As Time Goes By
People have no problem saying, “I love my job!” so why can’t their job love them back? Giving an employee a service award is one way to show your love and appreciation. These awards, also known as a milestone award, length of service award, employee anniversary, or service anniversary, celebrate the anniversary of a special event...the day employee and employer became one.
However, a milestone award doesn’t just celebrate an amount of time. It’s not a “thanks for not leaving me” or “you made it another year” award. It should be a real moment of appreciation and celebrating successes. It shouldn’t feel like something that’s handed out just for surviving.Tenure isn’t just employees doing time like they’re serving a prison sentence chained to their desk.
Many companies feel that a paycheck is all they need to do to show their love. While, of course, fair compensation is an important first step, studies show that being recognized and rewarded for making a difference at work is often more likely to encourage employees to stick around than a paycheck or a trophy.
So improving engagement isn’t about having a service awards program, it’s about having one that evokes positive emotions in employees. An anniversary is a positive day of celebration—set apart from all the other days—that helps see employees through days that are stressful or challenging.
Love Will Keep Us Together
Dr. John Gottman, a top expert on divorce and marriage stability, said that in order for a marriage to survive it must have “Positive Sentiment Override.” This means that positive thoughts are pervasive enough to override negative feelings that may arise.
Work is sure to have some negative feelings: rushed deadlines, miscommunications, lack of support, and other day-to-day issues. So while you can’t avoid these natural occurrences, you can create positive experiences that override the minor frustrations that are inevitable at work.
Fondness and admiration are two crucial elements to positive sentiments and the more you can cultivate these feelings the better a relationship will be. In other words: recognize the good. With a strong recognition and service award strategy, organizations can reduce turnover rate by 31%.