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Recognize Your ENTIRE Staff this Award Season

Wait! Before you dismiss this somewhat unique concept, consider these sobering statistics from The Gallup Organization's survey of 4 million American workers:

• The number one reason most employees leave their jobs is that they don't feel appreciated.
• 65% of people surveyed said they received no recognition for good work in the past year.

If you haven't found the time to recognize every individual on your staff sometime this year, your year-end recognition program is the perfect opportunity to let each employee know their work is valued. Though this comprehensive approach may seem daunting, the wide variety of available recognition options makes it both realistic and affordable.

Select awards that match each accomplishment
To maintain the integrity of your award program, it's important to ensure that each award you select is proportional to the significance of the accomplishments. While a crystal award is a fitting choice for a top honoree who has made important contributions throughout the year, its value becomes greatly diminished if, for example, it's also presented to all those who have completed 5 years of service with the organization. For this type of all-inclusive program to be successful, the cost of each award must also be taken into consideration. Fortunately, many smaller recognition items designed for acknowledging less significant but still important contributions are available at extremely affordable prices particularly when you purchase them in quantity. This allows you to allocate the majority of your budget to your top awards while creating a positive atmosphere that includes everyone in the event.

Appropriate and affordable recommendations for every recipient

Presidential Award-level performers, key executives and top honorees:

Top-shelf crystal awards display your appreciation for the depth of their contributions and establish a standard of excellence to which every attendee can aspire.

High achievers, top sellers, big idea generators and rising stars:

Acrylic or sculpted resin awards are available in a myriad of unique designs from bold and colorful to sleek and contemporary. Though prices may vary depending on the award, these eye-catching options are more affordable than crystal but still make a strong statement of support and acknowledgement for the recipient's accomplishments.

Team leaders, above-and-beyond service and important anniversaries:

Framed awards or acrylic plaques featuring colorful images and inspiring messages provide a great opportunity to deliver meaningful recognition for beyond-the-call employees who deserve special acknowledgement. Reasonably priced, they serve as powerful year-round reminders when displayed on the desktop or wall.

Perfect attendance, safety milestones and all team players:

Eminently affordable, hundreds of memorable options are available in the twenty-cent to twenty-dollar range. Certificates with inspiring messages and beautiful images are available for well under a dollar per piece. (Add an embossed seal and a frame or folder for special achievements.) Brass medallions and colorful lapel pins offer a variety of message options. Gaining in popularity, distinctively designed mini-awards offer a small but striking alternative to traditionally sized awards.

Given the value employees place on appreciation today, recognizing every member of your team makes good business sense. Increase employee morale, retention and productivity by creating an affordable and effective celebration of recognition this award season.