The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) has completed their survey of incentive buyers, suppliers and professionals in the industry to provide their merchandise outlook for 2020. Some key points follow:
For years we’ve understood that tangible merchandise rewards are the most effective method to motivate employee performance improvement, and the latest Trend report from The Incentive Research Foundation confirms it yet again. This is the fifth straight year that the rewards and recognition market has shown 20-30% growth in experience-related rewards including merchandise – and the more meaningful the merchandise reward, the more effective.
The idea – and the complaint – that safety and health departments operate out of organizational “silos” has been around for decades. You can trace it back to the creation of OSHA in 1971. Safety and health then became a compliance policing function in many companies. And many employers were angered at OSHA’s sudden intrusion into their operations. As a result, management put safety and health departments and personnel in a silo separated from mainstream business activity. For some employers angered at OSHA, the further distance between safety and the rest of the operations, the better. And so, in a number of business-case scenarios, began safety’s segregation – a cause of frustration, resentment and insecurity for many safety and health professionals that persists to this day.