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How to Use Recognition Themes

A recognition theme is almost a required element when creating an employee recognition program. A recognition theme coordinates all your efforts and makes the program more memorable and effective. The theme serves as your program’s identity. It helps employees understand the scope and reach of the program. Using a recognition theme is easy. Follow these few steps to use a recognition theme in your organization.

1. Pick your theme.
Baudville has over 100 different recognition themes you can choose for your recognition program, or you can create your own. Your theme should be strategic and connect to your goals or values. It should also be appropriate for your organization’s culture or the type of event you’re hosting.

2. Communicate it.
Apply the language from your theme to all your communications. Everywhere you talk about the recognition program or event, for example in email, ecards, and newsletters, should sound similar. We often need to hear the same message more than 8 times before we can remember it, so don’t worry about sounding like a broken record. You’re communicating effectively!

3. Recognize with it.
Your theme should be evident in the physical items you use to give recognition to employees and recipients. For instance, we recommend you keep an inventory of themed note cards  to write personal notes to recipients. The subtle use of your recognition theme will help to connect your positive feedback with the program.

4. Use it everywhere.
For the maximum impact of your recognition theme, use it everywhere possible!  Applying the same sentiment and look will make the recognition program more effective and memorable for your audience. If you’re planning an event, incorporate the theme into the invitations, centerpieces, even the food!

5. Refresh it.
Choose a different theme for each event or the new year to keep recognition fresh and exciting at your organization. All recognition programs struggle to maintain momentum, but introducing new elements to your theme or a new theme altogether can help keep employees more engaged.

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Quick Tips
With so many recognition themes to choose from, the most difficult part can be making a decision. Follow this short checklist to find the right theme for you.

  • What do you hope to achieve? Do you want to motivate your people or let them know they’re appreciated?
  • What values or actions are you recognizing? Teamwork, customer service, or outstanding performance?
  • Who is your audience? What will they respond to?
  • Does the recognition theme fit your culture? Is it appropriate for the situation?


Browse all Baudville’s recognition themes for more ideas.

Best Practices
The holidays are approaching and managers are beginning to make end-of-the-year plans. Celebrate your team and their accomplishments during the holidays with a holiday recognition theme.

One Baudville customer shared her year end recognition experience with us. She gave the entire team We Appreciate You spinner ornaments. She had each ornament personalized with the recipients name and presented them at a small office holiday party.

The impact was tremendous! Employees displayed the ornaments at their desk all year round as a reminder of the meaningful recognition.

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