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.
• 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!
• 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