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How to Increase Employee Motivation & Employee Morale in the Workplace
How to Increase Employee Motivation & Employee Morale in the Workplace
What are the Benefits of High Employee Motivation and Employee Morale? Read more to learn about how to increase employee motivation and morale in the workplace for long-term benefits.
Awards Inscription Guide - Tips for Engraving, Fonts, Colors & More
Awards Inscription Guide - Tips for Engraving, Fonts, Colors & More
Many companies and organizations still make the mistake of thinking that they need to save trophy engraving for big, once-in-a-lifetime achievements like retirement or promotion to an executive position. The myth that trophy engraving is time-consuming and expensive persists, but the truth is that it’s neither.
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!
Rewarding Team Collaboration: Why, How, and the Best Awards for Your Employees
Rewarding outstanding team players is the perfect way of promoting strong values within your company. We share the most popular collaboration awards.
The World’s Most Famous Trophies, and EDCO’s Equivalents
The World’s Most Famous Trophies, and EDCO’s Equivalents
EDCO provides similar awards to some of the most famous trophies in sports, including the Heisman Trophy, the Stanley Cup, and the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Custom Trophy Buyers Guide: How We Customize Your Awards
Custom Trophy Buyers Guide: How We Customize Your Awards
At EDCO, we are committed to working with our customers to create beautiful custom awards that meet their needs, artistic tastes, and specifications. We offer a wide range of personalization options, from custom designs and engravings to custom award descriptions and font selections.
Remote Employee Recognition Awards: How to Plan Virtual Events w/ Drop-Shipping
Remote Employee Recognition Awards: How to Plan Virtual Events w/ Drop-Shipping
It’s the year of virtual events. With trade shows, conferences and thought leadership summits being postponed or canceled across the globe, many organizations are left wondering how to provide value and stay relevant in the changing landscape.
6 Ways Social Media Has Changed the Game for Employee Recognition
6 Ways Social Media Has Changed the Game for Employee Recognition
People love to debate the positives and negatives of social media, but there is one area in which it’s definitely had a positive impact: employee recognition. Here are six ways it’s changed the game – and how you can use it to your advantage.
The 4 Company Culture Types and How to Improve Them
The 4 Company Culture Types and How to Improve Them
“Company culture” is more than a buzzword. It’s an essential part of any successful business’s growth strategy. Learning how to improve company culture can increase employee engagement, morale and retention. But before you can improve your culture, you need to identify it.
16 Employee Appreciation Activities and Events
16 Employee Appreciation Activities and Events
Your employee recognition program should incorporate peer-to-peer appreciation, corporate event awards and the feedback of all levels of the company. Most of all, have fun with it! There are tons of creative ways to recognize your employees and reap all the benefits that come with boosting morale and building a positive workplace culture.
10 Effective Ways to Improve Employee Retention (Strategies & Tips)
10 Effective Ways to Improve Employee Retention (Strategies & Tips)
Sometimes recognizing top employees should be more than just a pat-on-the-back. Show your employees how much you truly value their work with employee recognition awards.
How to Prepare for Employee Appreciation Day (March 6th!)
How to Prepare for Employee Appreciation Day (March 6th!)
Employee appreciation day is right around the corner. We share our 50 years of experience to make choosing the right award or gift easy and meaningful.
Don’t Forget To Include Employee Awards In Your Company’s Budget
Don’t Forget To Include Employee Awards In Your Company’s Budget

How important is employee recognition in your company? How do you motivate your team to focus on the big picture? These are important questions to ask when running a business or being in charge of a small team.

engraved employee recognition awards

Employee recognition makes a huge difference when it comes to having workers that just get by in their daily tasks or having ones that go above and beyond. When it comes to performance, awards are an opportunity for leaders to reinforce the purpose of the company, which makes employees want to work harder.

 

Here are four reasons to recognize high-performers at your company with awards:

1. Empower Your Employees

These days, it is hard to find people who have a commitment to solving big problems. When facing challenges, some workers may feel confused by problems, overwhelmed, and stressed.

Rewards can give your workers the confidence required to look for solutions, controlling the situation.

As an exercise, challenge your team members with high-performer objectives. They are opportunities to work for results and add value to the company, which can turn into future compensation in the form of a salary raise or another reward.

You can motivate your workers if you show them that they can achieve anything with their dedication, which allows them to think proactively to solve problems.

2. Rewards Can Make Your Team More Competent And Committed

Social value is one of the most critical factors when motivating people to do anything. How well optimized is the working environment?

When everybody in your team is working, it is much harder for an employee to lack the motivation to perform at the same level. Naturally, the worker will want to outwork other people in his space to get that social recognition.

Of course, competitiveness depends on company culture and values. If your rewards program encourages people to solve problems and work for results, people will focus on those factors.

Whenever you give a reward an employee in public, you will increase that sense of competition that every employee has inside. If you want to get the most out of recognition events, consider setting attainable but challenging goals to keep people engaged.

3. Working Long-Term

When an employee receives a reward, especially if it is an award, they will want to work harder for the company because they are looking to the big picture.

Whenever your company is going through hard times, awards remind employees that they can get over any obstacles. The bigger the reward is, the stronger the motivation will be to repeat that in the future, which leads employees to be more committed to their future projects.

Because of recognition, people feel more inspired to over-deliver at work in both the short and long term.

4. Constant Improvement

The second best way to motivate anybody is to use daily goals where you can constantly measure your progress.

Daily goals and achievements are a reduced version of the employee awards. Luckily, these micro objectives generate enough motivation to make workers accomplish the next day goals. Successful leaders know how to create paths with small goals to lead employees to get a big win in business.

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.

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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.

Iconic Trophies
Iconic Trophies

A timeline of some of the most famous awards created throughout history. Including the NFL's Lombardi Trophy and FIFA's World Cup. As time goes on the glory and the legend of these famous trophies continues to live on in the minds, hearts and dreams of players and fans alike.

How to Close the Communication Gap Between Employees and Managers
How to Close the Communication Gap Between Employees and Managers

Four Important Tips for Closing the Communication Gap between Employees and Managers

One of the most important success factors for any business is efficiency and accuracy in communication. In many businesses, communication problems manifest vertically rather than randomly. It is more common to experience communication barriers between subordinates and their superiors than between employees on the same work level.

 

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When these challenges are present, it becomes difficult for the two parties to achieve the common goals of the organization. While both groups may ultimately be working to achieve the same corporate goals, the operative goals become unsynchronized, threatening the company’s ability to achieve the former. The following tips will help you to identify and close such communication gaps.

 

Identify the Symptoms

 

Before attempting to eliminate the perceived gaps in communication, it is necessary to identify the symptoms of such a problem in your organization. The first step involves looking out for some of the commonest signs that the company may be suffering from misalignment.

 

Companies that have communication problems will exhibit confusion, misaligned priorities, indecisive actions, unclear motives, and overall lack of awareness. Communication gaps normally appear in different ways such as in technology, interpersonal issues, and motivational aspects.

 

As an illustration, technological gaps that lead to miscommunication are common in organization whose employees have opposing views toward technology. Generation Y employees may easily be drawn to solving problems using technology while, the baby boomers could prefer to do things using the older ways.

 

When these two groups of employees are working under the same corporate wing, such problems will manifest relatively quickly. The problem will be more pronounced when the hierarchy has theses generational differences. For instance, the workers could be from Generation Y while the managers could be baby boomers who are still unwilling to welcome new technology.

 

Measure the Gaps in Communication

 

It is essential to determine the basic characteristics of the communication gaps when attempting to fix this problem. The first step is measuring its size and trend. One way you can do this is by reviewing all the communication that has occurred between the employees and their managers and tallying the number of synchronized communication versus misunderstandings and cross-purposes.

 

You may also request feedback from the employees and managers without making any attempts that could stifle information as that might lead to less efficiency in the company.

 

Undertake Resource Assessment

 

Some causes of miscommunication between employees and their employers can be solved by injecting resources in the right places. For instance, one may easily solve technological gaps by upgrading the available equipment and software.

 

It is important to identify whether the communication problems are related to acrimonious issues since these cannot be solved using technology. In some cases, the communication problems can be solved by introducing company phones, upgrading the phone software, or fixing the faulty internet signal.

 

Do not Underestimate the need for Training

 

One of the reasons why the technological gaps continues to grow everyday between employees is the fast pace at which innovation is happening. Younger employees are quick to pick up the necessary skills and utilize them while older workers are more conservative with their tools.

 

Every small and midsize company needs a program that runs routine employee workshops where all the workers are exposed to the newest technology especially in regards to communication and efficiency.

 

Conclusion

 

Identifying and closing the communication gaps in your organization will streamline most of the company operations. It will improve your organization’s ability to plan and execute key projects.

 

The first step involves looking out for signs of miscommunication between the workers and the managers from feedback and the communication log. You may then proceed to measure the gap, assess the resources needed and offer the necessary training to workers.

Why Employee Recognition is So Important
Why Employee Recognition is So Important

 

Businesses and companies too often forget about the importance of employee recognition and the effects it can have on employees and job performance. Many businesses think they're saving time and money by skipping out on employee recognition programs, but in the long run, they're actually losing out on time, money, work quality, and employee retention. It's important to take the time to appreciate an employee's hard work in order to better improve the company and business as a whole. Here are five reasons why employee recognition is so important.

 

Improved Productivity

Implementing employee recognition and reward programs can let them know that the company values their work. Exemplary employees can rest easy knowing their extra effort will not go unappreciated. Through a recognition program, employees will understand what standards they are required to work under and what is considered above average work. Knowing these two keys will improve their productivity and work quality since they will strive to achieve recognition through the program. Companies with no recognition programs will always receive the same lackluster work from their employees since they know that hard work is not being rewarded.

 

Establishes Teamwork

With an employee recognition program, a sense of teamwork among workers is greatly enhanced. Producing excellent and recognition-worthy work to improve the company and business gives them a sense of unity and need for teamwork. Employees who strive to have their work recognized through the program will also be more willing to help out their co-workers when they need assistance. If there is no recognition program in place, employees will be less willing to help each other out and will adopt an "every man for himself policy" when it comes to workload. Their extra efforts aren't being recognized, so they see no point in assisting their fellow co-workers.

 

Comfort Within Work Environment

There are a number of ways to show employee recognition and it doesn't have to be necessarily through a program or rewards. It can be through free amenities and services offered in the workplace. If employees have access to these facilities, they will be more comfortable in their work setting. This will help in creating happier employees, which in turn will produce better work. Even through the simple employee recognition program, employees will still find comfort and happiness in the work environment knowing their hard work going appreciated.

 

Friendly Competition

Implementing a way to recognize your employees can help establish a sense of friendly competition among them. In the bigger picture, this friendly competition serves as a way to see who can produce the best quality work efficiently and consistently. This will perpetuate the quality of work, constantly improving it and the skills of your employees. Be sure to implement the recognition program correctly and let your employees know the standards on which they will be judged upon. Picking an employee at random to be recognized will make them grow bitter towards each other since a lackluster and lazy employee could be recognized over one that goes the extra mile.

 

High-Quality Employees

It's no secret that the best businesses and companies boast the best and happiest workforce. They also have multiple forms of employee recognition implemented. Employees want to work hard for great companies with excellent employee recognition programs and services. They will compete against other potential employees and produce the highest quality work in order to secure their spot in a great company. Recognition programs will also help your business retain hard working employees since they understand their work is being valued. Workers often leave companies because they feel as if they company doesn't care about them, which makes them feel the same way about the business. They want to move onto better companies.

 

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.

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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!

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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!

 

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

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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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