Personalize gifts with your employees' Initials

Personalize gifts with your employees’ Initials

In Recognition and Engagement, Recognition Awardsby Lori McKnight

A gift by any other name is not the same

Clever holiday gift ideas

Think of the best gift you’ve ever received. What made it special? Chances are it was a combination of surprise, thoughtfulness and a personal touch that blew you away.

But how do you incorporate these three elements into appreciation gifts for a large workforce? It’s unrealistic to know the hobbies and interests of all your employees or to customize a gift for each person. However, there is one thing everyone has in common that’s part of your identity, how you’re recognized and what you respond to. It’s your name.

“A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

– Dale Carnegie

We’ve entered the Age of Customization, according to Lindsay Pollak, author of “Remix – How to lead and succeed in a Multigenerational Workplace.” Today’s consumers expect the ability to personalize products and experiences to their exact liking. This transfers to our employees’ workplace expectations. When leaders are searching for recognition and reward ideas, you will connect and motivate more employees when you seek out solutions that are personal or allow options/choices.

With the holidays quickly approaching, many of you are googling employee gift ideas looking for meaningful year-end ways to show thanks and praise. Research shows a person’s name is the greatest connection to their own identity and individuality. It’s also something every generation has in common, presenting you with instant personalized gift opportunities!

Did you know there are 676 combinations of two character letters in the English language?

Every employee has a first and last name. Employee initials are a clever way to personalize items on-the-spot to grab attention, instill pride and increase your gift’s perceived value.

Here’s how CSI STARS helped NEWPARK, a leader in the oil and gas industry, WOW employees with personalized gifts last holiday season….

The Situation

NEWPARK wanted to provide a unique holiday gift that reinforced their long-standing commitment to sustainability. As part of their green initiatives, each NEWPARK facility was tasked with creating a paper and plastic cup free environment by year-end.

The Solution

NEWPARK chose a practical item every employee, whether out in the field, at home or in the office uses every day – an insulated tumbler. But rather than a typical branded vessel they sent CSI STARS their employee list and we personalized every tumbler with each employees’ initials and the NEWPARK logo.

The Reaction

As the gifts were handed out during the holiday lunch, you could hear whispers of “My initials? How cool!” and “How’d they do this for everyone?”. When was the last time you heard that about a piece of company merch? The response was amazing. There were lots of smiles and a general sense that the company cared enough to take the time to source a gift a little different and unique to each individual.

Happy employees with gifts
Three smiling employees
Happy employees

“This was a great way to put a personal touch during our Christmas activities. It was a huge hit. The employees at our location loved the individual touch and I have really enjoyed seeing them on the employees desks.”

– Kim Welker, HR Director, Fluid Systems-NAM

The Initials line of gifts personalize the employee experience is ways that recognize:

  • first year service anniversaries
  • milestone years of service
  • achievements
  • new hires to the company
  • employee and client appreciation days

The holidays will be here before you know it. On-the-spot personalized gifts are a sure fire hit with every age, interest and career level. Knock one “to-do” off your holiday list and let CSI STARS help you recognize employees in a meaningful way this season.

Originally published for PINK Petro

Author: Lori McKnight

Lori McKnightAs VP of Recognition for CSI STARS, everything I do is about promoting small acts of recognition inside and outside the workplace. Positive words, deeds and attitudes multiplied by many creates a culture where people want to work, where they refer their friends and put in their best efforts. It’s really that simple!My Creds: MBA, Certified Recognition Professional, Forbes Council Member and GO SHRM blog squad contributor. Prior to joining CSI STARS, I worked at Mercer Human Resource Consulting and was Account Director at Youthography, a youth market research consultancy.