A Guide to Effective Employee Awards or Sales Awards
Whether it is the newbie in the mail room or a veteran sales manager, every person under your employ expects to be acknowledged for his or her work and receive some appreciation for the efforts he or she puts in every day for the advancement of your business. Such recognition will go a long way in promoting a culture of gratefulness. As long as employees are aware that their hard work is being observed and valued, they will continue working harder without hesitation.
If you want to sustain the satisfaction and productivity of your employees, you have to give them awards for a job well done and make them see that their efforts are valued and vital. So how do you award those who are doing exceptional work in your company?
One way to do it is to give engraved awards whether as sales awards or as employee awards. Engraved awards are timeless and effective, and can even be witty with the right design and wording. Consider the following tips to come up with a standout award.
Be creative what you put into words.
A noteworthy engraved award includes all pertinent details such as the name of the awardee, his or her achievement, and the date it was given. An extraordinary award would require a bit of imagination. So how can you make your award for your employees exceptional? Use superlatives in the text. Affirmative words like “brilliant” and “foremost” have a place in awards. After all, you would not be handing out the awards in the first place if the recipients did not do an outstanding job.
Deliberate long and hard on the design.
Unleash your creative side. The material, whether wood or steel, should jibe with the mood of the award occasion – be it solemn and elegant or light and colorful. The design of the award should correspond with the image or branding of your company.
Pack the award with some oomph.
The award will rise in stature if a powerful higher-up or two affix their signature on it. Ask for the signatures of the president of the company and of the head of the department along with that of the team members, if appropriate.
Present the award decorously.
An award means nothing if it is not celebrated and made known. You cannot just leave haphazardly the award in the recipient’s cubicle any time of the day. Hand over the award personally to underscore your appreciation and the importance of what the employee had accomplished.
Make the effort to turn the awarding into something special.
Hand out the award to your model employee at a company meeting so he or she can be properly lauded. If a one-on-one award presentation is more appropriate, you can treat your award winner to lunch or dinner to make it more special.
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