25 Feb

Time For Some Oscars Of Your Own

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 25.02.13 by John Meloche

awards2Last night, the Academy Awards had millions of viewers across North America – and most likely the world – tuning in to see which actors, actresses and films would earn the prestigious awards. Also known as the Oscars, the award show garners such great attention each and every year. And do you ever wonder why? People seem to be very intrigued by the concept of award shows.

“At the end of the day, it comes down to recognizing a job well done,” explained one our esteemed Synergy associates, “People not only like to feel valued, but they appreciate when others are shown such gestures. We all have our favourites, and we like to them to be acknowledged. The same thing goes for workers in the workplace. Actors aren’t the only ones who deserve awards, you know.”

We couldn’t agree more. In fact, we believe that award-giving shouldn’t be relegated to a once-a-year event. And, as our associate mentioned, award-giving isn’t a Hollywood-only phenomenon. We’re big believers, here at Synergy, that a happy staff is a productive staff. So perhaps, implementing an occasional award ceremony – even if it’s not as extravagant as the Oscars – is due at your place of business.

On the website for IAAP – the online home of the International Association of Administrative Professionals – Kathryn Hawkins writes that acknowledging your employees through the giving out of awards can do quite a lot for office morale. After all, your staff deserves to get credit for a job well done, don’t they? Failing to appreciate those who work hard for the betterment of your business actually benefits no one.

“Employees can become fed-up with the workplace when they feel as though their hard work isn’t being recognized,” writes Hawkins, “Be sure to closely follow every employee’s job progress, and take special note when someone comes up with an innovative solution to a problem or surpasses a goal. If your company is large, it can be most effective if the recognition comes from the top-level staff.”

There are many different ways to present your awards to your staff, she continues, and there are many different types of awards you can give. Individual milestones can be recognized. Acknowledging an employee that has been with your company for a certain amount of time – be it a year, five years, ten or more – is a great way to show your staff that you appreciate them.

Promotional gifts, in case you were wondering, are often used for such esteemed awards. Synergy Marketing, of course, has an excellent array of high-end gifts that are great for rewarding your staff members. Check out the Made In Italy section of our catalogue for some fantastic examples. Included are elegant neck ties, money clips and the most incredible pens and key chains you’ve ever seen!

Of course, there are other ways to reward your staff. Employee votes can be cast to select particular staff members to recognize for their contributions to the company. Hawkins suggests that you “consider offering monthly employee awards, in which winners will receive gift certificates and other prizes.” Don’t let last night’s Academy Awards be the only award ceremony that your staff talks about this week. It’s time for an Oscars of your own!

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