Employee of the Month (or Quarter or Year) awards are a great way to motivate your team and recognize them for their ongoing contributions to your organization. These awards are especially effective in companies in the retail and hospitality sectors, as well as other service-based jobs. Here's how to give out these awards to have the biggest impact on your employees and their motivation. 

Choosing Your Recipients 

In giving out these awards, make sure that the criteria for winning are clearly outlined so that your employees know what is expected of them in order to win. Staff members from all departments should be eligible to receive the award. You could even give out separate awards to employees in each department so that even more of your team members will be able to win each period. Some possible ideas for how to give out these awards include: 

  • Customer reviews 
  • Revenue 
  • Going above and beyond regular duties 
  • Demonstrating leadership 
  • Taking initiative 
  • Attaining goals or hitting sales targets 
  • Perfect attendance 
  • Team participation

The specific criteria you choose will depend on your unique business and your current company goals. Once you have decided how you will award these prizes, it's time to consider the design of the award itself. 

Create Something Unique 

While it is great for your employees to receive any kind of award, it is even better if that award is customized to your organization. Take the time to think about what you would like the award to look like. Will it be a plaque outlining your employee's achievements or a beautiful crystal award in the shape of your company's logo? With custom awards, the only limit to the possibilities is your creativity. 

In addition to giving the award to your employee, you may also wish to hang a plaque prominently in your facility so that other employees and customers can see it. This way, your top-performing team members will be recognized by everyone for a job well done. This can be incredibly motivating for your staff and can boost morale as well. 

Get the Wording Right 

To have the greatest impact, you'll want each award to be personalized for the particular employee receiving it. In addition to your company name and the title of the award, you'll also want to include the employee's name and possibly their job title, if space permits. 

For larger awards, you could even include a brief description of the employee's achievements. For example: 

  • For achieving the highest sales revenue in Quarter 3 of 2017 
  • In recognition of exemplary customer service in October 
  • Thanks for your help in meeting our annual goal for new customer acquisition in 2017 

The specific wording you choose will depend on the employee's contributions to your company and the requirements for winning the award. 

Create Stunning, Custom Awards 

Here at Able Recognition, we are proud to offer a wide range of award styles for you to choose from. Our designers will work closely with you to design a custom award that is perfect for your organization. If time is of the essence, you can also choose from a variety of ready-made awards for rush orders. Even with these standard awards, we'll still provide custom engraving services so that you can personalize your awards. 

We welcome you to get in touch with us to start planning your Employee of the Month awards for next month. Reach out to us today to speak with our design team and get the process started. It is never too early to start thinking about the next awards you will give out, so don't delay!