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The Season of Recognition

The fourth quarter is the season of recognition for many workplaces. It’s the time of year when corporate holiday parties, award ceremonies and gift exchanges take place in offices across the country. The purpose of the season of recognition is to recognize the successes of the organization and shine a spotlight on top performing individuals and teams. How are you planning on celebrating? Here are a few recognition ideas for some of the typical holiday celebrations.

Corporate Holiday Party
Corporate holiday parties are a great way to gather the entire team together to celebrate. It’s one of the few times a year co-workers socialize outside of work, and it can be an impactful employee morale booster. Although 2009 was a challenging year, your team undoubtedly has reasons to celebrate. Be sure to focus on the positive during your party and make sure every employee walks away with a token of your appreciation, whether it is a personal greeting card or an award certificate. Employees can post both of these at their desk or home as a reminder of your appreciation for the year to come.

Award Ceremony
The season of recognition is known for its award ceremonies. Many organizations present their formal recognition awards during an event in the fourth quarter. To make a memorable presentation, prepare your remarks in advance by talking to the recipient’s manager, peers, even their family. Give yourself time to select an impressive award, too. Trophies, plaques and award certificates are all common formal awards. Make your award more personal by adding your logo.

Gift Exchange
If your team is celebrating the holidays with a small celebration in the office, you can contribute to your employees’ holiday cheer by giving each person a small token of your appreciation. After all, as the manager, they look to you as a leader in goodwill and recognition. Thankfully, your spirit doesn’t have to break the bank. Give each employee a holiday travel mug along with a packet of hot cocoa or instant coffee to enjoy during the winter. Or enjoy a treat together with a decorated holiday cookie. Attach one of your own cookie recipes to make it a personal (and tasty) gift.

Quick Tips
Don’t overlook the many reasons to recognize this year. Here are a few award ideas you can recognize during the season for recognition.
- Perfect Attendance – Make this a big deal! Your employees are dedicated AND healthy!
- Best Attitude – Let your office sunshine know how much you appreciated the positive attitude.
- Volunteering Awards – Thank employees for being dedicated to your community.
- Team Player Award – Praise the individual who never hesitated to help out a teammate.
- Green Award – For those who lead the effort to conserve and recycle at your organization.
- Cost-Savings Idea Award – Recognize that big savings idea and the people who made it happen!

Best Practices
Award presentations are common during the season of recognition. For a memorable presentation, follow these guidelines!

In your award presentation, address these four guidelines for a presentation that the recipient and the audience will remember. To make it personal, spend time talking with the recipient’s manager and co-workers to get first hand accounts of the performance.

– Describe the situation (or situations) the individual responded to
– Be specific about the employee’s actions
– Share the impact or result the action made on the situation
– Explain how the action contributed to the company as a whole by linking it to company values


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