Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Corporate Incentive Programs

You all remember when your dad (grandpa) retired and got that lovely clock/watch from the company where he spent 30 years slaving away for the man. Well, companies still offer incentive programs – many of which are related to “time served.” It’s a great way to improve employee morale, but also a contributor to each company’s carbon footprint.

One positive trend I’ve noticed is that these incentive programs are based on-line. Employees are directed to a website where they browse a catalog of selections and then input their choice into an online database. Despite this great improvement over paper catalogs and mailing in forms, there is still lots of room for improvement.

There is a lot that companies can do for the environment through careful consideration of gift items and methods of delivery.

Here are a few ideas:

  • A bonus that is directly deposited into the employee’s bank account – this could be completely paper-free.
  • A gift made to a sustainable charity in the employee’s name.
  • Instead of just a regular battery-operated watch, how about the Citizen Eco Drive ?
  • Items that are locally extracted and manufactured. Forget that bag made in China, shipped across the globe, and then airmailed from a warehouse in the middle of the country.
  • Purchase gifts from vendors with a commitment to the environment
For some more ideas, refer back to Green A’s post on Gifts that Give Back .


Leigh Stringer (aka Greenette) said...

As a recipient of a green gift (my team gave me a grove of trees), I have to say that it was a very unique and thoughtful gift and certainly one I'll remember. Great thinking!

GreenEileen said...

I am so excited about this idea - I'm sending this one into our employee relations team, especially because these 'gifts' tend to become dust collectors that have no place in a mobile / shared office setting. Thank you!

Employee Rewards Programs said...

A great way to encourage improvement in any area is through sincere thanks coupled with unexpected rewards. Of course you thank your employees frequently, but imagine the morale boost they'll receive when you present them with a tangible symbol of your appreciation.

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