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  • IRF Webinar: Health & Safety Protocols: Setting Up In-Person Events for Success

    Hear from InHouse Physicians’ Dr. Jonathan Spero in conversation with IRF Vice Chair Jim Kelley. As many organizations consider resuming in-person events, Dr. Spero will discuss health & safety policies, privacy considerations, and onsite procedures that need to be addressed to help set up meetings and incentive travel programs for success. From corporate leadership buy-in to attendee comfort and well-being, Spero and Kelley will discuss why health & safety protocols are critical to the return to in-person meetings and incentives. Click here to access the full recording.

  • IRF Webinar: Revisiting Buyer Decision Drivers, Changes in Confidence and Concerns in the Last 6 Months

    In April, The Palm Beaches gathered a group of corporate incentive program owners and third-party incentive house executives from across the country to meet in person in Palm Beach, Florida. The group had a candid discussion on the factors that were driving buyer decisions to move forward with group incentive travel programs. Now six months later, the IRF gathered with incentive professionals who attended the April event to discuss what’s happened in the past six months. They discussed how decision drivers and priorities have shifted, participant readiness, how to manage expectations, and how to work with the right partners. Click here to access the full recording.
  • IRF Webinar: The Impact of Destination Choice on Motivation

    View this webinar recording for a discussion about the IRF’s newest release, "The Impact of Destination Choice on Motivation." The Incentive Research Foundation’s The Impact of Destination Choice on Motivation reports that group incentive travel was considered highly motivating by 80% of North American employees surveyed the IRF. During this webinar, you'll hear about some significant shifts in the type of incentive trips participants want coming out of the pandemic and what destinations are most in-demand. IRF Vice President Andy Schwarz and IRF Chief Research Advisor Rick Garlick discuss how to use the report’s findings to design incentive travel programs and create experiences that provide maximum inspiration to earn the award.  Click here to access the full recording.
  • IRF Webinar: Event Alternatives and Their Impact on Culture

    View this webinar recording for a discussion about the IRF’s newest release, "Event Alternatives and Their Impact on Culture." With incentive travel programs cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic, incentive program owners have relied on alternative rewards, such as merchandise, gift cards, and virtual events. During this webinar, we discuss how organizations have continued to motivate and recognize employees and stakeholders during the pandemic, while also connecting people socially for meetings and events. We talk about the strategies and rewards used over the past year and their impact on corporate culture and employee connectedness. Click here to access the full recording.
  • IRF Webinar: The IRF 2021 Trends Study

    The IRF 2021 Trends Report highlights key trends that will affect a workforce and sales landscape that have been dramatically changed by the pandemic. A pent-up demand for travel, Zoom fatigue, virtual offices, and new job seekers are just a few examples of changes to the workforce that companies are navigating in 2021. The IRF 2021 Trends Webinar, dives deeper into these trends and discusses how incentive programs will need to be reimagined to motivate a changing workforce, accelerate recovery, and meet the evolving goals of post-pandemic companies. Click here to access the full recording.
  • IRF Webinar: IRF Industry Outlook for 2021: Merchandise and Gift Cards

    The Incentive Research Foundation’s Industry Outlook for 2021: Merchandise and Gift Cards reports a more optimistic outlook for 2021 than might be expected after the challenges resulting from the pandemic. We invite you to the IRF’s Industry Outlook for 2021 webinar, where IRF President Stephanie Harris and IRF Chief Research Adviser Rick Garlick will present this useful analysis of how incentive, rewards and recognition programs are being designed and budgeted for 2021. Webinar attendees will get useful insights and benchmarks on non-cash reward types, average spend, and how incentive programs have changed in response to the pandemic. Click here to access the full recording.
  • IRF Webinar: Using Incentives to Accelerate Recovery

    Motivated employees and channel partners drive more revenue and better performance across an organization. As companies work to recover from the impact of 2020, a well-designed incentive program can help shift the recovery curve. From rules structures to rewards selection, our experts will share research findings from two new IRF studies: Reward PreferencesandIncentive Program Design for Crisis Recovery. Click here to access the full recording.
  • IRF DMC Panel

    Many incentive program owners will tell you the secret to the success of their incentive program is a strong partnership with a destination management company. A good DMC knows the destination deeply and has relationships with restaurants, entertainment venues, various suppliers so that you can design a unique event that meets your program goals. The DMC can also help you ensure a safe experience through its relationships with local government, police, healthcare, and emergency response.

    The IRF has assembled a panel of DMC experts to offer insights into how DMCs are working with planners as incentive travel programs are beginning to be relaunched. They discuss how the DMC model is changing, how DMCs support virtual and hybrid meetings, new safety measures, and more. Click here to access the full recording.

  • IRF Gift Card Panel

    Incentive program owners have had to make significant changes to their motivation and rewards programs in response to COVID-19. Whether adapting to reduced staff, work-from-home mandates, or new responsibilities on the front line, most program owners are adapting their programs goals and mix of rewards. A recent IRF survey reported that the use of gift cards as rewards has increased by 26% during the pandemic.

    The IRF has assembled a panel of gift card experts to offer insights into new ways gift cards are being used to motivate performance. They will discuss how now more than ever, gift cards allow for flexibility, creativity, and efficiency when used to motivate important audiences. Click here to access the full recording.

  • IRF Webinar: COVID-19 and Disruption in the Incentives Industry

    During this webinar, we examine the incentives industry’s response to COVID-19 and recovery plans. Stephanie Harris, IRF President, and Allan Schweyer, Chief Academic Advisor, will discuss key findings and actionable takeaways from the newly released study, COVID-19 and Disruption in the Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events Industry. They will review threats to running incentive programs, including COVID-19, weather, travel hazards, politics, economic downturns. With a focus on the impact of COVID-19 on the industry, they will discuss actionable advice collected from industry leaders for the study on how to rebuild incentive programs through strategic collaborations with clients, participants, hotels and resorts, DMCs, and partners. Click here to access the full recording.
  • IRF Airlines Panel: Incentives Recovery Takes Flight

    As travel restrictions begin to ease, incentive planners anticipate air travel being a very different experience than it was before COVID-19. The IRF assembled a panel of airline experts from American Airlines, United Airlines, and Etihad Airways to offer insights into the next phase of airline travel. Find out how planning group travel will change, potential shifts in airline products, what new safety precautions airlines are implementing, and what the new airline passenger experience could be. Click here to access the full recording and resources.
  • IRF Webinar: Metrics of Success for Incentive and Rewards Programs

    Join us as we examine how businesses are measuring, reporting, and defending the benefits of incentive programs during the IRF’s Metrics of Success Webinar. Stephanie Harris, IRF President, and Rick Garlick, IRF Chief Research Advisor, will discuss how, even before the global pandemic, the industry was starting to place more focus on hard metrics showing return on investment. They’ll also discuss why it’s critical to present your program as a driver of performance and revenue by using a strong combination of hard and soft metrics. Click here to access the full webinar recording.
  • IRF Webinar: IRF's 2020 Top Performer Study

    Find out what top performing companies do differently in incentives and rewards during the IRF 2020 Top Performer Webinar. Stephanie Harris, IRF President, and Rick Garlick, IRF Chief Research Advisor, discuss benchmarks, best practices, and non-cash rewards strategies used by top performing companies. Click here to access the full webinar recording.
  • IRF Webinar: Rewards & Recognition: Using Your Program to Engage Remote Teams

    As COVID-19 forces many workers to work remotely, many organizations are wondering how to help facilitate the shift and keep workers productive and engaged. In this webinar you’ll hear from experts in program design and management on how to maximize the effectiveness of your current reward and recognition programs during this transition. Our Chief Academic Officer will also share study findings on ways to motivate virtual workers. Click here to access the full webinar recording.
  • IRF Webinar: Incentive & Events Industry Software Report: 2020

    Gain key insights from the Incentive & Events Industry Software Report: 2020. Stephanie Harris, IRF President, and Allan Schweyer, IRF’s Chief Academic Advisor and author of the report, discuss how technology is being selected, customized, and integrated into rewards and recognition programs. They address what features and functionality program owners prioritize now – and what will likely be critical in the near future. Click here to access the full webinar recording. Click here to access this recording via Soundcloud.
  • IRF Webinar: Changes and Compliance: U.S. Regulations and Rewards Programs 

    Get key takeaways from the IRF’s signature study 2019 U.S. Federal Regulations and Non-Cash Awards. During the IRF webinar Changes and Compliance, we discuss the feedback from program owners that regulatory requirements for incentive programs make it difficult to reward and recognize good performers. We explore how high awareness and knowledge of regulatory and tax requirements strongly correlated with greater rates of change in program design. Find out what types of changes are being made to program design in order to be in compliance – and if program owners are really accomplishing their compliance goals by making these changes. Click here to access the full webinar recording. Click here to access this recording via Soundcloud.
  • IRF Webinar: IRF Top Performers Study - Financial Services Sector 

    The IRF Top Performers Study: Financial Services Sector study identifies the non-cash rewards strategies and tactics used by top performing financial services firms. The study also provides benchmarks and best practices to help financial services firms design effective non-cash rewards programs. During our latest webinar, Mel Van Dyke, IRF President discusses findings from the data collected across multiple financial services firms and compares the results of top performing financial services firms to those of average performing financial services firms. While the findings in this webinar are specific to the financial services industry, they are also aligned with what IRF is seeing in other verticals. Click here to access the full webinar recording. Click here to access this recording via Soundcloud.