If you want to keep your employees motivated, it's best to have a strategy that involves other incentives besides just cash. Travel is a great one.
Every company, to some extent, struggles with the question of how to keep their employees engaged and motivated to work hard. When you've been plugging away at the same job for years and years, your work can begin to feel stale, and your role in the business can seem rather thankless. This is a challenge for employers, who have to continually find ways to make their people feel appreciated.
Giving your employees 5 per cent more money might seem like a nice gesture, but the money is just a number at the end of the day.
Often, a pay rise isn't sufficient for this. Giving your employees 5 per cent more money might seem like a nice gesture, and it is, but the money is just a number, and it doesn't always pack much emotional impact. If you give people incentives that are more creative and memorable than just a few extra dollars, you might see a more significant effect on people's motivation.
One great example is giving employees the opportunity to travel.
Today's employee expects something different
If you're setting up a channel partner incentives program that will hopefully inspire your people to do better work, you'll want to have better rewards in place than just piles of money. Dynamic Business reported that many companies are having trouble motivating their people, and a lack of creative motivators is a prime reason why.
"Staff motivation and inspiration are the new boardroom BBQ stoppers," employee engagement expert Mercedes Trautwein told the media outlet. "It comes down to companies that pay lip service and those that have a plan – a lot of companies just talk about it because they don't know what to do."
Nowadays, plain old money isn't good enough to truly inspire people. The Mercer Australian Benefits Review found that 55 per cent of Australian businesses are using non-monetary rewards to empower their people rather than monetary ones. Today, employees tend to expect that travel opportunities will be one such reward.
In Australia, travel opportunities abound
It might seem challenging to think of fun travel incentives that will excite your people and inspire them to do better work, but there's good news on this front. According to Incentive Magazine, Australia is one of the most exciting places to send people on trips. Even international business leaders have discovered the Aussie appeal.
"Australia consistently ranks at the top of Americans' wish lists of destinations they want to visit," said Jane Whitehead, vice president of Americas for Tourism Australia. "If you're looking for a destination with 'wow' factor that is truly rewarding and inspiring for your group, you just can't beat Australia."
Ms Whitehead noted that the aquatic and coastal experiences Australia has to offer are difficult to find anywhere else; the beautiful beaches give traveling here a unique level of appeal. She also pointed out that the exchange rate is currently favourable for international travellers, which means now's the time to capitalise on the nation's exciting travel opportunities.
Use our programs to send your people packing
Have you decided that now's the time to set up a travel incentive program for your employees. If so, we have the resources at Power2Motivate to help you do so effectively. We want to empower you to send your employees on truly unique trips, giving them memories that will stick with them for a lifetime.
We're a global leader in the business of reward and recognition management and have been for nearly three decades. We're happy to assist clients with designing programs, organising travel and handling various other issues relating to employee logistics. Talk to us today to learn more about our tried and true approach.