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Employee of the Year Award Ideas

October 1, 2010 by  

Wow…where has this year gone?  Today marks the start of fourth quarter 2010; only three months left until we find ourselves celebrating with friends and family to bring in the new year.

With year end approaching, it is time to start to consider award ideas to recognize your Employee of the Year or Employees of the Year.  This is a great chance to affirm those employees that show superior performance.  It is important to honor and recognize these individuals because they set the standard for other hospital employees to strive for and follow.

There are many award items to present as the Employee of the Year Award and we have created a short list of items to consider.  If you would like to learn more about any one of these items or explore options for other offerings contact us to start a conversation with an employee recognition expert.

Award Ideas for Employee of the Year

  • Commemorative Badge ACcent
  • Commemorative lapel pin
  • Commemorative ring or other piece of jewelry
  • Plaque or crystal award with engraving
  • Gift selection

Other Ideas

  • If your hospital is affiliated with a university, two season tickets provided by the Athletic Department to the sport of their choice.
  • Recognition in hospital newsletters, websites, and other publications.
  • Designated, free parking space for one year adjacent to or in close proximity of employee’s place of work.
  • Extra (paid) vacation days

In the event that you do not have an Employee of the Year program in place, we have created the following template which you can download and use to help select your Employee of the year.

Download the Employee of the Year Template

If you would rather have the nomination form online and need help setting up an Employee of the Year online polling system, contact us and we’d be glad to help!

Nautical Awards – Ships in Bottles

September 1, 2010 by  

Sailors began crafting ships in bottles over 200 years ago, building the ships, folding the masts, slipping the ships in the bottles, then raising the masts and sealing the bottles. The ships by Ships in Bottles are created using this same process.

Ships in Bottles has been offering European-crafted ships in bottles and finely detailed small ship models since 1999.  The ships make unique going away or retirement awards.   They can fashion almost all of the products carried as an award piece. These “nautical awards” are perfect recognition gifts. They can personalize the models with engraved nameplates. They can  even customize select items in their collection with your company logo on sails and/or wax seals.

Are you interested in learning about other types of awards for retirement or other career milestones?  If so, contact us today!  Award Concepts is here to help.

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A Thought for the Day…Can Help Keep the “Blues” Away

June 9, 2010 by  

“Workers quit their bosses, not their company.” Perhaps you have heard that statement before. It’s easy to assess the validity of that statement for yourself when one considers the experiences of their own career.

It only makes sense that an employee’s impression of the overall company is, oftentimes, the immediate supervisor. If employees love their managers, despite any problems the organization might be facing, they’re more likely to stay. The opposite is also true. Even if the company has everything going for it, if employees are unhappy with their relationship with their supervisor, it is highly probable that an employee will leave their company.

The pivot point for employee engagement is in the line management team. The most immediate engagement results are provided formally and informally by the immediate supervisors. Priority consideration for employee engagement first begins with the well-being of our front line supervisors.

How do we support and care for these very important individuals in our organization? Let me suggest some areas to consider and assess in your own organization. Is there a servant leader attitude among upper management? Does your organization have a culture that gives empowerment for decision-making to front line supervisors? Are there good lines of communication and established levels of trust so that your line supervisors are the first to know, not the last? Do you have a culture where “please” and “thank you” are commonly heard words? Does your organization provide ready support for the physical, spiritual, and emotional health of your line supervisor?

On our HealthCare Recognition website you will find on the right side a spot called “Enroll In Our 1 Minute Manager”. This is a free service we offer to you.  Much like the daily inspirational flip calendar, you can enroll to have a “Thought for the Day” e-mailed to your computer every Monday through Friday. These “thought for a day” sayings have been selected to prompt a mind to introspection…how I might improve myself by my attitude, cause me to have better empathy for co-workers, prompt me to be a better leader by my words and actions. Please enroll and give it a try…you can discontinue at any time. I think you will find these messages good reminders to help you in your own daily walk.

We developed the “Thought for the Day” in hopes that this service will help your employees. We hope that these messages can be delivered to all your line supervisors and management. If you feel these messages will be helpful for your organization, we would be happy to load e-mail addresses for you…just ask us. If you are hesitant about giving out e-mails, may we suggest you receive the daily e-mail and then distribute the message within your organization via your internal e-mail system.

Walk to Wellness Incentive Program

May 22, 2010 by  

What is a Walk to Wellness Incentive Program?

Walk to Wellness is designed to reduce the health risks associated with physical inactivity, a new component of Award Concepts’ employee solutions.  It is a ready-to-use interactive walking campaign that is easy to implement, incentivize and promote.  It tracks progress on a population-wide basis.  Participants are awarded points for the amount of steps they complete during the program timeframe.  These points can be redeemed in the form of health and wellness award items.  Example items would include:  head phones, picnic basket, hand weights, digital multifunctional scale, medicine ball, yoga mat, etc.

Walk to Wellness Highlights

  • Targets inactive population
  • Track steps
  • Individual or group participation
  • Walking resources
  • Tracking tools
  • Weekly motivational e-mails
  • Incentive friendly

Walk to Wellness Incentive Options

Participants receive a t-shirt and water bottle once enrolled in the program.  This items not only recognize their participation, but it promotes the program to their co-workers as well as to people within the community.  As various goals are achieved additional awards may be redeemed.  The program allows for incentive reports which are available at varying times.

Walk to Wellness Reporting

Enrollment data

  • Enrolled users/walking groups

Outcomes data upon campaign completion

  • Total steps
  • Total number of people meeting goals
  • Increased exercise
  • Self-efficacy
  • Satisfaction results

The Walk to Wellness Incentive Program helps participants realize the long-term benefits of physical activity.

Learn more about our Walk to Wellness Incentive Program today by contacting Award Concepts.  Contact a Recognition Specialist.

Three Steps to Start a Day-to-Day Recognition Program

May 21, 2010 by  

Starting a recognition program sounds more intimidating than it is in reality. If you’ve ever written a thank you note to an employee or given birthday cards to your team, you already have experience starting a recognition program.

Practicing day-to-day recognition can have many benefits for your team. Regular recognition is affordable for organizations of all sizes and easily fits into any manager’s schedule. Day-to-day recognition programs are centered on recognition that is immediate, sincere, personal and meaningful and is often expressed through verbal praise or handwritten notes.

Follow these three easy steps to start your day-to-day recognition program and begin creating a culture of recognition while improving employee engagement, morale and motivation in your team!

Step 1: What to recognize

For your recognition to make an impact, it needs to reinforce behaviors that support your organization’s goals or values. Review your goals and identify what employee behaviors can contribute to achieving those goals. For example, if one of your goals is customer service, behaviors like correcting a customer problem or receiving positive customer feedback should be rewarded. Take the time to explain to your employees what you will be recognizing so they can strive to receive recognition.

Step 2: How to recognize

Ask your employees how they prefer to be recognized. They may ask for gift cards, time off, or special events as a team. Whatever the method of recognition you choose, be sure employees know how they earned the recognition. We recommend giving a handwritten note. In the note, you can write details about the great service they gave a customer or praise the way they helped out a teammate. Keep your recognition tools easily visible and within reach. Having your tools handy will serve as a reminder to recognize your employees!

Step 3: Start recognizing!

Now you’re ready to start recognizing! While your day-to-day recognition program is still new, you may need to make a conscious effort to look for recognition opportunities. Take some time every day to look at the activity happening in your team around you. Then start handing out the praise! Personally deliver your notes of recognition and rewards to employees for a bigger motivational impact.

Sample Recognition Sticky Notes used for Day-to-Day Recognition

If you are interested in receiving more information about Recognition Sticky Notes by Baudville or if you’d like to discuss other options, contact a Recognition Specialist today and take a step towards creating a culture of recognition at your healthcare organization.

Award Concepts, Inc. Launches New Corporate Website

May 17, 2010 by  

I’d like to announce the launch of our new corporate website.  The current website you are viewing, is a product of Award Concepts, a company located west of Chicago that provides employee recognition programs.

Last week, Award Concepts published a press release announcing the launch of our new corporate website to coincide with our 25th anniversary of providing employee recognition programs within healthcare and other industries.

There are several improvements to the new website that I would like to highlight and encourage you to visit and assess for yourself:

  • Sending eCards – anyone in your organization can visit our site to send cards to recognize their peers for various achievements and milestones or for acknowledgment of something.
  • Recognition Research – regularly updated with important and relevant articles and analysis related to Human Resources.
  • PerformanceCards – branded for your organization, these cards are ideal for informal and day-to-day recognition.
  • Our Markets – take a look at the industries that we work with.
  • Our Clients – see who we’ve been privileged to partner with.
  • ACTION ePartner – easy access for you to monitor your recognition program data.

When it’s convenient please take a moment to visit the new Award Concepts corporate website:

National Nurses Week Gift Items for 2011

May 6, 2010 by  

Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers.  Nurses work in emergency rooms, school based clinics, and homeless shelters, to name a few. They have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Award Concepts has created the following National Nurses Week gift items.  Pictured below (Nurses’ charm, Nurses’ key ring, and Nurses’ lapel pin) are our preliminary renderings for 2011.

Actual product will be available for National Nurses Week 2011.  Reserve your National Nurses Week gift items today!

Great Ideas for Breast Cancer Awareness

May 1, 2010 by  

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

Award Concepts offers a wide selection of products to help make your breast cancer awareness event a success!  Take a look below at some of the items…

Contact us to learn about additional product offerings provided by Award Concepts to help promote breast cancer awareness.

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.

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)

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