The dictionary definition of recognition is: "People showing admiration and respect for something you have achieved."

In a survey by it was revealed that 32.2% of the 15,000+ employees who took part felt that there was no recognition in their workplace and 16.9% felt there were insufficient benefits. Because they don't feel valued by their employers and that there are not enough opportunities in their workplace many people are actively searching for an opening elsewhere. 65% of the people surveyed admitted that they would be looking for a new job within the next three months.

The results of the Employee Job Satisfaction and Retention Survey highlight how important staff recognition programs are. Staff want thank you gifts and achievement awards. The simple act of giving employees some gift vouchers or cards as thank you gifts for a job well done can go a long way in making those employees feel valued and motivated to work harder. If you fail to implement an employee recognition program then don't be surprised if your best staff start leaving your company. Nowadays staff want more than just a competitive salary, they want to receive recognition from their bosses and they want good employee benefits. Thank you gifts don't need to be expensive but if they are given with a short note in a card telling the member of staff how much you appreciate them then they make great achievement awards.

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You might decide to present your recognition awards and achievement awards at a special ceremony or in a department meeting but it is important to consider how the member of staff will feel. Some people love the attention and would appreciate the recognition awards being in front of an audience but other people would prefer it if their achievement award was given in private.

As well as rewarding staff for exceeding expectations and reaching targets don't forget to reward staff who are retiring and those who have been with the company for a long time. Employees will recognise that your company cares about its staff if long service awards are given after 5, 10, 15 years and so on. The retirement gifts you give are also analysed by your current workforce so they need to be something desirable.

Top 5 Retirement Gift Vouchers:

  • Thomas Cook Vouchers
  • Spa Finder Vouchers
  • National Garden Gift Vouchers
  • M&S Vouchers

As well as staff recognition being important, you can't afford to neglect customer recognition programs. Your current customers will easily swap to your competitors unless you give them a reason to stay with you. Offering them a loyalty scheme which gives them a gift voucher once they make a set amount of purchases, spend a certain amount or visit a certain number of times can drastically increase your sales if targeted right.

They will appreciate thank you gifts and achievement awards if they become one of your best customers.

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You'll find the perfect gift vouchers and gift cards for your recognition programs at From the Love2shop Voucher to M&S Vouchers, John Lewis Vouchers to Virgin Experience Days you'll find exactly what you want and the quick and easy ordering system means that it's hassle free. Order up to £5,000 and remember don't charge a card handling fee and Next Day Delivery is available for orders accepted by 1pm, Monday - Thursday.

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