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If you can’t remember the last time your service
awards got a dose of cool factor, it may be time to
rethink, retool, and ...
While service awards have long been
valued for their impact on employee
engagement, not all service awards
are created equ...
When well done, service awards celebrate friendships,
relationships, and shared success—all the reasons people
choose to s...
For the past two years, O.C.Tanner’s Yearbook
has been sweeping the world, gaining fans, and
transforming service annivers...
In many companies, service awards are
a relatively lonely, pointless experience.
Employees expect a gift each anniversary,...
SOLUTION
Involve peers,
mentors, and friends
in the celebration.111
#
Use service anniversaries to create meaningful celeb...
HOW YEARBOOK™
HELPS:
By collecting personal stories, photos,
and video uploads from coworkers,
mentors, and leaders, Yearb...
Let friends
add personal
congrats.
Service awards shouldn’t feel fleeting or
temporary. But in some solutions, an electronic
gift card is awarded and the anni...
SOLUTION
Include a
keepsake of
career highlights.222
#
Consider inviting the entire team to create a personal
keepsake fill...
HOW YEARBOOK™
HELPS:
Yearbook delivers both a rich online
congratulatory experience and a
unique one-of-a-kind printed
kee...
Include
a printed
keepsake.
When celebrating years of service, some
believe it’s years they are honoring, when in
reality, it’s people. Shared challen...
SOLUTION
Celebrate success—
not just sticking
around.333
#
Don’t think of service anniversaries as rewarding time
served (...
HOW YEARBOOK™
HELPS:
Yearbook messaging focuses on the
important role each recipient plays
on the team. Stories from co-wo...
CONGRATS
Way to go on making it to your five
year anniversary! You have a knack
for getting involved and maintaining a
qua...
Does your company celebrate five years of service
the same as twenty-five? Research shows that
each career stage brings a ve...
SOLUTION
Treat 5 years
different than
25 years.444
#
Plug in to the enthusiasm of a three-year employee, the
hunger for gr...
HOW YEARBOOK™
HELPS:
Each Yearbook has an anniversary-
specific cover, internal messaging
that reflects each career stage, a...
Give
awards that
count.
Some organizations get the “celebration among
friends” part right but leave out cultural pride and
shared values. Research...
SOLUTION
Connect the
individual to
the culture.555
#
Show employees how well they fit into your company story.
Emphasize be...
HOW YEARBOOK™
HELPS:
Yearbook has mission-specific pages
that celebrate the culture each
recipient’s years of service has h...
Human power is about appreciating the people
of Osko Energy. Your five-year anniversary
gives us the chance to celebrate yo...
Companies with in-house solutions (or gift-card
vendors as recognition providers) offer a selection
of gift cards only. As...
SOLUTION
Avoid using an
everyday award
to honor an
extraordinary event.
666
#
Think of a career anniversary as a major mil...
HOW YEARBOOK™
HELPS:
Yearbook allows you to create
your company’s own collection of
achievement-worthy awards for each
car...
Give
achievement-
worthy
awards.
How does it feel to be loved by your coworkers
but ignored by your boss? Not good. Some
companies with social recognition-...
SOLUTION
Help leaders cheer
as loudly as peers.777
#
Involve both managers and coworkers in career celebrations.
Don’t ass...
HOW YEARBOOK™
HELPS:
Yearbook automates the process of
inviting both peers and leaders to
upload stories and photos, placi...
“Here at O.C.
Tanner, creating
beauty is a way
of life.”
Obert C.Tanner
FOUNDER
Mark, Has it really been 5 years? Wow. All...
Many organizations do service awards the hard
way. Some do all the work of maintaining programs
in-house. Others have reco...
SOLUTION
Let technology
do the work
for you.888
#
Consider tapping into the latest SaaS and Cloud-based
software for manag...
HOW YEARBOOK™
HELPS:
While delivering a totally unique and
personal experience for every
recipient, Yearbook technology do...
Dear Mark,
It’s been a pleasure working
with you these past ten
years. You bring such talent
and knowledge to our team. I
...
Some recognition partners force you to “have it
their way.” Others will work with you and your
ideas. You can build a prog...
SOLUTION
Seek a flexible
partner.999
#
A good recognition partner should have a variety of
products, solutions, and tools t...
HOW YEARBOOK™
HELPS:
Yearbook gives you maximum
flexibility, from basic designs that get
you up and running in a hurry, to ...
QUINDICI ANNI
THREE YEARS
ONEYEAR
FIVEYEARS
FORTYYEARS
THREEYEARS
5
bravo
gracias | congratulations | celebrate
celebració...
Many companies go through all the effort to
select and instigate a new program and then
launch with a whisper. Consequentl...
SOLUTION
When you
go new, go big.
Always launch like a program depends on it. Because it does.
It’s worth a tiny bit of ef...
HOW YEARBOOK™
HELPS:
Yearbook comes from O.C.Tanner.
And we get the important link
between communication and
appreciation....
Make some
noise.
Our innovative Yearbook has revolutionized service
awards in hundreds of companies and touched the lives
of hundreds of th...
Give Yearbook a try. Our technology
and expertise make creating a
personal, memorable experience for
each and every employ...
Thanks.
Experience Yearbook in
person and see the future
of service awards.
Learn more at octanner.com/yearbook
Request a ...
© O.C. TANNER COMPANY
O.C.Tanner, number 40 on the 2015 FORTUNE 100 Best Places To Work For® list, helps organizations
cre...
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10 Ingenious Ways to Modernize Your Service Awards

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While service awards have long been valued for their impact on employee engagement, not all service awards are created equal. Some are cobbled together. Some lack excitement. Some are simply not loved by those who receive them. And that’s an incredible lost opportunity. When well done, service awards celebrate friendships, relationships, and shared success—all the reasons people choose to stay. That’s why we reimagined and reinvented service awards with Yearbook™ to help more companies get them right.

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10 Ingenious Ways to Modernize Your Service Awards

  1. 1. If you can’t remember the last time your service awards got a dose of cool factor, it may be time to rethink, retool, and perhaps even replace them. 10 Ingenious Ways to Modernize Your Service Awards.
  2. 2. While service awards have long been valued for their impact on employee engagement, not all service awards are created equal. Some are cobbled together. Some lack excitement. Some are simply not loved by those who receive them. And that’s an incredible lost opportunity.
  3. 3. When well done, service awards celebrate friendships, relationships, and shared success—all the reasons people choose to stay. That’s why we reimagined and reinvented service awards to help more companies get them right.
  4. 4. For the past two years, O.C.Tanner’s Yearbook has been sweeping the world, gaining fans, and transforming service anniversaries into celebrations of life at work. Here are ten Yearbook-inspired ways to take your corporate culture to the next level: PRESENTING
  5. 5. In many companies, service awards are a relatively lonely, pointless experience. Employees expect a gift each anniversary, so companies go along. Awards are delivered by indifferent managers, accomplishing very little. PROBLEM #1
  6. 6. SOLUTION Involve peers, mentors, and friends in the celebration.111 # Use service anniversaries to create meaningful celebrations among friends. Turn them into events people look forward to because they honor a friend for their indispensable role on the team.
  7. 7. HOW YEARBOOK™ HELPS: By collecting personal stories, photos, and video uploads from coworkers, mentors, and leaders, Yearbook gets congrats flowing in from all of an employee’s friends at work. It’s automated, easy, and impactful. Click the arrows to learn more
  8. 8. Let friends add personal congrats.
  9. 9. Service awards shouldn’t feel fleeting or temporary. But in some solutions, an electronic gift card is awarded and the anniversary fades into oblivion. Employees are left with nothing to remind them of their years of service. PROBLEM #2 = ?
  10. 10. SOLUTION Include a keepsake of career highlights.222 # Consider inviting the entire team to create a personal keepsake filled with memories, photos, and compliments. Also add symbolic awards or trophies to the award mix in addition to brand name awards.
  11. 11. HOW YEARBOOK™ HELPS: Yearbook delivers both a rich online congratulatory experience and a unique one-of-a-kind printed keepsake to share with family and friends. 94% of recipients say they’ll treasure Yearbook forever.
  12. 12. Include a printed keepsake.
  13. 13. When celebrating years of service, some believe it’s years they are honoring, when in reality, it’s people. Shared challenges. Shared victories. Shared lives. Many companies focus too much on time and too little on talent. PROBLEM #3
  14. 14. SOLUTION Celebrate success— not just sticking around.333 # Don’t think of service anniversaries as rewarding time served (like a prison sentence). Instead, celebrate things like personal growth, accomplishments, and relationships—all the reasons people choose to stay.
  15. 15. HOW YEARBOOK™ HELPS: Yearbook messaging focuses on the important role each recipient plays on the team. Stories from co-workers and leaders highlight individual contributions and create a history of one person’s expanding influence on the company.
  16. 16. CONGRATS Way to go on making it to your five year anniversary! You have a knack for getting involved and maintaining a quality approach to everything you do. – Ryan I can’t express how much I love having you on the team. You’re the most generous guy (I still owe you for those safety glasses!) and so talented at production work. I’d be lost without “Food Truck Friday” and the world’s best corn-dog. So glad we’ve become great friends, cheers to five years! – Radhika Mike! Yay! I’m so happy for your 5-year anniversary, but I’m even more happy that we’re such great pals! Remember when we went on that pedal-hopper adventure for my birthday? That rocked! You rock! Congrats! – Jeremy Martinez Mike, Congrats on 5 years! It didn’t take you long to become invaluable to our team! Thanks for your constant attention and care of all the details involved in production. You are a rock star. – Jeff It’s always so awesome knowing you’re on the team because you think of things—like leap year!—no one else does. I love how you quietly save the day every day. Here’s to five years! – Pamela Hi Mike, I like nice people. And you are a nice person. You always help me with emergencies without complaining, even when complaining would be justified. Besides, you have the coolest Halloween decorations in the office. Hooray for Dia De Los Muertos! – LucyTell stories of success
  17. 17. Does your company celebrate five years of service the same as twenty-five? Research shows that each career stage brings a very distinct mind-set for the employee. But many companies do little more than increase the award value for each stage. PROBLEM #4 5 10 15 20 25
  18. 18. SOLUTION Treat 5 years different than 25 years.444 # Plug in to the enthusiasm of a three-year employee, the hunger for growth of a five-year employee, or the desire to mentor of a 25-year employee, with anniversary-specific sentiments and year-specific custom awards.
  19. 19. HOW YEARBOOK™ HELPS: Each Yearbook has an anniversary- specific cover, internal messaging that reflects each career stage, and the potential to synchronize with O.C.Tanner’s Numerals™ trophies. So 10 years feels like 10 years.
  20. 20. Give awards that count.
  21. 21. Some organizations get the “celebration among friends” part right but leave out cultural pride and shared values. Research shows that connecting with a brand’s mission is as important to employees as it is to customers. PROBLEM #5
  22. 22. SOLUTION Connect the individual to the culture.555 # Show employees how well they fit into your company story. Emphasize belonging. Capture your company’s heart and soul in words, logos, symbols, and custom awards. Help people feel a part of something bigger.
  23. 23. HOW YEARBOOK™ HELPS: Yearbook has mission-specific pages that celebrate the culture each recipient’s years of service has helped to build. These pages interweave the “me” and the “we” to create a sense of belonging in every employee.
  24. 24. Human power is about appreciating the people of Osko Energy. Your five-year anniversary gives us the chance to celebrate you as an individual. Highlight your talents. Revel in your accomplishments. To reflect on how your great work has contributed to our great work. Thanks for belonging to something bigger. Something important. Something that’s making the world, smarter, cleaner, better. Thanks for being one of us. human power Celebrate company pride.
  25. 25. Companies with in-house solutions (or gift-card vendors as recognition providers) offer a selection of gift cards only. Aside from the fact that gift cards often go unused, imagine taking first place in the Olympics and getting a gift card. It doesn’t quite work. Special events deserve special awards. PROBLEM #6 ? ?
  26. 26. SOLUTION Avoid using an everyday award to honor an extraordinary event. 666 # Think of a career anniversary as a major milestone that deserves a memorable reward. Offer a collection of brand-name and custom awards for each career stage. Help employees choose a gift that reminds them of their accomplishment for years to come.
  27. 27. HOW YEARBOOK™ HELPS: Yearbook allows you to create your company’s own collection of achievement-worthy awards for each career stage. A sampling of available awards is printed in each Yearbook, while Yearbook online offers an even bigger collection.
  28. 28. Give achievement- worthy awards.
  29. 29. How does it feel to be loved by your coworkers but ignored by your boss? Not good. Some companies with social recognition-centric solutions risk cutting managers out of celebrations all together. PROBLEM #7
  30. 30. SOLUTION Help leaders cheer as loudly as peers.777 # Involve both managers and coworkers in career celebrations. Don’t assume including coworkers makes managers irrelevant or visa versa. Find a partner with tools and training that inspire leader participation in employee recognition.
  31. 31. HOW YEARBOOK™ HELPS: Yearbook automates the process of inviting both peers and leaders to upload stories and photos, placing the leader’s comments front-and-center while making it easy for the entire team to join the celebration.
  32. 32. “Here at O.C. Tanner, creating beauty is a way of life.” Obert C.Tanner FOUNDER Mark, Has it really been 5 years? Wow. All I know is that our team wouldn’t be the same without you. Thanks for being so talented, flexible, and fun. Your technical capabilities (not to mention your beard) are an awesome addition to our team. Every day it seems there is some urgent task that only you can do. We’re lucky to have you. Keep up the great work! Steve Appreciate leader influence on the team.
  33. 33. Many organizations do service awards the hard way. Some do all the work of maintaining programs in-house. Others have recognition partners who make even more work for HR administrators. Neither situation is necessary. PROBLEM #8
  34. 34. SOLUTION Let technology do the work for you.888 # Consider tapping into the latest SaaS and Cloud-based software for managing your service awards. That way, you can improve the employee recognition experience dramatically and make your life easier at the same time.
  35. 35. HOW YEARBOOK™ HELPS: While delivering a totally unique and personal experience for every recipient, Yearbook technology does all the work. Once Yearbook is up and running, you just sit back and collect accolades for launching a program people love.
  36. 36. Dear Mark, It’s been a pleasure working with you these past ten years. You bring such talent and knowledge to our team. I don’t know how we would have launched Opus without you! Thanks for helping us grow. – Nigel Tap into tech. CONGRATS MARK Enter
  37. 37. Some recognition partners force you to “have it their way.” Others will work with you and your ideas. You can build a program that reflects your unique brand, culture, and goals, as long as your partner is not a one-trick pony. PROBLEM #9
  38. 38. SOLUTION Seek a flexible partner.999 # A good recognition partner should have a variety of products, solutions, and tools to meet you where you are, whatever your needs may be. If a partner responds to every request with “our way is the only way,” keep on looking.
  39. 39. HOW YEARBOOK™ HELPS: Yearbook gives you maximum flexibility, from basic designs that get you up and running in a hurry, to more customized versions that capture your culture. Our award collections, symbolic awards, and messaging were all made to adapt to you.
  40. 40. QUINDICI ANNI THREE YEARS ONEYEAR FIVEYEARS FORTYYEARS THREEYEARS 5 bravo gracias | congratulations | celebrate celebración | brilliant | fabuloso magnifique | | appreciate Make it yours.
  41. 41. Many companies go through all the effort to select and instigate a new program and then launch with a whisper. Consequently, a program they hoped would make waves in their organization barely makes a ripple. PROBLEM #10
  42. 42. SOLUTION When you go new, go big. Always launch like a program depends on it. Because it does. It’s worth a tiny bit of effort up front to create a kick-off worthy of your hard work. You get one shot to tell everyone there’s a new reason to love where they work. Don’t blow it. #
  43. 43. HOW YEARBOOK™ HELPS: Yearbook comes from O.C.Tanner. And we get the important link between communication and appreciation. That’s why we offer Yearbook launch materials that introduce your program with the enthusiasm it deserves.
  44. 44. Make some noise.
  45. 45. Our innovative Yearbook has revolutionized service awards in hundreds of companies and touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of employees. Yearbook has earned the right to be called a game-changer.
  46. 46. Give Yearbook a try. Our technology and expertise make creating a personal, memorable experience for each and every employee a light touch for HR administrators. Talk to us today about how Yearbook can help your organization celebrate life at work.
  47. 47. Thanks. Experience Yearbook in person and see the future of service awards. Learn more at octanner.com/yearbook Request a free demo at octanner.com/contact us
  48. 48. © O.C. TANNER COMPANY O.C.Tanner, number 40 on the 2015 FORTUNE 100 Best Places To Work For® list, helps organizations create great work environments by inspiring and appreciating great work. Thousands of clients globally use the company’s cloud-based technology, tools, awards, and education services to engage talent, increase performance, drive goals, and create experiences that fuel the human spirit. Learn more at http://www.octanner.com.

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