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Service Award Presentation Dos and Don'ts

Award presentations are most commonly held in the workplace to honor employees for their years of service. Known as service awards, these recognition moments can be some of the most memorable occasions in an employee's career. Service award presentations occur at formal recognition events in front of an audience or at a small team meeting. Regardless of the setting, you can make your presentation meaningful by following a few simple guidelines.

DO

• Provide written announcements of the award presentation

• Use notecards to keep yourself on track

• Reference the company as it relates to valuable employees

• Be personal and specific

• Make eye contact with the recipient, glance at the audience

• Do your best to make a sincere and enthusiastic effort

• Use humor, but keep it clean and appropriate

• Make sure your attire is appropriate for the event

• Check your service award presentation materials two days in advance

• Send a reminder to the upper management two days in advance

• Remain positive at all times

• Practice, practice, practice!

• Use other forms of recognition to motivate in between service awards!

DON'T

• Wait until the last minute to prepare

• Outline every accomplishment - this can get boring!

• Make light of the service award presentation or the recipient's achievements

• Mention sex, race, religion, age, handicap, or veteran status

• Make any remark that can be seen as a verbal contract for future commitments by your company

• Mention any past mistakes or poor performance

• Compare with past or current members of the team



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