These work in much the same way as vouchers, but employers can top up the value of employees’ rewards online.
Technological developments have enabled several providers to launch credit-card style reward systems, which can be spent at only those outlets that accepts cards from the sponsoring payment provider such as Visa or Maestro.
Electronic motivation vouchers are an import from America and while paper vouchers remain popular for employee reward and recognition, gift cards are increasingly prevalent.
Electronic gift cards often appeal as they can entail less administration than paper vouchers. The cards can also be branded with the company name.
Security is an additional appeal of plastic gift cards. They can be registered so that if the card is lost then reward is not.
Web-based systems and SMS messaging can be key tools in promotion campaigns while also increasing staff motivation.