HRchat Podcast - Interviews with HR, Talent and Tech Experts

How Experiences Can Impact Employee Engagement with Jon Irvine, BlueBoard

January 07, 2022 The HR Gazette Season 1 Episode 381
HRchat Podcast - Interviews with HR, Talent and Tech Experts
How Experiences Can Impact Employee Engagement with Jon Irvine, BlueBoard
Show Notes

In this HRchat episode, we talk about how employee recognition and incentives have evolved and ways experiential rewards can strengthen the employee experience and be a key factor in retaining and attracting employees.

Bill's guest this time is Jonathan Irvine, Head of Business Development at Blueboard, an employee recognition and incentives platform powered by hand-curated experiences. The company claims to make it easy for companies to give meaningful employee rewards, incentives, and gifts - from one-of-a-kind to once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Questions for Jon Include:

  • You work with lots of HR folks at Blueboard. What do they seem to be focused on right now as we kick off a new calendar year?
  • What does employee fulfillment look like? Why should companies care?
  • How can People leaders and companies create this culture of employee fulfillment?
  • What does a recognition program look like that will actually make a difference? 
  • Why are transactional rewards like cash and gift cards no longer enough to incentivize and motivate employees?
  • What can companies expect after taking steps towards building a culture of employee fulfillment through innovative recognition? 
  • What are the potential benefits to the personal and professional development of employees who take part in hand-curated experiences on a regular basis? Can you share any stats around how experiential learning can make employees happier, more well-rounded, and high-performing?

More About Blueboard

Blueboard is the employee rewards and recognition platform for the modern workplace. Blueboard enables companies to reward top employees with memorable, personal and shareable experiences. Experiences as rewards not only provide a more meaningful avenue for employee recognition, but also create a lasting impact on your top engagement metrics (like increased employee motivation and retention rates, and providing a more positive company culture).

Companies including The Trade Desk, GoPro, and USI Insurance use Blueboard to reward their top performers with experiences - think local adventures like skydiving, couple's massage, learning to surf, or luxury incentive travel in lieu of cash or gift cards.

Experiences range from local adventures like learning to surf or DJ, taking guitar or an aerobatic flight lesson, to luxury incentive travel escapes.

Blueboard is currently working with innovative brands like Zendesk, Pinterest, Lyft, Otis Elevators, Edmunds, Chick-fil-A and hundreds more.

Learn more about Blueboard and browse our reward experiences at

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