"Acknowledgement is always the first recognition that an employer should exercise, but adding a beautiful gift accentuates the positive reinforcement of great performance for sales delivery, safety, tenure or other service," Claudio said.
What To Look For
With so many awards and recognition products out there, it's possible not to know where to start or what to look for. When shopping around for awards, Fawbush stressed paying attention to shapes and artistic designs, as well as handcrafted qualities and decoration methods.
"Both the imprint and the award's inherent design impress recipients," she said.
Dahlgren agreed that the look of an award is important, specifically the little features.
"The attention to the small details can separate a good award from a stunning masterpiece," she noted.
She also recommended presenting the award in a memorable way.
"If an award is shipped to a recipient's home with no mention from their manager or organization for a job well done, it is money wasted," she explained. "The presentation of the award is what creates the lasting memory and a return on the investment."
For recognition and incentive items, Claudio suggested considering how useful a gift is before giving it.
"A great gift stands out when the recipient uses it in their daily lives, where the impression is in constant sight loud, front and center," she said.
Awards or recognition gifts are often given to reward success or maybe even for winning a contest. Dahlgren explained that these products can be used in other ways as well.
"Awards can be used as vendor and dealer gifts," said Dahlgren. "Very frequently, these gifts are showcased in lobbies and front desks where customers and employees can admire their beauty, and let's not forget, the company logo too."