In today’s cut-throat business environment, every company is looking for a way to stay ahead of the competition, libraries included. One of the key elements in being a cut above the rest is taking care of your staff. How do you keep your employees happy and prevent them from job surfing? Loyalty awards could be the answer you are looking for.

Believe it or not, keeping good employees with the best reading and organisational skills is not just about money. Of course, paying a fair wage that represents the level of skill, experience and education of your employees helps; but there is a lot more to it. The staff that stay with the same company the longest are generally those that are motivated and enjoy what they do. They relish the challenge that their position offers and most importantly feel valued by those they work with, and by those they work for. 

There are a number of ways that you can show your employees that you value them, not just when they go above and beyond, but also on a daily basis. When you show your appreciation, your staff will naturally be happier doing the tasks you need done. Whether you want them to research how to get publicity for your book or re-organise your book inventory, they’re going to be likely to enjoy these projects.

Something as simple as walking the floor and interacting on an individual level, taking the time to learn and use everyone’s names, remembering and celebrating birthdays, and so on, all help. But sometimes, you need to go one step further, and that is where awards come in very useful. The easiest way to reward loyalty to your company is with a long service award. All you need to do is set the time period and choose a suitable award. Many companies use increments of five years, which means there is always something new to work for, and the goals seem achievable.

Choosing The Right Years Of Service Plaque

Choosing the right years of service plaque is essential if it is to convey the right meaning and level of gratitude. If you get this wrong, you could end up insulting the individual you are trying to praise, and risk demotivating the rest of your employees. Read on for some of the considerations that go into choosing the right plaque.

One of the first considerations when it comes to purchasing awards, is whether they will be taken home by the person receiving them or kept in the workplace. If they are being kept in the workplace you might want a more uniform appearance in the plaques. You might choose to have those that are for a year’s service in one design, and then a second design for those at five years’ service. If you are going for this approach, you need to purchase from a reputable company that will be able to reproduce the design perfectly for you. 

Materials are another important consideration. You want to ensure that the long service award is properly made and of quality materials. If it looks cheap, it degrades the meaning behind it. Glass, brass and wood, or wood effect, are popular choices. Plastics can work well, but only if they are crafted with particular care. Size and orientation also need to be taken into consideration. You want something that is large enough to see, but not so big that one plaque takes up the whole of your display area. Whether you go for portrait or landscape will depend on the size and shape of the company logo, and on the amount of writing you want on the plaque.

All in all, this world needs more appreciation in it. And, showing your employees that you value them is also a great business policy. In the end, it’s a win-win for everyone.


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