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Design Tips for
Service Recognition Programs

First Step for New Service Recognition Programs

Have Clearly Defined Goals and Objectives

types-of-service-recognition-260One of the first steps when defining your Employee Service Recognition Program, is to decide which length of service Milestone categories you want included in your program.

As you begin, add a brief description of each of these four service milestone categories  you want included in your program for some type of recognition.

  • Early Service Milestones: Less than 5yrs, such as 1Yr, 3Yr
  • 5-year increments of Service: 5-Yr, 10-Yr, etc.
  • 25-Year, or Quarter-Century of Service
  • Retirement

You can always refine your program later in the budgeting / approval stage - by adding, dropping, or enhancing a service milestone category.

Note: Every organization’s demographics, culture and needs are different. For example, a newer company may not want to define Quarter-Century or Retirement components at this time.

As each service milestone category is added to your program's description, it's helpful to tie in specific business objectives/benefits for each category, such as: improving employee retention, increasing employee engagement, improving productivity, improving employee moral, etc.  This description of your program makes the program's scope and value very clear to management.

The key to gaining management’s approval, is a detailed description of your program, including the milestone categories and an estimated budget. Many organizations also use the Service Recognition Program's description to create a summary outline that's included in the employee’s benefits handbook.


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