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With our 36 years of experience in the industry, JNR has operated programs all over the world. We love taking our clients and their participants to new and exciting destinations, as well as some of the all-time favorites. Year after year, we continue to increase our global reach and work with magnificent properties and innovative vendors all over the world. Is there somewhere you want to go? Something you want to experience?   JNR can take you there with a flawless Incentive program.

 

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JNR is a full service, globally recognized leader in the incentive industry offering solutions for Meetings and Conferences, Incentive Travel, Special Events and Entertainment, Prepaid Card Services and AXS Contact Center Solutions. We have over 36 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across many industries. Our clients trust our comprehensive suite of solutions that offer a better way to reach performance, productivity and loyalty objectives. JNR tends to every detail of your program to ensure an extraordinary experience for your customers, employees and participants and a favorable return on your investment. We allow you to step away from the logistical details and let you focus on what you do best.

 




 

Key Trends from the 2016 Incentive Marketplace Study

Melissa Van Dyke of the Incentive Research Federation (IRF) took some time to talk about key trends that emerged in the 2016 Incentive Marketplace Study conducted by the IRF when she recently spoke with Meetings & Conventions. Here are the highlights:

  • As service related jobs increase, incentives will increase too.

Van Dyke talks about how the majority of jobs in America are service or experience related and this trend is set to continue. What is important here is that employees in these positions need to be engaged to be successful at their jobs.  To keep them engaged employers need to look beyond traditional compensation. This is why non-cash incentives have grown from being used in 26% of businesses to 84% of businesses over the last 20 years. As more and more of these jobs are created, the demand for Incentive programs will continue to increase.

  • Companies are spending more on incentive programs.

Companies are realizing there is a certain amount of money that needs to be invested in an incentive program in order to see a return. For example, there is no point in running a program with a small or non-existent communications budget. A strong communication campaign is directly correlated to the success of an Incentive.  Communication pieces are how participants learn about the program and get excited to be a part of it. If you are going to run an incentive program, it needs to be done right, and preferably by experts. The increase in spend can be seen in all areas of Incentive Travel including employees, channel partners, salespeople and customers.

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  • Programs need to change with the changing workforce.

Van Dyke talks about how Millennials surpassed Generation X in the workforce in 2015 and how that changes the way that an Incentive Travel program should be designed. Innovative technology that keeps these participants connect is now a must and experiential travel is more important than a “traditional desire for luxury brands”.

 

These are all trends we have been proactive in offering at JNR. With over 36 years of experience in the industry and a passion for delivering programs that are tailored to your individual company’s goals and needs we know that a partnership with JNR is a great fit for you!



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Information based on Incentives: 3 Trends to Watch by Lisa A. Grimalidi which was published in Meetings & Conventions in September 2016.

 

Written by Stephanie Thomas

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JNR is a full service, globally recognized leader in the incentive industry offering solutions for Meetings and Conferences, Incentive Travel, Special Events and Entertainment, Prepaid Card Services and AXS Contact Center Solutions. We have over 36 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across many industries. Our clients trust our comprehensive suite of solutions that offer a better way to reach performance, productivity and loyalty objectives. JNR tends to every detail of your program to ensure an extraordinary experience for your customers, employees and participants and a favorable return on your investment. We allow you to step away from the logistical details and let you focus on what you do best.

 

 

Enhancing Workplace Rapport

For the average working American, the largest component of the day is made up of time working or doing work related activities. When you add in the 7.7 hours for sleep, this takes up 16.4 hours of their 24-hour day and does not leave much time for social interaction.  It seems intuitive that workers would use the extended time spent with coworkers to forge deeper relationships, but a recent article by Fast Company found that Americans are less likely to have friends at work than in past years.

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Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report states that work friendships increase employee satisfaction by 50% and people with a best friend in the office are seven times more likely to engage fully in their work. Study after study shows that fostering friendships in the workplace helps with the bottom line as employees gain a common sense of purpose and a mentality of ‘we are all in-it together’.

The Atlantic states that “Those we see daily have the potential to increase our happiness as much as earning $100,000 more per year.” Closeness makes coworkers more collaborative, productive and accountable and discussing success with coworkers increases motivation of the whole team.

Reasons for the decline:

  • Shortened Job Tenures

The length that employees are staying at companies is now on average 4.6 years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics which creates a mentality of not needing to become friends with coworkers as either you or them will move on in the next few years.

  • The Rise of Social Media

High school and college friends are just a click away. Feeling connected to those that you have already established a close relationship to reduces the need to forge new friendships.

  • Increasing blur between work and personal life and the need to keep personal time

With work taking up such a large amount of time, employees strive to disconnect and recharge when they have the chance.

 

How to Foster Workplace Friendships and Increase Your Employee Satisfaction and Retention Numbers:

  • Provide a Break Room

Providing a break room and encouraging employees to take breaks throughout the day not only increase the chances for friendships to form but also increases efficiency and reduces burnout.

  • Host Office Parties

Hosting an office party during office hours gives employees a chance to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Organize an Activity for Employees

Organizing an out-of-office activity, such as a company trip to a sporting event, is a great way to encourage friendships and allow your employees to unwind.

  • Stop the “Library-Like” Atmosphere

An article by US News  highlights the negative effect that a silent workplace has on employees and efficiency.  Silence in an office kills open communication, it kills creativity and it kills the feeling of being part of ‘a team’. An office setting that is too quiet can also make employees self-conscious and less willing to share ideas.

 

Do you have a workplace that fosters friendships? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by Stephanie Thomas

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

 

JNR Spotlight: How Popular are Incentive Travel and Prepaid Incentive Card Programs?

An Incentive Federation study of US businesses confirms that incentive travel, prepaid incentive cards and merchandise are popular tools for business leaders seeking to boost sales, reward their employees, customers, sales teams and customers. A total of 74% of US businesses spend $76.9 billion per year on non-cash award programs to achieve their performance objectives.

The value of incentive programs goes beyond its monetary return on investment.  The number one “secret” to success according to the CEO’s of the top companies in America: Motivate Your People. Target audiences (employees, dealers and customers) are inspired to perform at a higher level or remain loyal in exchange for an incentive reward. It is no coincidence that many of the most profitable companies (those with revenues over $1 billion) are those implementing the most incentive programs (89%), and in turn, also have engaged employees, positive workplace cultures and a better bottom line. In fact, 100% of “best-in-class” companies (those with the highest customer retention and sales growth numbers) offer group travel to recognize year-end sales success. (Aberdeen Research)

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

JNR Spotlight: Incentive Travel

Buying lavish goods is one way people attempt to create happiness, but what is the best way to spend your budget ensuring lasting engagement and creating a loyal relationship between you and your employees? Not only should companies aim to make their customers happy, but the cost savings associated with a loyal workforce should always be front of mind.  A recent study conducted by Gilovich reveals that spending on experiences leaves a more significant and lasting impression than material possessions or cash when motivating employees.  If happy employees and high retention rates are what you seek to achieve, consider the following.

Gifts are exciting to receive but the happiness that goes along with it may only last for a short while.  If you want to have the most impact with your gift giving, research suggests that spending money on experiences such as tickets to an art exhibit, outdoor activities through team building or the opportunity to travel to a new place becomes an ingrained part of our identity and gives the recipient a memory trace that can last for years.

Here at JNR we can help you create memorable experiences through a customized Incentive Travel Program made to fit your company’s needs. Give your employees, investors or channel members a lifetime of memories with a journey to a magnificent destination that offers numerous activities to create a trip of a lifetime.  Recognition with something like travel will help solidify your employee base creating a reciprocally loyal relationship that companies strive for.

Another unique benefit to offering Incentive Travel Programs is the organic nature with which the reward’s perceived value increases over time. Gilovich explains that once people have the chance to talk about the experience with coworkers, family and friends, their assessment of the experience increases. For example, one might have been frightened of zip lining through a tropical jungle but when they return home and have the chance to talk about the trip with others, the activity is revered with high regard and the story around it becomes an important piece of their character. For over 30 years JNR’s commitment to quality of service has been instrumental in creating stories of thousands of individuals while increasing the ROI of clients worldwide.

In addition to creating company loyalty, a new study reveals that a well-executed Incentive Travel Program can increase sales productivity by 18 percent and produce an ROI of up to 112 percent. An Incentive Travel Program is extremely rewarding for everyone so don’t wait any longer and set up your trip today!

If you would like to learn more about Incentive Travel destinations, please contact JNR Incorporated. We are happy to set up a time to talk about creating an incentive program that fits your organization’s needs and desires. Give us a call at 800.343.4546, or email us at jnrinfo@jnrcorp.com.




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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.