an article entitled, The Consumerization of HR. Just for fun, I decided to look up the word, “consumerization.”  Here’s what I found:

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Topics: Employee Recognition

Sales Incentive Plans – Easier Than You Think!

Posted by David Chittock on May 2, 2017 9:27:14 AM

A Changing Environment

Many Sales Managers dread the thought that each year they need to create a new sales incentive plan.  This task can be even more daunting in the light of current dramatic changes in sales roles and processes.  As we discussed in a recent blog, subject matter experts are swiftly becoming key contributors to successful sales efforts.  Changing buying patterns and more informed customers are truly impacting sales processes and the ways we compensate sales performance.  So how does a manager begin to plan?  Where do you start?

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Topics: Sales Incentives, sales incentive plans

2017 Sales Trends - Is Your Incentive Plan Ready?

Posted by David Chittock on Apr 10, 2017 9:22:24 PM

What Can We Expect?

Recently, Forbes published an article entitled “Leading Sales Trends Expected to Drive Success In 2017”.  In it, the author states that these developments will have a direct impact on a company’s bottom line.  If sales managers are not planning for these trends, there is a good chance they could be falling behind their competitors. So what do you need to know about these trends and how they will affect your sales incentive plan?

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Topics: Sales Incentives

Employee Recognition in 2017 – Get Ready for a Wild Ride!

Posted by David Chittock on Feb 1, 2017 9:11:06 AM

Fasten Your Seatbelts HR!

Well it’s here.  A new year, a new administration, and a new generation entering the workforce. . . things are moving fast.  So what can we expect in 2017 and how prepared are we to meet what might be a great deal of change coming at us? Let’s take a look.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Talent Management, Employee Recognition

Employee Recognition and the Greening of the Workplace…Part Two

Posted by David Chittock on Jan 9, 2017 9:53:28 AM

A Wakeup Call for Employers?

In our last post, we discussed how current workplace trends are affecting workers’ on- the-job experience.  In this blog, we’re going to take a look at how these trends are defining how employers, and in particular HR leaders, will have to adjust to employee expectations and requirements in a changing workplace environment.

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Topics: Employee Recognition