Tips for new Service Awards Programs

How to start a New Service Recognition Program

Begin by defining your Service Award Program

types-of-service-recognition-260The first step of the Guide to Service Awards: This is where you define the types of Service Recognition (service milestone categories) you're planning to include in your program.

As you start preparing your program's description, add a brief description of each of the four categories of service recognition (shown above) that you want included for some type of recognition. You can always refine your program later in the budgeting / approval stage - by adding, dropping, or enhancing a 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 recognition milestone category is added to your program's description, it's helpful to tie in specific business objectives for each category, such as: improving employee retention, increasing employee engagement, improving productivity, improving employee moral, etc.

Having a detailed description of your Service Recognition Program makes the program's scope and value very clear to management.

The description of your program, along with it's estimated budget, are key to gaining management’s approval. Many organizations also use the description to create a summary outline that's included in the employee’s benefits handbook.

See the next step in the Guide to Service Award Programs -  Tips for Catching Up  missed milestones (click next - below).

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