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    Michelle Dwyer

    Hi Kaytie - we use TerryBerry (www.terryberry.com) so the employee can choose his or her own gift. The gifts are more valuable with more years of service. We give them out every 5 years of service. We don't receive a lot of feedback about these gifts.

    We also do an employee recognition banquet, which is exclusive of our annual holiday party. We hold it late summer/early fall each year at a nice, off-site venue. All employees with 5 or more years of service are invited. Employees can purchase a guest ticket for a nominal fee. We also recognize and give out pins to employees celebrating 5, 10, 15, etc.years. We receive a lot of positive feedback about this event each year.

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    Linda Piontek

    Hi Michelle, Thanks for sharing your best practices. I like the idea of letting employees choose their own gifts. 

    And thanks, Kaytie, for posting on the topic of service awards. I look forward to hearing more ideas from our other clients!

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    KEVIN SCHUMACHER

    We also do mementos for anniversaries divisible by five, with the honored employee able to select their own gift.  Everything is branded with the company logo.  For the years you earn those, there is also a public presentation of the award with a historical/career review of some type and photo.  Pretty standard stuff, I think.

    Every bulletin board has a list that stays up all month with the name and start date for those with anniversaries that month.  They are all listed, and the “milestone years” are highlighted.  Weekly anniversaries are also on the electronic bulletin boards and intranet home page.  People do watch and I hear them acknowledging anniversaries through the day, even if it’s not a big one.  I have visitors through the day on my anniversary, and that is more meaningful than the pen.

    Every employee gets a hand-written note from the division GM on their anniversary (also their birthday).  There are several every day, so that is not an insignificant commitment.

    Kind of a corny thing we do in my department is “vesting” day.  When you hit enough years to be vested, you wear this really ugly disco era polyester vest for the day, that everyone who has come before has signed or decorated somehow.  There are probably other offbeat dates that could be celebrated that way, but have not done any others.

    The acknowledgement of the day is every bit as important as the gift.

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    Linda Piontek

    Thanks, Kevin, for adding your experiences to the conversation! Great ideas! Keep em coming!

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    Kaytie Rivkin

    It seems like allowing employees to choose their own gifts is a popular choice. With your employees choosing their own gifts, do you happen to notice certain gifts being chosen often?  

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    Erin Divincenzo

    Chiming in here on the idea of "time" -- what about the idea of giving employees the gift of time? e.g., a gift card that is worth a day off? Or time off to volunteer to their chosen charity or cause?  We have clients that use our catalog for a variety of gifts to choose from -- or that can be awarded by a manager.

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    KEVIN SCHUMACHER

    Back to the previous comment, we get a pretty good spread of gifts among the 5 and 10 year people (most of the awardees, of course), but the feeling is that the blue tooth speakers, and gym bags - things that can actually be used - are the most popular.  But it's not head and shoulders above the rest. 

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