Incentra Insights

Employee Recognition - What’s Hot in 2018?

Posted by David Chittock on Jan 26, 2018 9:52:16 AM

What Do the Pros Say?

Every year Forbes comes out with the “Top Ten Trends for 2018”.  This year, Platinum, an accounting and payroll firm, released an article entitled, Hot Workplace Trends You Will See In 2018.”  I thought it would be fun to see what the experts are telling us to expect this year.  We already are braced for some seismic changes so what else is in store?

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement

What is the State of Your Workplace?

Posted by David Chittock on Dec 8, 2017 2:08:26 PM

Is Change Your Only Uncertainty?

If you answered “yes”, you have a lot of company! Most business leaders agree on one thing - the changes taking place in today’s workplace are monumental in their scope, scale and impact. The seismic shift in how, when and where people work is having a massive effect on the ability of organizations to manage and optimize their employees’ performance. Management is struggling to adapt and many HR managers fear they are falling behind. Are there any easy answers?

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Finding the Right Rewards and Recognition Provider

Posted by David Chittock on Oct 27, 2017 9:37:01 AM

What to Look For

You’ve done all your homework and now you’re ready to select the R&R partner that’s the best fit for your organization. So what features in an R&R vendor should you be looking for? In its 2017 report on R&R software, Gartner lays out several criteria to keep in mind when selecting an R&R technology platform. These considerations include both the type of R&R solution that is right for your group and the kind of provider capabilities you’ll need to achieve a successful R&R program.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Rewards and Recognition Provider, Rewards and Recognition Technology

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 incentive plans, Sales Incentives