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When Should You Show Employees Appreciation

March 24, 2017 Written by Joellen Reichenbach 

If you missed National Employee Appreciation Day on March 3
rd, it’s not too late to show your employees how much they mean to you and your company.  Employee awards can be given all year long.

 How Employee Recognition Programs Improve Business

Your employees can take your business to success levels you’ve never dreamed. They can also hurt your company more than you thought possible. An employee appreciation award is a simple way to ensure that your employees feel valued. 

It’s a known fact that when employees feel appreciated they are more likely to behave and make decisions in the best interest of your business and your clients. 

 The results of showing employees appreciation can result in other huge benefits to your company. They can:

  • Improve employee morale
  • Reduce employee turnover
  • Increase teamwork
  • Drive higher productivity from teams and employees
  • Motivate employees
  • Build loyalty
  • Encourage specific habits

 When to Present an Employee Appreciation Award

One question I hear quite frequently is, “I know that employee recognition is a good idea and it can help my business. But when do I give an employee award?”

There are a number of reasons to give out awards. There are the standard milestone-type awards and then there are more creative moments to recognize an employee. Let’s start with the typical occasions:

  • Years of service
  • Top sales revenue creator
  • Peer recognition
  • Employee of the Month
  • Habits you want to promote (such as punctuality)
  • Birthdays or work anniversaries
  • Achievement
  • Attendance
  • Community Service
  • Volunteer 

For more non-traditional occasions, try these. If you’ve ever noticed your employees taking any of the following actions, these might be award level events for your company:

  • Taking on extra shifts or working overtime
  • Working on days off
  • Covering for employees on vacation
  • Adding new procedures that streamline workflow
  • Changing a policy that increases profit margins
  • Taking ownership of projects
  • Organizing company events
  • Uncovering a safety issue and preventing injuries
  • Supporting fellow team members

Once you start looking for actions and events, you’ll find that you can recognize your employees for a job well done easily.

What is the Best Employee Recognition Gift?

This can be a challenge but luckily you’re reading this post (and Select Sales is always available to help you create a perfect employee appreciation award).

Yes, employees always love cash - but that is not the only option!

Try these traditional employee awards:

  • Plaques
  • Lapel Pins
  • Printed Certificates
  • Ribbons
  • Badges
  • Trophies
  • Crystal, Acrylic, Glass or Wood Awards

 Or you can give untraditional awards to show your gratitude to your employees. These gifts can be more functional and can even be targeted to individual employees’ interests!

  • Blankets
  • Folding Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Backpacks
  • Trunk organizers
  • Travel mugs
  • Watches
  • Embroidered Clothing

If you are interested in giving out employee awards but aren’t sure what your next step should be, give us a call!

Did You Know?

Speaking of awards … our company, Select Sales, has been the proud award sponsor for the Freddy Awards http://www.freddyawards.com since 2003. We believe in supporting the growth of our community. The Freddy Awards are awarded for excellence in high school musical theatre in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. The high schools competing for the awards include Northampton, Lehigh and Warren County, NJ. Held each year at the State Theatre in Easton, this year they will be aired live on WFMZ Channel 69 on May 25, 2017. Make sure to tune in!