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Rewards & Recognition (April 2013)

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Enterprise Engagement Curriculum Webinars Announced

Every Enterprise Engagement webinar includes practical, research-based reference and how-to information on various areas of Engagement, as well as preparation for at least one aspect of the Enterprise Engagement Certification program. The sessions include spot polls that help you anonymously benchmark yourself or your organization against other participants. You can participate in the live webinars and/or later access the recorded versions and corresponding textbook chapters at any time. All webinars start at 2pm Eastern. Upcoming dates and topics:

Get descriptions and register for any of these webinars at


IRF Invitational Moves to Cancun This Year

The Hard Rock Hotel Cancun and the incentive community of Cancun, Mexico will be hosting the Incentive Research Foundation's annual Invitational from May 7-11, 2013. This event offers industry professionals four days of business networking and destination showcase experiences to foster new and solidify existing relationships with nearly 200 top buyer/decision makers from incentive companies and corporations, as well as the top supplier organizations. The Incentive Invitational also the IRF's most important annual fundraising activity for research that advances the science of motivation and incentives. Educational roundtable sessions will offer industry insights and trends, and attendees will get a sneak peek at the results of the latest IRF research. Don't miss this opportunity to join leaders of the incentive industry at this preeminent event – the 20th Annual Incentive Invitational. More information at


Tips on Purchasing Motivational Travel

How have purchasing practices for incentive and motivational travel programs changed in recent years? Are there differences in the bidding and decision making processes? What is the level of customer loyalty to suppliers? Utilizing the combined databases of the Site Index panel and IMEX – the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events – a joint study conducted by the Site International Foundation and IMEX asked participants to comment on their experience in this arena. Download the Executive Summary of this study at

Which Cities Have the Most Engaged Employees?

Every year certain companies are recognized as America's Best Places to Work, businesses where employees are excited to go to work every day. This year Quantum Workplace decided to aggregate that data in its 2013 Employee Engagement Trends Report to determine which cities have the highest percent of engaged employees. They evaluated key factors affecting employee engagement, including perceptions of teamwork, manager effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, trust in coworkers, retention, alignment with goals, feeling valued, individual contribution, job satisfaction and benefits. A total of nearly 400,000 employees took the survey. The Top 10? Charlotte, NC, Denver and Sacramento, CA all had 70.7% engaged employees, followed by San Antonio, TX, Washington, DC and Austin, TX. Nashville was next, with Baltimore, Boston and South Florida rounding out the list. Read more at

Rymax to Partner with Liquid Image

Rymax Marketing Services and Liquid Image Co. have announced a new exclusive distribution partnership that brings the company's mountable action cameras and sports equipment into the incentive marketplace. Liquid Image designs and develops extreme sports cameras and goggles with integrated wireless HD cameras for the underwater, snow and motocross markets that allow users to keep their hands free while performing sports activities. Each piece of equipment is engineered around athlete requirements to record full HD hands-free point of view action. Their Wi-Fi enabled devices are compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and stream live images when used in conjunction with their free Liquid Image app. More at

In the Current Issue of Engagement Strategies Magazine

The latest issue of ESM is in the mail! Here's a look at what you'll find inside:

Is Storytelling Part of Your Internal Communication Efforts?

PepsiCo Director of Communications Rod Thorn makes his case that creating a storytelling culture can help companies overcome obstacles, take advantage of opportunities, launch new products, and meet numerous other challenges.

Motivating the Middle Ring: Don't Neglect Your Partners

In many industries and businesses, channel partners are the key links between employees and customers – a weak link if they're ignored; an important source of strength if they're engaged.

Six Drivers of That Determine Engagement Success

Just because companies move in the positive direction of engagement doesn't necessarily mean they're doing it right

What Melts Your Employees' Butter?

For today's workforce, the truth is that money, while important, just isn't what it used to be

To make sure you get your copy of Engagement Strategies Magazine, go to and update your subscription today!

Insights from ESM Rewards & Recognition e-News

Is 'Social Recognition' the Next Killer App?

In the world of talent management, social networks have been used successfully in knowledge sharing, the identification of skills and construction of teams, in recruiting, onboarding and certainly learning. "Social Recognition," which uses software to enable people to recognize one another, is a relatively new entrant in the pantheon of talent management technology. Yet it draws on practices from some of the world's most popular internet applications. In connecting peers to peers, and in this case, employees to employees and employees to customers, partners, suppliers and others (the extended enterprise) it opens another dimension in recognition that has the potential to generate powerful cultural evolution within remarkably short timeframes. In others words, social recognition software can be transformative. It can fill a recognition gap quickly and it can extend recognition beyond the organization to help engage customers and other constituents. Click here to read the White Paper.

News From Enterprise Engagement Alliance

Strategic Implementation of Enterprise Engagement

In this paper, one in a series for our Enterprise Engagement curriculum, we examine a critically important element of enterprise engagement – moving from strategy to execution. This paper is targeted at organizations that wish to move from talking about and planning enterprise engagement to implementing the initiatives at a tactical and measurable level – throughout the enterprise and for all key constituents. The main objective of this paper is to assist the reader through practical, clear and readily available techniques, practices and tools to implement enterprise engagement across the organization. For the full report, click here 

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