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5 Ways to Increase Employee Retention
5 Ways to Increase Employee Retention

When you hire a worker, your goal should be to keep them for their entire career. While this may not be realistic for every person who becomes a part of your company, lower turnover will result in lower labor costs for the organization. Therefore, it is important that you create conditions that increase the odds that a worker will want to stick around for the years to come.

 

 

Recognize Their Achievements

 

No one wants to work for a company that doesn't recognize the hard work that he or she puts in. Therefore, it is always a good idea to call out your workers when they do reach a sales goal, hit a service milestone or do anything else that is worthy of praise. The best part is that it doesn't take much to thank your people for the things that they do to make the company a powerhouse in its industry. In most cases, a pin, a plaque or a $20 gift certificate is enough to show that the company cares.

employee goal achievement trophy

 

Offer Them a Competitive Salary

 

Most people go to work each day because they need their paycheck to provide for themselves and their families. This means that a person is less likely to stay with your company if he or she can make more elsewhere. If you can't afford to pay a competitive salary, you may be able to make up for it with stock options or other benefits to increase a worker's overall compensation package.

 

Offer Room for Advancement

 

One of the easiest ways for a person to increase his or her salary is through promotions up the corporate ladder. While not everyone can go from janitor to CEO, you should aim to help your people get the most out of their skills. In some cases, you may be able to help a worker move up by creating new positions that are tailored to his or her skill set.

 

Act as a Mentor to Your People

 

In the business world, there is nothing more important than a relationship with another person. By acting as a mentor, you are creating one of the strongest connections a worker and manager can have. When you choose to mentor someone, you are telling that person that you care about his or success on a personal level. That type of loyalty is likely to be reciprocated, which may lead to lower levels of turnover.

 

Create an Enjoyable Workplace Experience

 

If you can provide nothing else to your employees, provide them with an enjoyable workplace experience. This may include a game room, free breakfast on Friday or an atmosphere where colleagues are allowed to be social with both customers and each other. It is not uncommon for people to stay with a company because of the people who they work with or work for even when they aren't being paid top dollar.

 

 

The best companies are the one that treat their employees with respect. This is because employees who feel good about their employers will work harder to serve the needs of its customers. Furthermore, people are unlikely to leave a place where they feel valued and appreciated as this can be worth as much or more than any amount of financial compensation. 

A Guide to Boosting Employee Morale with Events
A Guide to Boosting Employee Morale with Events

Want to Boost Employee Morale? Don't Miss These 5 Steps to Energize with Events!

Have you noticed something isn’t quite right in the office? Perhaps morale is down or your employees feel unmotivated by the tasks at hand. Perhaps when you talk to your employees, you hear dissatisfaction, and that is spreading among your teams.

You want to curb employee dissatisfaction and frustration as soon as you can, but it's not always easy to do if you have ignored the problem for too long. That's when it's time to plan an incredible employee appreciation event for your workforce!

If you want to boost productivity and energy all while showing your appreciation for the hard work your employees do every day, then it’s time to intervene and change things up.

What better way to boost employee morale than to plan an unforgettable work event that highlights both your appreciation and the accomplishments of your staff that make your company a success?

Best of all, executing an encouraging, energizing employee event doesn’t take a lot of time or effort, but the pay-off can be huge. Read on to get our top five tips for planning a work event to encourage and celebrate your workforce.

employee appreciation event

 

Step 1: Choose an Event Type and Theme

The first step in planning your employee appreciate event is to answer this question: Are there common activities my employees enjoy doing that put them on common ground? Naturally, eating and socializing are two activities that are equalizers, and, in our experience, these ideas are popular because there is a low barrier to entry and they are fun. Who doesn't want to eat free food and build stronger relationships?

In addition, you might think about additional attributes of your workforce. Are they competitive? If so, they might enjoy a Trivia Night, for example.

Here are other options for selecting a unique event type and theme:

  • Employee Appreciation Breakfast – Cater a morning meal for your crew.
  • Back Porch BBQ – As the boss, fire up the grill at the office and grill employee favorites for lunch.
  • Happy Hour – The tab is on the company with this after-work celebration at a favorite local bar.
  • Ice Cream Social – Create an ice cream bar with a variety of ice creams and toppings. Invite employees to take a break to socialize and eat a sundae.



The key is to select an event type that will bring your employees together and celebrate them via a kind and thoughtful gesture.

 


Step 2: Define the Purpose of Your Event

At the end of the party, what are you hoping to get out of it? What do you want your employees to do? How do you want them to feel? This will help determine what you actually do at the event.

For example, here are a few defined outcomes for an employee appreciation party that you may want to consider:

  • Employee Recognition – Who are the quiet leaders, the all-star team players, the sales giants, etc. that make your company run smoothly? With this event, make sure you find a way to include and recognize everyone, such as giving out framed certificates or plaques with official achievements and appreciations.
  • Boosting Morale – Are your employees feeling overworked and undervalued? If so, you may want to solely throw a great party that reminds them that your company wants to give back to them in a special way.
  • Company Achievement – Did your company recently hit a sales goal? Did your organization surpass a fundraising goal? This is your moment to throw an event that recognizes how each person made it possible to get there.



It's possible that your event will have a dual purpose, and you can incorporate this into the flow of your event. It's simply good, however, at the outset, to remind yourself of why you are organizing the event and what you hope to give to your employees or have them take away from it.

sponsoring a company event


Step 3: Decide on the Details

Event details for consideration can be broken down into three categories:

  • Budget
  • Location
  • Activities



First, you'll need to set a budget. The only way to know exactly what you can pull off is to know what you can afford to spend. The budget doesn't matter as much for the amount of money you can spend as it does giving you a limit for spending and planning. You don't want to plan a $100,000 event when all you have available is $1,000.

Be savvy and smart with your budget and you'll be happy and less frustrated with the end result because you don't have to scale back.

Secondly, think about your location. Choose a location that makes it easy for all of your employees to get to – such as an event space at your place of work or close by. This works especially well if your employees commute in to work from other cities. You want to increase the likelihood that your employees will participate in your event by making the location an ideal and convenient one for as many of them as possible.

Of course, be sure to go with a location that fits within – again – your budget. Check into at least three places to get estimates for event space rental and catering. Do a cost/value comparison before deciding.

At the end of the day, however, your office space may be the best spot because it is convenient and a money-saver for your company. You won't have to pay extra for space rental!

Thirdly, consider the kinds of activities that will take place during the event. For example, are you giving out awards at your event? Is your event a team building one in which there are more physical activities? Are you hosting a party where there will be a gift giveaway by your company? In the midst of your activities, how will employees eat and drink? Is there a seated dinner or a snack table? Make sure you are thinking of all of the pieces that need to come together in order to pull off your event.

devise a plan


Step 4: Go into Action

With your plans set and your questions answered, it's time to go into action. You'll need to:

  • Name your event.
  • Set a date for your event.
  • Secure the event space and catering.
  • Write, design and send invitations.
  • Order flower arrangements
  • Order special gifts, certificates or awards.
  • Order special swag to give away or any other necessary assets to pull off your event theme.
  • Set up a system for measuring success.



It's important to make a list of all the items you'll need to order and to price them ahead of time to make sure they still fit within your budget. Also, factor in enough time to have the items shipped to you. You can't give out awards at an employee recognition dinner if those awards don't come in on time!

Finally, craft a survey as a way to quantify and evaluate the success of your event. This works especially well if you survey your employees in the month leading up to the event. If employees feel more appreciation and job satisfaction after your party via the survey you send them post-event, then you've been successful in meeting your party goals!

celebrate


Step 5: It's Time to Party

With everything set in place, it's time to show up at your event or party and just have fun with your employees. Everything you've planned culminates into this event -- and it's up to you to be the emcee that cultivates a message of appreciation and pride in your workforce.

It's truly amazing what a few kind words can do to boost employee morale. In fact, research shows that employees are by far more motivated by a boss’s "Great job!" than they are by more money or other incentives. Keep the spirit of this revelation in mind as you plan your employee event and craft the message you will share with them.

At the end of the day, everyone wants to feel valued, included and part of something significant for the greater good. When they don't feel that way, they begin to look elsewhere -- and if you want to keep your staff and reduce employee turnover -- then make sure appreciation, encouragement and public recognition are part of your employee satisfaction strategy for the future!

Now get ready for a great party!

Ready to Start Planning Your Next Workforce Event?

Now you're ready to plan your very own event for your employees. Keep in mind that your employee appreciation event can be as simple or as creative as you want. It really depends on your budget and your sense of what would motivate your employees.

The goal, regardless of what kind of employee event you choose, is to have your employees feeling what can be summed up by the acronym MAUI:

  • Motivated to continue working for the company.
  • Appreciated for their critical and important work.
  • Uniquely celebrated among their peers. Everyone needs to be recognized in some significant way.
  • Invested and interested in a future with your company.



Keep this MAUI acronym in mind as you think through your end goals, and keep this quick guide with you as you plan your next employee appreciation event in just five simple steps!

 

Q1 is almost over, recognize the team for a great start to 2017!
Q1 is almost over, recognize the team for a great start to 2017!

We're approaching the end of Quarter 1, and it's time to acknowledge the staff members that got the company off to a great start in 2017. While most of the awards that initially come to mind are for quantifiable results (ex: number of sales, star ratings, revenue, customer retention, etc), there are plenty of awards that you should also hand out that†recognize the vital employees that produce more†subjective results. Here's a list of appropriate awards for the end of the quarter. By no means are these the only awards you should give out-- feel free to get creative. The more opportunities you can make your team feel appreciated, the better. As your scroll through this blog post, remember this quote...

"Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person - not just an employee -  are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability." - former CEO of Xerox, Anne Mulcahy

1) Top Salespeople

We'll start with the obvious: you need to reward your top salesperson. This could be the highest number of sales or biggest dollar amount of sales. We'd take it a step further. Find ways to give out multiple sales awards. Give out awards to all your top salespeople that surpassed a certain quota. If you keep your salespeople happy, they'll most likely return the favor in the form of increased productivity and sales. Here's an example of a sales award you could give out: our American Rosewood Plaque

Here's an example of a less serious sales award you could give out:†the Sales Shark trophy.

2) Highest Rated Customer Service Reps

Your customer service representatives are responsible for dealing with complicated product issues and disgruntled customers. It's a tough job that can be psychologically draining.†Don't overlook the customer service reps†that consistently keep the customer happy. Here's an example of an award you can customize for your highest rated customer service representatives.

3) Most Punctual

The snooze button is every employee's first obstacle every day. If they overcome the temptation of the snooze, they have to plan how they'll combat the morning rush hour. Getting to work on time isn't easy. Reward those that find a way to be there every weekday, 5 minutes before 9am. Here's a good award for your punctual employees.

 

4) Most Innovative / Best Idea(s)

Your salespeople convert the leads, but how do they get the leads in the first place? Your marketing team drives the leads that end up becoming customers. Your marketing team†not only needs to execute tried-and-true marketing strategies, they also need to come up with new cutting edge ideas to bring in new leads. For the best ideas in Q1, we think this unique award should suffice.

 

5) Key Milestones

Did you bring on any new employees in Q1? Is anyone retiring at the end of the month? These are the types of key milestones you'll want to acknowledge at the end of each quarter. Here's a good award for employees that are retiring: the Rosewood Mantle Clock

 

6) Best Support Staff Member / Best Teammate

You can't forget about the staff members whose primary role is to support other staff members. They're responsible for the company's success too. For the best teammates, this award is appropriate.

7) Exceptional Leadership

Every company has a group of employees that go above and beyond the call of duty. Maybe they organize weekend outings to boost company morale. Maybe they take the lead on a charity initiative. These staff members not only perform their job duties well, they take it upon themselves to do more.†Encourage these types of employees to continue to surpass expectations by showing a token of your appreciation. This award should do the trick: the Flight Eagle

Show your appreciation

Your employees made Q1 a success. Let them know how much you appreciate them. This will ensure that you keep the momentum rolling into Q2 and beyond. If you have any questions about our products, don't hesitate to call us at†800-377-8646.

Recognition Awards Make a Difference
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
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 ;-)

We Love Your Feedback, Sometimes We Make Them Into Graphics
We Love Your Feedback, Sometimes We Make Them Into Graphics

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

Customer Testimonial 2

Customer Testimonial 3

Holiday Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas
Holiday Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas

Crystal Awards

Star 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
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
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
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
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
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.

 

 

If you’re looking for an excellent way to show an employee how much your value his or her time and appreciate the work he or she has done for your company, visit EDCO Awards and Specialties for all employee awards needs, including trophies, plaques, acrylic awards, name badges and more.

5 Tips for Effective Employee Recognition
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.

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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.

 

EDCO Awards and Specialties can be the solution to inspire and acknowledge successful employees.. Since 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.

The Art of Sandblasting
The Art of Sandblasting

Ever wonder how artwork is reproduced on glass with such close precision and depth?  Engraving glass is a skillful craft and the industry gold standard is a process called sandblasting.

 

The term sandblasting is actually quite descriptive of the process itself.  It involves a mixture of air and an abrasive material which is blown at a high velocity toward the material.  The abrasive then etches or cuts away the material surface.  Here at EDCO Awards & Specialties we utilize the sandblasting process for decorating glass and crystal recognition awards as well as engraving on marble and metal trophy components.

 

Sandblasting has many applications.  Aside from engraving crystal trophies, it is frequently used in the auto industry to remove rust from metal parts and burrs from castings.  Dentists also use a form of sandblasting in production of crowns and bridges to roughen surfaces so cement or porcelain can attach easier.  In the sign business, it is used to decorate messages on a wide variety of products.

 

Sandblasting items such as glassware is a straightforward process. First you adhere a stencil to the item to be blasted.  A stencil is a mask containing cutout areas of the design and message.  Stencils are commonly made from vinyl, rubber or in our case a photoresist film.  When engraving glass or crystal we use photoresist, a film that is photographically exposed and processed.  Usually black and white artwork is used in the photographic process where a negative is used to selectively allow light to pass through and develop the stencil.  The non exposed areas "resist" the stream of sand while reproducing an image on the crystal surface.  

 

When the stencil is in place, a steady stream of abrasive particles, such as aluminum oxide, is aimed directly at the item.  The best abrasive varies with the material being blasted and the type of cut desired.  The abrasive particles cut those surface areas not covered by the stencil.  The etching process for "frosting" typically only takes a few seconds, but if depth is desired can take much longer.  Explore our glass awards and crystal awards collections to get a better idea of what sandblasting looks like on trophies.

Preparing A Gift Message Handbook

Three fraternity brothers stand at a counter in a trophy shop, discussing which recognition award to purchase for a new house sponsor.  After a store employee helps the three young men select a particular crystal award, he shows them a handbook that is opened to a page presenting layouts and messages specifically for crystal recognition awards.

 

Within a few minutes the young men decide that they particularly like a message and layout shown in the handbook.  With little difficulty, the employee substitutes the recipient's name, the date, the fraternity name, etc, for the information displayed in the handbook.  In less time than they expected, the young men selected a gift with a message that they know the recipient will appreciate.

 

In this example, a gift message handbook helped both the customers and the employee. EDCO Awards & Specialties offers an "idea book" called the Inscription Guide.  We created this guide to help our customers develop great sounding messages to be engraved on our awards, as well as our sales representatives who always strive to create great looking and sounding awards!

While checking out our Inscription Guide, be sure to explore our brand new selection of Employee Recognition Awards.  Recognition awards show appreciation and can help develop positive feelings about the company also improving employee morale and performance at the office.  Start building your awards program today by checking out our beautiful awards selection.  Motivate your staff with our featured awards;  Featured awards are our brand new designs just released for June 2013 and include the Together Recognition AwardTeamwork Art Glass, the Dedication Award and the Teamwork Recognition Award.  All awards are produced from optical crystal and deep engraved with precision craftsmanship.  Your congratulatory message will look amazingly beautiful on any of these high end designs. We ship to the entire U.S. and all awards include a premium quality presentation box.

 

If you have any questions please call one of our friendly Recognition Specialists today at 800-377-8646.

Glass Awards receive 5-Star Recognition

Glass Awards receive 5-Star Recognition

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. – Several glass awards were recently recognized in EDCO Awards & Specialties inaugural recognition of the best quality and design for its corporate awards.

 

The glass awards receiving the 5-STAR rating demonstrated the best of class in precision craftsmanship.  Awards were closely examined for glass clarity, thickness, edge finish, depth of engraving and accuracy in detail reproduction.  Other elements used for consideration were overall design and the ability to combine media such as wood, steel and colored glass.

 

Glass awards recognized with this year’s 5-START RATING are:

 

  • Liberty Diamond Jade Glass Award:  From EDCO’s Jade Glass collection, this sleek design attracts the best light with its series of angles and opposing bevels. This corporate award is available in three heights (9, 11 and 13 inches) at a starting price of $69.95 for a single award.
  • Flame of Excellence:  Available in two sizes to recognize different levels of achievement, this striking award is constructed of glass, wood and metal.  Low-volume pricing for this award is $79.95.
  • Executive Glass Award:  This tall, 12-inch award combines stainless steel, jet black crystal and jade glass.  A single award is available for $159.00. 
  • Glass Peak Duet Award:  This 9.5-inch award combines blue and clear optical glass elevated on a brushed silver base.   Single-award pricing is $98.95.
  • Ribbon of Success:   New to EDCO’s Jade Glass Collection, this corporate award features a beautiful metal ribbon die-struck with a star pattern that wraps around the length of the jade glass.   Low-volume price is $189.00.
  • Expression Art Glass Award:  This 15-inch art glass award features a creative glass rainbow flame.  A single award is available for $149.95.

 

 

Each of EDCO’s corporate awards is thoroughly inspected during the quality control process and comes packaged in a premium-quality gift box.   EDCO specializes in delivering high-quality customer service and fast turnaround times, EDCO can provide trophies typically within one week of order and faster for urgent orders.  In addition to Glass and Crystal awards, EDCO Awards & Specialties also specializes in laser engraved acrylic trophies including custom cut and custom printed awards.  The 40 person staff at EDCO is ready and eager to help!  The next time you need a trophy or an award choose EDCO Awards & Specialties and you will be glad you did.

 

For assistance with your corporate awards order, call EDCO at 800-377-8646.

Teamwork Through Recognition Awards

Fostering Teamwork through Recognition Awards

 

The ideal employee would show up to work every day, right on time, do all of his or her work (and then some), and never need anything as an incentive to work extra hard.  It would just be in their very nature.  Although this may sound appealing, we don’t live in a perfect world, and we have to make do with the best of the imperfect world that we are given. Providing a little extra something such as performance recognition awards to motivate your employees to work harder may sound unnecessary to the employer, but it has been proven time and time again to be an incredibly effective way to get a little bit more productivity out of your employees and to even create better teamwork in collective projects.  Teamwork can either strengthen organizational goals or it can cripple it.  Teamwork has to be a part of the culture and it has to be rewarded when it is done properly.

 

Many people would argue that teamwork is the cornerstone of a successful business. Even the most productive and useful of employees wouldn’t be able to get much done if everyone was only working independently.  With globalization occurring in most firms and increased use of teleconferences and working from home, employees are working with others that they may have never even met before. Awarding teamwork and accomplishments is an ideal way to further strengthen the team’s commitment to the mission of the company; especially in these situations.  Collaboration on work assignments and projects is normally strongly advised because of how quickly things can get accomplished, and in a lot of cases it is actually necessary to get done what you’re trying to do.

 

 

Teamwork Often Enhances Individual Group Members Efforts

 

With that said, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to say that you should want to foster a sense of teamwork whenever and however possible; it’s critical to organizational success. Not only would it make your business operations run much smoother and more efficiently, but it also would give your employees appreciation, goal setting and greater work relationships with both coworkers and management.  A lot of these areas are almost completely absent when working separately and not being able to share ideas or approach management.

 

Using prizes and awards as an incentive for working together is an excellent way to build both a sense of teamwork and community, as well as streamlining the operations of your business.  Good inter-company competition when handled properly can also stimulate the efforts of each project. If you’re envisioning some large award that will just take up office space, this doesn’t have to be the case either; awards and trophies come in all shapes and sizes.

 

Recognizing team efforts in the corporate setting with a personalized award is in many cases, more than enough to show that you are grateful for them working as a team and providing more output than individually. It’s often time consuming to schedule out presentations and sit each and every team member down to provide feedback on a regular basis other than say, annually.  With an award you are accomplishing the physical connection of ownership as well as subconsciously instilling the words of praise and encouragement without ever having to say them.

 

 

Awards and Friendly In-House Competition

 

Employers will frequently try to get more performance out of their employees by creating some sort of competition. This approach can have several drawbacks however if it is not managed properly.  Firstly, not everyone is a particularly competitive person, which means it may not be effective on them. Secondly, since there is a winner of a competition, you will inevitably have a loser too, and those that have lost the competition may begin resenting your way of creating more productivity.  How the competition is setup, what will be awarded and how it is managed is very important.

 

This is the beauty of using an award to foster a sense of teamwork for your employee however - nobody feels as though they have been cheated out of anything and those that didn’t get an award will feel inspired and motivated to work harder so that their efforts are noticed too.  If they don’t they are either a low performing employee, or there is not enough value tied to the incentives being offered.  You can also pair a nonmonetary gift (e.g. acrylic awards) with a monetary gift as well such as a gift certificate.

 

Another benefit of using awards over any other type of incentive for teamwork is the amount of money you’ll invest in it, or rather, the lack of it. Buying acrylic awards in jade, clear or black for example, will be a very low investment and has the potential to create better teamwork and performance than a monetary award by itself can.  Teamwork is a foundation of almost every organization today, collaborative efforts are needed and the relationships and productivity of these groups depends on how well it is managed and rewarded.  The fact that an award can be personalized shows more effort is being placed in the recognition and feedback versus just handing a gift card to an employee that is quickly forgotten about after being used.  There is more value and meaning behind an award, even if it costs less, as the price threshold of appreciation on a gift card is much higher.

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