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May is Physical Fitness Month

March 22, 2010 by  

What are you doing for your employees’ health and fitness needs?

Worksite health promotion programs enhance the overall health and productivity of an organization!

Benefits to Staying Healthy

Benefits for Employers:

  • Enhanced employee productivity
  • Improved health care cost management
  • Decreased rates of illness and injuries
  • Reduced employee absenteeism
  • Develops employee leadership skills

Benefits for Employees:

  • Lower levels of stress
  • Increased well-being, self-image and self-esteem improved physical fitness
  • Increased stamina
  • Potential weight reduction

Let Award Concepts help promote Health and Physical Fitness Programs with the following brands; Eagle Claw, Oregon Scientific, The North Face, Huffy, Wenzel, Swiss Gear, and more!  Contact us to learn more about the items and programs we provide for promoting health and wellness at your workplace.

*Source: National Association for Health & Fitness, The Network of State and Govenor’s Councils.

How Can I Compare Competitive Bids?

March 7, 2010 by  

You have decided upon a service award recognition program that will give your employee an opportunity to make a gift selection from a group of options. When you approach a service award provider about presenting a bid to supply your needs, most likely you talked to them about budget levels of expenditure for the years of service to be recognized. For instance, a common budget plan is to use $10 for each year of service and recognize service at 5 year intervals. This would yield $50 at 5 years, $100 at 10 years, etc.

You’ve told them what you’re willing to spend. Subsequently, your bidders all come in with proposals at the same dollar levels. How can you compare? Well, I’m sure you want to see if you are paying fair prices for the individual gifts offered in each budget level.

Insist that the bid presentation include images of the proposed product offerings. There are some core name brands that every service award supplier needs to offer. Examples are Bulova watches, Howard Miller clocks, Waterford crystal, etc. The brand manufacturers have marketed certain of their product lines to companies like service award companies. Therefore, you will see “like” items in the product offerings of every service award provider. Spend some time looking over the product offerings presented by each service award provider. All service award suppliers are utilizing the same high resolution images provided by the brand manufacturer. Even though you do not know the manufacturer part number, you will be able to tell like items by the common image.

Service award providers tend to margin all items across the board at the same level. Look over the individual product listings offered by your bidders. You only need to identify a few “bell-weather” items common to the bids to get a feel for which company is giving you the best value for the dollar you have budgeted. If you see an item common to some of your bids but not all, you might ask the provider missing the item, if they would add it to their offering.

There’s nothing wrong with a company making a profit…but you want to guard against a company making an excessive profit at your expense. Be an educated buyer!

The Most Cost Effective Recognition

March 5, 2010 by  

How much should an award recognition program cost? That’s a question that many struggle with. What amount best says, “thank you”? If this is something you struggle with…be careful you don’t get caught up in the “keeping up with the Jones’” mentality…trying to copy or out-do what someone else is doing.

Here’s a paradigm shift for you…recognition should cost nothing! Recognition is not in a thing presented…it’s in the sentiment given. It’s in expressing ourselves…telling someone else of the value they mean to us. It’s in words and acknowledgment before peers. Recognition is in words of affirmation and edification given in the context of community topped of with the touch of a handshake or pat on the back. How basic, but how often we forget our simple human needs. When I first started in the business world, I was taught a simple principle, KISS…perhaps you know of it as well…”keep it simple, stupid”. I am reminded of this often times as I sit through management seminars and listen to the speaker state out principles they have gleaned from the business world. As I listen, I say to my self, “dah!”…I’ve heard that before, that’s what it says in the Bible…nothing new, the same wisdom of God, just packaged in a different way and they’ve put their name on it. I guess what I am advocating is, go back to the basics about what we know about ourselves. Distill it down.

Recognition involves investment…not in money…but in ourselves…taking time to reflect and value one another.

Wouldn’t it be a radical idea for you to propose simplifying your employee recognition program and calling for a higher investment of the heart of your management. If your management can answer the question, “what do I value in my co-workers?”, they should be able to acknowledge that before others.

Create a transformation culture in your organization…a recognition culture…building up good employees into even better employees…that’s a cost effective recognition program!

Recognition Made Easy with SendOutCards.com

March 5, 2010 by  

We’ve mentioned before that effective recognition should be personal in nature. What does this mean? How does recognition become personal in nature?

Every manager needs to keep track of personal information about each of their employees. Information about each member of their staff’s family; such as what activities they enjoy, schools and universities attended, sports played or watched, birthdays, wedding anniversaries, etc. A smart manager knows the value of connecting with their employees on a personal level and its relation to employee retention.

Once managers have collected this information they can use a service such as Send Out Cards. The service provides a way for managers to connect outside of work with their employees by having personalized greeting cards sent directly to the employees’ home; all for less than it would cost to buy a greeting card at the store. Send Out Cards provides an inexpensive way to touch employee’s in a personal way and make a difference. The concept is explained best on the company’s website under, “Why We Do It”.

When was the last time you sent an unexpected card at an unexpected time to someone you care about?

Do you think it would make a difference?

Do you remember people’s birthdays and other special occasions? Do you think that matters to them?

How about a simple thank you or expression of appreciation. Do you think that would make a difference?

With this incredible tool, not only can you remember people and share appreciation, you can motivate, uplift, encourage and truly make a difference. Here is the interesting thing, the more you do this, the more you realize that you, the sender of these cards, benefit the most.

We are changing people’s lives for good one simple card at a time.

The Send Out Card service makes it easier for managers to create and send out custom personalized cards recognizing and acknowledging important events, a job well done, a time of mourning, etc. Cards can be set to automatically be sent for recurring events such as birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. The service even provides for cards to be personalized through their personal handwriting font feature that enables users own handwriting print on their cards.

New “Wellness Collection” by Oregon Scientific

March 5, 2010 by  

I received an email today from Oregon Scientific introducing their “wellness collection” of products.  There are currently two products available and two additional products which are “coming soon”.  Award Concepts will be introducing these items into our employee recognition programs as we continue to be at the forefront of active and health conscious award items.

My two cents, “these are some REALLY neat items!”

iComfort Personal Massager

Aroma Diffuser Elite

i.wakeup Sunrise Clock (Coming Soon)

Mini Massager (Coming Soon)

Celebrate Nurses Week With These Great Gifts

March 5, 2010 by  

Looking for a little inspiration to show your appreciation for your healthcare professionals?  Let Award Concepts help you celebrate Nurses Week on May 6th – 12th!  With a range of styles, colors and price points to choose from, our products offer something for every promotion and every budget.  Below are our “Nurses Week gifts” featuring a great selection of items to help make your upcoming promotion a success.

Call Award Concepts today at 1-800-659-7801 or contact us to receive pricing for these items or to find out what other gift items are available for Nurses Week.

Latitudes Foldaway Shopper

Laminated 100% Recycled Shopper

Perla Cooler Tote

Inline Lunch Cooler

Journey Travel Case

Ensign’s Boat Bag