Spring is a popular time for hosting recognition celebrations. Teachers, administrative professionals, volunteers, nurses and police all have upcoming recognition days and weeks. Have you planned your event yet?
We’ve learned a lot about memorable recognition celebrations from our customers and our experience over the years. To help make your recognition celebrations effective and memorable this spring, we’ve compiled a list of recognition dos and don’t’s to guide you in your event planning.
DO give a gift. A tangible recognition item serves as a constant reminder of your appreciation. Your recipients will frequently use your gift and will feel your appreciation every day!
DO make it personal. Present gifts to individuals or teams in person at a staff meeting, reception, or by dropping in during their shift. The in-person presentation will make the appreciation gift even more valuable.
DO something everyday. When the official recognition holiday lasts all week, do something everyday to acknowledge the dedication and contributions of your staff or volunteers. Small gifts or note cards are a cost effective way to keep the recognition going without busting your budget.
DON’T try to do everything yourself. Get everyone involved in the celebration! Include the community by seeking donations to purchase gifts or use the talents of friends and family to make the recognition special. Just don’t forget to recognize their help at the end of the week, too!
DON’T leave gifts in the lounge. Yes, a customer told us that this actually happened! Staff gifts were left in the break room, and an email instructed everyone to pick up the gift themselves. Something about this doesn’t seem very genuine to us…
DON’T spend an arm and a leg! A memorable recognition week doesn’t have to break your budget. A meaningful gift doesn’t have to be extravagant. Select a gift item that the recipient can use with a sentiment that is relevant to the situation. Check out Baudville’s variety of gifts under $5 each for some great ideas. After all, it’s the thought that counts!
Celebrating Recognition Holidays in a Tough Economy
It’s getting harder and harder to justify spending on recognition these days. The economy has been tough on all industries, and discretionary spending is quickly being cut. However, the failure to recognize may end up being more costly in the long run than a timely recognition celebration.
Recognizing a professional service or position on their recognition holiday can make a big difference in the satisfaction, morale and engagement of the staff. On the other hand, the failure to recognize employees during the tough economy can lead to greater disengagement and cause high turnover when the job market turns around.
Many professionals are likely not expecting to be recognized on their recognition holiday this year because of the current economy. You can surprise them all (and make a big impact!) by personally presenting a small gift to each individual on their “big day.”
Giving a gift is an important part of recognition celebration weeks and can make your recipients feel appreciated everyday. To make your gift most effective, follow these gift giving tips:
- Select your gift carefully, and choose an item your recipients will use frequently.
- For an impressive presentation, gift wrap your gift. A gift bag and some tissue paper can really dress up your gift!
- Make the gift truly memorable by including a greeting card or small note card.
Learn from this year’s celebrations to make 2010 even better! Talk to teachers and staff about the gift and its presentation. What can you do better next year?
Introducing a fun traveling trophy at Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc. has given the staff something new to share with customers and each other. Thanks for sharing your best practice, Tracy!
For years I've used Baudville to find low cost recognition tools such as the Character Pins (each new employee gets one - I still love wearing my otter!),Marks of Appreciation, Pocket Praise, and many more.
Recently, I decided it would be good if we had a "traveling trophy" that could be passed each week among the team to encourage peers to recognize each other. They all love the new "You Rock" rock from Baudville. Not only is it the highlight of the weekly meetings now, but it also has turned into a great conversation piece when clients coming into the office see it on an agent's desk. I think Baudville "rocks"!
Events & Articles
Administrative Professionals Week, April 19-25
National Volunteer Week, April 19-25
Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-9
National Nurses Week, May 6-12
During our recent visit to New Orleans and the National Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Convention, we made a video with School Tube about Teacher Appreciation Week and our two new themes, ABC and Mentor. Check it out on our website!
Articles of Interest
Recognition Tools Recognize Team Members Frequently
Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas
National Nurses Week is May 6-12!