Incentive and recognition planners have the opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the industry with the launch of a new educational program from the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF). Titled the Professional Development Series, the program offers extensive insight about how planners can develop programs, offer a business case for incentives, and streamline the program with a company’s broader business objectives.
The series is scheduled to debut at the 2013 Rewards & Recognition Expo, in conjunction with the Recognition Professionals International Annual Conference, to be held April 28-30 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The first program, entitled “Building Better Business Results through Incentives and Recognition,” combines on-site education in New Orleans with five one-hour webinars throughout 2013, as well as discussion boards online.
“With the shift in marketing dollars toward strategies designed to engage key audiences on a one-to-one basis, the incentive and recognition industry has a unique opportunity,” says Melissa Van Dyke, IRF president.
The program outlines the decision process in five main areas of program development and execution:
- Business case development;
- Communications planning and execution;
- Award funding and selection;
- Technology and diagnostics; and
- Overlap with other strategic agendas within the organization (including operations, marketing, etc.)
The IRF expects that each program will highlight the steps involved in designing a program, including the latest research, technology, and communications strategies. Speakers will include Van Dyke, as well as Rodger D. Stotz, CRO of the IRF; and Mike Ryan, senior vice president of Madison Performance Group. Participation in the IRF Professional Development Series program will apply toward the Enterprise Engagement Alliance certification program.
“This series provides a fresh look at traditional thinking regarding motivation programs and offers new rationale from today’s most credible business sources, including Harvard Business Review, Towers-Watson and others,” says Van Dyke.