An employee service award program is a valuable and valued component of your overall employee recognition efforts.
Every company should consider implementing a service award program within their company, as it recognizes the value you place on your employees and efforts they put forth to ensure the overall success of your business. The province of Ontario embodies a service award program through The Order of Ontario. The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest honour. An Ontarian who has shown outstanding qualities of individual excellence and achievement in any field is eligible to be appointed. It is reserved for Ontarians from all fields of endeavour and backgrounds, whose excellence has left a lasting legacy in the province, Canada and beyond. Members of the Order are a collective of Ontario’s finest citizens, whose contributions have shaped – and continue to shape – the province’s history and place in Canada through dedicated service to the province (ontario.ca).
The Order of Ontario was created in 1986 and the first appointments were made in 1987. Members of the Order of Ontario are invested with their insignia by the Lieutenant Governor as the Queen’s representative. To be eligible for the Order of Ontario, a nominee must be: a long-term or former resident of Ontario (the nominee does not need to be a Canadian citizen) and someone whose career, in any field, has had a major impact or influence on the province, Canada or abroad (ontario.ca).
Additionally, Ontario’s medal and recognition programs celebrate the people who make our province a better place to live. The service award programs acknowledge outstanding achievement in education, health care, business, science and medicine, community service, the arts, and many other fields. Two programs specifically honour police officers and firefighters for superlative acts of courage and bravery.
A service award is an opportunity for an organization to recognize an employee for his or her longevity or tenure with the organization. A service award comes in many variations as does the approach an organization uses to recognize an employee with a service award. A service award recognizes that an employee has served an appreciated period of time in your organization. The service award allows the employer to thank the employee for his or her service (thebalancecareers.com).