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Award Presentation Worksheet

January 31, 2015 by  

Do you have an upcoming employee recognition speech to give? Are you presenting at your organization’s next recognition event or banquet? Download our handy Award Presentation Worksheet! Simply print and fill out a worksheet for each employee you are recognizing. Be sure to show your appreciation with meaningful, relevant facts and stories of your employees. Give each individual’s worksheet special thought and consideration. Your employees will love what you have to say about them!

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Employee Recognition in the Digital Age

May 18, 2014 by  

Now more than ever, technology’s impact on employee recognition is a noteworthy one. That’s because not only can technology help make rewards more current and relevant, but it also enables managers to more effectively hand out rewards for boosting morale and motivating employees. Award Concepts is at the forefront of employee recognition in the digital age. This article will describe a few ways we help our customers recognize employees using simple, and in some cases, free web-based applications.

Everyone wants to be recognized and appreciated for doing a good job. One of the easiest and most effective ways to reward your employees for no cost is to recognize them publicly for their efforts. Recognition programs with Award Concepts include the setup and maintenance of customized Recognition Portal websites. These websites are built specifically for your organization, and include great features such as bulletin boards, peer-to-peer recognition links and e-cards. Award Concepts will work with you to develop websites that fit your company’s branding requirements, and fit your company’s goals for recognition.

It’s important for organizations to realize that using the internet for recognition will help unify and build community amongst employees. As a part of these Recognition Portal websites, designated supervisors will have access to creating posts or news articles that are relevant to other managers and employees. These articles can be as simple as listing each month’s employees with anniversaries, or as detailed as an in-depth analysis of how a certain department’s productivity has been increased by a new measure at the company.

We strongly recommend the use of company e-mails and newsletters to drive employees to the community bulletin boards on your Recognition Portal websites. Here, employees and managers will engage in conversation using a familiar comment system.

The Recognition Portal websites can also be tied into any other websites your organization may currently have in place. Have a password-protected benefits website? You can link to it from the Recognition Portal websites. Do you have a company facebook or twitter account? You can also link to it from your Portal website. The internet is a vast web of pages and sites; your Recognition Portal websites can act as a central hub for all of your company’s various pre-existing websites.

In addition to our Recognition Portal websites, we also offer great services such as online surveys and customized e-cards. And one of our best tools is our 1 Minute Manager e-mail system. Sign up here and you’ll receive useful, helpful employee recognition tips in your inbox every day of the week.

Contact Award Concepts today to request a web-based demo on our online services from one of our recognition specialists.

Gift Suggestions for Nurses Week

January 29, 2014 by  

Nurses do a lot for us. They are highly-trained, skilled professionals who care for our sick and disabled. A nurse helps to educate patients about healthy living as well as any current or chronic disease treatments. He or she also performs procedures as prescribed by physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. These responsibilities are just a sliver of what nurses do on a daily basis. Plus, they do it all with a smile on their faces!

My mother has been a Registered Nurse for a well-respected hospital organization in Chicago for over 30 years. She loves her job. She loves her patients and her coworkers. When I’ve visited her at work in the past, it has been evident to me that most of the hospital’s nurses are quite similar to my mother. They all genuinely care about the people they are treating or caring for. The passion that nurses bring to their places of work, whether it’s a large hospital organization or a small, independent care facility, is rare in this day and age. The fact that they remain so kind, helpful and sincere over decades of employment is a testament to them. It is truly inspiring.

The least we can do is say thank you to these nurses for what they do for us, their patients, their coworkers and the organizations who employ them. In 1965, the International Council of Nurses selected a full week in May to celebrate the efforts of nurses around the work. Every year since, Nurses Week has been celebrated from May 6 to May 12. The week culminates in “Nurses Day” on May 12th, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is considered to be the founder of modern nursing.

So what can you do to celebrate Nurses Week?

The theme for Nurse’s Week 2011 has been recently announced by the American Nurses Association as ‘Nurses Trusted to Care’. Simply put, we trust these men and women to take care of us. Award Concepts provides a customized approach to recognizing your staff during this special week in May. Our in-house manufacturing capabilities enable us to create unique emblems and pins specifically made for your hospital or organization. Contact us today for more information.

You can also honor a nurse by making a tax-deductible donation to the American Nurses Foundation. Your honored nurse’s photo, along with your name and message, will be displayed on the ANF website for all to see. For more information, visit the ANF website here:

The simplest way you can show your appreciation for the wonderful women and men that serve as nurses: thank them. Thank any nurses you might know for their services or even reach out to nurses or nurses’ aides at your local doctor’s office.

Contact Award Concepts today for more insight into healthcare-specific employee recognition.

Duke University Hospital Gives Back to Troops

June 27, 2011 by  

Our men and women who are oversees on the front lines sacrifice a lot.  Spearheaded by Deidra Powell and in conjunction with Military Missions in Action and Duke University Hospital’s employee recognition committee, they’ve recognized these sacrifices and have made an effort to give back.

A single mother, Deidra Powell felt lost when one of her two sons left for his first deployment with the U.S. Marines and her second son left for boot camp.

She decided to get active and get to work.  She led a ministry at her church to send care packages to military service men and women overseas, and coordinated visits to a hospital in Bethesda, MD, to visit wounded Marines there.

Powell is a senior information technology analyst at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and on Sunday she joined a group of volunteers in the hospital cafeteria to sort and put together 1,000 care packages for Marines from the 3rd Battalion 6th Marine Regiment, known as the “Devil Dogs,” that’s based out of Camp Lejeune.  These care packages contain items such as toothbrushes, socks, wipes, Pringles, and shaving cream.  The items had been collected at the hospital over a month’s time to send to the Marines in Afghanistan.

Brian Anderson, assistant director of human resources at Duke University Hospital said, “I didn’t know it was going to be this large”.

The hospital’s employee recognition committee helped to organize the drive as part of an effort to give back to the community, as well as to recognize employees for their work and contributions.

When I saw this come across my news feed, I felt it was something worth sharing with those of you that manage your hospital’s employee recognition programs.  What a great campaign to involve those from the community as well as fellow care givers to help recognize the efforts and sacrifices of those who are serving in our Armed Forces.

Award Concepts applauds Duke University Hospital for taking part in this campaign.  We are willing to offer our design department services to hospitals wanting to put on similar campaigns and needing materials to market the effort to their employees and communities.  Contact us today if you would like to utilize these services.


Great Products for Breast Cancer Awareness

April 18, 2011 by  

Let Award Concepts help you find the perfect gift to make your breast cancer awareness event a success. With a range of styles and price points to choose from, our products offer something for every promotion and every budget!

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Improving Employee Engagement at Your Hospital: 5 Tips for Hospital Managers

March 14, 2011 by  

Stop what you’re doing for a minute and focus right here. Give me a few minutes of your time. Does the following exchange sound familiar to you?

HR Person #1: “So, how have you been?”

HR Person #2: “Busy! How about you?”

HR Person #1: “Insanely busy! I don’t even know where to start!”

HR Person #2: “Same here! I can’t seem to get anything done around here!”

At Award Concepts, we understand that HR professionals are very busy people. Your list of responsibilities is growing every day. We get that. Take a deep breath. Everything is going to be okay. We’re here to give you some simple, helpful tips to improve employee engagement in your workplace. Read on for some great tips.

1) Encourage open communication. Many managers are becoming very open, even sharing the financials of their departments because this shared knowledge can be a powerful tool. Let your employees know that they can ask you questions. Let them know what direction the hospital may be moving in. They’ll appreciate it.

2) Be supportive. Managers should assume employees are doing the right thing until proven otherwise. For example, when a patient complains about an employee, assume that person is “innocent until proven guilty,” but look into the situation. Talk to the employee about it. Listen to their side before making a judgement call.

3) Be accommodating. If there is an unique or unconventional way to meet employees’ pressing concerns, use it. Try to be flexible with any request for shift times or even something as simple as their lunch breaks.

4) Still keep a professional distance. Even as managers reach out to employees and try to be transparent, they need to keep their professional distance. Some information should not be shared, such as the manager’s dealings with other employees or with his or her own boss.

5) Support employee development. A manager should help employees be everything they want to be. Doing what they love to do will make them more productive.

Looking for more information? Contact a Healthcare Recognition Expert today. We have plenty of more tips for you.

Those who are interested in hospital management might consider USP online, which offers a masters in public health.

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.


We Provide the Tools to Fuel Your Hospital Recognition Program

February 7, 2011 by  

Do you feel that recognition once a month or once a year just isn’t enough?  If you’re like many organizations, you probably celebrate employees’ years of service anniversaries once a month or once a year for logistical purposes, but you wish you could do more on a day-to-day basis.  Most will agree that recognition is an essential part to a healthy relationship between employer and employee, yet it seems to be a difficult task.  Award Concepts has invested into the development of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions to help fuel your hospital’s recognition program.

We’ve developed what we refer to as Recognition Portals.  We have an Admin Recognition Portal which is geared towards program administrators and we have an Awardee Recognition Portal which focuses on the recipient.  Each portal provides tools for day-to-day recognition that will help create a culture of recognition and fit in with your total recognition strategy.

Tools like our customized eCards, Certificate Builder, Recognition Bulletin Board, daily email reminders to managers about employee’s birthdays and anniversaries, department spotlights, peer-to-peer recognition, and so much more!

In this article, I’d like to introduce two of these tools; eCards and Certificate Builder.


Our eCards are virtual greeting cards that provide a “green” way to send fellow employees, friends, and family inspiration and caring messages at any time.

We provide a feature that allows for a CSV file to be imported into the administration panel of the portals which populates an address book.  The address book allows the sender of an eCard to search by name, location, department or any other specified fields you desire!

Our art department will work with you in creating branded eCards that can reflect your company’s image as well as mission, vision, and values.  It becomes quite a fun process working with our art department in creating your own unique eCards…they are sure to get many compliments from your staff!

Certificate Builder

Perfect for on the spot recognition, our Certificate Builder allows you to design and create personalized certificates to recognize various accomplishments.  The way our builder is designed allows you to create an infinite number of unique certificates.

Using a three step process:

1.  the user selects a layout design

2.  the user enters in criteria;  name of employee recognized, presenter’s name, type of recognition, accomplishment and even have the ability to import a campaign logo…not just the hospital logo

3.  the user opens the certificate as a PDF file and is able to print it

Once printed, the manager has a certificate that he/she can present to the employee in person to recognize an accomplishment so that it does not go unnoticed.  This simple gesture is a great way to increase employee morale and have high job satisfaction within the workplace!

Get Started Today!

Are you interested in learning more about our programs and services?  Want to implement some of our SaaS solutions as part of your total recognition strategy?  Contact us today! We want to give you a glimpse of what partnering with Award Concepts can do for your recognition program and how we can help change the culture of recognition within your organization, one solution at a time.  So, what are you waiting for?  Start a conversation with us today!

Great Product Ideas to Help Promote Heart Health Month

January 19, 2011 by  

February is Heart Health Month! Let Award Concepts help you find the perfect gift to make your upcoming event a success. With a range of styles and price points to choose from, our products offer something for every promotion and every budget.  Featured below is a selection of great items to help spread the word.

Introducing the AC Guide to Employee Recognition on Facebook!

December 22, 2010 by  

First off, why Facebook you might ask.  Well, there are more than 400 million active users on Facebook, which means there are plenty of opportunities for Recognition!  Samplings of things to recognize are birthdays, years of service with company, addition to family (child, pet, new house, etc.) or by simply tagging friends in photos or wall posts.

Our company, Award Concepts is devoted to developing Software as a Service (SaaS) recognition solutions which provide you the tools to effectively recognize employees.  Why re-invent the wheel?  Facebook is an amazing social network used and beloved by millions.  That being said, our goal in creating this guide was to show folks how to utilize and leverage the tools that are already present….tools which they are likely currently using.

Inside the guide you will find 5 Engaging Ideas for Facebook Recognition.  These ideas present ways in which to engage your employees via the social network.  We encourage employees to connect and network with one another outside of work and this guide demonstrates the simplicity to do such.  Following this guide will further enhance your company’s Total Recognition Strategy and increase employee engagement and employee morale.

Download the AC Guide to Employee Recognition on Facebook.

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