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10 Perfect Employee Gifts for Summer

Summer is almost here and what better way to motivate your employees than with an abundance of brand name gifts that are perfect for summer activities! Whether you already have an employee incentive program in place, or are thinking of starting one, check out some of our sure-to-be most popular employee gifts redeemed this summer.

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Written by Alexis on June 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

3 Ways to Reward Employees [Infographic]

(HINT: They aren't cash.) We know cash may be an easy way for companies to reward their employees, but the easy way isn't always the best way. If you want your employees to remember the recognition you are giving them, there are better reward options out there which will be more personal and memorable to your employees.

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Written by Alexis on April 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

QUIZ: Are You an Employee Recognition Expert?

Are you a rewards and recognition know-it-all? Are you the best at following employee recognition best practices? Maybe you could just use some brushing up on your knowledge of employee recognition. Whatever the case may be, take our quiz to see how much of an expert you really are!

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Written by Alexis on March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Four Easy Steps to Writing a Personalized Employee Anniversary Letter

Sitting down to write a congratulatory letter of recognition to your employees can be a daunting task. Understandably, it might be hard to come up with the right words to say without sounding overly formal or insincere. We also know that you may feel tempted to draft a single script to use for all employee anniversaries that fly by, but trust us when we say that a personalized message will mean the world to your employees. 

The key is to keep in mind that you don't need to write a lengthy message to have a significant impact on your employees. Short and sweet with a personal touch will always win over long, lengthy and generic. To help you get started, we've listed four easy steps for you to follow when writing a congratulatory letter to your employees on their anniversary.

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Written by Alexis on March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Do This, Not That: Ideas for Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day falls on a Friday! It's the perfect day to plan something a little out of the ordinary. Do you host an off campus event? What about spot awards or a fun peer to peer recognition activity? How about some extra time off or a breakfast treat? 
While all of these are great gestures for a Friday appreciation event, we think the following ideas may spark some new thoughts for you and your team! Friday, March 3 is the big day, so we've included some scenarios for "what to do" and "what not to do" on employee appreciation day. Take some time to go out of your way and do something nice for a colleague who deserves it.
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Written by Maggie on March 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

Our Hottest Holiday Gifts of 2016

If you're searching to give the gift of choice to your employees this holiday season, look no further! Awards Network has all of this year's popular gifts that your employees are sure to love.
The Awards Network online catalog features thousands of brand name gifts for a wide variety of lifestyles, giving employees plenty of options to choose from. Based on the most popular items of the 2016, we've predicted the top 10 gifts sure to be redeemed by employees this holiday season!
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Written by Alexis on November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Six Service Award Program Trends HR Managers Need to Know

Is your company considering an employee recognition program? Here's what you need to know before getting started. 
Various independent studies have repeatedly shown how important it is for organizations to recognize their employees. Service award programs are the most popular type of recognition by far. We've included some best practices below for ensuring your award program is as effective as possible.
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Written by Maggie on October 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Top 5 Trends In Modern Employee Award Programs

There's one recognition question we're asked on a daily basis: "How can my company start recognizing our employees in a meaningful way that's going to have a lasting impact?"
Each organization is unique, with a diverse set of employees, so one award method typically won't dazzle everyone. This is why Awards Network developed an ideal award program experience: a flexible platform that can be customized with your branding, which will track the metrics that are important to you, while gaining excitement among your team(s).
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Written by Maggie on May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

10 Metrics You Should Measure After Launching a New Award Program

Great, you've just started a new award program! Now what? It's important to measure your program's successes and failures, which can be challenging if you don't know where to start. Awards Network has a vast number of tools and resources available to help you track your recognition program's progress. Keep reading if you're looking for suggestions!
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Written by Maggie on February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Top 5 Motivational Quotes To Boost Morale

Try using these motivational quotes to inspire others! Do you know a co-worker, employee or friend who could use a little pick-me-up? Share some positivity and put a smile on that person's face! While it's great to have an all-inclusive employee recognition program to award employees, it's not required to make another person's day a little brighter.
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Written by Maggie on January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

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