History of 
Employee Service Recognition


service-award-history.jpgRecognizing Employees for their years of service had its beginnings in the period known as the Industrial Revolution.

Service Awards has become the top employee recognition program in use today.

Management has long ago realized the significant impact recognition can have on employees. In fact, the first recorded act of using length of service recognition to motivate employees occured over 2,600 years ago. Cyrus the Great used recognition to motivate his construction workers. His recognition included a shoulder pat, a beverage, and a coin featuring Cyrus’ head. (from hrotoday)

Today Service Recognition is a celebration for the company and for employees!

During the Industrial Revolution, recognizing an employee was a celebration for the company, as it acknowledged it had successfully retained an employee for a long time. This showed the company was a good place to work, and was deserving of an employee's long and loyal service.

At that time, manufacturing companies had to invest in their new hires by providing extensive training for the mostly low-skilled employees. Therefore,  it was important to keep their employees on the job for many years. To help employees feel valued and to stay longer, companies began using Service Awards, and Retirement Awards to show their appreciation to their long term employees.

service-award-watch-250.jpgFor many of those companies, it was an accepted tradition to present employees with an award after 25 years of service, which was typically a very nice gold pocket watch.

Getting an employee recognition service award after 25 years, or a retirement award, was usually the only recognition employees ever received for their long and dedicated service to the company.

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