planning the perfect employee recognition event

How to Plan the Perfect End of Year Award Celebration for Employees

Are you planning an end-of-year award celebration for your employees? When you're in charge of an office, business, department or team, being a good leader is about more than making sure people do their jobs — it's about motivation and appreciation, as well. Your employees have been working hard all year, and when the holiday season rolls around, it's the perfect time to show some employee recognition.

Wondering how to make the most of the occasion — and make your people happy? Here are two tips for throwing your own employee appreciation celebration.

Combine the Holiday Party and Your Employee Recognition Event

If you're looking for the perfect way to recognize all of your employees, forget about formal ceremonies — throw a party! Combining the end-of-year celebration into the holiday party is a fun, stress-free balance between work and play. Don't make the occasion work-related or mandatory — instead, let your employees unwind, socialize and talk about everything they've accomplished this year. This is a good opportunity to get to know your employees a little better on a personal level, thank them for their hard work and reward them for their contributions.

Take the planning one step further and throw an awards dinner or celebration followed by a party. Keep it lighthearted and positive. Recognize each employee with a personal award based on their achievements, enjoy the festivities and only take a little bit of time to talk about next year's goals.

How to Make the Award Celebration Special

Want to make the occasion stand out even more? Surprise, motivate and validate your employees with these celebratory ideas:

  • Take them out: Employee recognition should go farther than an office celebration in the staff room. When you want to take it to the next level, take your team out to dinner at a nice restaurant or have the event catered. Putting in extra effort to make the moment special will show your employees how much you value them — plus, a good meal will make everyone more motivated to do their best work.
  • Engage employees: Part of showing your staff how important they are is giving them input in the company. Instead of just delivering prepared speeches and telling your team members how next year will work, ask for their feedback and engage them in a conversation about the company's goals in the coming months.
  • Personalize the occasion: Show your staff that you notice every individual's achievements by gifting them personalized award plaques. Engraved with their names, a note and a design of your choosing, a custom award will make every team member feel appreciated.

Hand Out Personalized Awards for Individual Accomplishments

When you want your end of the year award celebration to be a success, offering your staff custom engraved awards will make all the difference. Explore our selection of employee plaques at DIY Awards, and get started on creating your custom gifts today.