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Blog posts tagged with 'employee recognition'

Decanter Sets to Reward High-Achieving Employees
Decanter Sets to Reward High-Achieving Employees

Need something different than your traditional trophy this year? Decanter sets are a great way to reward your top employee’s dedication and hard work. Decanters provide an aesthetically pleasing look and look great upon bar carts, bookshelves, and more. Some even argue that taste is enhanced when whiskey is stored in a decanter, and this device is sure to provide a sophisticated feel to your next office happy hour.

Cut Crystal Decanter

Cut crystal decanter award

This award is perfect for celebrating your team’s next special victory. This award is hand cut from flawless crystal, providing a complex starburst reflection when light shines upon it. The etched pattern allows for easy handling and increased durability. This award can be customized with company logos, along with a short message to help show your appreciation. Next time you need an award for your whiskey connoisseur, the Cut Crystal Decanter is the perfect option.

Cut Crystal Rocks Glasses

Crystal rocks glass award

If you are in need of a rock glass to compliment your top performers, our Cut Crystal Rocks Glasses are the perfect option. These glasses are sure to complement any bar set and can be customized with company logos and more. These glasses are hand cut from pure crystal and are elegantly designed so your team will want to show off at every opportunity. These are sold individually as well as in sets of 6. For an award that will be used regularly and cherished for years to come, consider the Cut Crystal Rocks Glasses.

Royal Cut Crystal Decanter Set with Rocks Glasses

Royal cut crystal decanter award set

Our Royal Cut Crystal Decanter Set with Rocks Glasses is a spectacular award for celebrating achievement. This amazing set is hand crafted from pure crystal and gives an elegant feel to any room or office. This award can be customized with your company logo on everything from the decanter itself to the glassware. This set is durable and will compliment any desk or bar it sits upon. Next time you need to give a celebratory award, the Royal Cut Crystal Decanter Set with Rocks Glasses is sure to impress.

No matter what corporate award you are looking for this year, EDCO is your #1 destination. We have everything you need to show your team the appreciation they deserve. Shop our wide selection of awards & trophies today!

Boosting Morale with Awards for Remote Employees
Boosting Morale with Awards for Remote Employees

The COVID-19 pandemic changed a lot in the corporate world, and businesses in every industry adapted their “business as usual” processes to be safer for employees, clients, and customers. For many, this meant allowing employees to work from home rather than the office to minimize contact and reduce the likelihood of infection.

Although the times of quarantining and fully remote offices are far behind most, many companies saw the benefits of allowing their employees to work remotely and allowed them to continue working from home even after opening their offices back up. This brought with it new opportunities but also new challenges like how to extend in-office culture to remote employees to make them feel included and boost their morale.

Keeping Remote Employees Connected

Obviously, it’s important to keep the morale of all employees high. Higher morale makes employees more engaged in their work and work more productively. They also are less likely to quit or seek employment elsewhere. There are a variety of reasons why a business should strive to keep morale high and employees in good spirits, and while there have been years of insights and experiences that can help when creating a culture like this in an office, there’s not much to draw from when trying to extend the same work atmosphere to remote employees.

Most companies don’t know where to start when trying to figure out a way to keep teams feeling connected to the larger mission even when working remotely, and, unfortunately, many remote employees won’t have very high morale when compared to in-office employees. Thankfully, boosting morale for remote employees is not as challenging as it may sound, and it should fit in perfectly with one of your existing programs. The pandemic made employee recognition even more important than it already was, so include awards specially for remote staff in your employee appreciation program. Recognition awards made just for remote employees will show them how much you appreciate their hard work, and the specificity will make the gesture feel more meaningful. Awards for remote employees won’t just boost their morale, they’ll also encourage them to be more efficient and more engaged in your company culture.

Are you wondering what the best awards are for boosting the morale of remote employees? Below are some of our favorites and some ideas on how to use them.

Crystal service award plaque by EDCO

Crystal Service Award Plaque

The Crystal Service Award Plaque is one of the best ways to honor an extremely dedicated employee and something they’ll be sure to have on their desk at home. The award is made from a strong crystal material that’s not only more durable than glass but also more transparent. Our crystal material also has properties that mimic those of a prism, meaning it’s more reflective than glass and sparkles beautifully in the light. Your employee will be reminded of how much you appreciate them every time it catches the light at the right angle.

Elemental pyramid award for remote employee recognition

Elemental Pyramid Award

Typically used to recognize employees that exemplify core values, accomplish certain goals, or is quickly rising through the ranks of your organization, the Elemental Pyramid Award is perfect for a variety of uses. It can be awarded to the remote employees that demonstrate your companies values even in a remote setting, a remote employee that consistently rises above and beyond expectations, or your best team leader that works remotely. The award is constructed with a beautifully clear optical crystal and accented with deep blue crystal risers that separate the three separate parts of the pyramid. It’s truly a sight to behold that your remote employees will cherish.

Boost morale among your remote workforce with awards like the ambient gold acrylic hexagon award by EDCO

Ambient Gold Acrylic Hexagon Award

Even though it features a classic hexagonal style, this award is anything but traditional. This is mainly due to the injection of gold color that can be seen at the top and bottom of the award and its sub-surface mirror base. Both elements add some visual appeal to the award. Available in two different sizing options, the Ambient Gold Acrylic Hexagon Award is perfect for recognizing outstanding performance in an outstanding way.

Want to find more great award options for your remote employees? Check out our incredible selection of crystal awards, acrylic awards, art glass awards, plaques, and more today!

5 Ways to Honor Your MVPs
5 Ways to Honor Your MVPs

When the time comes to determine what employee will be receiving the employee of the month award, there are likely a few members of your staff that are always in the conversation. These are your company MVPs – they consistently produce quality work, go above and beyond expectations, and are great problem solvers that make everybody else’s lives easier. Maybe they’re leaders who everybody in the office knows and respects, or maybe they have a less visible role that doesn’t garner the same amount of attention but regardless, you need to ensure that these MVPs get the recognition they deserve.

Simply awarding these members of your staff with an employee of the month award almost every month won’t do because it wouldn’t feel right to the other people in the office, nor would it be fair to them. This isn’t to say that they shouldn’t receive an award every now and then, but there are a few different, better ways to uniquely honor these MVPs on your team. Here are 5 ways to honor your MVPs:

Company-Wide Shout-Outs

There is a certain level of pride some people take in knowing they’ve done a stellar job in their work, and hearing it from a boss or person in an executive position is even better. Publicly acknowledging your MVPs is not only a great way to make them feel appreciated but a great way to inspire and motivate others to do amazing work that gets them noticed by the higher-ups. These shout-outs can be done at company meetings, through email blasts, or through other company-wide correspondences. Or gather your employees together at a seemingly random time to make the shout-out more impromptu. As an added bonus, this doesn’t cost a cent!

Offer Professional Development Opportunities

You likely have your eye on the MVPs in your office for a higher position in your company, so give them the opportunity to grow their skills and knowledge while also recognizing them for their hard work. Additionally, if you know one of these MVPs has interest in learning a certain skill or exploring something work-related, why not sponsor them in a class or get them tickets to a local conference or seminar?

Special Parking

By granting your MVPs a special parking space, you’re giving them the gift of convenience. These special parking spaces will typically be those closest to the building, but you can also think about spots that get a lot of shade or covered parking depending on the weather in your area. While this way of honoring your MVPs doesn’t cost anything, don’t be afraid to decorate the spot, so everyone knows who gets to park there and why.

Surprise Treats

Give your MVPs the opportunity to provide an in-office treat like coffee and donuts to the rest of the office using the company card. They can choose their favorite spots to eat around town to get some food they know they’ll enjoy and get everyone in the office hooked as well.

Award a trophy

Crystal goal buster award

Because of how special these MVPs are to your business, they deserve a special award that you haven’t given out to any other employees. You could simply name it the “MVP Award,” but get creative with the title, so they truly feel special. Our crystal Goal Buster Award is an excellent choice for recognizing exceptional performance.

As the nation’s leading supplier of recognition, EDCO has a wide variety of award trophies for you to choose from, so you can find the perfect one to honor these MVPs with. Shop our selection of crystal awards, glass awards, and acrylic awards that will be perfect for your MVPs and order today!

3 Alternatives to Trophies to Reward Employees
3 Alternatives to Trophies to Reward Employees

Most companies that have a robust employee appreciation program will consistently award their employees with trophies to acknowledge their hard work and when they go above and beyond expectations. These trophies take various forms and are made of various materials. For example, we have crystal, glass, and acrylic award trophies in a wide variety of different shapes with different theming, trophies for leadership, teamwork, sales, achievements, and a host of other trophy awards for everything in the corporate world worth recognizing and celebrating.

Although we have a vast selection of trophy awards, we realize that some companies may want to do something a little different with the employee recognitions awards in their employee appreciation program. Some employers may be looking for a way to make a new award stand out from all the rest. There are a variety of other reasons an organization may say no to trophies and seek out award alternatives, and as the country’s leader in recognition, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite alternatives to trophies if you’re looking for a more unique way to recognize your employees’ efforts.

No to trophies? Here are 3 alternatives to trophies!

Award Plaques

Award Plaque

The most noticeable difference between award plaques and trophies is how they’re displayed. Trophies don’t take up any wall space and because they can be easily picked up and moved around, passed around between employees. Plaques are mainly hung on the wall but can also be displayed on a desk if you get a stand. That’s a level of versatility that trophies don’t offer. Awarding employees with a plaque gives them more options, and they can display it as they see fit. Plaques also give employers options with their employee recognition program as well. Most employers have an employee of the month award, and plaques give them the option to have one that gets passed between employees every month, a new one awarded to the winner every month, or one hung up in a communal space with nameplates being added to it every month.

Branded Products

Branded duffle bag for employee appreciation

The world of branded products is even more diverse than the world of employee recognition trophies. There’s apparel, bags and totes, drinkware, and so much more! If you can think of something, there’s likely a way to put your company logo and a custom message on it. The possibilities are nearly endless, meaning you can always find a product that the recipient will appreciate. Have a great employee that loves sweets? Get them an executive gift box with your logo printed on the lid as an award. Does one of your staff frequent the gym? Get them a new branded duffle bag with your company logo printed on it. The possibilities are virtually endless!

Custom Engraved Clocks

Custom engraved clock award

Custom engraved clock awards offer unique functionality that trophy awards don’t. While employee recognition award trophies are typically only something your employees would only display at work on their desks, they’ll likely want to display these engraved clocks in their homes. This can make the gesture feel more genuine and personal. Custom engraved clocks are especially great for the awards that celebrate retirement or years of service, as they reflect the time an employee spent with the company. Although there are some restrictions with the designs that can be created since a functional clock must be incorporated, you may be surprised to see the variety of designs that can be created when you take a look at our selection.

If you’re looking to ditch the trophies and make your employee recognition program a little bit more unique, EDCO is the perfect place to find the alternatives you need. Shop our selection of award plaques, branded products, and custom engraved clocks today!

How To Reward an Employee for 20 Years of Service
How To Reward an Employee for 20 Years of Service

Finding talent that’s loyal and dedicated to your company has always been important to succeeding in the corporate business world, especially today with employee turnover rates steadily increasing. Since 2010, turnover rates have increased by an astonishing 88% despite the fact that more and more people enter the US workforce every year. In 2021 alone, 42% of American companies said employee turnover had increased that year, costing them an average of $26,511 in lost productivity. This number can get even higher for larger companies, especially when they must replace highly skilled employees.

It is crucial to create a supportive and engaging work environment where employees enjoy coming to work and can see themselves doing so for years to come. It also makes recognizing and rewarding those who have been with your company for 10, 15, 20 years or more important. You should show them how thankful you are for their years of dedicated work not only because they deserve it but also because it will show shorter tenured employees the kind of treatment they can expect if they work for your company for 10 or even 20 years. But what do you get an employee for 20 years of service?

What Do You Get an Employee for 20 Years of Service?

You likely already have an employee recognition program that includes employee recognition awards in place, but simply giving a long tenured employee a plaque or award alone won’t suffice. In addition to a plaque or beautiful crystal service award, these employees should receive other items like a gift basket customized to their tastes and interests, tickets to a special event, gift cards, fun trips, or extra personal days off or paid time off.

There’s no one right answer to a question like “what is a good gift for 20 years of service?” and it can depend on what the company can reasonably afford and what kind of passions and interests the employee has. Regardless of how you answer the question “what do you get an employee for 20 years of service?” and the gifts you get an employee for their 20 (or more) years of service, something that will make them even more special is presenting them at a ceremony or special presentation in front of the whole office. This makes it a celebration, something your long tenured employees deserve.

20 years of service crystal star trophy

Personalized Employee Service Awards

When deciding what to get an employee for 20 years of service, you should consider how you’ll want to personalize their award. Personalized awards will always be received better than a generic one because they show that an employer put a lot more time and effort into selecting the award, and this makes employees feel more appreciated. Every recognition award we offer can be personalized, and each offer several lines of customizable text in addition to space for the employee’s name.

Personalized 20 years of service award

Years of Service Awards

EDCO’s years of service awards are made from gorgeous crystal that’s reflective, transparent, and more durable than glass. Our Crystal 20 Years of Service Award features a large number 20 elevated on top of a deeply beveled base with room for a company logo in addition to several lines of text for your custom message. It’s the perfect way to recognize and commemorate an employee’s two decades of service. We also offer years of service awards for 5, 10, 15, and 25 years of service, each with the same large number(s) and beveled base that has plenty of room for personalization.

20 years of service crystal award

Find Employee Recognition Awards at EDCO Today

As the nation’s leader in recognition, EDCO has all the plaques, trophies, and awards you need for your employee recognition program. With our help, you can create a great work culture and engaging workplace that will help you retain your talent for years and even decades to come.

Why Motivating Employees with Awards is Important
Why Motivating Employees with Awards is Important

Successful business owners or presidents of operations know what their secret to success is, and they’ll likely know the importance of building and maintaining an office culture that motivates employees. Motivated employees work more efficiently, produce higher quality work, and improve customer/client satisfaction. Motivated employees are less likely to be absent from work, and keeping employees motivated also helps employers retain talent. The benefits of motivating employees are very apparent, but the best ways to motivate them are far from obvious. While there are a variety of different ways to motivate employees, employee recognition awards are one of the best. So, why is motivating employees with awards important?

Awards Lead to More Productive Employees

Let’s start with the obvious – motivating employees with awards is important because they make employees more productive, more engaged, and generally happier. People work harder when they know they’re appreciated, and this couldn’t be truer for the Millennials and Generation Z workers entering the workforce. These young workers aren’t just looking for a fair wage and compensation benefits – they’re also looking for meaningful and fulfilling work where they feel like what they do doesn’t go unseen. Part of what makes a job meaningful is recognition for a job well done, and companies with robust employee appreciation programs that motivate their staff with awards will be more appealing to these younger generations of workers. As society and culture change, the workplace must as well. Employers that refuse to adapt and don’t see the importance of motivating employees with awards will be left behind, if not completely go out of business because they can’t find anyone who wants to work for them.

Teamwork award for employees

Recognition Is More Effective Than Discipline

Employee awards are also much better motivators than punishment. Employers are better served when focusing their efforts on rewarding employees for good actions rather than reprimanding employees for bad actions or making threats. This is not to say that employers should not take action when an employee steps out of line, fails to meet agreed upon expectations, or does not fulfill their duties, but this punishment should never be used to motivate others. Rather than threaten employees with what can happen to them if they do something wrong in an effort to motivate them, employers should motivate them with awards that show them what can happen when they go above and beyond and produce quality work.

Glass award for employee recognition

It Pays Off to Award Employees

Motivating employees with awards is also important because it’s the most cost-effective way of doing so. Essentially, employee awards are a win-win for the employees and the company. It’s been said that actions speak louder than words, and this is especially true in the corporate world. Words of acknowledgment are great, but when these words are accompanied by an action like a bonus or promotion, the message is communicated to a greater degree, and employees truly feel as if their hard work is not just noticed and acknowledged but appreciated. When employees feel this way, they are more motivated, productive, and engaged. The whole company benefits! However, companies only have so many managerial positions that can be filled at a given time and may not have the revenue to give every employee a substantial bonus. This makes employee recognition programs and the awards that most companies include in these programs crucial to maintaining a great office culture where employees are motivated to give their all every day.

It's simple – employee awards are an effective way of showing employees how much their work is appreciated than raises, and they’re better at communicating than a simple “thanks for your hard work.” Awards make employees more productive, engaged, and happier, and companies that recognize and award their staff for their efforts will be more appealing to younger workers.

Get High Quality Employee Recognition Awards from EDCO

Now that you know all the reasons why motivating employees with awards is important, you can get all the awards you need from EDCO and start enjoying these benefits today! EDCO is a leader in many types of employee recognition awards including employee of the month awards, crystal awards, and more. Contact us now to get started.

How to Host a Virtual Awards Ceremony
How to Host a Virtual Awards Ceremony

Everybody appreciates some form of recognition for their hard work, so employee recognition programs should strive to include all employees, from those in entry level positions to supervisors, team leads, and others in managerial roles. While most companies are effective in making all their in-office employees feel included and appreciated with their employee recognition programs, remote employees can still feel left out.

Having a good remote work culture is just as important as a good in-office culture, if not more so, because there is none of the daily, face-to-face, in-person interactions that can build relationships, strengthen bonds, and build trust. This is not to say that those things cannot happen virtually or through a medium like Zoom, but it’s harder to do so. Additionally, it’s often much easier to plan in-office events than virtual events or incorporate a virtual element to in-person events. This shouldn’t deter businesses from looking for ways to include their remote employees in events and their employee recognition program because remote employees will understand the effort and truly feel appreciated.

One of the best ways to both include remote employees in company events and make them feel valued is to host a virtual awards ceremony. While most award ceremonies have a sense of spectacle and grandeur to them that may be hard to replicate virtually, there are a variety of benefits that will offset whatever technical troubles companies may associate with a virtual awards ceremony. Remote employees will be more productive, more engaged with the company and their co-workers, and less likely to look for employment elsewhere and leave the company. So, how do you host a virtual awards ceremony?

Prepare for technical difficulties

While the entire world recently got a lot more familiar with video conferencing apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, it’s inevitable that technical difficulties will arise. Whether it’s a slow connection, audio that just refuses to work, an issue with screen mirroring, or something else, you should account for technical difficulties and have a backup plan. Have the host test things like the network connection and audio beforehand so any potential issues can be addressed. As a backup plan, we recommend you have a simple PowerPoint presentation that communicates the same information just without some of the frills ready to go. The meeting host can share their screen and go through the slides.

Crystal leadership award

Keep Your Audience Engaged

To keep audiences engaged and not tune out the presentation or become distracted by something in their environment, we recommend you offer like polls or quizzes, ensure the medium you chose to host the ceremony has a chat feature, and assign a moderator to take care of comments or questions that may come up. You’ll also want to save the best awards for last to ensure the attendees don’t leave early. It’s also important to have an engaging opening sequence to make a good impression on attendees and grabs their attention from the start.

Keep the Show Short and Tightly Scripted

Having a ceremony that moves quickly with a fast-flowing script is another way to ensure attendees stay engaged and don’t tune anything out. It’s smart to write a script beforehand so speakers know exactly what they should be saying and run through the event a few times to practice and ensure there’s no confusion that will prolong it and make attendees lose interest. Pre-filming some of the content that will be included in the ceremony is also a good way to make an event tightly scripted because you can pick the best, most concise takes.

Determine how the Awards will be Distributed

You don’t want to be caught without an answer to how award recipients will get their award if asked, so work out whether awards will be shipped, personally delivered, or picked up. Give your award recipients multiple options so they can pick how they’d like to receive their award.

While your award ceremony will be virtual, you’ll need physical awards to make it all come together, and there’s no place better than EDCO to find the right awards for your event. We have an award for everything you can think of and more, so shop our collection of employee recognition awards and trophies today!

Glass tower leadership award

10 Creative Ways to Recognize Your Employees
10 Creative Ways to Recognize Your Employees

It’s no secret that employee recognition is the best way to develop and retain a talented workforce. When your employees feel appreciated, it makes them feel good about themselves, and in return, they are motivated to continue working hard every day. Positive reinforcement sets an example for every employee in your organization, showing everyone the kind of hard work the company values.

If you are in need of a few ideas for recognizing your top employees, check out our creative recognition ideas below.

1. Team Lunch

Providing lunch for your team’s top performers is a great way to reward hard work. It is important to get your employee’s input on what they want to ensure the reward is truly something they will enjoy. Rewarding your top performers or best teams is a great way to bring your office, strengthen interpersonal relationships, and show appreciation.

2. Company Merch

Who doesn’t like a free shirt or stickers! Offering your employees company themed merchandise is a great way to encourage hard work. Make sure the merchandise you give away is high quality so your employees can wear it for years to come. Adding your logo is a great way to get your name out there, and it gives your employees a chance to show their love for where they work.

3. VIP Parking

Providing one of the best spots to your employees of the month or top salesman is a great way to show appreciation. No one likes a long walk to and from their car after a long day of work, and providing the best parking spot is something every employee will appreciate. This is an easy way to show your employees you care, and your appreciation is felt every day they show up to the office.

4. Time Off

Rewarding your employees with time off is a great way to give them a chance to recharge and come back ready to keep up the good work. Offering an extra day of leave for exceeding goals is a great way to promote hard work and a day off provides the most value to the average employee. It’s a great way to let your employees rest, and the best part is they get to spend it in whatever way suits them best.

5. Charitable Donation

Offering a donation made in your top employee's name to a charity of their choosing accomplishes more than recognition. Not only are you recognizing their efforts in a way that's meaningful to them, but you're giving back to the community and putting your money where your mouth is when it comes to employee recognition.

6. Offer Fitness Opportunities

Providing your top employees, a membership to their favorite gym or studio is a great way to encourage performance and promote healthy lifestyles. Letting your employees choose their favorite gym or class is a great way to give them access to a new hobby or support an activity they already love. Make sure you are flexible with this reward to ensure the reward fits your employee’s schedule and lifestyle!

7. Let your Top Employees Choose the Next Team Event.

Letting your best employees choose the next team building event is a great way to get everyone involved. It lets your best employees choose their favorite activities and promotes hard work from everyone else. By allowing everyone else to participate, your top performers will receive recognition through the whole team.

Crystal airplane trophy award

8. Traveling Trophy

A traveling trophy is a great way to create competition and reward your team. This is a great way to show off outstanding performance and reinforce the behaviors you want! Choosing a trophy that stands out is important for these. You want this recognition to stand out, and your employees will see this award every day it is displayed on a desk.

Employee of the month wall plaque

9. Wall of Fame

A wall of fame is a great way to show off your employees today and for years to come. This reward is a great way to show the legacies of your best employees, and those who work the hardest are likely to show up multiple times throughout their career. This is best done by placing a customized plaque on a wall and should stand out to all employees inspiring and motivating all that pass by.

10. Combine Rewards

Combining your recognition awards is a great way to reward your team. We recommend offering a physical reward along with some kind of event. This way they have the recognition of a reward that stays with them along with the enjoyment of an experience.

Employee appreciation programs are essential for success. They help build trust, boost productivity, decrease turnover, and increase your team’s happiness!  At EDCO, we are the leaders in recognition and have an extensive collection of employees recognition awards that are perfect for showing your appreciation. Shop our selection of corporate achievement awards today!

Wrapping Up Your Year with Employee Recognition
Wrapping Up Your Year with Employee Recognition

Recognizing your team’s achievements throughout the year is important to maintaining a productive, engaging, and competitive work environment.  A good employee recognition program helps create a workspace that your employees look forward to coming into day after day, but what about year after year? At the end of the year, you have the opportunity to make a lasting impression on your employees and enter into the next year with a renewed sense of energy and passion that’ll help you accomplish all your goals. While you should hype up your team for all that they’ll achieve next year, you should also reflect on the great things they did this year, and there’s no better way to celebrate another year of great work than by recognizing those responsible!

So, how do you wrap up your year with employee recognition? Most companies will have some sort of end of the year holiday party already, but if not, you should really consider one. At an event like this, your staff can talk with each other about anything they like and really enjoy each other’s company without the stress of work or project deadlines looming over them. It’s a great way to improve internal relations and strengthen bonds between co-workers, so your team works even better together in the coming year. It’ll end the year on a high note and leave your employees feeling more like friends than co-workers. The event can be considered employee recognition in itself since you’ve (hopefully) put a lot of time and effort into planning something they’d enjoy. The event doesn’t have to be expensive or grandiose – as long as it’s meaningful, authentic, and sincere, your employees will appreciate it and know they’re valued.

Employee Recognition Awards At the End of the Year

This end-of-year event can be considered a reward in itself, but there’s more you can do to really wrap up the year with employee recognition and show your employees just how much you’ve appreciated their hard work over the year. In fact, it’s the perfect time and place to hand out some special employee recognition awards.

You likely already know the benefits of employee recognition awards and how they contribute to a great work environment and culture, but if not, here’s a quick rundown. Employee recognition awards can increase employee productivity, engagement, and satisfaction, boost morale, improve customer service, and decrease employee turnover. There are a wide variety of different employee awards one can give out throughout the year, and while the kinds of awards you bestow upon your employees are ultimately up to you, there are a few we’d recommend you make staples at an end of the year company event to wrap up the year with employee appreciation.

Employee Recognition Award Types

employee of the year award

Employee of the Year: Most companies will give out an employee of the month award, so it only makes sense to name an employee of the year. Not only will this communicate your appreciation, but it’ll provide an incentive for your employees to be productive and engaged all year long. Think about including some other prize – maybe a gift card, gift basket, or PTO – to go along with this award.

Teamwork employee award

Team of the Year: Just like the employee of the year award, this award will show a team how much you value their work, and it will provide an incentive to all the teams in your company to put in great work day after day. While the ultimate decision is up to you, we recommend giving it to the team that overcame the most difficulties, took on a lot of big projects, or went above and beyond all expectations and were super productive. In addition to the award, think about including a team dinner or some other reward with it.

Innovator of the Year: Every year, you probably have a number of employees who think up creative solutions to the problems your company faces, or totally reinvents the wheel and finds an easier alternative to a process you’ve had in place for years. By honoring the year’s best innovator in your company, you’ll be showing other employees how much you value their ability to think outside the box.

Corporate recognition trophy

Blunder of the Year: It’s important to be able to laugh at yourself, and we all make mistakes from time to time. You can’t expect your employees to be perfect all year long – nobody is – so why not find the humor in a situation and ask employees to nominate some of their biggest “oopsies” of the year. In addition to the award, you can use it as a teaching moment and recognize that your staff learned from their mistake.

Don’t let the end of the year creep up on you – get the employee appreciation trophies you need today from EDCO! Shop our wide selection of crystal awards, glass awards, acrylic awards, plaques, and more to find the perfect ones for your employee recognition program.

Why Employee Recognition Is Important For Overachievers
Why Employee Recognition Is Important For Overachievers
An overachiever can often have a bad reputation because they go above and beyond. That isn't something that should be turned away from but something that should be rewarded. Employee recognition for overachievers is just as import, if not more so, than the recognition given to other employees as a form of recognition and appreciation like Employee of the Month, Great Leadership awards, or even who represents your company values the most.
Various Types of Plaques
Various Types of Plaques
Looking for the perfect plaque to convey recognition to your employees? At EDCO, we offer a host of award plaques perfect for employee recognition at any level of the company. Here are some of our favorites!
Teamwork Awards: Employee Recognition for Collaboration
Teamwork Awards: Employee Recognition for Collaboration
As a manager, leader, coach, or anything in between, demonstrating your ability to see and appreciate value in your team is the easiest way to earn loyalty, trust, and respect. Often, people just want to feel that the work they are doing counts for something.
4 ways to improve employee feedback
4 ways to improve employee feedback

If you are like many business professionals, you are interested in hearing honest feedback from your employees. You know that their true thoughts and feelings about their work, fellow workers, and the company as a whole can have a big impact on productivity.

 

No doubt you would like to improve the type of feedback you receive from your employees. With everything else on your plate, though, you may wonder where to start.

 

Not to worry—here are 4 easy things you can do to get the ball rolling today.

employee feedback

 

4 Ways to Improve Employee Feedback

 

  1.  Establish an open door policy. It is crucial to convey to your employees that they are always welcome to provide feedback. Let them know that even if you seem busy, they should feel free to inquire at any time whether they could have a few minutes to speak with you. Make it clear that this is especially true if they have feedback of an urgent nature or that you may not want to hear, as the feedback that is hardest to deliver is often the most needed.

 

  1.  Listen with your heart. Try to look beyond the actual words. Discern the feelings behind what an employee is telling you. Use open-ended questions, such as: "What happened next? How did that make you feel at the time? How do you feel about it now, after the fact?" When you listen with empathy, your employees will feel safe and will be more likely to provide additional honest feedback in the future.

 

  1.  Follow up on feedback received. While it is crucial to genuinely listen, it is just as important to take action on anything that needs to be addressed. Let your employees know that their concerns matter to you. Assure them that you will look into any issues they report and will take appropriate action. Then keep your word and follow through. Doing so speaks volumes, sending the message that you truly want to receive their feedback.

 

  1.  Take the initiative to solicit feedback. Do not wait for problems to find you. Actively seek feedback by asking for it. If you have already taken the steps listed above, your employees will likely know that you are sincere when you ask for further feedback. You might even consider scheduling a time each week or month to meet with them, letting them know that this time is dedicated to hearing from them.

 

Final Thoughts

These are just a few of the many things you can do to improve employee feedback. There are many other steps you can take, as well. The important thing is to start right away and adapt as you go along. Rest assured that if you do, your employees will thank you—often times, quite literally.

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