January: The IRF 2022 Trends Report 

This perennial favorite looks at the trends that will affect the incentive industry in 2022. Based on research and input from industry experts, this paper provides a high-level perspective across the changing landscape of non-cash incentives for 2022. 

 

February: The Impact of Covid-19 on Incentive Travel in 2022 

As disruptions from variants continue, this study looks at how organizations are managing their incentive travel programs, impacts to incentive program budgets, and views on vaccination policies within organizations. This study also looks at the changes in both land-based and cruise programs. 

 

April: The Role of Incentives in Today’s Decentralized Workforce: Attract, Retain, Build Culture 

Given one of the most challenging labor markets in history, this report explores the use of incentives as a business strategy to help organizations attract, retain, and build culture across in-office and remote workers. We’ll look at employee expectations, manager mindset, and how incentives can be used to maximum effect in the era of the Great Resignation, remote work, and labor shortages with both direct and indirect employees. 

 

May: Destinations and Their Impact on Motivation 

The selection of an incentive destination is an important part of designing a program that will motivate the audience and satisfy business requirements. Past destinations, infrastructure, cost, senior leadership recommendations, and more can all come into play. This paper explores the impact of destinations on motivation and value perception. It also looks the key factors influencing selection of various destinations and the year-over-year changes as COVID variants, vaccine policies, and other factors continue to impact destination selection. 

 

June: Hospitality: Incentive Expectations and Reality 

This study will look at the global hospitality market from the perspective of hoteliers, incentive program owners, and tourism boards/DMCs, assessing the current landscape, regrowth of business, and labor shortages, to identify the discrepancies between levels of service at the hotel level and the expectations of incentive program owners and participants. 

 

August: Decentralized Workforce: Fundamental Drivers & Engagement in the New Workplace 

The new decentralized workforce comes with new expectations, new drivers of performance, and new considerations for the structure and delivery of engagement programs to inspire employee performance and loyalty. This study explores the fundamental drivers of employee performance in the current work environment, the impact of hybrid workforces on culture. The report will provide recommendations on using incentives, recognition and engagement programs as drivers of employee experience. 

 

September: Social Responsibility and Sustainability 

Social responsibility requirements and sustainability continue to be part of our industry’s conversations. Diversity, employee engagement and labor-related issues are increasingly appearing on program RFPs as companies look to partner with responsible and sustainably minded organizations. We’ll explore what organizations are expecting from their partners related to sustainability and social responsibility as well as how coming regulations could further shift expectations. 

 

OctoberIncentive Travel Industry Index 

The Incentive Travel Industry Index is a comprehensive view into the state of the global incentive travel industry. This is the fourth year of the collaboration between FICP, IRF and SITE Foundation on the Incentive Travel Industry Index. With research partner Oxford Economics, the organizations have again created an indispensable annual report on the state of incentive travel, providing data on current and future evolution. 

 

December: 2023 Outlook: Merchandise and Gift Card 

The Outlook study is an annual look at the state of the merchandise, gift card, and event gifting industries, delivering insights to help fuel growth. The study looks at corporate, third party and supplier perspectives on the use, application, and effectiveness of various categories within the merchandise and gift card markets in North America and Western Europe. 

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The IRF 2022 Trends Report