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July 19, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

Is Employee Retention Dead? Not if You Focus on the Right Things

I recently received a press release for a new business book, and the title of the release really caught my attention. It was this: “Employee Retention is Dead. Embrace the Work Cycle.” Now, for someone who is in the business of helping companies host incentive programs with the specific objective to retain top employees, that […]

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July 3, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

Want to Know How Incentive Programs Make Companies Perform Better?

In a recently released study, the Incentive Research Federation has focused exclusively on the technology sector: What is it that high-performing tech companies do differently than average-performing tech companies when it comes to rewarding and recognizing their employees? After looking at revenue growth, stock price gains, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and other metrics, the IRF sorted […]

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June 11, 2019 aichotelgroup

PCMA’s Meeting/Incentive Planner Salary Survey Tells an Interesting Story

In late May, Professional Convention Management Association released its 2019 salary survey of more than 550 meeting and incentive-program planners. Some of the more interesting results include: Seven out of ten planners are satisfied with their jobs, and eight out of ten are happy the with being in the meetings and events industry. 72% of […]

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May 22, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

Meeting and Incentive Gifts Just Got Much More Expensive. Will It Last?

Here’s a headline that will give you a headache: “New Round of $300 Billion in Tariffs Includes Just About Every Promotional Product,” according to Promo Marketing magazine. In mid-May, President Trump announced not only that current tariffs on Chinese-made products are going from 10 percent to 25 percent, but also that many more products will […]

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May 6, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

Get the Phone Out of People’s Hands During Incentive Programs

If you didn’t follow college basketball’s “March Madness” tournament recently, you probably missed a great story about the Texas Tech team that built camaraderie among its players in an unusual way, which improved players’ performance so much that they made it all the way to the national semifinal—a.k.a. the Final Four—when almost nobody foresaw that […]

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April 24, 2019 Kevin Edmunds

In a Strong Market, Groups Can Keep Costs Down with Creative Planning

Well, it seems that the hotel industry across North America is not going to slow down anytime soon. Average daily room rate is above $130 for the first time ever, and that includes all hotel categories—in other words, the upper-upscale and luxury properties that meetings and incentives book most often cost considerably more than that. […]

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