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Looking for Hospital Recognition Thank You Cards?

March 21, 2011 by  

If so, we’ve got them.  As one of our Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions we provide eCards to recognize and acknowledge various milestones and achievements…thank you cards are just one type.  These eCards are an excellent way to provide a no-cost recognition solution to your care givers.

Our SaaS solutions are part of our admin recognition portals for service award administrators and on our awardee recognition portals.  The eCards are available on both recognition portal websites.  We provide generic eCards for the following:  anniversaries, job well done, birthdays, welcome aboard, thank you, congratulations, and holidays.  We can even create custom eCards that are branded to your organization.  Custom cards can feature your logo, artwork, mission, vision and values…the possibilities are endless.  Contact us today to start a conversation with one of our Recognition Experts to get this free SaaS solution implemented as part of your organization’s recognition strategy.

If you are looking for hospital recognition ecard solutions, we’ve got them!

It’s the Thought That Counts

March 14, 2011 by  

Managers are quick to admonish an employee when under-performing and when mistakes are made.  When an employee does wrong it rarely ever goes unnoticed.  Employees are expected to do the job they are hired to do and expected to do it well.  Employees are human though and mistakes are made.  Mistakes however are often few and far between yet they are noticed, however when all deadlines are met, targets achieved, projects completed, the recognition for the same is missing in many organizations.  As a manager, it is important to realize that taking time to recognize employees’ contributions, whether big or small, go a long way in bringing out the best in them…as well as in your organization.  Being noticed helps with employee engagement and morale.  Everyone likes to feel valued and appreciated.  Simple acknowledgments of recognition are a great way to motivate your employees to perform better and appreciating their work.  Below are a few suggestions to incorporate into your total recognition strategy to help promote a culture of recognition within your organization:

A Hand-Written Note of Appreciation

This is number one on my list because it is personal as well as lasting and are often saved and read later and serve as a remembrance of the action being recognized.  A simple thanks or pat on the shoulder and “job well done” is good, but putting it on paper has long lasting value.

eCards and eCertificates

Quick and easy to create and share, these make a great solution for on-the-spot recognition.  These Software as a Service solutions are free and provided by Award Concepts.

A Stress Reliever Kit

Your employees go through a lot of stress daily in order to complete projects and achieve important deadlines.  As such, a stress reliever kit can go a long way.  This kit could include things like:  CD with relaxing music or of their favorite artists, some chocolates, fruit, and a journal (used to vent by writing in it to release stress).  These will allow them to take a break from the built up stress of their job.  This will signify to them that you recognize and understand the difficulties of their job and will also demonstrate that you value their contributions and they will be motivated to perform better and complete the projects on their to-do list.

A Day Of(f) Fun

To recognize the efforts after achieving an important deadline, give your employee the day off and do not disturb them with calls about work so that they have a free day to unwind and relax and forget about work for at least a day.  You can even do this for a particular team that worked together by giving each team member their day off at different times throughout the month.  You may think that you can’t afford to give a day off, but their efforts will double once they are rejuvenated and refreshed.

Recognition Wall

Setup a wall in  common area such as a hallway, break-room, lunch-room, etc. to dedicate a space on the wall to recognize and showcase those who have made a significant contribution to the organization.  This could include photos and descriptions each employee’s contributions.  These could be submitted by fellow employees and in doing so a strong rapport is built amongst colleagues which is the foundation of any great organization.

Remember..."it's the thought that counts" ;)

As the saying goes, “it’s the thought that counts”.  Nothing is more valuable to an employee than knowing that their contributions to the organization do not go unnoticed.  No employee wants to go to work and leave without knowing/feeling like they’ve made an positive impact on the organization.  As managers, it is up to you to let them know how important they are and how much you value their efforts.


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

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.