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Employee Retirement Series. Part 2: Planning the Right Celebration

by Allison
20. August 2014 08:54
Allison

As I mentioned in my first post in this series, in the next five years many members of the Baby Boomer Generation will be retiring. They could be leaving companies they've been with for 40-plus years or five years—and, while honoring them in a meaningful way is a must, the way they are celebrated will likely be different depending on their years of service. 

The Informal Get Together. Over the years, in your working life, you've probably had colleagues leave your company for new opportunities. How do you send those folks off? Maybe you host a happy hour or afternoon party with close coworkers and present a casual parting gift with hearty well wishes. Consider a similar retirement celebration for your retirees who don't have as much longevity with your company. Make sure to have a card signed by everyone and an appreciation gift as a memento of their time with your organization. Our Dedicated Service Award Card Gift Pack makes an ideal gift, and comes (conveniently!) in graduated card values. They'll appreciate the gesture and you'll give them a proper goodbye that's befitting the situation. 

The Semi-Formal Celebration. For somewhat longer-term employees, consider a more involved retirement celebration. If you have a large meeting area or lunchroom, you can plan an onsite catered event or potluck (and there should definitely be cake!) with everyone in the company invited. You'll want to have some structure to your party—with a welcome announcement and a presentation with a prepared speech and keepsake award for your retiree. Our Jade Glass Trophies are a customer favorite that are priced just right for the occasion.

The Elaborate and Formal Ceremony. Imagine what it would be like for those who have worked for your company for most of, or their entire, careers. They probably started in entry-level roles, and, over the years, established themselves as mainstays of your organization—and contributed a great deal to your success as they grew. These are your most important honorees, as they represent loyalty and dedication you want others to emulate. The location of these types of retirement celebrations should be offsite at an upscale venue, and involve not only colleagues, but the retiree's friends and family, as well. Our Event Planning Checklist will help you with the fine details, but also schedule in extra time for a speech from the retiree and any attendees who want to say a few words. Remember, this will be a proud and memorable moment, and the retirement award you give from your company will communicate respect as well as the weight of the occasion. Baudville offers a beautiful selection of premium trophies —many of which are exclusively designed by our talented artists.

However and whomever you commemorate, take these ideas into consideration as you plan your retirement celebrations. And, don't forget: our recognition specialists are at your service if you need help! Give us a call today at 800.728.0888!


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Allison is currently living out the elaborate fantasy she described to her now-former staff and colleagues in early 2001. With a hearty dose of courage and absolutely no plan of action, she abruptly left her middle-management job to become a writer—and today she is doing just that in her role as Baudville’s Senior Content Writer. She’s here to tell you everything she’s learned in her 20-years+ professional life, plus a lot more. She’s wordy like that!

The wait is over, new trophies are here!

by jenny
19. August 2014 09:22
jenny

And the winner is…

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BAUDVILLE!

OK, OK, just kidding – but I tell you what, we are coming out with some fantastic trophies and awards. 

One of my favorite parts of my job is being "behind the scenes" for much of the product development cycle—from the first idea, to the drawings, to the samples, all the way to the final production! Though I have absolutely nothing to do with developing new products, except a few "that's awesome" or "nice works" here and there, I have a front-row seat to our designers and creative team at work, every day. (Perks to working in the creative suite!)

September 19th, we have a gorgeous new trophy catalog that will be coming your way, but if you promise not to tell, you can get a first look as I share my new favorites!

Our Royal Blue Crystal Accent Trophy – Diamond is stunning! You can choose from our pre-written verses or completely customize this trophy.

Our best-selling Crystalline Tower Trophy is now available in blue, and seriously my favorite! It'll arrive packaged in a beautiful gift box, ready to give.

Looking for a lower price point? I highly recommend our new Star Acrylic Trophy - Circle.

I've heard there are even more to come. So, I guarantee Baudville's the place you'll want to look for all your award and recognition needs!

Oh! Did I mention, we engrave and ship in the same day! Read about this Baudville bonus here.

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Jenny became a Baudvillian in 2013 and started out as a member of our sales team. She seemed to have a creative knack for Marketing and joined ranks with Krista in 2014 as Baudville's second Web Marketing Coordinator. She loves our products and probably owns every piece of drinkware we have to offer! Equipped with great knowledge of our customers and products, she's excited to help make your web experience even better

My Five Favorite Fascinating Finds: Ah-Ha Moments for August!

by Allison
18. August 2014 10:59
Allison

I just completed the latest issue of RecogNation (you're going to love it, I promise!), and I've also been transitioning to a new role that has me focusing more on writing articles, blog posts, and eBooks. In the process of all this I have read a lot of articles to help inform my work. I mean A LOT.

This got me thinking: I can distill much of what I've read, but many of these pieces are just too good—and deserve to be kept intact with the original author's intended spirit. So, I've decided that, every month, I'm going to share my five favorite finds. I had a lot to choose from this month, but I finally narrowed it down and here they are. 

1. Hi, my name is Allison and I am NOT a workaholic. I was once upon a time, but I finally liberated myself from that mindset and I have never been happier. Why, then, is this first article important to me? It's not. It's important to any of you who can't (or don't want to) pull yourselves away from work. It has some useful ideas for how to stay productive and revived. Check it out: "The Workaholic's Guide to Taking a Break."

2. Nothing annoys me more (within the current context, that is) than finding a cheesy article with hackneyed employee engagement ideas complete with a photo of a bunch of oddballs in party hats looking like they're having fun in the office. Those canned smiles aren't fooling anyone. And those articles sure aren't helping anyone. How happy was I to find HPPY and their fresh, relevant, and totally cheese-free list of "15 Employee Engagement Activities That You Can Start Doing Now"? Pretty happy. Thanks.

3. There isn't a day that goes by when I don't see an online/social media conversation spiral out of control and ask myself: What's happening here? What are these people thinking?! It's not that I have crazy friends or only follow extreme groups (I don't, mostly)—it's simply that this kind of uncivil behavior is happening all the time among people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures. I found this article that talks about the effect it's having on our lives: "Antisocial Networks? Hostility on Social Media Rising for 78 Percent of Users." It's pretty spot on, plus it gives us all some tips on how to check ourselves before we wreck ourselves (or our relationships).

4. As one of Baudville's health & wellness cheerleaders, I always have one eye or ear open to what's happening on that front so I can share it with the rest of my colleagues. I am also a mindfulness advocate, so my senses get piqued by articles that address the mind's role in wellness. "Radical Well-Being: Where We Need to Go" is an insightful read that I hope you find as thought-provoking as I have!

5. My last fascinating find is from Good.co—a company that has been an abundant resource for me in my research, as well as in my own self discovery with regard to my workplace behavior/personality. (I am an Idealist/Inventor/Dreamer, by the way. Surprise!) Their goal is to help individuals, teams, and organizations discover their specific archetypes so that on every level the best employee-employer matches are possible. This article: "Culture Fit in the Workplace: What It Is and Why It's Important" explains why this all matters.

I hope you enjoy these resources as much as I did. See you next month!

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Allison is currently living out the elaborate fantasy she described to her now-former staff and colleagues in early 2001. With a hearty dose of courage and absolutely no plan of action, she abruptly left her middle-management job to become a writer—and today she is doing just that in her role as Baudville’s Senior Content Writer. She’s here to tell you everything she’s learned in her 20-years+ professional life, plus a lot more. She’s wordy like that!

Getting to know the Baudville Team: Meet Kylee!

by Allison
15. August 2014 10:16
Allison

Baudville is no ordinary place to work – we drop our executives into dunk tanks, pour our hearts into philanthropic ventures together, and wear jeans for a good cause. For these reasons, our team members are no plain Janes or even Stevens either – they're super stellar rock stars! Get to know them one-by-one and we're certain you'll agree.

1. Who are you and what do you do here at Baudville?

My name is Kylee and I am one of the very talented creative gurus here at Baudville! To break it down, my title is "Junior Graphic Designer" and my primary focus is marketing and web design. 

2. What's your favorite part about your job? / What is the most interesting part of your job?

The favorite part of my job is the atmosphere. I can come to work on a Monday, the most dreaded day of the week, and be greeted by my creative team with such energy and positivity.

The most interesting thing about my job is the vast responsibilities and opportunities I have been presented with since being employed by Baudville. I have worked on projects like greeting card design, product design, web design, catalog design, and commercial product photography—and not to mention traveling for our catalog press checks! I would have to say the most interesting is definitely ‘Christmas in July.' Designing and brainstorming for Christmas in July is quite the task, especially when you have your lunch break in the 90-degree weather!

3. What is something that none of your coworkers know about you?

Whether they like it or not, they pretty much know everything. I'm quite the open book and wear everything on my sleeve!

4. What was your favorite recognition moment here at the Ville? / What is your favorite day here at the Ville?

My favorite recognition moment thus far was in one of our all-staff meetings when our CEO, Brad Darooge, congratulated us on yet another year of being a ‘West Michigan 101 Best and Brightest' winner.
It is very refreshing to know that I work for a great company that appreciates its employees and has a great vision for the company's future.

My favorite day so far here at the Ville is when we had the dunk tank and the funds we raised went toward the National Breast Cancer Foundation. We had the opportunity to donate to receive the chance to dunk not only our CEO, but other important figures on the executive team.

5. Who inspires you?

In the workplace, I would say that my Creative Manager, Laura, is very inspiring. She has been with Baudville for quite some time and has worked very hard to get to the position she is in. She has a ton of respect from everyone in the workplace—not to mention she is extremely talented. She does a great job with keeping her cool when everyone else feels the heat. She pushes us to be the best we can be and always points us in the right direction without telling us which way to turn. Her success and talent is very admirable for her young age.

6. When you're not at Baudville where can people find you? What is your favorite hobby?

You can usually find me in Downtown Grand Rapids exploring the city or soaking up the sun on Michigan's beautiful coastline.

7. What's your favorite app and why?

My favorite app is 'Meetup.' It's an app that focuses on finding groups near you who have the same interests, whether it's kayaking or free yoga classes. Being a somewhat recent transplant from the east side, I like to stay active and meet new people! This app is great because you put in your interests and it shows you groups in the area that have activities similar to what you enjoy to do.

8. What was your favorite vacation or favorite vacation place?

In 2013 I went on a cruise with my father and it was my first cruise ever! We were on the largest cruise ship in the world: Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas, and we visited the Caribbean. It was amazing! Not to mention it was all paid for by his company; nothing feels better than free!

9. What Smart Saying best represents you? If we don't have one, what one would you want to create?

Proud Member of a Gifted Team' represents me best. My creative team is truly amazing; I can't emphasize it enough!

10. Is there anything that we missed that you would want people to know about you?

When I was hired in at Baudville, I made a ton of sacrifices. I left my family, friends, job, a very serious relationship, and everything that I've ever known to move across the state alone and start fresh. There isn't a day that goes by that I regret my decision. Baudville welcomed me with open arms and became my new family. Grand Rapids is my new home and I am very proud to say that, and it is all thanks to the great opportunity that Baudville presented!


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Allison is currently living out the elaborate fantasy she described to her now-former staff and colleagues in early 2001. With a hearty dose of courage and absolutely no plan of action, she abruptly left her middle-management job to become a writer—and today she is doing just that in her role as Baudville’s Senior Content Writer. She’s here to tell you everything she’s learned in her 20-years+ professional life, plus a lot more. She’s wordy like that

Free eBook Chapter Three: Determining the Scope of Your Recognition Program

by Allison
14. August 2014 09:21
Allison

In our conversations with customers and HR Professionals, we're learning that many companies want to start a recognition program—or have a few enthusiastic advocates within the organization who do. They understand that employee recognition is important and they also know that they need to keep up with the newer generations of workers who really thrive on that kind of positive feedback. But going from nothing to something—whether it's a small step or a big leap—can be really overwhelming. Does this sound like you?

Chapter Three of The Joy of Recognition (a/k/a Designing and Implementing a Successful Recognition Program) covers the process of getting started, and includes ideas for different levels of magnitude, based on what your company is prepared to take on. Will it be managed by one person or an entire task force? Do you have little or budget or abundant cashflow? Download this free, informative eBook and you’ll learn how to work with who and what you have to make your program a success!

Get it here and go forth and conquer!



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Allison is currently living out the elaborate fantasy she described to her now-former staff and colleagues in early 2001. With a hearty dose of courage and absolutely no plan of action, she abruptly left her middle-management job to become a writer—and today she is doing just that in her role as Baudville’s Senior Content Writer. She’s here to tell you everything she’s learned in her 20-years+ professional life, plus a lot more. She’s wordy like that!

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