We use a process called "Hats Off" the awards come in $50, $100, $150, & $250 increments. Managers can issue up to the $100 level. The recipient receives a gift certificate which he goes on-line with and chooses from a wide variety of stores and restaurants. They can be broken up so that the person can get something like $25 for Barnes & Noble, $35 for Outback, etc. If you are interested I can get the name of the company which provides this service.
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
~ Winston Churchill ~
What are the specifics of the company's award goals? Is the company looking for:
1) Internationally/nationally known awards? If so, the timeline probably needs to be extended considerably. The preparation for and assessment of, plus measurement can take months to a couple of years.
2) Internally developed awards? It takes time to develop those. It also takes time to establish the criteria for earning an award.
What is the motivation for the company's goals? What is required of the teams and individuals to earn the award - by department? Does each department have the basics in place? The basics could be:
a) Vision/Mission statement,
b) Repeatable process and practices and/or a plan to achieve such, and
c) A clear mapping of processes/practices to each department vision/mission and a statement of how those align with the company's goals.
Is the company aware that preparation to earn any award has a resource impact on day-to-day work, and - that the impact may be significant?
It is good (IMHO) to have awards, but they damn well better be meaningful and worthwhile! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]