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Incentivizing Appreciation

Use performance-based incentives with a points-based system that awards employees with points to spend on company-specific products/services

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This idea is built upon the notion of offering company-specific incentives as a means of showing appreciation for meeting performance goals and targets. At the company I work for, employees come up with performance and leadership goals to achieve during the year. Utilizing a points-based system every time a goal is met, employees will be given the opportunity to exchange these points for a given product or service that increases their dedication to their team and loyalty to the company.

Looking through the lens of an automotive company, this is what incentives could look like:

  • Increased vehicle discounts
  • Opportunity to drive company-owned vehicles
  • Meet and greet event with VP and Directors for networking opportunities
  • More telecommuting opportunities or an opportunity for a vacation to a different international facility as a means of learning more about the company
  • Allow employees to name a newborn vehicle program for completing functional objectives on time
  • Personal training at the company gym for free
  • Concept car posters signed by company VPs
  • A named beer or food item at a partner restaurant or in the work cafeteria after a person who has met certain metrics or is a gratitude champion in the group

Idea Title

Incentivizing Appreciation

How the Idea will inspire the experience and expression of gratitude within an organization.

This idea offers incentives to employees for meeting goals and milestones, while showing them appreciation for their efforts through low-budget tokens that remind employees about the bigger picture of their work, as well as present them with opportunities to continue building on their successes and advancing within the company.

Who are you innovating for?

Younger employees who are early into their careers at the company, to help build company loyalty while giving them an opportunity to move up within their organization.

What type of workplaces are you innovating for?

Larger organizations, where it may feel easy for an employee to get lost among the crowd, as a means of retaining talent and building long term careers for new hires.

What obstacles, if any, do you foresee in implementing this Idea, and how would they be overcome?

Budget constraints related to some of the incentives.

How will you test and prototype your solution?

Pick one of the incentives and use it as a means of modeling the model. For example, asking a manager to nominate an employee who has met performance targets, and offering him/her the opportunity to drive a company vehicle for a weekend, and collecting feedback on their response to this gesture.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Research & Early Testing: You are exploring an idea, gathering inspiration and information needed to test it with real users.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

A group brainstorm as part of the Chief Gratitude Officers initiative.

Tell us about yourself

A Design Engineer by profession, I use design thinking methods and innovation tools to design products for the automotive industry, and help train and recruit professionals to do the same. I also help lead the OpenIDEO Detroit Chapter.

Where are you / your team located?

Auburn Hills, MI


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