What must you do when you present awards at an awards ceremony?
Presenting your company’s awards at an awards ceremony can be a nerve racking and terrifying experience. This can feel especially so if you’ve never hosted an awards event before.
There could be hundreds of people watching you. One major mistake and you’ll see the gossip spread for days about your poor performance.
You know you need to master the art of presenting your awards. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind. (more…)
When employees go above and beyond in the workplace it stands out.
It’s noticeable. Exceptional. And it should be celebrated.
That is why managers need to understand the importance of recognizing employees for going above and beyond.
Why should you establish an above and beyond category to your existing recognition award programs? What are the benefits of doing so? (more…)
Having read and watched the media reports from the 90th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Oscars Awards, it reminded me that being nominated for an award is a pretty big deal.
You may know the Academy is an invitation-only membership of directors and actors. These two groups of 7,258 voting members are the ones who vote and decide upon the winners from their respective branches.
Being nominated by one’s peers means a lot to those who are nominated.
What can we learn from this annual Oscars award event about the importance of being nominated for an award? (more…)
I was recently in a meeting with an organization who wanted to design a formal awards program and I think they were surprised with the additional insights I brought to the table that they hadn’t considered before.
I will outline a few of the critical elements needed for creating an effective formal awards program. These areas will be covered under five broad steps that entail quite a bit of work for each one.
Each of these steps will help you whether a manually administered awards program or one simplified through technology. (more…)
Over three-quarters of surveyed companies have some form of best-of-the-best or above-and-beyond formal recognition award program going on.
This is great for those employees who seem to excel and shine at everything they do. They end up enjoying the celebratory experience at the annual awards event.
But what about employees who don’t get an award?
Award programs can appear to create an exclusivity that pits one person winning over and above their fellow employees.
So how do peers perceive formal award winners? What are the benefits for companies of doing formal awards when so few employees actually end up receiving them?
I am going to explore this topic through the lens of some recent academic research I discovered this week.
Spoiler alert: The outcome is positive as the title of this post implies.
Let’s dig in! (more…)
I don’t know if you remember what your experience of award assemblies at school was like for you. I only know I never got an award when I was at mine.
Not that my academic skills and abilities merited an award.
I recently found my high school report card booklet from England that showed several years of my educational abilities. Most of my teachers seemed to use the same old comment over and over again, “Could do better.” Problem was, no one ever explained to me what “better” actually was.
Thank goodness I found myself when I was at university!
But what I do remember from my schooldays was seeing the typical kids who did well academically in class, marching across the stage receiving whatever accolades and acknowledgments for their accomplishments they’d earned that year.
Not too motivating for me. Hopefully it was for them. (more…)
For a long time I’ve shared the Oscars award process with people for different examples of how people might look at their own formal, best-of-the-best, award programs.
After 89 years of increasingly lengthy, and sometimes boring awards events, the Oscar bubble of perfection was finally burst last nights with a big snafu. It became apparent when Warren Beatty read the wrong Best Picture winner as ‘La La Land’ when in reality the movie ‘Moonlight’ won.
Yet, the Oscar Awards Ceremony still stands as an example of how you can handle mistakes even at a major awards event like the Oscars.
Let’s examine the mistakes more closely, look at how everyone handled the situation, and see what lessons we can all learn from this Oscar-level error. (more…)
A colleague at work described an interesting situation to me about a company fixated on awards.
It seemed the person responsible for purchasing awards and managing recognition was only looking at and talking about tangible goods.
They were looking at merchandise and all the different formats for awards, crystal, plaques, paintings, and sculptures – you name it, Rideau can provide exactly what they wanted.
But do you really start with awards? (more…)