Recognizing employees is important and helps build productivity, engagement, and morale. 

Recognition should occur at the workplace on a daily basis. In addition to verbal recognition, many companies offer some type of employee recognition program to increase productivity and retain great employees. These programs may include extra time off, discounts, and freebies to employees who do a great job. 

Employee Recognition Awards

Some companies also include Employee Recognition Awards as part of the program. Employee Recognition Awards are awards, trophies or plaques given to employees who met or achieved a particular goal or performed especially well. These awards not only help show appreciation to employees, but they are a great way to motivate employees and encourage healthy competition among co-workers. 

Reasons to Recognize 

There are many different occasions and reasons in which an employer can recognize an employee. They include:

  • Work anniversaries
  • Work performance
  • Leadership
  • Sales  
  • Innovation/creativity
  • Teamwork
  • Attendance
  • Safety
  • Retirement   

Creating an Award

Creating an award is easy! Just follow the steps below.

Step 1: Select a title for your award.

The title of the award is based on the reason for the recognition. 

Here are some ideas::

  • Employee of the Month – Given to the top employee each month.
  • Employee of the Year – Given to the top employee each year.
  • Leadership Award – Given to managers who who have shown exceptional leadership.
  • Safety Award – Given to the employee who works hard to keep the workplace safe.
  • Top Performer Award – Given to the person who went above expectations
  • Innovation Award – Given to the person who takes risks and thinks outside the box.
  • Teamwork Award – Given to the employee who works well with others.

You might even look to have some more fun with it and present your team with some unique awards like the:

  • Duct Tape Award – Given to the employee who can fix just about anything with duct tape!
  • Office DJ Award – Given to the employee who plays the loudest music at work
  • Pen Stealer Award – Awarded to the employee who is always running off with everyone’s pens!

Step 2: Determine the award’s wording.

It can be challenging to find the right words to express gratitude to a wonderful employee.

Depending on the size of the award, you may not have much space to work with. Generally, award verbiage should be short and sweet. All you really need on the award itself is the award title and the recipient’s name. 

When presenting the award, a further expression of gratitude can be given. An announcement may be made to explain why the person was selected. “We present you with this award in honor of your passion and commitment to the team.”

Step 3: Choose an award type and/or shape

There are various types of awards on the market. You may prefer a plaque style which is low profile and can be hung on the wall; or you may prefer the trophy type which can be placed on the employee’s desk. Both styles come in a variety of different shapes, colors and finishes. 

Consider offering awards at your next company event, conference, or party to employees who have achieved a goal or performed well. Not only does it improve employee performance, but it is a lot of fun, too!

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