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The Best Awards for your End of Year Employee Recognition Program

As the current year draws to a close, it’s important to reflect on and celebrate the hard work and achievements of your colleagues. It’s also a great time to maximize your recognition; honoring the top three performers in each of your award program’s categories, offering honorable mentions, or adding more categories to your current recognition program’s collection allows for more employees to end the year on a high note.  Recap the year’s highlights with these end of the year award category ideas: 

Top Sales: Classic and well deserved, awards highlighting the company’s top performers are always appreciated. Honor this year’s top sellers with this chalice-inspired award. If you prefer to award your employees as they continue to grow in the organization, consider presenting different sized awards for each sales or performance milestone they hit.

Outstanding Leadership: Your company’s leaders not only help the organization thrive, but they also provide an excellent example that their coworkers will aspire to follow. Try awarding those who “carried the torch” this year with a flame-inspired trophy, or create a customized plaque with room for text that features a message of thanks from the organization.

Top Disruptor: Going against the grain, thinking outside of the box, challenging the status quo: these are the habits of your company’s most innovative thinkers and doers. Honor this year’s top disruptors with trophies as unique as their ideas, like the sleek, asymmetrical Acrylic Executive Alexia Award or this Metal Star Award that combines jade acrylic and a rust textured metal base.

The Golden Gaffe: We all make mistakes from time to time – wouldn’t it be nice to celebrate them? Encourage your colleagues to self-nominate their biggest business-related blunder of the year, what they learned from it, and how they got things back on track. Present the winners with gold accented awards, like this one with a hint of glitter or this one with a bold glitter frame (both can be customized with gold glitter).

Rookie of the Year: Did your company hire exceptional talent this year? Have your coworkers nominate the newcomers who went above and beyond since joining the team. Award the top three fresh faces with a unique award fit for their desk, like this one that hangs from a wire base.

Nice Save: The company superhero, the team firefighter, the magical “Deux ex Machina” – we all appreciate that person who is able to swoop in and save the day. Recognize the top “saves” of the year with one of our many customizable paperweights.

Morale Booster: These awards go out to the people who plan happy hours, bring in “just because” cookies to share, make sure everyone signs coworker birthday cards, and always have a kind and encouraging word to offer. Thank these shining stars with lucite star awards, star paperweights, or star trophies. Need design help for your end of the year recognition awards, or do you have a herd of exceptional employees to celebrate? The Recognition Specialists at Acrylic Warehouse are ready to help; contact us today to learn more about our wide variety of awards and customization options.

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