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Do You Have Celebrities in Your Midst?
It's never too late to start an awards program. It can be any time of year—not just during the holidays. Get some great ideas here.
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 Do You Have Celebrities in Your Midst?
Individualized Teacher Rewards
To give teacher rewards, you must determine what behaviors you are rewarding. Get some ideas from Diane!
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 Individualized Teacher Rewards
Does Your Boss think You're Kind of a Big Deal?
Try to get your team members face-time with top leadership - they'll appreciate the opportunity! Get started today!
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 Does Your Boss think You
Recognition Fun Day a Team Favorite
One operations department gets together for a little fun every quarter to increase team morale and camaradarie.
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Presenting a Memorable Customer Service Award
To recognize customer service representatives for customer service excellence and to reinforce desired behavior, try using a Character Pin as a Customer Service Award.
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 Presenting a Memorable Customer Service Award
A Quick-Start Program to Recognize Employees
Tips for a quick-start program to help your organization recognize employees and being rewarding them today!
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Interview with Jennifer Kluge, President of 101 Best And Brightest Companies to Work For
Jennifer Kluge oversees all the advisory boards and programs of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For awards competition. Read on to learn her insights…

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 Interview with Jennifer Kluge, President of 101 Best And Brightest Companies to Work For
Four Recognition Award Questions to Find the Perfect Award Trophy for your Organization
Ordering an award trophy can be overwhelming due to the vast number of options. Use these four recognition award questions in order to help you navigate the award trophy ordering process with ease!Shop Award Trophies and PlaquesShop Award Trophies and Plaques
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 Four Recognition Award Questions to Find the Perfect Award Trophy for your Organization
The Penguin Award
The Penguin Award was created by Ruby Newell-Legner as part of her training programs to reinforce teamwork.
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 The Penguin Award
Activities for Staff Week Celebrations
Celebrate with your team using these creative staff party ideas.
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 Activities for Staff Week Celebrations
Hey, What's the Big Idea?

Get employees more engaged in sharing ideas and feedback is easier than you think! Find some great ideas here!


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 Hey, What
Customer Service Gifts Increase Motivation and Sales
Because your customer service staff serves as the face of the company, make sure you're recognizing them on a regular basis with customer service gifts.
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 Customer Service Gifts Increase Motivation and Sales
Purpose: Why Are We Here?
As a business leader, you need everyone on your team to understand how they fit into the puzzle.
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 Purpose: Why Are We Here?
What is Personalization?
When you give personalized gifts and engraved gifts, you create awards that are specific to your occasion that also represent the right sentiment you want to convey.
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 What is Personalization?
Award Employees in a Timely Manner for Going Above and Beyond
A variety of meaningful and useful awards making awarding employees for great behavior easy and timely.
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Pocket Praise Program Boosts Team Morale
One recognition practitioner created her own recognition program using Pocket Praise cards and fun, low-cost rewards.
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You Rock Peer Program
A peer program can improve the culture of an organization. Learn about one office's unique program.
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Spice up Office Meetings
Spice up office meetings with team building activities like Kathryn did!
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Pause for Applause with a Teacher Award
Recognize teachers throughout the school year with unique teacher awards.
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 Pause for Applause with a Teacher Award
How-to Genie: Are You Unsure How to Recognize Your Team?
Recognition doesn't have to be hard, just make sure to give at the right time and be ready on the spot! Here are some great tips to make it easy.
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 How-to Genie: Are You Unsure How to Recognize Your Team?
Formal Recognition: An Important Piece of the Recognition Puzzle
Formal recognition is what staff strives for year-round. It is often the most prestigious recognition you can achieve at an organization.
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 Formal Recognition: An Important Piece of the Recognition Puzzle
Does Your Team Know What Will Make Them Successful?
Don't miss an opportunity to recognize your team members! Here are some great reminders and tips!
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 Does Your Team Know What Will Make Them Successful?
Good Grades Call for Pocket Praise Cards!
One teacher shares how she uses pocket praise cards to motivate students.
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 Good Grades Call for Pocket Praise Cards!
How to Use Custom Lapel Pins
There are endless ways to use custom lapel pins to make your event or brand stand out from the crowd.
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 How to Use Custom Lapel Pins
Looking for Crystal Awards?
Crystal awards are a favorite trophy choice for formal and prestigious awards! Make your award count with four presentation tips for crystal awards.
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 Looking for Crystal Awards?
Does Your Team Belong to Something Bigger?
Find ways to give everyone the opportunity to create meaningful relationships and connections that lead to greater success in the workplace.
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 Does Your Team Belong to Something Bigger?
Magnets Serve as a Testament to Good Work at GROWMARK, Inc.
Leaving a tangible reminder of the recognition moment makes the recognition more effective. Learn how GROWMARK, Inc. uses magnets to make recognition more effective!
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Ice Cream, Ice Cream, We all Scream for Ice Cream!
Learn how an office manager treated the team to a sweet treat for a spontaneous recognition moment.
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Feel Good File for Notes of Appreciation
Your notes of appreciation mean more than you may think.
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Organization Creates Recognition Promises to Improve Peer Recognition
One company's employees created recognition promises to improve the practice of recognition.
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Teamwork Genie: Do You Need Help Getting Managers' Buy-In?
Your manager's may be great at meeting company goals but are they proficient at guiding and nurturing their teams? Give them the tools to excel at employee recognition. Read more to find out how! 
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 Teamwork Genie: Do You Need Help Getting Managers
Cinematic Celebrations for Monthly Goals
Celebrate monthly goals with fun team celebrations.
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Leadership: Are Your Managers Leading the Charge?
Bad managers are seriously bad for businesses. No one wants to talk about it, but, when facing the challenge of keeping your workforce engaged, it simply needs to be addressed.
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 Leadership: Are Your Managers Leading the Charge?
Teacher Appreciation Week Tips
Fun ideas that can transform your teacher appreciation week!
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 Teacher Appreciation Week Tips
'Nice Things About...'
Recognize the nice things about everyone in your office with this recognition idea.
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Ask the Genie: Are You Unsure What to Give?
Do you want to give your employees a gift but unsure what to give? Here at Baudville, every item you see has been developed with purpose, meaning, and practicality in mind. We have plenty of useful gifts your employees are sure to love! 
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 Ask the Genie: Are You Unsure What to Give?
Appreciation for Staff Newsletter Submissions
Giving appreciation for staff newletter contributions has become a popular practice. Learn how recognition plays at part!
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Does What Matters Click With Your Team?

What are your business core values? Pick one that matters most and broadcast it to your team, then reward them when they fulfill it!


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Looking for Glass Awards?
Glass awards and trophies are classic award options appropriate for many recognition occasions. Find out if a glass award is right for your award ceremony!
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 Looking for Glass Awards?
Become the Cheerleader in Someone's Life
Using recognition in your exchanges with others can make you the cheerleader in someone's life.
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Safety Program Pays
A few years ago we started a safety program and our employees have really taken kindly to it.
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Are Your Employees Starving for Feedback?
We look to social media for affirmation in the forms of likes and shares. Managers now have an entire workforce that is yearning for acknowledgement. This could be viewed as a burden, but we see it as an opportunity.
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 Are Your Employees Starving for Feedback?
Company Picnics Help Work-Life Balance
A company picnic can help with work-life balance as it includes family members. Learn how!
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 Company Picnics Help Work-Life Balance
Themed Event Kicks off Summer, Boosts Morale
One organization uses themed events for team celebrations and parties which boost morale.
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A Surprised Team Enjoys an Appreciation Breakfast
Learn how one bank held an appreciation breakfast for its employees.
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Decide What Workplace Reputation You Want
Be aware of your workplace reputation, then strive to make it a positive one!
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Does Your Team Get to Experience the Power of Pride?
Spread the love and watch spirits soar! The power of pride can go viral, find out how to to spread it around your office!
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 Does Your Team Get to Experience the Power of Pride?
Peer Recognition Program Recognizes Nominators
Be sure to recognize those who nominate others in a peer recognition program.
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Holiday Toys Lift Office Spirits
Lifting office spirits doesn't require a large party or budget. Read how one organization is using low-cost items to lift office spirits and morale!
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 Holiday Toys Lift Office Spirits
Partners in Excellence Program Rewards with Work-Life Balance Opportunities
One organization recognizes its partners in excellence with valuable work-life opportunities.
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Happy Genie: Are You Struggling to Treat Everyone Fairly?
One of the biggest challenges with employee recognition is how to give recognition without favoring a select, high-performing few. Follow these tips if you are struggling to treat everyone fairly.
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 Happy Genie: Are You Struggling to Treat Everyone Fairly?
Low Cost Recognition Tools Encourage Recognition
Low cost recognition tools help recognition thrive in one insurance office.
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You Make a Difference Day Touches Special Teachers
One school puts on a special teacher recognition event to thank teachers and tell them "you make a difference."
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 You Make a Difference Day Touches Special Teachers
Engagement: Why Does it Matter?
Why does engagement matter? And how can we have more?
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 Engagement: Why Does it Matter?
Have Fun at Work
Building a great school is a dream that people will work toward only when they are having fun at work.
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Spring Cleaning Time Recognizes Employees' Hard Work
Spring cleaning can engage employees and be fun for the whole office! Learn how one office made spring cleaning a fun, team activity.
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Your Professional Portrait
Paint a positive professional portrait at your organization!
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Recognition Program brings SMILES to Employees' Faces
Read about this call center's peer recognition program, SMILES.
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This is Going in your Employee Evaluation File!
Fill your employee evaluation files with positive employee write up comments.
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Meeting Behavior Leaves an Impression
Your meeting behavior communicates a lot. Be prepared and on time to leave a great impression.
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Kinship: Is It All About Me?
You know that teamwork isn't just important, it's essential. Arm your team with the knowledge that two heads are better than one!
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 Kinship: Is It All About Me?
Recognition Events Planned with Ease
Learn how to streamline planning for recognition events with this great tip from a fellow recognition practitioner.
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Challenge: Do You Have a Corporate Ladder?
The promise of challenging work and the ability to reach a level of professional mastery can be pretty appealing, but it's more than just offering your employees training opportunities—it's truly about becoming the steward of their success.
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 Challenge: Do You Have a Corporate Ladder?
National Nurse Week Dos and Don'ts
National Nurses Week is almost here! Have you decided what appreciation gift you’ll give your staff?
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Manager Without All the Answers
Sometimes the best motivation a manager can give is offering an opportunity for your staff to be heard and then reinforcing their judgment.
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Team Effort gets the Job Done Faster
Working as a team and putting forth a team effort can be a reward itself!
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Why Are People With Soft Skills So Hard to Find?
As Millennials begin to reshape the framework of the current workplace, you can decide to abandon your expectations or you can commit to coaching these new hires so that you can enjoy all of the benefits they bring without having to compromise your needs. How?
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 Why Are People With Soft Skills So Hard to Find?
Do You Have First World Problems or 21st World Problems?
Technology really has a grip on us. This is not breaking news, of course, but we wondered, "What are the implications of it in the workplace?"
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 Do You Have First World Problems or 21st World Problems?
What is Your Team Working Toward?
It can definitely be hard to maintain the energy and enthusiasm of your team, let us help you find ways to motivate!
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 What is Your Team Working Toward?
Transparency: Can Your Team See Right Through You?
Keeping a business running means sometimes learning from the past and sometimes looking to the future. It also means looking around at what's happening right here, right now.
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 Transparency: Can Your Team See Right Through You?
National Doctor Day
Celebrate National Doctor Day and honor the doctor who you work with or has made a differnece to you. Here's a few ideas on how to make it meaningful!
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Is Your Team Workin' for the Weekdays?
Encourage togetherness by setting an example for gatherings and celebrations! They'll eventually take it from there!
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Is the Speed of Email Slowing You Down?
We've all experienced the distraction and confusion that email can create, and can admit that email can be a real troublemaker at times. And, yet, very few of us have made any effort to reconsider our use of it. Why?
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 Is the Speed of Email Slowing You Down?
Is Social Networking Not Working for You?
In the last five years, we've seen a social media explosion. With such quick expansion, some companies have probably had their first mishap or uh-oh before it even entered their minds to write a social media policy.
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 Is Social Networking Not Working for You?
Onboarding Interview with Roberta Matuson
Roberta Matuson, President of of Matusen Consulting, shares her insight on the onboarding process, activities, and challenges. Read the full interview!

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Interview with Kaley Klemp, a Sought After Facilitator, Speaker, and Coach.
Kaley Klemp is a sought after expert in leadership development. She met with us to answer some questions and give us her insight on the clash of technology, social media, and the emerging workforce.
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 Interview with Kaley Klemp, a Sought After Facilitator, Speaker, and Coach.
Value Genie: Do You Need to get Buy-In from Company Leadership?
Get buy-in from company leadership to improve employee engagement. Here are some great, yet simple tips to get you started on an employee recognition program.
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 Value Genie: Do You Need to get Buy-In from Company Leadership?
Is Smartphone Acceptance a Dumb Move for the Workplace?
For the good and bad, we've embraced technology in the workplace, but what's emerged from this is a growing concern about not just how much distraction is being created, but also where the boundaries lie.
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 Is Smartphone Acceptance a Dumb Move for the Workplace?
Is Linking In Making Us Out Of Touch?
LinkedIn is a great way to make new contacts, exchange ideas, and increase business opportunities. But, how often are we developing meaningful business relationships and, more importantly, having ground-breaking discussions?
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 Is Linking In Making Us Out Of Touch?
Are You Ready for Their First Day?
Do you have a first day checklist? It's important to make sure your new hires feel good on their first days, here's how.
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Are Your Employees Getting By With a Little Help From Their Friends?
What you do and how you do it (or don’t) beyond the 90-day mark matters – a lot. Keep your retention rates high by making sure they have a supporter or mentor they can go to.

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Are You Guiding This Ship, or Drifting Out To Sea?
Nurture employee relationships so that both feet become firmly planted – because they want to be, not because they have to be. Find that balance of guidance and autonomy.

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Do You Have a Period Of Probation Or Self-Actualization?
Ongoing, informal feedback is crucial in addition to scheduled evaluations throughout the introductory period to keep your employees engaged.

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Do You Know What You’re Getting Your New Hires Into?
Take your time in the interview and selection process so there are no surprises, no disappointments, and no confusion. 
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Can You Tell ‘em Who You Are? Who You Really, Really Are?
A good culture fit is paramount when recruiting new employees - do you know who you are as a company and what you expect out of your employees so you find a perfect match?

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Will Your New Hires Be Bored, Or On Board?
Conversations with HR professionals on first days and onboarding were interesting at SHRM, read on to hear what they had to say!

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 Will Your New Hires Be Bored, Or On Board?
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