Employee Rewards – What They Really Want

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We’ve been in this business for a long time (I mean, a really long time!) and over the years we have learnt a thing or two about what works, or perhaps more importantly, what doesn’t work when it comes to employee rewards.

Sure, things have changed quite a bit since the days of a trophy being given out at the monthly company meeting or a teambuilding event involving building rafts, but at the core of everything are the employees, and what they really want out of an incentive scheme. We may have moved in to the digital era of rewards, but our foundation and focus remain the same. We’ve compiled a quick rundown of the most popular incentive programs that will make a big difference to your business.

Discount Schemes

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It’s no secret the rising cost of living has been hard on everyone. Which is why discount schemes which offer money off everyday essentials are rising in popularity. It’s a low cost, yet still impactful, way of easing the pressure during this difficult time – especially in the lead up to the Christmas period. Our portal offers discounts on days out, airport parking, high street retailers and even breakdown cover to name a few.


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This one may seem a bit obvious, but in a post-Covid world it seems to be overlooked. Whilst help with everyday essentials is definitely useful, people still want to enjoy themselves and make lasting memories in the process. Holidays are, undoubtedly, still one of the most aspirational employee rewards you can offer. Drive motivation and create a positive culture by offering a once-in-a-lifetime trip that can also encompass your core values. Active are experts at creating bespoke holiday packages – think eco-friendly lodges, relaxing spa breaks or even an adrenaline fueled excursion!

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A Simple ‘Thank You’

It may not be the most ‘all singing, all dancing’ reward solution out there, but a quick thank you can go a long way. Whether it’s a peer-to-peer acknowledgement of support, a manager recognising a team effort, or a ‘just because’ message, a genuine thank you can mean so much. Employees want, and need, to feel valued in order to succeed. And the best bit about a thank you solution? It’s low-cost and consistent. No budgets, no targets, and no admin needed.

Meaningful & Memorable

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The digital gift card revolution isn’t going away anytime soon – and whilst we agree they are a very effective employee reward solution, there is nothing better than a gift with meaning and thought behind it. This is why our reward catalogue comprises of over 5,000 high-end gifts, top tech and experiences alongside high street vouchers. Employees may spend their gift card on a weekly shop or presents for others, but choosing a luxury handbag or a spa weekend leaves a much longer lasting impression.

The Gift of Choice

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On the same note as Meaningful & Memorable, but this time it’s about highlighting the flexibility of a solution. Employees want variety in how they are recognised and what they can choose to redeem it for. We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to expand our offering of employee rewards and with over 30 years’ experience under our belts, we have one of the most comprehensive reward platforms on the market.

If you’re looking for reward and recognition solutions to reward your employees, we’ve got you covered. From online platforms, through to incentive travel and fantastic prizes, we’re the recognised experts in delivering successful incentives for everyone.

Get in touch today for more information on how Active can help make your employee rewards a success.