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Incentive Travel Solutions Welcomes New Executive Vice-President, Sales and Operations

Bill's Press ReleaseCharlotte North Carolina based, Incentive Travel Solutions is pleased to welcome one of its newest hires, Bill Callahan. Bill will take on the position of Executive Vice President, Sales and Operations. With 30 plus years of experience in the incentive travel industry, Bill brings extensive knowledge and experience that will benefit both our employees and our current clients. Within his role, Bill will be leading sales development with new corporate accounts as well as assisting in coordinating and facilitating client programs. Bill will bring a new dynamic to the team, with the perfect combination of fresh ideas and tried and true procedures.

“My mission: provide measured success in what I contribute today, to build for a better tomorrow,” is just one statement from Bill that accurately depicts the type of person and employee he is. Bill immersed himself in the travel industry when he started with Maritz travel company in 1981, where he was employed for over 25 years. He continued in the industry assisting in marketing and sales, accomplishing an impressive 0 million in revenue over the course of his career thus far. Aside from Bill’s overwhelming success in the corporate world, he was involved with Patriotic Postcards, which grew in to a program for the USO called ‘Postcards to Home,’ as well as joining Mission 22, assisting in the prevention of suicidal Veterans with PTSD and TBI.

Kevin Devanney, President and Founder, was happy to announce “I am beyond excited about welcoming Bill to Incentive Travel Solutions. Bill’s enthusiasm and experience will bring tremendous support to our internal operations as well as perfect execution to our client’s important incentive travel programs.”

For more information regarding Incentive Travel Solutions, please visit our Home page.

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3 Ways Incentive Trip Offers can Improve Morale

We often associate low morale in the workplace with low paying jobs that don’t offer advancement, but we also find poor morale in places we’d least expect: among executives and managers that are well-compensated and seem to have an endless horizon of opportunities.

However, whether low morale strikes at entry-level or among executives, the result is often the same: high employee turnover, which can cause morale to plummet further.

According to Barrett, Rose & Lee Inc. — a Toronto-based recruiter for management positions — “A costly indicator of low morale is high turnover; when employees leave because they are not happy with their jobs and have few external reasons to stay. The negative impact of employee turnover is disconcerting because of its tremendous impact both financially and on productivity levels.”

Fair enough, but what medicine should you use to cure a bad case of low morale? There are plenty of choices, but one of the most effective ones is also one of the least considered: incentive trip offers.

Employee Morale and Incentive Travel

Unique incentive trip offers that promise the travel experience of a lifetime help sustain high morale in at least three ways. Let’s look at what they are and why they matter.

  1. Shows Employee Appreciation

Salary, bonuses, stock options, etc., are how high-level employees are compensated for hard work. These rewards are expected, not viewed as novelties that go above and beyond normal compensation to show employee appreciation.

Incentive trip offers, on the other hand, can be highly novel. More importantly, they are optional. They aren’t a part of normal compensation, and a company isn’t bound to offer them. Therefore, when a company makes incentive trip offers, it sends a direct message of appreciation.

  1. Provides Daily Motivation

Most executives and managers earn a salary and not a wage. If they put in an 80-hour workweek, they’re paid the same as if they put in 40 hours. What’s to keep a salaried employee motivated to put in long hours? Bonuses, for one. But even the monetary value of bonuses can become predictable after a few years.

What isn’t as predictable is how much relaxation and excitement can be enjoyed through qualifying for incentive trip offers, and then embarking on the trips. For many upper level employees, the promise of a unique travel experience provides motivation where direct financial compensation falls short.

  1. Brings Colleagues Closer Together

Working at the same company and pursuing the same professional goals are important things to have in common. But they don’t guarantee colleagues will feel highly comfortable or connected with each other beyond the pale of emulating professionalism.

One thing that does bring colleagues closer together is sharing a unique travel experience that’s unforgettable for all the right reasons. Shared experience makes us feel like we have something in common. When the experience is positive, a deep level of bonding can occur. Within the context of the workplace, this bonding can reduce nonconstructive criticism and improve morale.

About Our Company

Incentive Travel Solutions specializes in planning unique incentive travel trips to wonderful destinations around the globe. We facilitate the entire trip, from airline and hotel arrangements to event planning and travel itineraries. Many companies have used our services to promote high morale in the workplace, and your company can, too.

To get started on planning a trip for top performers, call us today at (704) 540-1482, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to helping you plan the journey of a lifetime!

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Setting Goals That Motivate Workers: Money Vs. What It Can Buy

For centuries, setting goals that motivate workers has been a top priority for successful companies. Over the years, opportunities to motivate workers have changed along with technology. But one thing has stayed the same: Money is a highly sought after motivator.

There are two reasons why: Money helps ensure that our needs are met, and it gives us the power to get material things we want. This is why profitable companies often reward workers with both cash incentives and non-monetary incentives that have an obvious cash value.

Ideas for Non-Monetary Incentives

For most companies, monetary incentives comprise a fairly straightforward range of options, such as performance bonuses, annual salary raises, and stock options. Non-monetary incentives, on the other hand, are a bit like the Wild West: Practically anything people value can be used, which creates the challenge of setting the right motivational goals.

If your company is facing this challenge, below are ideas for setting goals that motivate workers not with dollars, but with what money can buy.

  1. Luxury Personal Items

Luxury personal items range from private jets to gem studded jewelry. The luxuriousness of the products often supplies them with novelty, But items that tend to generate the most motivation are those that don’t cost much to maintain and essentially last a lifetime.

A watch from Rolex or Cartier is an example of this type of reward. The piece costs a few thousand dollars, which is ostensibly less than the amount of company revenue the recipient generated to receive the eye catching piece. High-end luxury items may not be a good fit with your company’s culture, but if they are, they’re a surefire way to commend success.

  1. Incentive Travel Trips

As we’ve seen through our experience in the incentive travel business, incentive travel trips to unique destinations are a great option for setting goals that motivate employees. The intent is to perform well enough to qualify for the trip — and you, as the employer, set the qualifications.

Exactly what types of trips are we talking about? This blog on traveling California’s Napa Valley region provides an example of an incentivized goal that involves world class travel.

  1. Business Award Plaques

Almost everyone wants to be recognized for his or her achievements in the workplace. Enter award plaques, which come in a various styles and feature engraved messages that commemorate the recipient’s achievement. Most business award plaques are highly affordable, but their value is primarily psychological. They’re one of the few types of awards that are inexpensive to buy, yet mean a great deal to the recipient.

  1. Waiting Job Promotions

Some companies find that promoting employees to higher positions in the company generates a lower employee turnover rate than companies that sift through resumes, looking for the best “talent” behind the applications. Taking the promoting from within approach is a great way to make workers feel allegiant to your company. The key is to establish a program that provides employees with clear guidance on how to achieve goals that trigger promotions.

Who We Are

Incentive Travel Solutions helps companies plan unforgettable incentive travel trips to unique destinations across the globe. In addition to handling the travel and lodging arrangements for a trip, we send a retinue of trained travel attendants with you attend to your wants and needs, and resolve any unforeseen issues with the travel itinerary.

To learn more about how incentive travel trips can assist with setting goals that motivate employees, call us today at (704) 540-1482, or fill out our contact form. We look forward to helping you explore the opportunity of motivating your workers with incentive travel trips.