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Holiday Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas

Crystal AwardsStar Crystal Awards

  • Custom engraved crystal awards make a great gift
  • Let employees know how much you value their hard work with these awards
  • Your employees will remember these types of awards for years to come

  

 

Desk Name Blocks

Desk Name Blocks

  • Engraved plaque awards can be used for recognition, motivation , or a gift 
  • Choose from traditional style cove-beveled plaque boards to sophisticated plaque frames and shadow boxes
  • These are great for anniversary gifts or for other lifetime achievement awards

 

Engraved PensEngraved Pens

  • Engraved pen sets make the perfect gift, promotion, or award
  • Deliver a stately and functional pen set and desk accessory
  • Your employees will appreciate an engraved pen to represent a large achievement

Recognition PlaquesRecognition Plaques

  • Engraved plaque awards can be used for recognition, motivation , or a gift
  • Choose from traditional style cove-beveled plaque boards to sophisticated plaque frames and shadow boxes
  • These are great for anniversary gifts or for other lifetime achievement awards

 

Clock AwardsClock Awards

  • Classic designs that are perfect for a personal gift
  • Practical and thoughtful with many different types of clocks and movements
  • Clocks are timeless

   

Glass AwardsGlass Awards

  • Great gift to strengthen company image and branding
  • Glass awards will add visual excitement to your gift
  • The intricate designs are sure to wow any recipient

 

Acrylic AwardsAcrylic Awards

 

  • Unique mix of designs that incorporate bright colors and creative materials
  • Acrylic awards make perfect gifts leaving a lasting impression with the recipients
  • Multiple engraving options 

 

 

Gavel AwardsGavel Awards/Plaques

  • Custom engraved gavel for the hard working employee
  • Choose from traditional walnut and rosewood finish
  • Great for the legal veteran in your company 

 

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Recognition Awards

Employee Recognition Awards

Employee Recognition Awards

Employee awards show your staff just how much you appreciate their hard work and effort around the office.

 

Earning awards can make employees strive towards a positive goal and it can improve office morale.

 

  

 

Types of Employee AwardsTypes of Employee Awards

There isn’t just one type of award your employees can earn. They have the chance to show their commitment in many different ways. 

Some types of common employee awards include:

  • Teamwork awards
  • Employee of the month
  • Sales awards

  

Glass and Crystal Awards

Glass and Crystal Awards

Glass and crystal awards are impressive and show your employees that their dedication is noticed and appreciated.

Striking glass and crystal awards last for much longer than other types of material and are usually used to craft more prestigious awards. 

 

 

 

  

Sports AwardsSports Awards

It doesn’t matter whether you use trophies, plaques, or medals, any sports team you support would be honored to have a recognition award for their team spirit and victorious wins!

Recognition awards aren’t just for employees, they can also be used to recognize sports teams as well. 

 

  

Acrylic Awards

Acrylic AwardsAcrylic awards make wonderful recognition gifts for business and sales awards. They aren’t quite as expensive as crystal and glass awards, but they are stylish and can be easily engraved with any message you wish. 

Many acrylic awards can also be custom made for any type of occasion.

 

 

 

 

Custom Made AwardsCustom Awards

Custom made awards can be crafted for any special event. 

As an employer, custom made awards show that you really believe receiving the award is a big deal and the employee deserves special recognition, not just a routine pat on the back. 

 

 

Custom Name Badges 

Custom Name BadgesFor minor awards and office contests, custom name badges and table displays are the perfect gift.

Personalized table displays are also an excellent way to commemorate the number of years an employee has been with the company. It shows that you value your employees like a family and you want to celebrate the time you’ve spent together. 

 

 

 

  

Academic and Religious AwardsAcademic and Religious Awards

Personalized awards can also be given for academic achievements or for religious ceremonies such as confirmation. 

Contests like spelling bees, art and music concerts, and academic club accomplishments are also suitable occasions to receive a custom award. 

 

Why Give Awards?

Why give awardsGiving awards of any kind shows appreciation for a job well done. It’s a tangible reminder of hard work and a strong commitment to excellence. Hard work isn’t always appreciated, but when it is, it’s all the more rewarding and satisfying.







Crystal Awards Options

Knowing Your Options

  • Color ChoicesEvery situation for reward is a unique one. Not only do the achievements differ, but the people being rewarded do as well.
  • A thoughtful approach to what award to give can communicate more praise than even the award itself.
  • By knowing what is available, and what is given in a certain situation, you can be sure to maximize the benefit of the reward.

 

 

    Contemporary Awards

    Crystal Pyramid Award

    • This award is cut from a mixture of fine clear crystal and black glass and is etched deeply with either a gold or silver accent.
    • It is a simple and sleek design which captures the attention of anyone walking by.
    • These awards have a lot of room for engraving. This makes it a good choice for special honors being bestowed.

     

     

    Optical Crystal

    • Round Crystal AwardThis award is created by sweeping curve lines of optical crystals.
    • The design is made by crystal cubes embedded in the award, with a sand etched custom engraving giving it a premium look.
    • This is the perfect type of award for saying “Job well done”. 

     

     

     

    Crystal GlobesCrystal World Globe

    • These awards are stunning and grab the attention of anyone who walks into the room. Great awards for over-the-top achievement.
    • The trophy is mouth blown and then cut from crystal by hand. A customized message is then engraved on the base.
    • Each globe is slightly unique as the nature of crystal blowing produces stylistic nuances. 

     

      Specialty Awards

      • Specialty Crystal AwardsCustom made crystal awards are perfect for garnering the “wow!” effect.
      • Using optical crystal, near any design can be achieved. This is particularly good when you are honoring someone in a non-traditional manner.
      • There is typically a small set-up fee for new designs.

       

       

       

       

      Engraved VasesEngraved Vases

      • The fantastic thing about crystal vases is their distinctive shape and unique hand-cut patterns.
      • The base is optional when buying these awards and can similarly be engraved with a custom message.
      • These are considered elegant awards and are perfect for large presentations.

       

      Goal Setter Awards

        Goal Setter Awards

        • This is an exciting and innovative way of keeping your employees motivated, while also rewarding them for what is being done.
        • The award comes with a set of removable “blocks” of crystal which can be added as milestones are reached.
        • The award and the blocks are shipped in different packages, which means you can keep surprising the recipient with further additions.

         

         

         

        Putting it All Together

        Crystal Recognition Awards

        • Now that you know, you are empowered to make the best decision in rewarding that special achiever.
        • Take time to consider what is the best for the situation. Ask yourself how you can best convey your message.
        • Regardless of whether you go with traditional or custom awards, the time and thought put into the decision will be noted.
        The Benefits of Recognizing Your Employees Contributions

        Everyone Deserves RecognitionEmployee Recognition

         

        • For hard-work on a project
        • For personal dedication to the business
        • For creative ideas
        • For exceptional work
        • For their commitment to quality
        • For bringing value to the company

         

        Awards and Plaques Motivate 

        Award Plaque

         

        Employees do their best work when they feel they are appreciated

         

        Recognition awards let your workers know you see their commitment to the company

         

         

         

         

        Teamwork Is a Praiseworthy AccomplishmentEmployee Recognition

        As a manager it is often difficult to get employees to work together  productively.

         

        Recognizing exceptional teamwork sets a benchmark for cooperation, and incentive to reach it.

         

         

        Employee Morale Is a Valuable Commodity

        Crystal Star AwardPeople find personal value  through what they are able to achieve.

         

        Being recognized as a leader amongst peers boosts employee self esteem, which in turn encourages exceptional work.

         

         

         

         

         

        Recognizing Those Who Have Devoted Years…Clock Awards

        Shows Corporate Loyalty to new employees. This in turn elicits employee loyalty.

        Gives employees something to work towards in the long-run.

         

        Awards Improve the Work Environment

        Employee Awards

        Mutual goals bring a sense of family and camaraderie to the workplace.

        A work environment in which employees are routinely appreciated is a less negative one.

         

         

         

         

        Research Shows…Planet Crystal Award

        …that by recognizing past behavior, employees are more motivated to do the same in the future

        …that plaques and awards are overall more effective than monetary awards

         

         

        Managing Employees is Not Easy Work

        Plaques for Employee Recognition

        Employees want to know that their contributions are appreciated and that they make a difference.


        By considering ways to reward your employees, you show that you are committed to those you are managing, and not just what they can do for you.


         

        Our Mascot

        Employee recognition not only increases office morale, but motivates employees to do their very best.

         

        By rewarding excellent work and dedication, you show that you are a manager who cares about the individuals in your team.

        Rewarding Your Clients During The Holiday Season

        Christmas BowRewarding Client Loyalty

        Maintaining good relationships with clients is Business 101. There are a variety of methods you can use to show your clients your appreciation for their continued business. Holiday gifts are a time-honored tradition for client appreciation and are typically well-received by customers during the winter holidays. Recognition awards, plaques, and trophy awards are a cost-effective and convenient way to thank clients and customers for their contributions to the ongoing success of your organization.

         


        Possible ways to reward clients

        Possible Rewards For Clients

        When providing holiday rewards for clients, you have several options to choose from including:

        • Certificates
        • Trophies
        • Crystal awards
        • Plaques
        • Glass awards

        Reasons To Provide Holiday Recognition

        • Provides a chance for your business to show gratitude for customer loyalty.
        • Provides a chance to reconnect with customers you did business with earlier in the year.
        • Generates goodwill.
        • Gives you another chance to connect with clients and drum up new business.

        The Effectiveness Of Gratitude

        Showing gratitude toward customers increases their positive opinion of your business and may help serve as a buffer against any bumps you may hit in your relationship. A visible reminder of your gratitude, such plaques and awards can help reinforce this positive opinion and keep your business in the mind of customers when they need services or products.


        What makes a Good Recognition Award

        Elements Of A Good Customer Recognition Award

        When designing your customer recognition awards, be sure to keep quality in mind. Shoddy or poorly designed awards will leave the customer with a negative impression of your company. Here are a few tips for good award design:

        • Legibility. Having an award your clients can read is essential to getting the message across.
        • Correct. Misspelling the client’s name can be highly embarrassing and may offend the client.
        • Attractive. Your reward should be a plaque, trophy, statue or certificate your clients will be proud to show in their homes or offices.
        • Safety. Your customer recognition awards should be made of quality materials and be safe.

         

         

         

        Work With A Designer

        A company dedicated to creating award statues, plaques, etc. can help you design the right awards for your specific customer base. They can help you avoid common mistakes in design and ensure that you create an award that will be cherished by its recipients.

        Incorporate It Into A Loyalty Program

        Providing clients and customers with recognition awards over the holidays may be more effective if you roll the awards into a loyalty program. By combining an awards program with a program that provides discounts and special offers you can enhance the effectiveness of both. Gallup Poll research shows that loyalty programs must engage and activate customers to be truly effective. Adding holiday recognitions to the program gives you another avenue to reach your customers.

        Cost Effective RecognitionCost Effective Rewards

        Making a bulk order of custom awards will typically be more cost-effective than just buying a few awards. It will give you the opportunity to reach more customers and discounts may be offered for bulk orders. 

        About Edco

        Edco provides custom awards, plaques and other awards for various academic, sports and business clients. Located in Florida, Edco has been in the business of celebrating the milestones and achievements of our customers and their clients and partners for more than 40 years.

        Effective Event Promotion

        Successful events require significant planning and preparation, and when time and money has been invested, implementing a strong promotional strategy including a well balanced recognition awards program can greatly benefit the results. Determining a promotion plan and executing it effectively doesn’t have to be difficult; it’s simply a matter of knowing where to start.

         

        Define a Promotion Plan

        Marketable events exist over a variety of areas, including business events (sales; grand openings; product promotion), social events (parties; reunions), school events, and fundraisers. Each hopes for a slightly different outcome, but the approach is the same for all. Utilizing proper promotional tactics for events can assure that little time or money is wasted in the process.

        An effective event promotion starts with a solid plan, so spending some time developing a concrete strategy can save valuable time and money down the road.

        • Identify the targets: Include individuals with whom you have previously done business, as well as those who have attended similar events in the past.
        • Define the objectives: What are you hoping to accomplish with this event? What are you hoping your chosen targets can bring to the table?
        • Construct the tactics: Determine what tactics can effectively combine chosen targets and objectives.
        • Organize implementation: Develop a promotional team and assign tasks to each team member.
        • Define the timeline: Schedule a starting date and ending date, as well as key promotional dates in between, such as presence at similar events or key dates for posting via online mediums.
        • Allocate the budget: Determine how much money can be spent on promotions and distribute accordingly.
        • Evaluate the results: Analyze all efforts and determine the return on investment. Use these results for future promotional efforts.

         

        Online Promotion Tactics

        As of June 2012, 2,405,518,376 people had access, and were using the internet. Whether for business or pleasure, it’s safe to say that any promotion effort enacted online will certainly have a broad reach.

         

        Online scheduling has replaced traditional calendars, old-fashioned meetings have made way for Skype sessions, and virtual shopping is giving traditional storefront a run for its money. Businesses that recognize the value of online promotion for products and events can stay ahead of competition in the battle for customer loyalty.

         

        Social Media

        The unbelievable growth of social media in recent years has forced businesses to reconsider their marketing efforts. Facebook currently has 1.15 billion users, Google+ has 343 million, Twitter has 500 million, and Instagram steadily rising at 130 million. Each of these social media giants has implemented promotion plans for businesses, making it easier than ever to drive customers to an event.  Some tips for promoting an event through social media include:

        • Offer a couple of free tickets to the event within a post.
        • Post videos of event highlights, including notable speakers or special activities.
        • Encourage users by offering coupons or discounts for those who share the event.
        • Create a weekly posting schedule so that your event will stay on your customer’s radar.
        • Create an event listing on Facebook. Letting users see who is attending as well as post their own comments is an excellent way to keep users engaged and excited.

         

        Email Campaigns

        Stay in touch directly with email campaigns; send-out campaign platforms such as Constant Contact or MailChimp to simplify the email process. It’s important to remember the following to create the most effective emails:

        • Create compelling subject lines: To avoid an email being sent to a spam filter and never to be seen again, ensure that the subject is personable and to the point; offer a discount or coupon code within the subject to offer as much information as possible before they open the email.
        • Include a call-to-action: Make sure the person knows what they need to do and how to act on event coupons or special notices.
        • Be thorough: Include all relevant information about the event, so there’s little left unknown. Include the place, time, date, and where/how to buy tickets to the event. Include a link to the ticket purchase site if possible.

         

        Event Website and Registration

        Developing a user-friendly website for the event can make ticket purchase simple and also help businesses keep track of ticket sales and attendee contact information. Many event registration platforms also include an email portion that allows businesses to contact users directly via email about any changes to the event or to confirm the ticket purchase.

        Sites such as eventbee.com or eventbrite.com can make the ticket sale process easier and can also be connected to social media sites for simplified promotion posting. Creating an event website can greatly improve visibility and promotion towards a targeted audience, while allowing for further social media marketing opportunities.

        Promotional Products

        Even though online promotional efforts have proven to be effective in today’s fast-paced marketplace, physical promotional productshave always found a place in event promotion success. When investing in giveaways, it’s important to remember the following:

         

        • Choose products that can be used daily, such as pens, cups, cozies, and water bottles. The more useful the item, the more it will be used, and ultimately the more exposure it will receive.
        • Choose timeliness to give away promotional items, including during similar events, at related conferences or to businesses which would have an interest in attending the event.
        • Assure that all important information is included on the product, including how to register or buy tickets for the event.

         

        Effective event promotion can be accomplished with careful planning, implementation of online resources and creative promotional products. With a little work and a lot of creativity, your event can be a financial success and a cherished memory.

         

        Planning an event? Let EDCO Awards and Specialties help with your marketing efforts. With a wide selection of promotional products available, including pens, key chains, water bottles, mugs, golf tees, flashlights, umbrellas and more, EDCO can help make your event a success!

        How to Be a Better Boss

        How to Be a Better Boss

        Essential to any fruitful organization is strong leadership supported by a recognition awards program. One of the most valuable assets of an organization is their employees. Both employees and managers are the backbone of what makes companies operate successfully. Managers and other supervisors are tasked with ensuring they are overseeing a productive workplace while also finding various ways to develop relationships and motivate their employees. Quality managers can create a workplace in which employees strive be a part of and over perform their duties for the overall benefit of the organization. Becoming an effective leader and creating a more productive, cohesive workplace requires supervisors to gain a deeper understanding of their employees, motivate successfully and create an atmosphere where goals are reached.

         

        Developing a loyal workforce is a task that many managers struggle with, yet it is possible to create. Finding ways to connect with employees, understand their individual needs and what motivates them, separates bosses who drive employees away and bosses who have earned employees allegiance. Through methods such as team building activities, individual check-in’s with staff members and regular recognition, managers have the ability to learn more about their employees and provide them the assistance they need to become successful. Becoming a quality boss also involves having simple traits that employees look for in their supervisors. These traits include various ways to ensure that employees feel they are respected and treated fairly.

         

         

        Communicating With and Leading Employees

         

        Employees like to feel a sense of purpose in their work. The responsibility falls onto managers to convey the reasons and benefits of tasks that are assigned to their staff. Through straightforward communication, employees can gain a better understand of what is expected of them and effectively complete them knowing they have the support and assistance of management, if necessary. Building a deeper understanding of daily activities can, in itself, make a great difference in the productivity of employees. Creating an “open-door” atmosphere encourages workers to approach supervisors with concerns or questions and allows for productive dialog to be had. 

         

        Effective communication allows managers to lead and shape the workplace atmosphere to cater to their employees. Transparent communication between employees and supervisors closes the gap created by hierarchy and can provide, for example, an insight into how decisions are made and why. One method of transparency in the workplace is to provide employees the opportunity to understand the thought process behind decision making. Instead of simply delivering instructions to employees after decisions are made, take the approach of creating an open dialog with employees and allowing them to be involved or up-to-date on decisions being made. Lead in a way that eliminates gaps, and creates a cohesive environment.

         

        Motivating communication and encouragement through generosity and fairness equates to loyal employees. Individuals work to make a living, and while there may be less desirable tasks, or ones that go beyond the scope of an employee’s job description, people need to be motivated and recognized for their time and efforts. Communication in these instances is more important than ever as it allows supervisors to determine the best method for inspiring.

         

         

        Motivation in the Workplace

         

        Each individual is motivated differently. The responsibility fall onto manager and supervisors to know their employees well enough to determine the best and most effective way to encourage them. Whether the workplace morale is lackluster or employees are excelling in their roles, there is always room for inspiration and showing appreciation for hard work and effort. It is proven that employees who feel respected have a greater level of happiness at work and are less likely to look for alternative employment.  To reduce turnover, managers are encouraged to take a look at their current methods of motivating employees and whether or not they are effective. Some examples include:

         

        • Incorporate fun: Consider looking into different ways to bring employees together during the work day and engage in fun activities. This allows employees to relax and enjoy their day instead of feeling as if they are simply there to get a job done, creating a greater sense of unity in the workplace.
        • Give awards: Custom, corporate awards can be ordered for any occasion and given out to show appreciation to employees for their efforts, for reaching a milestone or achieving company goals. These awards are a way for employees to have a lasting memento of their successes at work and a reminder of the respect managers have for their team.
        • Bonuses: Monetary incentives, if possible, provide employees with the ability to utilize the benefits they were awarded. Organizations can offer this type of motivation in several ways including sales competitions or outstanding customer service reviews. Regardless of the reason, bonuses are a great way to motivate staff members.
        • Positive Recognition: In company meetings or other events, managers are encouraged to take the time to personally recognize any employees who have exceeded in accomplishing specific tasks or any other reason to call out individuals for their successes in front of their peers.
        • Show Results of Efforts: A simple and cost effective way to show appreciation is to show employees the outcome of their work. If an individual is responsible for a small component of a project, when it is complete, being able to show what their work ended up producing can be a great strategy to motivating.

        There are a variety of ways to acknowledge and show appreciation for the hard work employees do to maintain an effective workplace. Whether an individual has reached a company goal, gone above and beyond their job duties or they provide excellent customer service, part of being an effective manager is making employees feel appreciated.  Start motivating employees today by sending a clear message excellence with custom corporate recognition awards from EDCO. Corporate awards build excitement and inspire employees to continue on their path towards success while also proving that their efforts are recognized and valued by their managers. 

        6 Tips from the Best Places to Work

        Each year, companies around the country strive to be among those chosen as the greatest places to work. The most respected list is produced by Fortune magazine, which published a list called the 100 Best Companies to Work For. The list is highly regarded, with winners achieving nationwide recognition and gaining the ability to attract even more top talent to their organizations. Every business can learn more about employee satisfaction, simply by taking their cue from the best places to work.



        The Best Places to Work


        For the 100 Best Companies to Work For , the organizations chosen must be at least five or more years old and have at least 1,000 employees in the United States. The list is nomination-based, and winners are chosen based on several factors, including:

        • A thorough employee survey, which includes the Trust Index-Employee Survey and The Culture Audit. Although the surveys are anonymous, they truly provide the best insight into the company’s employee satisfaction, perceptions, opinions and attitudes. These surveys count for 2/3 of the decision.
        • An in-depth evaluation of both surveys, as well as an analysis of company programs and policies according to the Great Place to Work Model.

         

         

        Most organizations choose to take advantage of the feedback provided to improve their company’s culture for employees, hoping to find a place on the list for the next year. For companies that are looking to improve their workplaces and keep their employees happy, the best way to learn is by example.


        The 2013 100 Best Companies to Work For include Google, SAS, CHG Healthcare Services, The Boston Consulting Group, Inc., Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., NetApp, Hilcorp Energy Company, Edward Jones, Ultimate Software and the Camden Property Trust. Here is what makes the top two companies, Google and SAS, so fantastic.

         

         

        Google
        The recent movie The Internship opened America’s eyes to what a fun place to work Google seems to be, but the real reasons for employee satisfaction in this industry giant’s workplace goes far beyond just a fun atmosphere. (Although these onsite perks aren’t bad, either: medical and dental facilities, valet parking, oil change, bike repair, laundry rooms, and free gourmet meals).


        • Focused on women’s needs: A good percentage of Google employees are women, and when the HR department noticed a lower retention rate that seemed to center around a too-short maternity leave, changes were made. Rather than a standard 12 weeks of paid maternity leave, Google employees were given five months, with full pay and benefits, and could even divide that time out however they pleased. The focus even extended the new fathers.
        • Thought for family: Forbes magazine recently revealed that if a Google employee dies, the company will pay his or her spouse half of the employee’s salary…for a decade. Recognizing the importance of family and showing compassion are two main reasons Google succeeds in keeping its employees happy.
        • Investing in employees: Google’s Global Education Leave program allows its employees to take up to five years to further their education, and reimburses up to $150,000 to do so. Google proves to employees that they are believed in, at the same time strengthening the company’s brainpower and skills.

         

         

        Google is a company of around 45,000 people and worth around $245 billion dollars, making it easy to provide these kinds of benefits. However, there are valuable lessons to be learned that any company can accomplish: recognize the importance of family, show compassion and invest in employee education and training when available.

         

         

        SAS 
        The second best place to work is SAS, an analytical software company in Silicon Valley, California. With over 6,300 employees, and a 5.6% job growth, this company is known for taking care of its employees and recognizing their hard work.

        • Putting the people first: When the 2008 recession caused massive job layoffs of SAS competitors, CEO Jim Goodnight held a webcast to all employees that assured them their jobs were safe, but that everyone’s help would be needed to watch spending and push through. SAS is a company that values its employees and shows them that they are considered in decisions. Family members are also included in importance, with an extensive family resource program that includes family counseling, adoption, eldercare and childcare.
        • Flexible hours: SAS prides itself on giving employees flexibility on the hours they choose to work. While a 35-hour work week is what is expected, the hours can be accomplished when and how the employee chooses, and the CMO, Jim Davis, pointed out that most work many more hours that required because they “enjoy those hours as opposed to ‘slaving in the office.’”
        • Promote pride in work by recognizing accomplishment: SAS takes large measures to recognize employee successes and give credit where credit is due.  In identifying achievement, SAS finds that employees are more likely to take pride in their own work. The company even designates certain areas of their property to individual landscapers, so that they will treat it as their own.

         

        SAS leads by example in its treatment of family members, employee consideration and recognition of employee successes. Other businesses can take these lessons home, finding ways to incorporate family values and showing acknowledgment and appreciation for hard work and success.

         

        Regardless of size or financials, a company can always show its employees how important they are. Whether through considerations for family and personal time or awarding recognition for jobs well done, a company can always find ways to prove to its staff that they are appreciated and understood. 

        Find some simple ways to recognize achievement in your organization, with EDCO Employee Recognition AwardsSince 1969, EDCO has provided quality motivation and recognition tools for any occasion. From sports trophies, to corporate awards and promotional items, EDCO carries all types of awards for any organization’s corporate needs. EDCO’s products are fully displayed on its website and can be customized and shipped in a week or less in most cases. 

        Recognition for Motivation in the Workplace

        Dwight D. Eisenhower said, "Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it."


        Employee motivation has become an important practice in an economy that requires organizations to produce more results, with fewer resources than ever before. Studies show meaningful employee recognition awards encourages workers to buy into the success of the organization, rather than using management tools to manipulate employees into better performance.

         

         

        The Benefits of Employee Motivation

         An excellent definition of motivation is, “the inner force that drives individuals to achieve personal and organizational goals.” Studies reveal that companies that provide relevant employee recognition programs have 31 percent lower voluntary turnover rates than companies that do not.

        The theory explains that companies making persistent efforts to recognize good work have happier employees. It is consistent with B.F. Skinner’s Operant Conditioning psychology, which indicates that people who are rewarded for good behavior are more likely to repeat it. Consistent and meaningful recognition will build a stronger company over time.

        People need to be respected and treated as a primary weapon for a company when gaining the competitive advantage. All gains toward a company’s growth and prosperity boils down to the work of employees, and the manner in which a company treats its staff can determine the overall success of the organization.

        Organizations are constantly enhancing and improving their operations. In doing so, they are realizing that a direct relationship exists between the overall performance of an organization and that of individual employees.

         

        What Motivates Employees?

        Learning what motivates is a key objective for management. A manager cannot be successful without  a dedicated, supportive team, so  keeping employees engaged in the work, offering support, and assuring they have room to grow within their jobs and the organization  are essential to bringing out their full potentials.

         

        Project managers or lower-level corporate managers might not have the decision-making power or resources to provide large financial incentives or bonuses, but one of the most effective ways to reward employees for good performance is by simply recognizing their hard work and accomplishments.

         

        Complimenting employees in the presence of a more senior boss or offering the chance to present the team’s work to higher management can make a difference. It conveys to employees that their work is appreciated and trusted, and that management supports their efforts.

        Recognition awards should be individual and specific to each employee. For some employees, public recognition will provide the most praise, such as presented during a large company meeting, followed by  a round of applause. But for other employees, public recognition can be an awkward embarrassment. The latter type of employee would much rather praise came in a private, one-on-one meeting. For a manager to be an effective motivator, they must understand that staff will respond to different types of praise or acknowledgment and adjust methods according to the individual.

        Recognition does not always have to be verbal. A letter or email written to the staff member can be just as effective. A manager may want to copy higher-level corporate officers to the correspondence so the employee knows the praise is reaching management.

        Another nonverbal way of recognizing an employee’s efforts is to present them with keepsakes such as  trophy or plaque awards. Custom awards can be engraved with the employee’s name and other information regarding the project, or can include employee’s contributions and accomplishments. These can be given privately or presented during corporate awards ceremonies.

        Regardless of how they are presented, such gifts will recognize the efforts of the employees who receive them, hopefully motivating the employee to go even farther in his job performance. As the employees succeed, so does the company.

        Organizations realize significantly better results when they frequently recognize employees’ performances in the forms of praise, even more so than simple monetary rewards.

        Constructive Praise

         Although the evidence points to better outcomes when employees are frequently recognized for their work, it is important to make recognition meaningful and to do it is actually deserved.

        It is true that all employees’ efforts should be recognized; the simple fact that they have their jobs should be testament that they deserve recognition at some point. But it is important to only recognize the efforts that are truly remarkable or the compliments lose their effectiveness.

        Praise should also be specific. Rather than simply telling an employee that their work is appreciated, go a step further and name specific instances where their performance made a positive difference for the team.

         

        Culture of Recognition

        An employee’s direct manager is responsible for a healthy amount of recognition. Besides, it is the manager who observes and evaluates an employee’s performance and compares it to the rest of the team’s members.

        Often an employee’s coworkers also have a clear vantage in understanding the daily work of their counterparts because they “work in the trenches” together.

         Although it can be tricky to mandate employees‘ recognition of each other’s efforts and accomplishments, it can be encouraged by taking the time during a meeting or other gathering to ask employees to give examples of when they noticed coworkers putting forth extra effort. There can also be a designated bulletin board or other area where employees can post such praise for their coworkers.

        Peer recognition takes some of the responsibility of recognition off the manager’s desk, but it also fosters a more cooperative team atmosphere in which employees learn to recognize successful behavior and strive to duplicate it.

         

        Recognize Often

        Now that we have examined the relationship between recognition and motivation, how often should it be practiced? As long as recognition is specific and deserved, it should be granted as often as possible and it should granted consistently.

         

         

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        5 Tips for Effective Employee Recognition

        Research shows nearly four out of five managers believe that motivating employees is one of the primary duties of their roles as leaders; nearly two-thirds say it is becoming more difficult to do. Three out of four also say they must change their approaches to how they motivate their employees. With a variety of ways to motivate employees, it is important to effective recognize their successes with a method that is effective and beneficial to an organizations overall performance.

         

        Recognition That Works 

        87 percent of organizations stated that their recognition programs are geared toward acknowledging tenure. Clearly, recognition for tenure not only eliminates performance, it turns success in an organization into something for which one waits, rather than something to be achieved.

        Furthermore, many believe that today’s workforce should expect to live a life of learning, perhaps with three or more careers. A large number of highly skilled, vastly experienced — “tenured” — workers lost their jobs and saturate the hiring pool. Tenure-based recognition would slight those employees who may have decades of education and experience and these individuals may end up choosing to work for other organizations, possibly even competitors.

        Having a recognition program can have a positive impact on voluntary turnover rate and the overall performance and welfare of a business.

        Here are some simple tips organizations can use to target their recognition programs effectively:

        1.     Knowing the Employees

        Effective leaders — whether corporate officers, lower-level managers or football coaches — should know each person that works under their lead. This includes knowing what types of recognition will best motivate each staff member.

        Does the person find it pleasant to be cheered on in the company meeting, or would he or she find it embarrassing or awkward? Perhaps, a one-on-one presentation would be more fitting; each employee has his or her own personality and it is up to the manager to figure out each one.

        2.     Recognize Accomplishments Often

        How many people feel over-appreciated by their employers? There probably are not a lot people dealing with that problem at work. They should be.

        To a leader, the staff of an organization should be looked upon as its top asset — that which truly sets a workplace apart from its competitors. Their work deserves to be recognized. In fact, leadership should create a culture of recognition in which all managers and staff are supported and encouraged to recognize each other. Sometimes the most meaningful recognition can come from peers, rather than management.

        3.     Meaningfully Recognize Staff Achievements

        Saying “good job” to an employee who deserves it is pleasant but it does not recognize what the employee achieved that was so “good.” Nonspecific praise like this just seems like the manager does not really care about the employee’s efforts and it also wastes a motivational moment to teach other employees how they, too, can emulate the actions of the successful employee and receive equal recognition.

        Recognition should be specific. More effective praises for successful employees might be the presentation of a plaque award or crystal paperweight that has the employee’s name and accomplishment engraved into it.

        4.     Trust Is Recognition

        People have impressionable senses of self-esteem. If leadership believes in its employees, they will, too, and individuals will be more motivated to succeed based on wanting to maintain that trust. Managers need to show their trust to enhance an employee’s confidence in their abilities.

         

        For example, granting autonomy and acting as an encourager, rather than controlling the project gives room for employees to take ownership of projects and decide how best to finish them.

         

        Not only should leaders allow employees the space to find their own success, but management must also accept when employees fail. Professional growth occurs in both success and failure.

         

        Recognition awards or custom banners with messages of encouragement can be a whole lot more effective motivation than micromanaging employees and controlling all aspects of a project.

         

        5.     It Doesn’t Need to be Expensive

        Many leaders make the mistake of believing that recognition has to include cash rewards for it to be motivational for an organization’s employees. Actually, cash rewards can backfire because they attach a numbered value to an employee’s efforts which can become complicated when future projects require more work but have lesser dollar amounts attached.

         

        People wish to be appreciated, not treated like numbers. When an employee makes an extra effort to help the team or the organization, that employee will respond much more positively when the specific effort is recognized.

         

         

        A more thoughtful recognition gift than money might be an engraved pen, a plaque or acrylic award or other custom corporate award. These types of recognition permanently tie the employee’s success to the successful project and reinforce the connection between the employee’s personal interests and those of the organization.

         

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