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10 Experiential Rewards to Include in your Rewards and Recognition Program

Do you already have a rewards and recognition program? Are you looking to introduce one in your organization? Well, one important thing to think about, whether you are in the creation phase or have already implemented a program, is the types of rewards that are valuable to your employees. This is one key element to the top recognition and rewards programs. 

There are all kinds of rewards you can include in your recognition program, such as gift cards, paid time off, company swag, etc. But, as the workforce shifts to an increase in millennial workers, we also see a shift in employees valuing experiences over things. By 2025, millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. With that, Forbes states that experiences and relationships are more important than possessions for millennials. 65% of millennials are currently saving money for travel, which is more than the average for other generations. Due to this shift, it’s crucial to include experiential rewards to satisfy your workforce. 

That being said, we have curated a list of some great experiential rewards to help give you some ideas and inspiration. 

1. Exotic Car - Supercar Test Drive

The ultimate luxury driving experience! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for your team to test drive their dream car. Pick from a variety of models of Exotic Cars, Supercars, and Hypercars, including a Lamborghini Huracan, Ferrari 488 GTB, and McLaren 720S. An unbelievable experience that they will never forget!

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2. African Safari Zipline Adventure

An African Safari Zipline Adventure is a truly unique and thrilling experience. It will give your team the opportunity to feel the rush of zipping across wires while also offering an unbeatable view! The zipline adventure is a 2-hour guided tour, where your employees will have the opportunity to traverse 5 ziplines, the longest being 1088 feet long and 75 feet off the ground. As they soar from platform to platform, they will want to keep their eyes open because there is going to be so much to see! 

3. Secret Food Tour

Skip the tourist traps and get to know the real foodie scene with a local guide in this 3-hour food tour. Choose from a variety of different cities and gain unique insight into its food culture. Some cities known for their food scene are Austin, TX, Vancouver, BC, and more!

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4. Bioluminescent Paddle Adventure for 2

Don't miss out on a rare opportunity to witness nature's light show up close and personal during this Bioluminescent Paddle Adventure. In either a kayak, a tandem kayak, or a canoe, your team will have the opportunity to paddle through the glowing waters for approximately 2 hours. Each dip of the paddle will light up the surrounding waters in a magical show. 

A great adventure for paddlers of all levels, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness one of nature's greatest shows!

5. Winery Tour

Stroll through blissful vineyards with a resident wine expert who will give a full tour of an award-winning winery, including production floor and vineyard. Your team will get to enjoy eight wine samplings while sharing a charcuterie platter.. Cheers!

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6. Aston Martin Driving Thrill

Aston Martin represents pure power and finesse. Some venues offer the V8 Vantage - a beautifully crafted modern classic with V8 power that demands long straights and high-speed corners. Other venues provide the DB9 - an uncompromising six litre, 186 mph speed machine, with V12 power and handling to satisfy any driving enthusiast. Your employees will begin with a briefing from a qualified instructor who'll talk through racing lines, driving techniques and how to best handle the car, before hopping behind the wheel. Some venues conclude with a certificate presentation or driving analysis.

7. Indoor Skydiving

Feel the adrenaline rush of floating, flying and free-falling on this unforgettable iFly Indoor Skydiving Adventure!

Your team will slip on a flight suit, strap on a helmet, and adjust their protective goggles for an adventure of a lifetime. An experienced and accredited instructor will lead your team through a training session, where they’ll learn things like body positions and hand signals that will help them get the most out of their flight. And then it’s time to step into the wind.

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8. Sunset Sailing Cruise

Your employees will get to hop on board a brand new 44-passenger sightseeing boat for a scenic time spent exploring the coast of their choosing. They will get to relax as they sip on the ice cold beverage of their choice: Pick from beer, wine, and soft drinks. Follow the slow descent of the sun as it dips below the horizon, lighting up the water with a brilliant display of reds and oranges.

9. Airboat Swamp Safari for 4

Discover territory that remains unaltered by man in the wilderness during this swamp safari. The captain will take your employees into the breathtaking beauty of natural wonders, including wetlands, cypress trees, and wildlife. During the ride, they’ll get the opportunity to see alligators, turtles, birds and more in their natural environment. This airboat excursion is filled with surprises and fascination. Your employees will have the experience of a lifetime that they will always remember!

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10. Golf Lessons with a PGA Pro

Employees may choose from select course locations and instructors for their lesson. With just 1 lesson from a PGA Pro, they’ll learn techniques that will last a lifetime. Instructors include regional PGA Teachers of the Year, Collegiate coaches, and former tour players. Perfect experience for the golf lover!

Those are only just some examples of experiential rewards you can include in your rewards and recognition program. These experiences will offer value to your employees as you help them achieve life goals, while recognizing their great work! 

For more information on how to set up a rewards and recognition program that works for you, contact us.

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