It’s Sweet to Meet You

NEW BIZ

Success means different things to different people. But one fact is universal: Real success is impossible without building relationships. Great relationships are the foundation of every great company.

Whether it’s with your employees, your current clientele or prospective clients… furthering the relationships within your business can foster significant results. And the best part? It’s fairly simple.

Add Value to Your Current Relationships:

A business cannot succeed without support from loyal clients. Every interaction between an employee and customer is a business opportunity. This is why it’s absolutely vital for you to actively maintain and develop your current business relationships.

Here’s one idea…

At Edventure, we’ve recently started what we’re calling our “Sweet-to-Meet-you program.” Designed to consistently deliver a reason for your sales exec’s to visit clients every month, the program offers 3,6, or 12 month options to deliver (personally or drop-ship) candy refills to replenish a branded jar each month.… providing both candy, an opportunity to see your clients face-to-face, supported with brand recognition by imprinting your logo on the jar.

Increase Business by Increasing Employee Engagement:

Did you know that only 32% of U.S workers were engaged in their jobs in 2016, compared to 31.5% the previous year?

Did you know that companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%?

Employee engagement has become a top issue on the minds of business leaders everywhere, directing us to an entirely new model of management. But what does employee engagement mean exactly?

Group of business partners looking at smiling female explaining her ideas at meeting

Well…

Take a look around your office… do your employees seem happy? Do they genuinely care about the business? Will they stick around when the going gets tough?

The answer depends on the extent to which employees feel passionate about their jobs, are committed to the organization, and put discretionary effort into their work…. or in other words the level of employee engagement taking place in your business.

Most managers are simply unaware of the lack of engagement taking place at their company. As a matter of fact, while 58% of managers feel they give enough feedback, 65% of employees said they wanted more feedback.

So how can you ensure you’re keeping your employees fully engaged? According to a recent employee engagement study conducted by marketing group 15Five, engagement levels went up dramatically when employees received feedback about their weaknesses, and even more so for feedback about strengths.

The perfect way to give positive feedback and show your employees that you’ve noticed their hard work is through the use of promotional products.

Reward Ideas:

Build New Relationships the Right Way:

Promotional products have been a popular choice for building brand recognition for many years… and for good reason!

The British Promotional Merchandise Association (BPMA) has conducted several surveys and done research that provides evidence that there is a direct correlation between promotional product advertising and an improvement in brand recognition and an increase in sales.

In addition to brand awareness and better sales, incorporating promotional products into your marketing yields measurable returns.. In fact, the ROO (Return on Objective) and ROI (Return on Investment) on promotional products delivered better results than radio and outdoor advertising, and is equal to TV and print. Check out our strategy Tradeshow Bait featuring an ROI calculator, and see for yourself how you can hook new clients.’

Make 2017 your best year year… starting with Edventure.

Call us at 312.440.1800 or email Team@EdventurePromotions.com and we’ll send you samples and help you increase your engagement!  

Casual Friday’s Just Got A Lot More Casual with Athleisure

Casual Friday Athleisure

Friday’s are no longer the only casual day in the workplace. Clothing that was once considered strictly “active wear” is now spilling over into the business world.

This reveals a larger trend: The size of the athletic clothing market — or as retailers refer to as “athleisure,” has grown an average of 5% per year, rising from $54 billion to $68 billion over the past 5 years.

In fact, CEO’s are wearing sneakers to board meetings. Fashionable leggings are worn any day of the week. The idea of being comfortable has changed the culture in the American workplace.

Today, there are comfortable wardrobe lines run by big celebrities and popular name brands, allowing retailers everywhere to take note.

For the first time, consumers are mixing comfort with style. In 2015 alone, Americans spent close to $44 billion on “active wear.” That is up 16% from 2014, while denim sales are dropping by 5% or more per year, since 2013.

The sales numbers indicate that athleisure is not simply a fad. As the athleisure trend continues to grow, this takes us back to it’s relevance in the workplace.

When it comes to workplace apparel, it is very common to see co-workers and employees wearing yoga pants or joggers with hoodies. But how can you use this rising trend to your advantage in the office?

In this article, we are going to take a look at how athleisure items can be used to boost company morale, what it means for your productivity to have even happier employees, and we’ll recommend three athleisure items that can be used for employee incentives and company perks.

Let’s dive in.

 

Using Athleisure To Boost Company Morale

Every company has contests, incentives, and perks throughout the year to promote a healthy competitive and supportive culture.

Casual Friday's AthleisureWhat better way to enhance those experiences than with items that your employees already love? Yes, that is where athleisure comes into play.

It’s proven that the more useful a promotional item is the happier the person is to receive it, even more so if they are an employee.

Click here to read more about If Promotional Products Are Really Kept?

 

That’s why you will see an extra lift in enthusiasm during one of your company’s next activities. The specific type of activities that athleisure items are perfect for include:

  • Sales Contest
  • Internal Competitions within different departments
  • Quarterly and Yearly Awards

 

Happy Employees Do More

The days of paying employees a LOT of money to make them more productive is out the window. Although, pay does have a part in it, it’s the happiness factor that really determines how productive an employee is.

A study conducted by economists at the University of Warwick, found that happy workers produced a 12% spike in productivity, while they saw a 10% decline in unhappy workers.

Companies like Google have made large investments in employee support and employee satisfaction. In return, Google saw a 37% rise in productivity, suggesting that pay isn’t the only factor in producing productive employees.

We are not saying you have to invest like you are Google, but simple things like giving employees more of what they want and like…will, without question, make them happier.

Comfortable employees make for happy employees. Athleisure provides that extra bit of comfort, ultimately boosting happiness and productivity in the workplace.

 

What Athleisure Items To Use

There are hundreds of items to choose from when you are thinking of making your employee comfortable, but where to start?

We have put together a few popular items in the athleisure category that will make anyone feel relaxed and fashionable at the same time.

 

  • Women and Men’s Athleisure Polo’s 

Gauge PoloButtoned-down doesn’t mean boring in this stretch, energized polo. This jersey with stay-cool wicking technology has the OGIO heat transfer label for tag-free comfort. It’s also fashionable with a self-fabric button-down collar and a stand 4-button placket with metal buttons.

Women Athleisure Polo’s

Men Athleisure Polo’s 

 

 

  • Women and Men’s ¼ Zip Pullover 

Endurance NexusStay-cool both physically and fashionably with this pullover by OGIO. The jersey body with poly/spandex mesh panels provide a reflective taping at the zipper and the back panel to help be seen at night. The mesh at center back and underarms give your body the ability to breath. The OGIO Endurance heat transfer label gives you a tag-free comfort. For the colder months, the modified raglan sleeves with thumbholes provide the extra warmth you need.

Women One Fourth Zip Pullover

Men One Fourth Zip Pullover

 

  • Women’s Eco Mock Twist Locker Room Pullover 

EcoMockTwistLockerRoomThe pullover uses recycled and washed polyester/cotton fabric. It has raglan sleeves, a slight high/low hem and slits on the side seams. The hem is ribbed. Not only is this pullover comfortable, but it looks good too.

Women’s Eco Mock Twist Locker Room Pullover