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8 Powerful Ways to Recognize Your Employees

Here are some creative and low-cost ways to recognize your high-performers and encourage a positive and supportive organizational culture.

1) Just say thank you


Topics: Total Recognition, years of service awards

The Importance of Employee Recognition

How important is it to regularly and consistently recognize and encourage your employees?

The statistics tell us it’s extremely important and we all know the numbers don’t have an agenda here. The good news is that employee engagement seems to be on the rise in the US, as companies begin to take more seriously the need to regularly appreciate and reward their employees.  If we look at sources like, Gallup polls, and articles, and the Harvard Business review-- the numbers all say the same things: employee recognition affects your bottom line and companies who don’t put a high priority on employee recognition are going to miss out on the benefits to job performance, job satisfaction, and recruitment/retention.


Topics: Total Recognition, years of service awards

Years Of Service Programs: The Myth of the One Best Way

If you are looking for the One Best Way to recognize your employees, may I gently suggest that you are missing the point? There is no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach that meets the needs of every organization. Nor should there be! Individualization and a custom approach is vitally important, and a personal touch proves the sincerity of the initiator. I’m not just talking about the name on the plaque or the color of the car, either. You want quality, you want meaningful and significant. Right? But how to provide that personal touch?  Let’s take a few moments and examine the basics of great recognition. Spoiler alert: there’s more than one!


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Importance of Years of Service Awards

More than 80 years ago, C.A. Short Company decided that we would do things differently. At a time when employers were demanding more and more from their employees while offering them less and less, we believed there was a better way.


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Creating the Magic Moment; That's Employee Recognition

Sometimes, as managers, we forget about the value that even the simplest praise and recognition has to our employees. We forget that it is human nature to need reassurance from people that we look up to and respect. We forget how much people thrive when they feel appreciated. But the real value lies in HOW we show our appreciation, not just that we do it.

So, How Should We Effectively Recognize Employees?

By ensuring that your organization's employee recognition program not only reinforces the organization’s culture but achieves a higher level of engagement includes the following:

  • Builds self-esteem

  • Reinforces desired behaviors

  • Works to create an atmosphere of appreciation and trust

  • Promotes empowerment and involvement

  • Creates loyalty to a company

  • Includes all people and in a form that resonates with them


Topics: Employee Recognition, Employee Recognition Strategies, years of service awards, Employee Appreciation, years of service

5 Benefits of Honoring Employee Work Anniversaries with Years of Service Awards

It’s possible to become so wrapped up in tradition, we can forget why it is we’re doing something. When that happens, we run the risk of simply “going through the motions.” Sadly, this occurs far too often when it comes to honoring employees for their loyalty and commitment.


Topics: years of service awards, work anniversary, years of service, employee milestones

Make Every Work Anniversary a Happy One with Years of Service Awards

Part 1: The importance of celebrating work anniversaries with Years of Service awards

Part 2: Best practices for celebrating work anniversaries with years of service awards

Part 3: Working with a SaaS provider to implement your YOS awards


Topics: Employee Recognition, Total Recognition, years of service awards

10 Best Practices for Creating Years of Service Awards that Work in 2019

This article is dedicated to Buford Ellis, whose dedication and commitment to C.A. Short Company has inspired us for more than 60 years. You’ve made us better employees, better managers, and better friends. May your retirement be filled with the same love you showed all of us.

YOS awards have been a mainstay in the business world for decades. However, a rapidly changing workforce has altered how we must approach them. What worked 30, 20, or even 10 years ago is no longer enough.

That’s why C.A. Short Company is proud to share with you these 10 best practices for offering Years of Service awards in 2019.


Topics: Employee Recognition, years of service awards

7 Tips for Creating Years of Service Awards in the CPG Sector

Can you name your company’s greatest asset?

I’ll give you a hint. It’s not your streamlined processes, your patented intellectual property, or even the superior products you produce – it’s your employees.


Topics: Total Recognition, years of service awards, CPG

Great Ideas for Service Award Banquet Themes


Your company gets it. You know your employees are the lifeblood of your organization; you understand how important it is to reward them for their hard work; and you realize just how critical it is to recognize your team for their years of service.

But when it comes to throwing a great service award banquet that makes a lasting impact, you could use a little help. Good news, C.A. Short Company has you covered with three ideas that are sure to be big hits!


Topics: Service Awards, Employee Recognition Strategies, Appreciation, years of service awards

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