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How essential are frontline managers in engaging and inspiring employees? Beyond the supervisory nature of their work, the more manager involvement you have in your employee recognition programs, the stronger the results. Yet, in some organizations managers still don’t regard recognition as a priority. Why is that? In this month’s Performance Perspective, Mike Ryan explores:…
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How prevalent are service anniversary award programs? According to WorldatWork, nine out of every 10 companies that have a formal employee recognition structure in place feature one within their portfolio. There is a reason for that. Service anniversary awards do a good job of celebrating the dedication and loyalty an employee has exhibited over time.…
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Long before the Internet became a ubiquitous utility, Madison was at the forefront of innovation. Whether it’s with the advanced design of sales incentive contests or the progressive delivery of employee recognition programs, we have always anticipated and acted upon the needs of our clients faster than anyone else in the sector. Twenty years ago…
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Seventy percent of all businesses have up to a half dozen different performance improvement initiatives in play at any one time. Yet, many fail to gain the optimal result from each simply because they have overlooked one simple truth: a single reward currency can have the most effect on motivation. Madison initiated the trend toward…
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Wellness By Madison: A Holistic Alternative

Employer-sponsored wellness programs are on the rise. When instituted properly they can help contain the upsurge in healthcare premiums. Depending on your company’s size those savings can amount to millions of dollars per year. Beyond the obvious cost savings, wellness offerings also reaffirm your company’s commitment to the health and well-being of everyone who works…
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Proof Incentive Travel is a Good Investment

Incentive travel has always been a powerful motivational tool for managers and business owners. Non-cash awards such as travel increase productivity, performance and overall employee engagement. In an economy that demands all investments prove their worth, you might be asking “How good of an investment is our incentive travel program, exactly?” To answer that question,…
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Is your business working together to achieve its goals? If you’re like most organizations there’s work to be done in that area. Less than 10% of employees fully understand their company’s strategy or worse, their role in carrying it out. This a dangerous disconnect—one that can negatively impact performance, profitability and growth, but there is…
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Reward programs can be highly effective tools in driving the two things that matter most to businesses right now: engaged employees and sales force effectiveness. When designed and implemented correctly, employee recognition programs elevate engagement levels, which, in turn, drive improved organizational outcomes. Workers who are emotionally and intellectually committed to their jobs are significantly…
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Incentive planners are always looking for an advantage—a way to strengthen their business case and optimize outcomes. That’s an area in which we shine. In addition to leveraging proprietary incentive technology, Madison incorporates the science of behavioral economics to help our clients get more motivational value from their employee recognition and sales incentives programs. Behavioral…
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The Danger of Too Many Reward Choices

Choice. The very word conjures up feelings of autonomy and independence. It connects us to a value we hold so dearly, freedom; or in this case, the freedom to choose.  But when does choice—or at least the act of choosing—become more of an imposition than anything else? When do too many choices create stress and…
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