Awards that Reward: Award Ceremonies that Shine

October 03, 2012
Awards that Reward: Award Ceremonies that Shine

The founder of Mary Kay cosmetics, Mary Kay Ash, once said, “There are two things people want more than sex and money—recognition and praise." The Mary Kay business model includes yearly award ceremonies that honor the best associates in the company—and the model produces serious results.

This year, Mary Kay’s revenues, mostly generated by motivated sales representatives, are projected to be more than $2.5 billion US.

No matter what you think of Mary Kay, it’s undeniable that employee-recognition awards are a hugely motivating business tool. Being valued and appreciated for work is a chief reason that people come back to work day after day. Awards, big or small, play an important role in organizational success, if you give them out thoughtfully. Something as simple as a sincere email of thanks goes a long way.
But like many best practices in business, God is in the details; an awards ceremony requires careful decision-making:

How do you go about holding an awards event that is the high point of the year, and not a work obligation?

How do you know what your budget should be?

How do you address having employees in various locations, and possibly even around the world?

And which gifts are appropriate for each kind of recognition—for example, how will you recognize the new employee with extraordinary performance last quarter vs. the 20-year veteran in your firm?

Some of these answers can be found on our Support page. You can also get inspiration by browsing through Williams’ diverse selection of awards for every price point, from jewelry to telescopes to barbecues.

We have decades of experience and quality products to make sure that you succeed in awarding success.


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