Employee recognition is not just a nice thing to do for people, employee recognition is a communication tool that reinforces and rewards the most important outcomes people create for businesses. When we recognize people effectively, we reinforce the actions and behaviours we most want to see employees repeat (ucalgary.ca).
When considering employee recognition, we need to facilitate recognition that is equally powerful for both the organization and the employee. There are many reasons to recognize employees:
- It builds morale by sending the message that you value your employees
- It creates a sense of community
- Increases employee motivation and enhances employee engagement
- It motivates employees to stretch and strive (ucalgary.ca)
In addition to recognizing employees, businesses also need promotional products to reach out to potential customers and clients. In fact, promotional products are a low-cost marketing tool to help bring in new people. Promotional products allow people to see the company's brand and in turn they remember this business. There are many promotional products from which to choose, but there are products that may stand out and attract people more than others. Promotional products such as koozies, sunglasses, pens, flashlight keychains, reusable water bottles, and tote bags work really well. Promotional items are used most specifically for marketing messages, short term bursts of incentives, trade show giveaways for new potential clients, and lastly and less significantly for employee recognition.
At the end of the day, successful businesses are ones that recognize and appreciate their employees, as well as ones that provide promotional products to prospective customers.