Plaques and Awards – No. 1 Way to Recognize Your Employees

Employee AwardsAs we approach the close of the first quarter of the new year, it is important to think about everything that has been accomplished at your company – and how you got there. Of course, the answer is your employees. Your business would not run if it weren’t for the people on the front end and those behind the scenes who help make you successful and keep the doors open day after day. With that being said, it is incredibly important to recognize your employees for their hard work and dedication to your company.

In May 2015, WorldatWork completed a study and put together a report that showed that awards are the No. 1 way that employers recognize employees.

“Approximately half of the organizations reported a positive or extremely positive effect of recognition programs on employee engagement (54 percent), motivation (48 percent) and/or satisfaction (51 percent) when only one of the four programs is used.” (Source:

When the question was asked if an organization has recognition programs in place, the results have increased – from 84 percent in 2002 to 89 percent in 2015. For those that did not have a recognition system in place, the reasons varied from that such a program would be too challenging to administer, too costly to run, their company was not large enough or they were just not interested.

When awards are given out, there are a few standards when it comes to recognizing achievement that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Some of those items include plaques, certificates of achievement, cash, gift certificates, company logo merchandise or food.

Reward programs are seen as extremely effective by employees and only drive people to continue to work hard or even to work harder to be known as someone who is truly appreciated by the company and upper management. When you have your next management meeting – if you do not already have a recognition program in place – talk with your team about developing a way to single out those leaders of your pack and give them the appreciation that they deserve.

At Signs, Plaques & More, we offer the highest quality awards in crystal or glass, acrylic or marble trophies and plaques in fine hardwoods with brass plates for personalization. Any of the products at Signs, Plaques & More will give the award recipients a tangible item as part of your recognition program. Whether to display in your office with the names of all the recipients or to order quarterly in honor of outstanding achievements, we can work with you to create a design that matches your aesthetic preferences and your budget. To learn more, call us today at 757-463-5430.



Oscars Aren’t the Only Awards this Season

The best actors, directors and writers of Hollywood aren’t the only ones who will be taking trophies home this season. Spring is the time of year when companies recognize successes of the past fiscal year, and when children’s sports teams wrap up with ceremonial trophies and medals. Let’s take a look at a few of the special awards that we’ll be helping our customers create in the coming months.

AwardsFor Children

Here at Signs, Plaques and More, we believe in the value of presenting someone a trophy, and there’s no place where that is more important than on the soccer and baseball fields. Last year, Today wrote an article defending the participation trophy. While some parents think that giving each child a trophy for showing up is teaching them that they don’t have to work hard to win, Today says that honoring a commitment to show up and play at each game should be honored in each team member. We agree.

Other places that you might see some of our handiwork include school athletic or club competitions, where children compete against one another in battles of the mind, such as Future Problem Solving of America. Of course, there’s the big competition among scouting-age boys – the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby event!

For Adults

Since you can’t exactly give everyone in your office building a participation trophy for showing up during the last fiscal year, consider SurePayroll’s method of awarding trophies and plaques to unique fields of competition, like the Best New Mistake of the previous year. Your company is built on and thrives from innovation, and any good business person knows that there cannot be innovation without mistakes. SurePayroll’s president says in a recent article, “Mistakes are the tuition you pay for success.” So each year, the company gathers and nominates themselves for Best New Mistake. Winners receive cash prizes, and are reminded to keep innovating and not be afraid of making mistakes.

Companies that are planning spring retreats or team-building getaways have also a perfect opportunity to honor members of their staff members who have been with the company for a number of years, or who have contributed greatly to its success. Rather than just a speech, consider a custom-made plaque, crystal or acrylic award as recognition for their efforts and contributions.

If any of these awards sound like something you might be interested in giving out on your child’s soccer field or at the office, contact us today for information on customization and pricing. We have a wide range of awards, trophies, plaques and more – just as our name implies! – and we’re sure to have a great option for you. Give us a call at 757-463-5430 and let’s discuss your idea today!