Employee incentive programs are an important component of maintaining a happy and productive work environment. These programs include individual travel, group travel, employee field trips, company swag, and sporting and spa certificates. Before deciding on the employee incentive program for your company, it is important to understand the terminology.
Individual travel incentive
An individual travel incentive is a program which rewards an employee with a travel certificate for a hotel chain or cruise line. The value of the certificate can range from a weekend getaway to a several day cruise.
Group travel incentives
Group travel incentives reward multiple employees at once with a chance to get away. These programs can serve a dual purpose by not only rewarding employees, but also providing an occasion to promote interaction between management and employees, plan activities that foster teamwork, and introduce new polices or programs.
Employee field trips
Employee field trips are another incentive program that an organization can utilize to improve employee morale and motivation within the workplace. An employee field trip can be a day of fun, such as a company picnic, or a work retreat where employees participate in activities to foster team building and interaction with management, as well as recreation and entertainment.
Company swag refers to items toting a company name and logo. Some incentive programs reward employees by presenting them with items such as polo shirts, fleece blankets, first aid kits, fishing lures and golf accessories. Company swag not only recognizes an employee's achievement but also fosters a sense of belonging to a team.
Sports certificates appeal to many employees in an organization. Reward the accomplishments of an employee with a sports package to the Super Bowl, a hockey game, NASCAR race, basketball or baseball game that also includes hotel and dining accommodations.
Spa experience certificates
Spa experience certificates provide an opportunity for an employee to relax with their significant other and not only receive massages, body treatments and facials, but also enjoy amenities such as a sauna and whirlpool. Spa experience certificates can range from a day of pampering to a spa weekend that includes hotel and dining accommodations.