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Awards can make anyone feel like a winner

by TrophyGuy on July 1, 2010

Awards can make anyone feel like a winner. Without trophies, awards, medals or plaques, how could winners and losers be separated? They couldn’t. A trophy or other award commemorates victories big and small, from the Stanley Cup Finals of the National Hockey League to the local paper distributing company’s best bowler. A trophy, like any other keepsake or token, reminds someone of his or her past, and a well-made trophy keeps the smell of victory in the nostrils of winners long after the talent has left them. A trophy, made of wood, marble, glass or crystal can range from a simple plaque to an elaborate crystal sculpture, but any design or material can serve the greater purpose of reminding those aged heroes what it was that made them special, better than the average non-winner. Coming Soon -  how to choose an award from someone.

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Retirement & Service Awards

by TrophyGuy on July 1, 2010

Service awards

Service awards are popular type of corporate awards. Service awards serve multiple functions: recognition, retirement and motivation. As the name suggests service awards are given to encourage and recognize career related achievements. Recognition service awards are presented for exceptional performances and special achievements during employee’s tenure. For example, when a sales representative beats the previous sales record, he or she receives a service award to commemorate this special achievement. Recognition service awards are ideal gifts to honor a research department discovery, scientific break-through, and influential publications. Recognition service awards are designed to evoke feelings of self-esteem and pride, thus encouraging further achievements.

Recognition awards feature various design themes and related messages. For example, consider the following themes: reaching for the stars, extraordinary achievements, expanding new horizons, world of thanks, global impact. The best approach is to select a theme that is most appropriate for the occasion. Subsequently create wording that best reflects the message you wish to convey. It is important to include the following elements in awards personalization: name of the award, special recognition message, name of the recipient and the date.

Because recognition service awards are often given on a reoccurring basis, it is important to create a meaningful name for the award. For instance the award name can be a generic name like Employee of the month, Producer of the Year, Most Valuable Employee, and Excellence Award. The name can also be more specific based on the organization type and the industry: Educator of the Year, GE Sales Challenge Award. Recognition service awardsthat are sponsored by companies and professional organizations require a formal verbiage.

Names should be spelled out and not abbreviated; dates should be spelled as well. However, the language style of awards sponsored by peers tends to be more relaxed.

There are various prevalent designs themes that are featured on service awards . A stars theme symbolizes reaching for the stars and expanding new horizons. Mountains and Peaks epitomize new heights reached in line of duty. Globe themes celebrate global achievements that effect humanity, regardless to their locale. Eagle themes symbolize freedom from conventional methodology and independence. The design can also feature profession specific elements: medical star of life, gavel or scales of justice, books and apples, or eagles.

Motivational service award have an additional purpose of encouraging exceptional efforts from peers inspired by individual achievements. Motivational awards recognize mentors and their impact on organizational success. Traditionally, recipients of mentor award are nominated by their peers. Personalized desktop items such as clocks, paperweights, and business card holders make ideal department level gifts. Organization-level mentor awards have a propensity to be more formal such as wall and desk plaques or corporate trophies.

Retirement service awards celebrate career long achievements, loyalty and dedication to organization. Retirement awards can be sponsored by the company and also by the colleagues. Retirement gifts differ from other service awards. They can be informal or functional and customarily cost more. While an exceptional performer may receive a few recognition awards throughout of his or her career, they will only retire once and therefore deserve a nicer gift. Secondly, traditional recognition service awards are not functional. Retirement gifts tend to be practical objects such as vases, bowls, and clocks. Retirement awards sponsored by colleagues do not mandate a formal message and can be written with humor.

In conclusion, service awards are an important way to promote and recognize organizational success and achievements. Select a meaningful award with appropriate wording that best convey a message of gratitude and inspiration.

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What makes up a trophy?

May 31, 2010

Some of the parts we need to make a trophy. If we’ll look at our very basic part we’re going to start at the bottom of a trophy and it’s made of a marble base. These marble bases are imported from Italy and we put these little felt dots on the bottom of them. They [...]

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How to buy a trophy

May 31, 2010

How to buy a trophy. Most people will come into my show room and they’ll ask me how much is a twenty inch trophy. And I say to them we don’t sell trophies by the inch, and I give them this fine example here. This is a forty-eight inch trophy. If you go to any [...]

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Trophies can make anyone feel like a winner

May 31, 2010

Trophies can make any winner feel like a winner. Without trophies, awards, medals or plaques, how could winners and losers be separated? They couldn’t. A trophy or other award commemorates victories big and small, from the Stanley Cup Finals of the National Hockey League to the local paper distributing company’s best bowler. A trophy, like [...]

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