Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in the Workplace

by Presenta Plaque | on Feb 26, 2015 | No Comments

The concept of rewarding is one that has been a big part of learning in the workforce, in the home and in the development process for as long as we can remember. Humans develop a basic need for positive reinforcement at a very young age and it continues to help them learn new skills as they grow into their adolescent years. In their adult years, these forms of motivation can be key for progress in adults. But while it may be easy to give everyone a pat on the back and hope it will motivate them to do a good job, not everyone has the same type of motivation, this is where intrinsic and extrinsic motivation come in.

 

Extrinsic: This is the type of rewarding we associate with younger kids growing up. Extrinsic motivation comes from external influences and factors. Whether that’s a “good job” or an award plaque of some sort, some people are motivated the most by positive reinforcement.

 

Intrinsic: Conversely, intrinsic motivation comes from internal sources such as the rewarding feelings that come from fulfillment and self-actualization. People who are motivated by these are driven by their own aspirations to be better.

 

A large part of deciding how –as a boss, team leader or coworker–you will help push your team, is getting to know what kind of motivation would be most effective for them. The first step is determining who on your team is an intrinsically motivated and who is extrinsically motivated. Once you’ve determined this, you can go on to decide how it’d be best to reward or encourage them. As you may have guessed, there is no one-size-fits-all for making people feel motivated to do better. Both types demand unique reinforcement, this is not to say it’s difficult, but there are small things you can do to help give your team the boost it needs.

 

Rewarding extrinsically motivated people:

 

  1. Verbal praise
  2. Monetary gain (raises if appropriate)
  3. Awards/Plaques & Certificates
  4. Good reviews (if warranted)

5.   Vacation time

 

Rewarding intrinsically motivated people:

 

  1. Verbal praise
  2. More responsibility
  3. More freedom
  4. More opportunities to expand their craft
  5. Leadership opportunities

 

 

Rewarding Customer Loyalty

by Presenta Plaque | on Feb 23, 2015 | No Comments

If you run a business you know you see many faces daily. Some are one-time only customers, others come in every once in a while. But every company has those few customers whose loyalty made them almost part of the team. These are the people you know by name or maybe just by face, but either way, they’re the first to want to know about new products and always the most supportive.

 

Often these familiar faces receive no more than a friendly smile and great customer service from the staff they’ve come to know. But why not reward these customers with more than the usual next time they come in? These are some great ideas for showing your customers how much their loyalty means to you:

 

 

1. Surprise them with a gift card

Next time they come in, process their transaction as usual and hand them a gift card. It doesn’t have to be big, but it’s a nice way to say thanks to an un-expecting customer!

 

2. A sincere ‘Thank You’

People underestimate the power of sincere thanks. Day-to-day life for many consists of doing good deeds for others that often go unnoticed. Even if a customer’s only good deed is coming in and shopping quietly at your store for years, they deserve a big thank you for their loyalty.

 

3. Show them they’re a part of the family

After all, what’s a company without a loyal customer base to keep it afloat? Loyal customers are an integral part of a company’s success. They are an important part of the whole that is a company

 

4. Make special deals for regulars

Why not reward those who have helped so much with your success? A sale just for them could be the perfect way to show them you appreciate them. This may work better if you’re a smaller business and you can apply this to individuals as they come by.

 

5. Ask their opinion on store matters

It doesn’t mean they will have a say in any huge company moves, but you can always ask their opinion. Let them know you’d like the feedback of a loyal consumer and someone who is as familiar with the brand as they are. They’ll love that you took them into consideration and who knows, you might get some valuable feedback!

 

6. Give them their own plaque

There’s nothing quite like receiving your very own plaque. A “Customer of the Year” plaque could be the perfect way to show your regular customers just how much you appreciate their loyalty throughout the years.

Award Plaque Company Used to Honor Flagstaff Boy’s Heroic Act

by Presenta Plaque | on Feb 20, 2015 | No Comments

The Flagstaff Fire Department Honored local boy Jaden Shepherd with a Presenta Plaque award plaque, following the rescue of his grandparents.
Phoenix, AZ. – On Sunday, February 8, 2015, the Flagstaff Fire Department honored 10 year-old Jaden Shepherd who heroically rescued himself, his grandparents and their two dogs after they fell through thin ice near their home in Flagstaff.
Jaden and his grandparents fell through the ice while trying to rescue their two dogs who had just fallen in. Jaden managed to crawl out and save one dog and he then proceeded to rescue his grandfather who then helped him save Jaden’s grandmother and the other dog.
A Presenta Plaque award plaque was given to Jaden by the FFD and he was later given a tour of the Flagstaff Fire Station and a ride on one of the fire trucks as a special thank you from the fire department.
Extraordinary events like these make Presenta Plaque very proud to be a part of honoring heroes in their communities young and old alike. Events like these don’t happen every day and Presenta Plaque believes acts such as these are the greatest examples of human kindness and bravery and thus should be rewarded as such.
Presenta Plaques, available in oak, walnut and black marble, are a timeless and elegant token of gratitude for anyone and the ultimate way to show one’s appreciation for any act, big or small. Proudly made in the U.S.A., Presenta Plaque is sure to have an award or bulk plaque kit solution for your company or municipality’s needs.
For additional information on Presenta Plaque, visit www.presentaplaque.com.
About Presenta Plaque:
Presenta Plaque is a one stop shop for certificate plaques. All our plaques are sold in case quantity and ship from our factory directly to you. We have low wholesale prices with single plaques available at retail prices.
We offer two basic styles. The first are Pocket Plaques which are pre-assembled and ready for your certificate or award to slip right into. The second is our Plaque Kits which come with all the hardware and pieces needed to turn your certificate or award into a beautiful plaque. They are both easy to assemble and beautiful to look at.
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Media Contact:
Christine Holtz
Phoenix Marketing Associates

http://www.PhoenixMarketingAssociates.com

602-282-0202

Rewarding Millennials and Future Communities

by Presenta Plaque | on Jan 22, 2015 | No Comments

When one thinks of the Millennial Generation, it’s often hard to picture more than what we see at first glance. For many, the tattoos, diverse (sometimes odd) clothing and of course that new electronic extension of their right hand, make it hard to believe that they will be the ones to solve the world’s perils. Many can’t imagine that they will bring anything more to the world other than narcissism, false senses of entitlement and all the more portable selfie sticks.

 

But the Millennial Generation has challenged many of the rules and norms set by the generations that preceded them. Their priorities are different, their values are more aligned with their work and they’ve already begun to transform the companies and communities they are a part of.

 

 

Environmental Awareness: A very important change Millennials have been a driving force in is environmental awareness. While they certainly did not begin this movement, most of them have grown up with the understanding that humans have taken a toll on the earth in terms of the environment. This issue has been of particular concern to them and many are already searching for smarter and more innovative ways to repair these damages.

 

Fulfilling Careers Over Big Salaries: There was a time when the most important thing to most new graduates, or really any members of the work force, was rising in the ranks and claiming their big bonus at the end of the year. While this is still the case for many, money doesn’t necessarily equal success for Millennials and it’s certainly not the ultimate end goal for them.  Millennials are more and more seeking out careers that are personally satisfying to them and not necessarily just financially rewarding.

 

Innovation: Amongst Millennials, the “work smarter, not harder” motto is one that is widely practiced. Just as their name would suggest, they are forward-thinking and often recognize that the old way doesn’t always mean the best way. Many of them are eager to find new and improved ways to do things that people in their company have been doing for years. These qualities make Millennials valued members of companies, especially those seeking to reach new audiences and stay with the times.

 

Enforcing Transparency: Millennials are notorious for not accepting every answer they are given as the “right” answer. Though they don’t follow traditional media with the same commitment as older generations, Millennials find their own ways to look deeper into companies’ track records and history. One of their biggest concerns for Millennials when out seeking jobs is transparency. Like the founders of journalism once sought out the truth behind the tycoons of their time, Millennials seek jobs with companies that are transparent about their practices and whose values align with theirs.

Award Plaque Company Used to Honor California Police Officer

by Presenta Plaque | on Jan 21, 2015 | No Comments

 Fontana Police Department awarded Officer Julio Landaverde with a Presenta Plaque-made award for his work in a vehicular pursuit.

Phoenix, AZ. – On Tuesday, January 13, Officer Julio Landaverde was named Employee of the Month at the Fontana Police Department and presented with a Presenta Plaque Award at the Fontana City Council meeting.

The honor came after Landaverde’s work resulted in the arrest of an armed suspect following a vehicular pursuit, said Fontana Police Department.According to Police Chief Rodney Jones, the pursuit began when two civilians notified Landaverde that they had been shot at. Landaverde then pursued the suspect on the Interstate 10 through Fontana.

Fontana. For his heroic act and successful arrest of the suspect, the Fontana Police Department felt it was appropriate to honor Landaverde for his heroic work and present him with a Presenta Plaque award.

Presenta Plaque is very excited to be a part of the honoring of community heroes all around the country. These brave men and women are a crucial part of keeping communities safe and Presenta Plaque believes in the opportunity of recognizing them as often as possible.

Presenta Plaques, available in oak, walnut and black marble, are the perfect way to show someone that their hard work does not go unnoticed. Whether for a brave officer in the line of duty or the crosswalk guard that ensures the safety of our children, Presenta Plaques are a classic and beautiful way to say thank you.

Proudly made in the U.S.A., Presenta Plaque is sure to have an award or bulk plaque kit solution for your company or municipality’s needs.

For additional information on Presenta Plaque, visit www.presentaplaque.com.

About Presenta Plaque:

Presenta Plaque is a one stop shop for certificate plaques. All our plaques are sold in case quantity and ship from our factory directly to you. We have low wholesale prices with single plaques available at retail prices.

We offer two basic styles. The first are Pocket Plaques which are pre-assembled and ready for your certificate or award to slip right into. The second is our Plaque Kits which come with all the hardware and pieces needed to turn your certificate or award into a beautiful plaque. They are both easy to assemble and beautiful to look at.

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Media Contact:

Christine Holtz

Phoenix Marketing Associates

http://www.PhoenixMarketingAssociates.com

602-282-0202

Community Service Ideas You Can Do

by Presenta Plaque | on Jan 08, 2015 | No Comments

Often, many of us find ourselves in a place where we feel we aren’t making a direct impact. If you work for a big company, it can be easy to lose sight of how your efforts affect others. While eventually our work might be able to help on a larger scale, sometimes, as humans, it’s important to see the immediate benefits of our labor. One of the greatest and more immediately beneficial ways to see the benefit of your efforts is community service. You’ll find that there is never a shortage of demand for a helping hand in your community. Here are just some of the ways you can help make an immediate difference:

In Your Community:

  1. Create care packages for a local homeless shelter
  2. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  3. Organize a group to write letters of support to battered women’s shelters
  4. Help elderly neighbors with outdoor labor
  5. Organize a drive to collect clothes for needy children

For the Environment:

  1. Organize an energy consumption awareness campaign with your HOA
  2. Plant a tree
  3. Create a neighborhood garden
  4. Encourage friends and neighbors to use reusable bags instead of plastic bags
  5. Organize a clean-up crew to meet once a week

For Local Hospitals:

  1. Partner with a local school and write letters of encouragement to sick children
  2. Visit and chat with seniors in the hospital
  3. Organize a teddy bear drive and send bears to a local hospital
  4. Volunteer at a maternity ward
  5. Get your canine friend certified to be a therapy dog and visit local hospitals

To help animals:

  1. Set up hummingbird feeders around your home and neighboring homes (with permission)
  2. Raise awareness for spaying and neutering pets in your neighborhood
  3. If it’s possible for you, become an animal foster parent
  4. Volunteer to walk dogs at local shelters
  5. Plan a food and toy drive and donate to an animal shelter

 

Set New Goals for the New Year

by Presenta Plaque | on Dec 23, 2014 | No Comments

The beginning of a new year is a blank slate of sorts. As you’ve more than likely heard or read on a Facebook post somewhere, this is the ideal time to make resolutions we may or may not stick with through the end of February. In any case, we inevitably find ourselves setting new goals and trying to make the next year better than the last, which, of course, there’s nothing wrong with. But as you’ve probably noted with people all around you and perhaps even yourself, these grand and elaborate plans of improvement often fall through once the New Year’s/Christmas high wears off.

So why does this happen? Well more often than not, the weakness lies in what we did to mentally prepare ourselves for these big risks and changes. So how do you make this year’s resolutions a success? As with everything else, it’s all in the preparation.

1.      Tell people who will hold you accountable. Sure, there are going to be those people who will mock you for doing the cliché “new year, new me” thing, but those who love you will be excited to encourage you and help you stick to your goals.

2.      Don’t try to do it all at once. This is the surest way to fail. You overwhelm yourself with changes in the first week because go hard or go home right? Wrong. Pace yourself. Remember there will be times when you’re not as passionate or enthusiastic about completing your goals and this is perfectly okay.

3.      Set goals that are realistic for you.  If your goal is to lose weight, by all means do whatever you can to get there. But if you hate the gym, don’t tell yourself you’re going to start going six days a week, because you won’t. Find alternate means of getting there in ways you are more comfortable with and more likely to stick with.

4.      Don’t punish yourself. Making a year-long or however long commitment is a big deal. You’ve lived the rest of your life without these commitments, so what makes you think it will be easy this time around? There will be inevitable times you fail or slip up, but they key to success is persistence.

5.      Create smaller goals within your overarching goal. It’s easier to kill a pie one slice at a time and this can kind of be applied to life, too. If you’ve never run a marathon in your life, don’t expect to get it the first time. You begin at small and slowly and incrementally you build to where you want to be rather than trying to digest it all at once.

 6.      Remember there’s always next year. That probably doesn’t sound like a good mentality to begin with, but this is something we need to remind ourselves of when we fail. Not so much that we have to wait until the next New Year, but that there’s never a bad time for newfound effort. There is no ticking clock that buzzes at the end of the year to remind you that you’re a failure. You simply get up and try again.

Rewarding Good Behavior at the End of the Year

by Presenta Plaque | on Dec 18, 2014 | No Comments

The end of the year is a time of reflection for many. From our accomplishments to our downfalls, the end of the year signifies new beginnings and the end of old chapters. For many of us adults, a year may not change us much as a person, but for kids in the process of learning and absorbing new experiences a year can bring a great deal of change. As parents, this is a time in which we reflect on our kids’ improvements and hopefully reward them for their hard work in school, at home and overall good behavior.

While the end of the calendar year isn’t necessarily the end of the school year, it marks the end of the semester or halfway point for students. This is the perfect time for the extra reinforcement and the boost rewards can give kids. Many times as parents, it’s easy to forget that kids need the occasional pat in the back.

A great way to reward kids in a personalized and special way is with plaques and certificates. Kids love the personal value of receiving something made just for them to recognize their hard work.

Some other great ways to reward kids are:

 

-          Dinners

-          Extra game time

-          Gatherings with friends

-          New freedom

-          A visit to their favorite ice cream shop

-          Good behavior “end of the year bonuses”

This is a great time to talk with your kids about what worked well and what they could improve on. If they had a great academic semester but could improve by helping around the house, this is a great time to let them know. An important part of asking for improvement is creating positive reinforcement and recognizing their successes.

At the end of the day, kids just need to be reminded that they’re on the right path toward becoming good adults. With the many influences they face regularly, it goes a long way to remind them which ones are the best for them.

Award Plaque Company Used to Honor Florida Police Explorers

by Presenta Plaque | on Dec 17, 2014 | No Comments

Delray Beach Police honored several police explorers using Presenta Plaque awards. 

Phoenix, AZ. – On Tuesday, December 9th, Delray Beach Police Department promoted several police explorers from Post 319 and honored them with their very own awards from local plaque company Presenta Plaque.

Delray Beach PD said they are very proud to see these kids grow into leaders through their hard work and dedication. The program honored newly promoted corporals, lieutenants and sergeants from Post 319.

The Delray Beach Police Explorers program trains full-time students from ages 15-20 with a GPA of 2.0 or better. The program strives to teach children and young adults about law enforcement and respect for their community through police and tactical defense training and even through field work with police.

Presenta Plaque feels very strongly about instilling leadership and community respect in the younger generations. They are honored to be a part of a program that offers young community members a healthy and productive outlet and an opportunity to work with everyday heroes.

Presenta Plaques, available in oak, walnut and black marble, are the perfect way to show someone that their hard work does not go unnoticed. Whether for a brave officer in the line of duty or the crosswalk guard that ensures the safety of our children, Presenta Plaques are a classic and beautiful way to say thank you.

Proudly made in the U.S.A., Presenta Plaque is sure to have an award or bulk plaque kit solution for your company or municipality’s needs.

For additional information on Presenta Plaque, visit www.presentaplaque.com.

About Presenta Plaque:

Presenta Plaque is a one stop shop for certificate plaques. All our plaques are sold in case quantity and ship from our factory directly to you. We have low wholesale prices with single plaques available at retail prices.

We offer two basic styles. The first are Pocket Plaques which are pre-assembled and ready for your certificate or award to slip right into. The second is our Plaque Kits which come with all the hardware and pieces needed to turn your certificate or award into a beautiful plaque. They are both easy to assemble and beautiful to look at.

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Media Contact:

Christine Holtz

Phoenix Marketing Associates

http://www.PhoenixMarketingAssociates.com

602-282-0202

Seven Tips for Becoming a Leader in Your Workplace

by Presenta Plaque | on Nov 26, 2014 | No Comments

If you love what you do, you’re always looking for the next way to improve the productivity of you and your employees. Whether you’re the boss, a team lead or a regular associate, there are always ways to help things run more smoothly in the workplace and a great part of it begins with you and your leadership and example. While some are natural born leaders, others need a little more practice and self-knowledge to become the figure a company needs.

Improve on your strengths- Before you go about making any changes, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. Find out which of your traits make you a valuable member of the company and emphasize on these.

Work on your weaknesses- Just as it’s important to work on perfecting your craft, it’s important to acknowledge where you could use a little improvement. Seek help when you need it and consider finding a mentor who can help you in those areas. Think of this as expanding your skillset rather than a sign of weakness. At the end of the day, your company will benefit just as much as you.

Empathize- A huge part of being an effective leader is knowing how to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. It can be easy to dish out the orders without thinking twice about the needs of your colleagues, but forgetting how to relate and listen can be damaging to you and the respect they have for you.

Take initiative- Every so often there comes a task so dreadful it might sit in an unopened file for week after week. Do it. You won’t always get recognition for it, but when others see your initiative, they’ll be more inclined to do the same. Not every part of work will be exciting, but your job as a leader is to move forward even when others won’t.

Listen- When the workload gets heavy, it’s easy to want to move in a direction you think is best without considering what others would suggest. Even though you may feel like you’ve got it figured out, never underestimate the ability of an outside mind.

Be confident- Not to be confused with cockiness, confidence means a lot more than sounding and like you know what you’re doing. From your posture to your tone of voice, make an effort to look and feel like a leader. You’ll be surprised how well this translates into your work.

Acknowledge others- If you’re in a position of power, remember to remind those who work for you that you truly value their hard work. Recognition and positive reinforcement can be some of the best motivators in the work place. Some great ways to say thanks are with certificates or plaques they can display proudly.