Man seeks for recognition with any kind of work he does. He may not explicitly admit it, but it is in his nature to seek affirmation, to ensure that whatever it is that he is doing is correct. It is with this in mind that the Human Resources departments of companies and teachers or facilitators in schools and other similar organizations create their recognition programs.
In school, students are given awards for good behavior, for winning a contest, or for being the best in a specific subject or having the best drawing. At work, awards are also given for the best performance, for best in sales, or for significant contribution to the success of a project. Ribbons, award pins, or certificates are given to the recipient, showing the company’s appreciation.
Regardless of what is actually given, may it be medals, award pins, or certificates, the point is that these are all given to reinforce good behavior in the student or the employee. It follows the Carrot and Stick theory of management. This specific theory says that people’s behavior can be induced by rewards and punishments given for corresponding acts.
As seen in the workplace, if an employee strives to be the best performer in the team and is given award pins with a cash gift for his performance, he will learn that he will continue to receive the same if he continues to perform better than the rest. Consequently, if he continues to be late for work, then he will continue to have salary deductions because of his tardiness.
You can basically give out award pins for any kind of achievement you can think of. At work, you can give out these pins for the “Best in Attendance,” or “Employee of the Month.” Some companies give out these pins for every year of service after the 5th year. These award categories correspond to a certain value that you would want your employees to have.
Because of the nature of these pins being highly customizable, it can accommodate whatever kind of design that is required. If you want a gold star with a banner saying “Employee of the Month,” of course this is possible. There is no limit in the design or even in the colors that you would want to choose.
Furthermore, because pins have that aura of classiness around them due to the materials used to create them, the more that these can fulfill their goal of giving recognition to the recipient. Award pins are usually made of copper, brass, or a similar material. Some are even made of gold or silver. Once the recipient is given an award pin, he will definitely feel special, and that his skills or actions are appreciated. This will lead him to really be motivated to do better and better each time.
This being said, in terms of motivation, giving out pins seems to be the most effective in fulfilling this task, with the least cost. If employees give out their best performance after being awarded with these pins, then whatever the cost of these pins can already be considered worth it. Even if you actually go through the numbers, whatever the cost is of buying these pins can easily be recouped by the renewed productivity of the employees. Of course, it also helps that pins aren’t really expensive to begin with.
It is amazing what kind of effect the simple conferring of pins has on people. It makes them think and feel that they are doing the right thing, and therefore they become more motivated to continue being the best that they can be.