Thursday, July 12, 2007

Univest Grand Prix

It's the attention to detail, as I am sure many of you know, that makes all the difference in this world, and it just so happens it's also what we, as recognition experts, pride ourselves on. I was at a luncheon yesterday put on by the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce, and it was a great event. With much attention to detail, the program went off without a hitch. John Sparta, from Sparta Cycling, was talking about the Univest Grand Prix, giving us an update as to how it is coming and changes to be expected.

With entering into a new community, it compelled me to fill out a volunteer form, because hearing this guy talk about what a great community event this is and how it's great for everyone involved was very refreshing to hear. I mean I knew the Pennridge community was this way because I grew up there, and I had a feeling that the Souderton community would be the same way, but hearing him speak really hit home. This guy, from New York, really knew what it took to make an event successful and that was getting the community behind it. Once the community is behind it, it really becomes unique and turns into it's own entity, and it's really great to watch.

You should all be proud to live in such a thriving, vibrant community so full of such spirit and energy. The people here came together and supported us when my brother was deathly ill and throughout his recovery, and while we knew what this community has to offer, it's nice to hear other people reinforce it. I am happy to be here, and happy to help!

Monday, July 9, 2007

3 Easy Recognition Tips

Taken from incentive magazine. Written by Jacqueline Durett and

Write a card
to the employee, or even to the employees family, explaining the employee's positive qualities.

Take a big project you are plannind on delegating and think about who it growth opportunity for.

Take 10 minutes to have a performance free talk with your direct reports. Supplying lunch is even better.

Awards programs and choice

Awards programs and choice have not always gone hand in hand. It was generally accepted that whatever the manager or boss thought was sufficient to give to employees to recognize achievements was sufficient and achieved the goals of motivating the employees. We know that to be totally false! People like choice but too much choice can be a bad thing. It's like Goldilocks, she didn't want to burn her tongue on the porridge that was too hot and the porridge that was too cold was not very tasty. It took her until the third bowl to find the porridge that was just right, and baby bear may not of thought it was the right temperature for him, even though it was perfect for Miss Locks.

The point of this is there is not a one size fits all approach to this recognition thing. The goals themselves will often times be different. One thing is for sure though, you need to approach it with goals in mind and then approach it accordingly. Plaques and awards are the second most used recognition item next to cash, and there is a reason for this. The reason is plaques and awards are generally used in conjunction with that trip or tv that was used to entice them. While meeting your sales goals does get that flat screen 52", a salesperson working for a company also enjoys a sales meeting where they are singled out for their accomplishments in front of the rest of the workforce and publicly thanked for their achievements. This also helps motivate the other employees by showing them they are appreciated and will be recognized for the work they do.

It is to the point now where HR managers are becoming focused on the total recognition package, and it is this package that is going to help you achieve your goals of greater profits, and to efficiently manag your human resources.

Recognizing Achievements with plaques and awards

For those critics who think that awards and plaques are just dust collectors, there is proof out there that shows this information to not be quite correct. Incentive magazine cited research that says 47% of companies surveys use plaques & awards for their annual compensation programs. With half of businesses planning to utilize awards and another 13% using awards spontaneously that means that 60% of businesses that use recognition programs are using awards and plaques to recognize achievements. So they are not just dust collectors, they are often starting points for stories that build not only morale, but connections to others in more ways than one. Retelling the story of how you got that sales award may not seem like a big deal, but to the person telling the story and the person hearing it, a bridge is being built that will connect these two for years to come, and that plaque on the wall epitomizes that achievement and is symbolic of the hard work and countless hours the person devoted to their organization. These symbols prove to people looking at them, that the person they are about to do business with is the right person for the job, and it achieves a comfort level that otherwise would have taken hours, days or even years to build. It is a certification of sorts, and brings peace of mind. All because of the company taking a little extra thought and time to do what it takes to make their recognition programs work. Plaques enable you to round out and compliment the gift cards, monetary compensation, trips and other incentives your company utilizes to make a recognition program a success. Awards reward and that is the bottom line.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Give Me Liberty!

Recognize your independence with this Liberty Bell Resin Sculpture from Bux-Mont Awards. These make great awards for an Independence Day tournament, citizenship recognition, and much more.

Dimensions: 7 x 5.75 x 4.75
Finsih: Antique Bronze/ Black Base
Plate Size: 5.75 x 1.25
Weight: 4 lbs.

Price: 25.00