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- 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.
- IRF 2019 Voice of the Market: The Use of Non-Cash Rewards & Recognition
Find out what program owners think about their programs and what they need from incentive program providers, suppliers, and associations. During this webinar, Melissa Van Dyke, IRF President, will present "The Program Owner Manifesto," based on highlights from the new study by the IRF 2019 Voice of the Market: The Use of Non-Cash Rewards & Recognition. She discusses what front-line program owners prioritize when designing, implementing, and executing incentive, rewards, and recognition programs. Click here to access the full webinar recording. Click here to access this recording via Soundcloud.
- IRF's Top Performer Study: Technology Sector
Find out what truly successful technology companies are doing differently regarding human capital investments during this IRF webinar. On this webinar, we discuss benchmarks and key findings reported in The IRF Top Performers Study: Technology Sector. Executives at top-performing technology firms were twice as likely as executives at average technology firms to support non-cash rewards and recognition programs – we take a closer look at how these top-performing companies are designing, implementing, and measuring their programs. Click here to access the full webinar recording. Click here to access this recording via Soundcloud.