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offshorejunkie
03-29-2012, 10:22 AM
Alright, I am trying to get together a bit of a cool spiff, bonus whatever for a couple of my good guys here at work. Money is good yes but would rather give them something to look forward to that the wives cant really touch. The company did give rolexs but no longer.

Basically I am asking my sales guys to spend their time gathering information to help build a new web page. Of course the new web page will hopefully increase the leads but they will be taking time away from selling to help me gather this information.

Right now I am thinking a Friday off, round of golf then on to a hunting preserve to spend the night, get up the next morning, quail and pheasant hunt then home to spend the rest of the weekend with the family.

Give me some good ideas!

What do you all think????


JMT34
03-29-2012, 11:08 AM
Just glad to hear you taking care of your guys. Nice job.

Dulcecita Lures
03-29-2012, 11:14 AM
If it's good enough for Charlie Sheen, well.... hookers and blow! (Big Al will hate me for stealing his thunder). :rofl:

Do they both hunt? "C'mon boys! Let's go kill us some trapped varmits and birds!" Eh, wouldn't fly by me, but if they're avid shooters, well, different story.

You're asking us, but you should be asking them. Just sayin'


ken2175
03-29-2012, 11:14 AM
Rent a sky box for the in town sports team.:Q

starmonk
03-29-2012, 11:33 AM
Nortcarolinna huh? How far are ya from the Coca Cola 6hunnerd? 4 nice tix apiece and parking passes...

offshorejunkie
03-29-2012, 11:38 AM
Keep them coming. We already did the panthers thing this year and as far as the 600, well not all are into watching cars turn left for 3.5 hrs. I for one will be there but not their cup of tea. To bad Masters tix are so expensive. Not to put a price on their efforts but WOW they are steep.

semperfifishing
03-29-2012, 11:43 AM
Take them all out for a days charter fishing..

offshorejunkie
03-29-2012, 11:47 AM
That is a thought but I would hate for the weather to blow us out.

cgrand
03-29-2012, 11:53 AM
hookers and blow are weatherproof

Snapper Head
03-29-2012, 12:12 PM
Spliff???????


Big Al

cgrand
03-29-2012, 12:18 PM
Spliff???????


Big Al

spliffs are for the mailroom
he's talking about sales execs here

Snapper Head
03-29-2012, 12:25 PM
I'll meet ya in the mail room.:grin:


Big Al

Blythe1022
03-29-2012, 12:42 PM
If they like to hunt birds and you have given out a Rolex before go for a nice over/under shotgun. If they choose to sell it for cash they can. Being in Boone you could also do a nice flyrod and reel combo. I like your first idea too.

gort
03-29-2012, 12:52 PM
Rent a sky box for the in town sports team.:Q

In boone that would be the bleachers at Watauga High School

offshorejunkie
03-29-2012, 12:54 PM
Hey now, the mighty pioneers are tuff!

cjd
03-29-2012, 01:16 PM
I was on a team for a pretty big company (think huge) and we discovered that most employees loved being rewarded, but did not always love the rewards to be linked to more time with coworkers or bosses. All situations are different, but I might default to giving them the time and activity on their own terms.

Uncas
03-29-2012, 01:25 PM
Are you hiring? I can be there in an hour.....

offshorejunkie
03-29-2012, 01:31 PM
Always looking for qualified people! Honestly, we like to have fun but put in a good days work. There are only 4 of us in sales and we all get along, hang out on the weekends etc...just thought it would be a nice way of rewarding hard work. One thought was a week off at Christmas but, thats so far away and in sales, you would be working from home anyway.

MacCTD
03-29-2012, 03:06 PM
Cash, I think you over estimate them wanting something their wife cannot touch.

monobill
03-29-2012, 03:16 PM
I am a sales guy, nothing beats cash and some time home to do something with my family. The other things are nice but a suprise of cash is also really cool.

InTheNet
03-29-2012, 03:25 PM
I have been in sales for 36 years. Cash is always a good motivator especially if the wife does not know. 2nd would be a weekend with wife someplace .

vertigo
03-29-2012, 03:32 PM
What ya sellin I may be a looken.:grin:
Not sure how much you plan on spending and since this is a boating site, why not some cash and a long weekend fihing trip, that way they can keep the cash secret and bring home something to show for their venture.:grin:

Gator56
03-29-2012, 03:33 PM
We had a great trip with my crew in Alabama in a remote area on the Tallapoosa River where we fished, kayak and there was 3000 acres to hunt on as well. Great time and it didn't cost a dime except for our foods and beverages. My sister and her husband own it.............No there wasn't any banjo music..................

beachbum43
03-29-2012, 03:40 PM
Get them iPads. That is the best bonus gift I've ever given to my staff.

Booker
03-29-2012, 03:46 PM
I spend more time with co-workers than I do at home as it is. Why would I want to spend any more time with them?

CASH MONEY, PLEASE...

semperfifishing
03-29-2012, 04:09 PM
That is a thought but I would hate for the weather to blow us out.

A charter in Hawaii...:)

bayrunner16
03-29-2012, 04:54 PM
Man so its not the best SPLIFF I ever recieved....oh ok nevermind.

jtburf
03-29-2012, 05:08 PM
Damn you guys are close but not spot on.

Pull them all in an room and hand them two enevlopes one with cash the other with a check..

Cash for pocket money check for spouse to see they are rewarded...

Look them all square in the eye and tell them keep it up and we can do this again!!!


John

Boat Hound
03-29-2012, 05:13 PM
A charter in Hawaii...:)

I just got a trip to Hawaii today as a spiff :)

As nice as it is, as a sales guy more time with assholes like me is fun for me, not so much for the wife. I like the over/under shotgun (if that is there thing) a nice set of clubs, or another big favorite is a Cabela's gift certificate. This allows me to get something nice, but not feel guilty about sharing cash with the wife!

I hate to admit this, but really anything feels good, as long as there is some thought put into it. (Except the jar of cashews I got instead of holiday bonus this year)

FishnDive
03-29-2012, 05:15 PM
I tnought I was doing good with a columbia parka and swiss army knife for a project I worked on. People get Rolexes for spiff, my swiss army knife doesn't seem like good spiff anymore.

offshorejunkie
03-30-2012, 08:21 AM
So how about a Friday off, round of golf and dinner, envelopes with green backs for dessert. Sound fair and reasonable?

cgrand
03-30-2012, 08:33 AM
when i was a corporate drone the LAST thing i wanted was to be "rewarded" with more time with my bosses/coworkers

offshorejunkie
03-30-2012, 08:59 AM
I can understand that, however we are a small sales force. We actually enjoy spending time together outside of work. We are golfing together tomorrow anyway, just because we want to. We learn from each other what makes the sell. How they deal with newborns not sleeping all night, etc. Maybe I see this all wrong. Maybe I should just give the cash and walk away but thought a reward to show the appreciation would be appropriate.

They all have sons under 2 years of age and me with my first on the way. Maybe I should get all the boys their NC lifetime sportsman liscense.

Montauk Rocket
03-30-2012, 09:03 AM
Best ones I have ever gotten were for cool trips. Super Bowl, Costa Rica Rainforest, Barbados Resort, Alaska Fishing. Cash is cool, but you should be doing that anyway...

offshorejunkie
03-30-2012, 09:07 AM
Yeah we have good bonus structure, but this is not sales related. Rather asking that they take time away from that to give input on a new web page, thus eating up some sales time. Writing copy is not exactly what sales execs get excited about.

Keep in mind that I do not own this company but my guys work hard for me. A trip to Costa Rica is out of the question. I just want to reward them and let them know I appreciate them. Yall are making this harder than Christmas shopping for the wife!

MAXIMUM B
03-30-2012, 11:27 AM
Be careful about setting precedence.

offshorejunkie
03-30-2012, 11:36 AM
Maximum, so you would do nothing? Slap on the back and see ya Monday?

Mersiles
03-30-2012, 11:52 AM
For spiff's I have done iPads (the younger inside sales folks love these), cash (always king), and for have used cruises for the more family oriented stuff.

The only challenge with the cruise is that it's exactly like a P-Club event. It takes your top producers out of productivity for that time. :mad:

MAXIMUM B
03-30-2012, 12:15 PM
Maximum, so you would do nothing? Slap on the back and see ya Monday?

No, I am saying that if you were to give a Rolex, how would you top that next time?

Don't presume what I would do. My employees average tenure is 13 years. I would think that 33 years with many of the same people would qualify me to coment.

Having those 33 years of expeiance, I have had made the same mistake.
What are you going to do the 4th year 10th? 25th?
I would recomend cash, which is easily tied to profitability, or paid time off.

offshorejunkie
03-30-2012, 12:48 PM
13 years, thats great. Sure you are qualified to comment. A rolex is a nice gift and yes we did that in the past. Work for us five years and get a nice new submariner and a slap on the back. Few years back, the gift of time was no more. I have been here 6 years and did not recieve on for the company.

I do not presume to offer this "spiff" as some milestone reward. A simple gesture to say thank you for a job well done. These guys make a wonderful living as do I. We are not rich but rather blessed to be able to come to work, have our health and raise a nice family.

We work off of a draw agaist commision as it is. Time off is relative and often not good to a salesman working against a draw.

This year at Christmas, they handed out trophies and a new category was created. The million dollar man, and it had my name on it. I was the first employee in company history to close a single contract of 1M. Not once but 3 years in a row. I got a plastic trophy.

Hell, maybe cash is the answer. Proves we truely live in a cash driven world.

Wolakrab
03-30-2012, 01:21 PM
Free trip for two to Atlantis Resort...4 days/three nights. Took my then-GF and had a blast.

Johnny Dreamer
03-30-2012, 04:30 PM
I like the idea of something for them and something else to show/give the spouse.

I too think it is cool that you are rewarding your team. As you don't own the company, cash would be weird to me.

"Here, I make more than you, have some of mine. I'm winning, just so we are clear."

Nah, F that. Something like you have already suggested would be waaay cooler. I would think of something that you know one of the staff would hate, e.g. parachuting and doing that...hilarity ensues and stories to bond you together abound.

Or, as you all live a great life, perhaps there is a creative way to "give back" while still having a bit of fun. I'm sure there is a Veterans programme near you...you mentioned golfing...perhaps something. Bonding, feeling good and having a good time while helping others.

bmw332is
03-31-2012, 03:27 AM
A great once in a life time trip:thumbsup:

http://www.nimmobay.com/

ndb8fxe
03-31-2012, 10:00 AM
I can understand that, however we are a small sales force. We actually enjoy spending time together outside of work. We are golfing together tomorrow anyway, just because we want to. We learn from each other what makes the sell. How they deal with newborns not sleeping all night, etc. Maybe I see this all wrong. Maybe I should just give the cash and walk away but thought a reward to show the appreciation would be appropriate.

They all have sons under 2 years of age and me with my first on the way. Maybe I should get all the boys their NC lifetime sportsman liscense.

Problem is that part of their job is to make the boss think they enjoy the bosses company.

I travel for a living and spend tons of time with my colleagues in big doses. I enjoy their company and we do have some fun on the road, however, when back home I much prefer to use that time with the family. I would feel appreciated with any token of appreciation though. Personally if I had to choose it would be cash or a watch.

MAXIMUM B
04-02-2012, 09:54 AM
Studies have shown recognition is more important than reward.
I understand what you are wanting to do, but 1. It can become expected. 2.Is it so rare today that going the extra mile has to be rewarded? It is really the sign of a good employee that knows what they are getting paid for. That's how you get promotions and raises. Those are the rewards.
All I am trying to say is play this out into the future and think about the ways this could come back and bite you in the ass. If you have more people in other capacities, how are they going to react? They will find out. That is the quickest way to destroy working relationships between departments.



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