Engagement & Incentives

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Each business has its own unique personality and flair, the nuances that make it special. But there are attributes common to businesses.

  • Earn enough money to make a profit
  • Attract and retain enough customers to accomplish A
  • For over 5 million businesses in the USA, hire and retain the best talent to accomplish A & B

For non profits the goals simply have different names, donations instead of profit, members instead of customers and employees are the constant.

How to do the A,B,C’s becomes the question. In this blog we’ll discuss incentives and rewards as  tools to accomplish your goals.

Let’s start with engagement.

What is engagement?

According to Forbes Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals.

Engaged employees lead to better business outcomes. In fact, according to Towers Perrin research companies with engaged workers have 6% higher net profit margins, and according to Kenexa research engaged companies have five times higher shareholder returns over five years.

So, how do we engage employees?

Incentive/recognition programs are proven tools to improve employee engagement.

Organizations with recognition programs which are highly effective at enabling employee engagement had 31% lower voluntary turnover than organizations with ineffective recognition programs.” (Bersin by Deloitte,)

What is an incentive?

A thing that motivates or encourages one to do something.

What is a reward?

A thing given in recognition of one’s service, effort, or achievement.

An example

In business the incentive is to increase widget production by 20%. If accomplished, The reward could be tickets to a sporting event or show.

Small and medium size businesses often feel overshadowed and in competition with the corporate goliaths. But much of what they do to stay on top is available to you on your scale rather than theirs.

Ask us about crafting an incentive program to fit your business needs and goals.

Andrea SavitchEngagement & Incentives
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Florida Fun

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Slowly but surely we are able to explore beyond the comfort of our homes. We will share with you the great destinations that may be a drive away or a short flight and some of the great flavors of that destination. The USA is a great place for travel.

Mickey Mouse, Harry Potter, the Daytona 500 and the Fountain of Youth are just a few of the great experiences on Florida.

Although we may think of Florida as a theme park paradise, and it is, there is so much more.

If you are driving from the north, the fabled Fountain of Youth is the place to stop in St. Augustine. It’s an easy visit to America’s oldest city.

Central Florida offers us entertainment for everyone.

Central East has Daytona, Central West allows a peek into wildlife and the wonders of Legoland.

You can even take in Seaworld and Ripley’s Believe it or not.

Of course we can’t forget Universal Studios or Disneyworld.

Despite the challenges, Disneyworld is open and waiting for you.

They have taken all the right steps to assure your safety and to have lots of fun. All the parks are open so visit a castle and meet a princess, discover the great challenges at the Star Wars exhibits or take an aerial adventure at Epcot.

Follow the coastline to Santa Barbara, a fascinating city that effortlessly swirls history, art, culture and mouthwatering dishes to please anyone. One of the ‘hidden secrets’ of Santa Barbara is the courthouse, not grey walls or cold metal doors, but a flourish of art that educates and delights all at the same time. Of course the Old Mission gives you great insight to the past and a treat for the senses.

Lights, camera, action, Hollywood’s fame is as big as the stars that work and live there. Take a stroll down the Walk of Fame, do a selfie in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre or take a Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour of Los Angeles for a great overview. Discover the boutique hotel that has served iconic figures of the past and present, The Roosevelt Hotel.

Fun Fact: The artichoke is the California State Vegetable.

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Andrea SavitchFlorida Fun
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Seeds of Faith

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Smaller than New Jersey but a history of global proportions. Israel, a seed of faith, is layered with tales of glory, horror, miracles and strength. The journey begins in Tel Aviv, a vibrant modern city. I felt at home as if New York and Miami had come together across the globe.

Tel Aviv is a brimming with startups and technology making it full of young entrepreneurs and all the amenities they desire.


There is a plethora of dining options, a wonderful beach and the haunting of modern history reaches out.

Visit Ben-Gurion House, a museum honoring David Ben-Gurion the first Prime Minister of Israel whose history and insights bring the past to life.

More recently the memorial to Yitzhak Rabin, simply placed on the street reminds us of the constant struggle for peace.

As with any major city there are many choices for hotels. In Israel the Dan Hotels are an excellent choice for service and dining and its an Israeli hotel group. Consider the Dan Tel Aviv for your stay.


Once you venture beyond Tel Aviv the depth of Israel’s past opens like a great book. Jerusalem is only about an hour from Tel Aviv. Take time to view the Western Wall, a holy site still filled with contention. Perhaps one of the most fascinating parts of Jerusalem is ‘Old Jerusalem’.

We walked through the four quarters, Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian. Each street offers a different charm and feel, discover delicious tastes from the local stands. Try the falafel or buy some fresh fruit. Take in each enticing scent and appreciate the amazing diversity.

Despite being small there is a great deal to see as history has been uncovered by archeologists and those who live a simple life still permeate the land.

Perhaps two highlights for my trip with my daughter were the Dead Sea, yes you will float, followed by a mud bath and historic Masada. You can reach the top of Masada, a Unesco World Heritage Site, by walking the long snake path or relying on the cable car.

Remember when visiting Israel to check the temperatures and the holidays.

Andrea SavitchSeeds of Faith
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California Calling

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Slowly but surely we are able to explore beyond the comfort of our homes. We will share with you the great destinations that may be a drive away or a short flight and some of the great flavors of that destination. The USA is a great place for travel.

Each state has its own beauty, California offers mountains and the sea, history, castles and cities. 2.7 million pounds, 2100 years old, 275 feet tall, it’s not science fiction but fact, it’s the General Sherman tree in Sequoia National Park.

California is known for its beautiful beaches and celebrities but a visit can include those and so much more.

Its national parks have giants with cinnamon barks that reach the sky, lumbering black bears, frogs, even spotted owls. Consider staying at the Wuksachi Lodge and dining at The Peaks, a culinary travel experience in the western USA.

Need more magnificent scenery? Yosemite National Park’s waterfalls, rock formations and valleys are a nature lover’s paradise. Discover the peaceful Hetchy Hetchy Park, even enjoy local wine and olive oil, an unexpected part of your culinary experience.

If you are a photography buff, a visit to the museum and the Ansel Adams gallery is a must.  Head west from Yosemite and spend a day or two in iconic San Francisco. The city by the bay is full of life, history, nature and good food. Take a tour of Alcatraz, besides its infamous inmates like Al Capone or Robert Stroud (Birdman of Alcatraz), the island and structure have a history connected to the military and the Indians of All Tribes.

A morning walk, stop in to Boudin’s for original sourdough bread, continue on the wharf where can get you up close and personal with the seals, happy to share their thoughts and then spend the afternoon on trolley, taking in the sights of this lovely hilly city.

San Francisco has a plethora of restaurants. We had the opportunity to indulge at The Progress, one of the most unique and tasty meals I’ve ever had in my culinary travels.

Follow the coastline to Santa Barbara, a fascinating city that effortlessly swirls history, art, culture and mouthwatering dishes to please anyone. One of the ‘hidden secrets’ of Santa Barbara is the courthouse, not grey walls or cold metal doors, but a flourish of art that educates and delights all at the same time. Of course the Old Mission gives you great insight to the past and a treat for the senses.

Lights, camera, action, Hollywood’s fame is as big as the stars that work and live there. Take a stroll down the Walk of Fame, do a selfie in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre or take a Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour of Los Angeles for a great overview. Discover the boutique hotel that has served iconic figures of the past and present, The Roosevelt Hotel.

Fun Fact: The artichoke is the California State Vegetable.

Andrea SavitchCalifornia Calling
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