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Recognition Awards Make a Difference

Employees like to be recognized for good work and loyal service. That's why it's a smart move for managers to frequently acknowledge their most dedicated employees, and periodically give them awards for exceptional work or key milestones. The common work-related sitations you should already be giving awards for are:

These essential employee awards will go a long way in retaining valued workers, but these aren't the only types of awards you can dole out. Running a business takes a collection of great efforts from a stellar team, and you should always be finding ways to acknowledge the people that make your company successful. We came up with a list of less common types of awards you can give to employees. Feel free to chime in with any unique award ideas you have in the comment section at the bottom of this post.

1) The Most Punctual Employee

It doesn't matter how much someone loves their job-- it's tough to avoid slamming the snooze button in order to arrive at work on time. Employees who continually show up to work on time should be commended for their discipline. You don't have to just give an award for workers who arrive at work on time though. You can also recognize employees who are never late for a weekly meeting or conference call. Any of these clock awards will work, but if we had to pick one, this is one of our most popular in this category.

2) Employees Who Work Overtime

You never want to overwork your team, but sometimes there are big projects that require extra hours so that they get finished by a strict deadline. If you have an employee or group of employees who worked extra hard to ensure the timeliness of a project, they should probably deserve a free day off (or at least half day) to relax. And what better way to relax, than with a custom-etched bottle of wine.

3) Employees who made a good judgement call

You can train your staff to deal with the most common hiccups, but you can't cover every situation during your employee orientation. Sometimes an employee needs to make a clutch judgement call. For employees who make a great judgement call during a tough situation, we recommend our gavel awards. This is a popular gavel award that we sell...

4) Holiday Party Planners

The office holiday party is a fun time every year, but there's always someone behind the scenes that stresses out in order to make it happen. You might be giving this person a Christmas bonus already, but it doesn't hurt to also give them a long-lasting token of your appreciation. We recommend our custom tree ornaments.  Here's one of our ornaments that our customers seem to like...

5) Costume Contest Winners

It's OK to have a little fun in the office from time to time. There's a good chance your company does a Halloween costume contest every October, and if you do, we have the perfect prize...

6) Office ninjas

This type of award goes to the employees who continually work hard, regardless of whether or not they're being monitored. This goes to employees who go above and beyond to make sure the office is running smoothly. This is an award for a worker who kicks butt...

Don't be afraid to give awards to your most valued employees

As a manager or business owner, it's your job to make sure that your employees want to work for you. One of the easiest and cost-effective ways is to give them awards or trophies to make sure that they know they're appreciated. If you have any questions about our products, don't hesitate to call us at 800-377-8646. 

3 Motivational Quotes To Share With Your Employees

We're biased, but we believe that rewarding your top employees with custom awards, plaques, trophies, etc is an effective way to keep your team happy and motivated. Another good way though is to give your employees words of encourage or good quotes to sticky note to their desk. 

Below are 3 motivational quotes that we really like. Feel free to share them on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn...you got the idea ;-)

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We always appreciate customer feedback, good or bad. It helps us know if we're doing a good job and the areas where we need to improve. When we get a really glowing review, sometimes we like to feature them on Facebook or our other social media channels. Below are just 3 of the latest flattering reviews we've received. 

If you're a customer and would like to give us some online feedback, you can review us on Yelp, Facebook, Google, or send us an email. 

Customer Testimonial

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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. 

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