CURRENT RESEARCH


workplace motivation
Current Research

Decentralized Workforce: Fundamental Drivers & Engagement in the New Workplace 

Executive Summary  During Covid-19, the workplace underwent a rapid transition from on-premises to remote work. Even as the pandemic recedes, evidence from many studies and worker’s surveys suggests that the shift is lasting, and that the demand for remote and flexible work may be symptomatic of a broader, rebalanced approach to life and work. Consulting…

incentive travel
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Decision Drivers 2022: Elevating the Experience

In a challenging labor market, experiences take on an elevated level of importance for organizations working to retain top performers, attract new talent, and motivate middle performers to achieve new levels of success. Incentive travel is the tool of choice for many organizations. However, significant challenges — including competing leisure travel, industry-wide staffing issues, and…

incentive travel
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Incentive Expectations and Reality in the Hospitality Industry

As travel restrictions and bans ease, companies are getting back to incentive travel resulting in extraordinary demand on a set of suppliers still largely in recovery mode. While many event owners and planners are ready to get back to business as usual, hoteliers, destination management companies, and tourism boards face very real ongoing challenges. The…

incentive travel
Current Research

Incentive Travel Destination Preferences & Their Impact on Motivation

While the pandemic put incentive trips on hold, interest in incentive travel as a motivating sales reward has never been higher. In addition, many of the long-established practices associated with these trips are gradually returning to pre-pandemic levels.

workplace motivation
Current Research

The Role of Incentives in Today’s Decentralized Workforce

The IRF conducted a survey of 1,000 employees and managers to learn preferences about remote and hybrid work, reward and recognition methods, and employee motivation. This study reports on employee expectations, manager mindset, and how good recognition and incentive program design can enhance employee engagement.

incentive travel
Current Research

IRF Pulse Survey: The Impact of COVID-19 on Incentive Travel in 2022 (Infographic)

The majority of respondents to the IRF’s February 2022 pulse survey were planning incentive travel programs in 2022 — but flexibility was key.

trends
Current Research

The IRF 2022 Trends Report

As we entered 2022, companies were navigating workforce challenges including continued uncertainty, more employees working remotely, and “The Great Resignation.”

Merchandise, Gift Cards, Event Gifting
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Industry Outlook for 2022: Merchandise, Gift Cards and Event Gifting

The IRF reported an optimistic outlook for 2022 tempered by the lingering effects of Covid, cancellations, and uncertainty in 2021. For the first time ever, this IRF signature study was expanded include European participants.

points
Current Research

The Psychology of Points

The study explores how participating in point programs increases employee engagement, intrinsic motivation, and identification with the organization. It also provides practical guidance on how to design and implement a successful points program.

WELLNESS
Current Research

The IRF 2021 Wellness in Meetings and Incentive Travel Study

Wellness has long been a part of meetings and incentives. With COVID continuing to pose health threats and impact attendee comfort and confidence, planners are looking at the concept of wellness through a different lens.

health & safety
Current Research

Health & Safety Protocols Lead to COVID-Free Event

The IRF hosted nearly 500 attendees at one of the industry’s first post-pandemic live events, the IRF 2021 Education Invitational. Throughout the entire planning process, health & safety protocols were a driving factor in every decision.

incentive travel
Current Research

The Impact of Destination Choice on Motivation

Discusses significant shifts in the type of incentive trips participants want coming out of the pandemic.