5 Lessons Learned: Businesses

How to Show Appreciation through Employee Awards or Sales Awards

Whether it is the newbie in the mail room or a veteran sales manager, every person under your employ expects to be acknowledged for his or her work and receive some appreciation for the efforts he or she puts in every day for the advancement of your business. Such recognition will go a long way in promoting a culture of gratefulness. As long as employees are aware that their hard work is being observed and valued, they will continue working harder without hesitation.

To keep those working for you productive and in high spirits, you need to award them for a job well done and make them feel that their efforts are appreciated and valuable. So how do you award your employees for their contributions to your company?

The number one method for presenting employee awards or sales awards is with engraved awards. Engraved awards are timeless and effective, and can even be witty with the right design and wording. Below are some helpful tips for an award to remember.

Verbalize with style.

A lasting engraved award should contain the following details: the name of the recipient, the achievement, and the date it was awarded. To make it unforgettable, some imagination is needed. So how can you make your award for your employees exceptional? You can make use of superlatives in the text. Words like “superior” and “first-rate” are suitable for such awards. The reason there is an award in the first place is because the recipients did some outstanding feats.

Deliberate long and hard on the design.

Come up with something original. The material, whether wood or steel, should jibe with the mood of the award occasion – be it solemn and elegant or light and colorful. The award’s design should reflect the image or branding of your company.

Present the award with a bang.

The award will rise in stature if a powerful higher-up or two affix their signature on it. Ask for the signatures of the president of the company and of the head of the department along with that of the team members, if appropriate.

Confer the award properly.

As an honor, an award is meant to be celebrated and made known. You will be doing your recipient and yourself an injustice by just leaving the award on the awardee’s worktable. Hand over the award personally to underscore your appreciation and the importance of what the employee had accomplished.

Make the effort to turn the awarding into something special.

You may want to give the award to your model employee at a company meeting so he or she can be publicly lauded. If you would rather confer the award privately, you can make it special by treating the recipient to lunch or dinner.