Awards – Getting Started & Next Steps

Tips for Giving Employee Awards or Sales Awards

Every person under your employ, whether he or she is a simple receptionist or a very experienced manager, looks forward to you recognizing them for their work and appreciating the efforts they put in their jobs for the success 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.

If you want to sustain the satisfaction and productivity of your employees, you have to give them awards for a job well done and make them see that their efforts are valued and vital. 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. Such awards are timeless and tasteful, and can even be fun with the right wording and design. Consider the following tips to come up with a standout award.

Be creative what you put into words.

An engraved award becomes meaningful when it has the recipient’s name, the achievement, and the date of the award. 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. Putting positive words like “greatest” and “world-class” in awards is acceptable. After all, you would not be handing out the awards in the first place if the recipients did not do an outstanding job.

Deliberate long and hard on the design.

Come up with something original. Choose wood or steel to match the importance of the award or the occasion – be it light and fun or elegant and formal. The design of the award should correspond with the image or branding of your company.

Put in some punch to the award.

Making the powers-that-be signatories in the award will give it some clout. 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.

Befittingly bestow the award.

As an honor, an award is meant to be celebrated and made known. You cannot just leave haphazardly the award in the recipient’s cubicle any time of the day. Hand over the award personally to underscore your appreciation and the importance of what the employee had accomplished.

Set your sight on making the awarding 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 the award is best conferred one-on-one, treating your award winner to lunch or dinner will make it more special.