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Give Memorable and Affordable Recognition with Lapel Pins

Recognition at Work: Learn Our Best Practices for Giving Lapel Pins
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Lapel pins remain one of the most popular recognition awards for organizations. These small, colorful icons are affordable for recognizing large teams and perfect for handing out on-the-spot recognition. 

Don’t let their size fool you! Lapel pins can pack a powerful punch when it comes to motivating and recognizing your team. Get the most out of your recognition moment by using lapel pins in these different ways:

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This Baudville-exclusive is ideal for creating a memorable recognition moment for any member of your team. Carefully read the different Character Pin stories.  (Caution: this may take awhile. We have more than 100 of them!) With so many stories to choose from, 

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you should be able to find one that is a good fit for every recipient. 


When you present the awards, read the story out loud and explain why you chose it for the recipient. Give Character Pins in presentation boards or award boards so recipients can proudly display it on their desks. Your employees will not forget how you made them feel at this award presentation!

Recognize with Service Anniversary Pins

A years of service program is one of the most important recognition programs you can have at your organization. It reinforces loyalty and dedication and lets employees know you care about them.

If you have a service anniversary program in place, it most likely only recognizes five year milestones. It’s important to recognize every year! Honor your team during the “in-between year” with a service anniversary lapel pin. You can present the pins to a group at a year-end company gathering or on an individual basis on employees’ actual anniversary date.

Make an Impression with Custom Lapel Pins

When you need to recognize a large group, creating a custom lapel pin is the best way to express your appreciation in a unique and memorable way. Whether you’re thanking a team for completing a project or celebrating the completion of an initiative as a company, custom lapel pins can commemorate the moment.

Create a custom lapel pin that incorporates your own logo and sentiment, or use a Baudville design. Because you’ve created something unique for the occasion, recipients will be more likely to remember and value it!

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5 Ways to Enhance Your Recognition Lapel Pins

Lapel pins are a popular tool for recognizing employee, volunteer, and even student accomplishments. To make your recognition stick, try one of these five enhancement ideas.

1. Include a personal note. Write a personal thank you or great job to your recipient on a Pocket Praise mini note card and present it with your lapel pin.

2. Use a presentation box. When you put the award lapel pin in a box, it increases the perceived value of the pin and makes a more memorable impression.

3. Select lapel pins from a theme. Consistency in your recognition program is key to reinforcing desired attitudes and behaviors. Use pins with a similar sentiment and your recognition will be more effective. 

4. Provide your team with a lapel pin display. Employees will proudly display pins they’ve earned with a lapel pin display that can sit on their desks.

5. Make a public presentation. To get more motivational miles out of your purchase, present lapel pins to employees in front of the entire team.

Get more details on using lapel pins to give recognition in the Recognition Resource Center.


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The Value of Recognition

Executives of an Arizona Taco Bell franchise use lapel pins to recognize performance and communicate values to employees. 

The district managers, owners, operations directors, and human resource directors have each pre-selected a lapel pin of their choice. For example, the Essential Piece and Starfish lapel pins were adopted by managers as their signature pins. 

Managers carry a small inventory with them at all times and award employees with a pin when they witness above and beyond behavior in the workplace. The employees strive to collect pins from each participating manager.


The on-the-spot administering of recognition doesn’t go without festivity. Each time an employee is caught for above and beyond behavior, the manager makes a big deal about it. An announcement is made and often the entire team is brought together for the event. As you can imagine, the lapel pins carry a lot of value in the organization!

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October 16 – Boss's Day

October 17 - Medical Assistants Recognition Day

October 20 – Sweetest Day


October 27 – National Make a Difference Day

October 31 – Halloween 


See more recognition holidays in our Recognition Event Calendar.

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