Have you ever tried to look behind the scenes of a thriving business? Their success may not come just from products or services, nor their excellent marketing efforts. It may simply be their company culture. Companies where leaders focus on people as much as on business processes, stand out.
One of the things such managers include in their annual schedule is an incentive event. It is because they understand that employees need someone or something to energize them and help them refocus every once in a while.
Planning such a ceremony may not be the cheapest or easiest thing to do for your company. However, it will certainly pay off when done right. So, what could make an incentive event truly successful, apart from excellent setting, food, drinks, and music? There are three things that you should not miss to include:
1. Acknowledgment Is the Core of an Incentive Event
Recognizing your staff’s value will make the difference between a real incentive event and a basic corporate party. Awarding high-achievers is important. Still, they are not the only ones who add value to your business. So, you might consider additional approaches that can provide recognition for all your employees:
- Successful team awards are great ways of encouraging teamwork. They are also an excellent strategy to keep a low profile on weak performers. No one stands out as ineffective.
- Honor small wins. When you recognize small efforts and early results, you build a high level of motivation and trust that will fuel your staff to achieve more.
- Appreciate performance failure. It does not mean that failing should become your company’s value. It rather tells your people that it’s alright to try something out even if it does not succeed. Mistakes and learning come together.
Think of specific prizes or personalized awards that you wish to hand out. Make sure your staff feels this is their moment and not just a “sales pitch” for your business.
2. Valuable Insight
An incentive event comes naturally at the end of a business year. It is when results are assessed, and conclusions are drawn. You should use this occasion to put things into perspective:
- Reiterate the vision of the company. Help employees understand your dream and become passionate about what they do.
- Describe accomplishments from the bigger picture perspective. Show them how their work contributed to reaching the company’s goals and vision.
- Share a few valuable thoughts on how you all can improve outcomes in the future.
This moment should not be long and dull but rather short and motivational. When you provide this type of wise insight, you help people understand that they are part of a bigger cause. That is a powerful tool to keep them motivated and involved.
3. Quality Entertainment
Imagine what might help your staff enjoy and feel important. There are so many little things that can generate a sense of fun and relaxation right from the beginning!
- You can start with the welcoming part. You can have some of the venue personnel welcome your staff in a pleasant, friendly manner. Or, you could hand out welcoming cards with some special appreciation message or witty thoughts. You may even use a red carpet to imply that people are V.I.P.s in your company.
- Sand Stories could make a fantastic surprise for your employees. Take, for instance, the America’s Got Talent Finalist, Joe Castillo. He is an excellent storyteller, and he’s found the most unexpected way of sharing his stories: Sand. A sand artist can use particular facts about your company or people to create personalized stories. It’s an experience that’s hard to forget.
- Clean comedy is also an incredible option for good entertainment. Just like sand stories, a clean comedian can create funny stories that don’t offend and are relevant to your employees.
If you are looking for clean entertainment ideas and resources, check out our list of entertainers and speakers.
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