Incentives in the workplace are arguably one of the biggest motivators for employees, with many organizations putting emphasis on travel as the reward. In fact, according to the Incentive Research Foundation, 38% of all U.S. firms over one million dollars in revenue use incentive travel to motivate employees and partners. In addition, incentive travel is the most sought after reward among employees, beating out cash.
With this in mind, it’s important to design a well thought out incentive trip that keeps employees engaged, informed and excited. One way to do this is through the use of a mobile app. A mobile app can assist with providing a better incentive trip, here’s how:
1. Make information easily accessible
In today’s fast-paced world, people expect to have access to information whenever, wherever. The same goes for an incentive trip. Make sure travelers have all the important information at their fingertips by centralizing it on your mobile app. Avoid having to print an incentive trip agenda, instead provide a digital guide for the trip. This also allows you to make immediate changes to the schedule and pushing it out immediately, without having to reprint anything.
2. Create excitement
Using a mobile app allows you to centralize everything incentive trip related, including communications. This is a great way to build buzz and excitement surrounding the trip. You can send push notifications through the app with hints regarding a secret excursion planned to continue to build excitement for weeks prior to the incentive trip. In addition, it gives travelers an easy way to communicate with each other.
3. Build staff relationships
Typically an incentive trip involves a group of employees. This is a great opportunity for your employees to build better relationships with their colleagues, and your mobile app can help facilitate this. On the app, include a list of everyone who is going on the incentive trip so travelers can see who is going prior to the trip. Encourage in-app communications among travelers so they can get to know one another better. This strengthens the bond between employees before the incentive trip even happens, ultimately improving the trip.
4. Keep travelers engaged
During any incentive trip, there will be downtime. It’s important to keep travelers engaged and entertained during this time. Using the mobile app, you can use several features to boost engagement. For example, using gamification to promote app use and keep travelers entertained. Another good way to boost engagement is through the use of beacons. Beacons are a fun way to push out valuable or interesting information, for example, pushing out unique facts about the incentive trip destination or about your company.
5. Promote post-trip conversations
Having a mobile app is a great way to keep the momentum going after an incentive trip. By creating an ‘online’ community, travelers have somewhere to go long after the trip has ended to share photos, tidbits, memories and other information from the trip with each other. You can even post about next year’s incentive trip to start motivating them to work harder than ever to achieve the next trip.
Incentive trips are a great way to motivate employees to perform well at work. Having a mobile app takes your incentive trip to the next level, making it memorable for years to come. See how your next incentive trip can be better than ever by requesting a personalized demo with one of our product specialists.
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