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And the Winner Is...: Using Awards Programs to Promote Your by John Leverence

By John Leverence

A realistic, step by step advisor to making and enforcing awards programs--both new and existing--and the right way to make the most of confident effects.

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Enhancing Your Business's Image An in-house awards program not only motivates employees and rewards the kind of behavior you desire. It also can lead to outside recognition, enhancing your business's image in the community and its industryand with customers. For example, safety is a big concern for J. , Oregon's largest grower of shade and ornamental trees. The company has been able to reach its goals for a safe working environment by involving employees in the process. Jeanette Hubbard, chairwoman of the Association of Oregon Nurserymen's safety committee, points out that Schmidt works extra hard to include employees in developing ways to prevent on-the-job injuries.

He invites her to the board of directors meeting and presents her with a golden egg mounted atop a granite blockwith "To Betty, A Good Egg" engraved on it. President Widget thanks Betty for her compassion and thoughtfulness"subjective" traits that are not Page 20 tied to the bottom line but, in their own way, are indispensable to the company. The Good Egg Award, in this case, was given for a special achievement. In any given period of time, the president and board of the Widget Co. may choose to award one Good Egg, more than one or none.

And virtually all of them have benefits for your business. For instance, you may want to set up an awards program to recognize suppliers whose products always arrive on time or early, or who regularly provide goods or services at a quality better than the normonce again, distinguishing the extraordinary from the ordinary. Much like in-house awards, these supplier awards would encourage the sort of behavior your company desires. For example, Abbott Laboratories has been giving out Preferred Supplier and Outstanding Performer awards each year since 1994.

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