5 Benefits of Recognition and Award Programs


Businesses of all sizes benefit from employee recognition programs that increase sales, build customer loyalty, increase employee retention, an build referrals. Below are 5 benefits to starting or maintaining a recognition and award program at your company.

Because most top performing sales professionals tend to focus on their own sales goals, a Sales Awards Program encouages unity and working closer together towards a common goal. Everyone’s efforts raise simultaneously.

Sales Managers can allow the recognition and awards program to induce a constant state of motivation to the sales group. The potential to win recognition helps keep the pressure on, which increases productivity.

Every department has goals. Unless you keep those goals right in front of them, less than 10% can actually tell you what they are. Awards programs can be structured around keeping the goals at the forefront of their minds, and motivating them to reach them.

Nothing encourages producttive behavior more than being recognized for doing something awesome. You already know that in most sales departments, 80% of the sales come from 20% of the staff. A vital part of increaseing the sales activity of your 80% is making them a part of achieving the sales goals. More confidence leads to more sales growth.

Studies have shown time and time again that the more often you reward good behavior (sales results), the more often that person will put more effort into replacating that behavior. Combine that with an individual’s desire to be awarded recognition at the front of a meeting with his peers looking on, and you have a powerful tool to keep sales revenue going up.

Awards and recognition programs are tried and tested ways of building and keeping momentum among your sales force. We’d love to help you create a program that will do the same for your business.

Recognition Programs equal a competitive advantage

Downsizing and cost reductions, along with advances in technology and a rapidly changing marketplace lead to concerns over job security, employee stress levels, and loyalty.  As a result, the challenges of low productivity, retention rates of employees, and negative attitudes are high priority for HR professionals.

2 major trends

  1. Getting an early start on recognition. Rather than waiting 5 years, some companies are seeing results  in implementing programs that show recognition to employees as early as one year.
  2. The culture of recognition. Developing a positive culture and focusing on recognition may be a challenge, and take some to execute, the growth and benefits are worth it. Buy-in from executive leadership, with support from managers and everyone involved throughout the company is important. Performance-based rewards and recognition are also important components.


The Holidays are upon you!

Halloween is almost here, which means Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, but don’t stress it!  Believe it or not, it’s possible to actually ENJOY the holidays! Set yourself up for success with these 5 tips to help you get organized, plan ahead, and remember that the holidays are all about the people you spend them with.

  1. Stock-Up in Advance – If you know you’ll be having lots of holiday guests, start stocking up on pantry essentials now. Pick up organic baking supplies, snacks, and wine in the next few weeks. You might even score a sale by shopping early!
  2. Make a List – Check it Twice – Shopping from a list can take the stress out of the holidays on so many levels. Make a simple list on your smartphone with the names of everyone you’ll be shopping for, and include a budget. When you are shopping, consult the list to ensure that you aren’t overspending, and then mark the person’s gift as “done” once you make the purchase.
  3. Most importantly – buy custom engraved Christmas gifts from us! 🙂  – We have a handful of “stock” items that are really great, or you can let your imagination run, and let us handle the engraving services. Personalized gifts are much more meaningful and memorable.
  4. Mail Early –  If you have friends and family who live out of town, make sure you ship everything out ahead.
  5. You Don’t Have to do Everything – This tip is key to a happy holiday season. It is OK to say no. No one has time to do it all!. Rather than baking cookies for the school holiday party, offer to pick up party supplies that you can drop off with your child.

IIn the end, it truly is the thought that counts. Your friends and family will appreciate every and any effort to make the holidays special, so have fun, relax, and enjoy the time with the ones you love!