Setting Up an Awards Ceremony for Your Company

Setting up an awards ceremony for your company is a fun, affordable way to reward and motivate your employees. Be creative in your choice of a theme and your selection of awards gifts. You can set up an informal, casual ceremony at a park or a favorite local restaurant, or a more structured, formal ceremony at a hotel or banquet hall. However you choose to arrange this special event, promotional products will make the ceremony memorable.

Any public ceremony or celebration gives you and your staff the opportunity to hand out promotional gifts that advertise your company. Pens, napkins, mugs, sports bottles and other useful items imprinted with your company logo will leave an impression of your organization in the public's mind. As you reward your staff members for their contributions, give them promotional gifts that they can pass along to friends or family members as a memento of your company.

Decorating Your Venue

Once you've chosen the venue for your awards ceremony, choose decorations that incorporate your company's name and logo or company welcoming baskets that everyone is sure to see. These items may be funny, charming, quaint or sentimental, depending on the nature of your business and the tone of your awards ceremony. Tablecloths, napkins, plates or cups can publicize your company's products or services.

As a way to promote the event throughout your company, you can print invitations which will also serve as keepsakes of the event. Publicize the ceremony with pencils, water bottles or mugs imprinted with your logo and a commemorative message. Some companies inform the award-winning employees that they'll be receiving formal recognition at a ceremony, while others prefer to keep the award winners a secret until the event itself.

If your company is on a tight budget, print posters and programs for the ceremony using bright, colorful paper. Post an announcement on your company's intranet and hang posters in your break rooms or bulletin boards. Stage a drawing for promotional prizes as part of the evening. The larger the turnout at the event, the more fun your staff will have. Winners will feel a greater sense of appreciation of all or most of their co-workers show up to recognize their accomplishments.

Recognizing Your Employees

In today's economy, small businesses can't always afford to recognize their employees with raises or large bonuses. A plaque, certificate or trophy that's chosen and designed with care can express your company's gratitude for your employees. Although many companies can't offer extravagant financial rewards, thanks and recognition are within any company's budget. Employees want to know that their role has been acknowledged and that they are appreciated.

If you're recognizing employees who are retiring or who have made exceptional contributions, consider a special gift like a watch or a clock with the company's logo. Corporate gifts such as pen sets, duffel bags and travel items offer a way to acknowledge your staff's achievements and thank them for their loyalty. To make the awards ceremony special, give winners the opportunity to say a few words after they've been presented with their gift.

Setting up an awards ceremony for your company can strengthen your sense of teamwork and express your company's appreciation in a tangible, meaningful way. A ceremony doesn't have to be expensive or formal; for some companies, an evening at a pizza parlor or amusement park would be more appropriate. Along with awards for the key winners, you can offer a night of entertainment to all who attend in recognition of their work. T-shirts, key chains and magnets are fun ways to commemorate a company awards ceremony.

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