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Five Questions to Ask Before Creating a Service Award Recognition Program

Service Awards are the most common recognition programs in companies today. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise – recognizing employees’ contributions are important! If you don’t have an existing service award program, or you want to make a change in your current program, these five questions serve as a great quick-start guide.

Create a New Service Award Program
1. When will you recognize employees?
To create a service award program, you need to determine how often you will recognize employees. Traditional service award programs celebrate employees on milestone anniversaries every five years. 

Today, many programs recognize years of service earlier with one and three year awards. In fact, some companies celebrate every year! Retention of talent is becoming increasingly important to remaining competitive, and the simple expression of appreciation for service can help to keep your valued teammates.
2. What is your budget?
Once you’ve determined how often you will recognize employees’ years of service, you should determine how much you want to spend for each anniversary. The award value typically increases in value along with the employee’s years of service. 

3. What type of gifts do you want to include?
With the award value set, you must decide what gifts to include in your service award recognition program. You can create a program that includes popular lifestyle gift items such as kitchen accessories, jewelry, electronics, and more. When employees receive their award, they have the ability to visit a website to preview and make a selection.  

You can also choose to offer award cards in your service award program. Employees can redeem their award for a gift card to select merchants where they must select a tangible item. This program is still service award tax law compliant. Contact our Recognition Specialists to learn more about award cards for your service award recognition program.

By offering both gifts and award cards, employees have more choice when it comes to their award and often feel more satisfied with the recognition program.

4. How do you want to present the award?
The most important element of a service award is making the employee feel appreciated. Your program’s presentation packaging reflects the value you place in your employees and their contributions. Will you present employees a framed certificate, a greeting card, or a personalized gift

For the most effective recognition, you should carefully consider the elements used to thank employees. Make sure materials are spelled correctly and look great before presenting them to the employee.

5. When do you want to implement the new program?
Set a goal to help you stay on track for starting your new service award recognition program. The implementation process can take a few weeks, so be sure to plan in advance. Once you’ve completed the first four steps, you will work with an experienced Program Manager to design your presentation packaging, set up a website for your employees, and collect your employee data. The implementation process goes quickly, especially when you’re well prepared with these five questions! 

Contact our Recognition Specialists to start creating your new service award program today.


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