Incentive Travel vs. Recognition – When to Use Which

a female employee receiving reward

Incentivizing your employees effectively means knowing them well.  It means understanding who they are and what they respond to.  So, this post is dedicated to helping you figure out when to use incentive travel vs. recognition and vice versa.

With employers boosting their incentive budgets, it’s important to understand when deployment of both options is most advantageous and that relates directly to the nature of rewards vs. recognition.  Particularly in organizations sited in industries which attract millennial talent, it’s important to understand the value of both options to your key people.

Tangible vs. experiential.

The reality of the experience economy is upon us.  Increasingly, people value experiences as having a greater value than something tangible.  They want to gaze on unseen vistas, sleep in Bedouin tents and parasail over distant bays alight with the sun.

Your employees attach the same value to experiences as everyone else does.  But when is an experiential recognition of employee value more advantageous than a tangible reward?

While rewards can be transferred to a third party, recognition is unique to the individual.  It can’t be shared.  And recognition is remembered forever.  People rarely forget an instance of public recognition of their talents and hard work.   That’s because they remember how the experience made them feel.

There is nothing more powerful than human emotions.

Rewards, also, are finite.  Incentive travel has great value, as it encompasses the experiential nature of recognition.  And here’s where things get interesting – annexing recognition to a prime travel incentive marries the tangible with the experiential, creating something which encompasses the two types of incentives in balance.

The highly emotional, unexpected appeal of recognition is deployed most effectively when it’s presented within the context of a travel incentive.  Imagine, for a moment, the power of a corporate retreat with specific recognition built into the incentive as its centerpiece.

The most powerful recognition is that which is enjoyed among peers.  When unexpected, it ices the cake of incentive travel in an indelible way which makes the travel, networking and team-building aspects of the tangible incentive even more memorable.

The perfect incentive marriage.

Incentive travel vs. recognition – when to use which is, we suppose, a misleading title to this post.  Or perhaps the title is just a device to help get to the truth.  That truth is that the two types of incentives are best deployed as a team – married in perfect, incentivizing harmony.

At Incentive Travel Group, we think that’s genuinely exciting.  A tangible reward is something most employees desire, but no one ever forgets being recognized for their contributions.  Bringing the two together in balance can create an unforgettable experience for deserving employees that cements their loyalty and retains their talent for years to come.

At Incentive Travel Group, we’re travel incentive leaders.  With more than 20 years’ experience in the sector, we bring you outsourced solutions for premium travel incentives to motivate and inspire your employees.

Contact us to discover the perfect marriage of travel incentives with recognition.  Let us help you light the motivational fire.

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