award plaques

When is the Best Time to Give Award Certificates?

by Presenta Plaque | on Nov 21, 2013 | No Comments

When deciding to give out award certificates, the first question that must be answered is, “What’s the occasion?” Once that is established, Presenta Plaque can give you a few pointers on when is the best time to reward a student, employee, friend or family member.

When it comes to rewarding students, it really comes down to how you prefer running your class. If you would like to give your kids an incentive to work harder and go the extra mile, it is great to give quarterly award certificates for excellent behavior, maintaining great test scores, etc. This is a long enough period of time for a student to redeem themselves if they get on the wrong track, but it is short enough that students understand that if they work hard enough they have a shot at it.

The same can also apply to employees. You want to make sure you give employees time to show you what they’ve got but short enough to keep them on their toes.

Rewarding family and friends all depends on what you deem appropriate. If you have a structured award process in your home, it is truly up to you to decide when is the most appropriate time to give an award certificate to your kids. But it is important to remember that while award plaques can help motivate children significantly, the time and occasion should be chosen carefully, especially when teaching young children about responsibility.

If you are just looking to show someone that their friendship goes far from unnoticed, any day is a perfect day to give them an award plaque. Whether it is for an important achievement in their life or just a little pick-me-up, it is great to show friends that they are very much appreciated regardless of the time of year.

At Presenta Plaque, we believe that every day should be an occasion to give thanks to family, friends, caregivers or teachers. Often a simple ‘thank you’ or a kind gesture is enough to make someone feel appreciated.

Rewarding Children in School with Plaques and Other Gifts: How and When?

by Presenta Plaque | on Nov 18, 2013 | No Comments

Recently there has been much speculation on the topic of the effectiveness of rewarding children in school environments with treats and awards. Surprisingly, some researchers now believe that rewarding kids for good behavior and other small classroom tasks isn’t the best way to encourage children.

Some research shows that giving kids small rewards to motivate them can become habitual and perhaps even lose importance in a child’s eyes. Children may come to expect rewards for duties that are expected of them such as doing their homework, paying attention or coming to class prepared. Often kids may think that since other children are being rewarded for these things, it must mean they are a favorite or the same is not expected of them.

It is important to set a bar for kids in classrooms and clearly distinguish from what is expected of them and what going above and beyond means. While rewards and recognition may have different effects among children and adults, one if the most important and valued benefits of being acknowledged is the feeling of achievement and the desire to work towards more.

In the classroom, it is important to establish that hard work and that extra effort can and will be recognized in time.

Recognizing children for their hard work at the end of a year with rewards such as a party can give them something to want to work toward in order to reap the prize at the end. In turn, working long-term toward a bigger prize can get children into the habit of remaining focused and working hard, even when there isn’t a sticker or candy awaiting them in the next few hours.

Plaques can be also be a great way to reward children as their permanence can mean a great deal to a child who is normally accustomed to receiving small and temporary incentives. An award plaque can be something they feel incredibly proud of and excited to share with family and friends. For other children, seeing this type of recognition and approval from adults can inspire them to want to achieve that and beyond.

Recognizing a child’s efforts can mean the world to them and, above all, it is important to help reinforce these values and behaviors in them. Whether they have received a reward or not, children seek approval and that is the best way to help them reach for even greater achievements

Say Thank You With a Plaque, Not Just a Card, This Holiday Season

by Presenta Plaque | on Nov 01, 2013 | No Comments

The holidays are a time of year when the message of gratitude and appreciation is all around us. We often find ourselves spending more time with family, making more phone calls and sending out holiday cards to out-of-state relatives.

With school, work and the responsibilities that come with having a family, the opportunity to give thanks to those around us often passes us by. Holidays are a wonderful time of the year because they remind us to be grateful for what we have and appreciate our loved ones year-round.

There are many ways to give thanks this holiday season. Cards are among the most common approaches but, meaningful as they may be, they usually end up stashed in a drawer in the following months. This year, why not give a gift that is not only more permanent, but memorable?

Plaques for the family could be a fun way to show your appreciation without exhausting the old card tradition. Loved ones could receive a permanent, meaningful gift that could serve as a thoughtful reminder that they are appreciated.

Who are some people that would appreciate a plaque?

  • Mom & Dad: Parents do a lot of little things that often seem to go unnoticed. Whether it’s packing your lunch, fixing a backed up toilet or just lending their ear to you, a plaque that tells parents just what you’re thankful for. This is a great way to remind parents you really appreciate them.
  • Grandparents: Most gifts meant for grandparents come pre-labeled with something like “World’s Best Grandma/Grandpa”, but why not get a little more personal with it? Adding anything from “World’s Best Sweater Knitter” to “Meanest Apple Pie in North Dakota” is sure to make grandparents smile.
  • Best friends: A plaque is a great and personal way to show how much you truly care for a friend. Presenta Plaque makes it easy to buy a plaque and fill it with what is sure to bring about some laughs or even tears.

Presenta Plaque was built on the philosophy of appreciation and recognition. We like to encourage our customers to show their gratitude to others in their life as often as possible whether that be with a simple thank you or a plaque that can remind them for a lifetime. Give your thanks during this holiday season, but remember the rest of the year counts too!

Recognize Boss’ Day or Any Day Your Boss Deserves It With an Award Plaque

by Presenta Plaque | on Oct 15, 2013 | No Comments

This year Boss’ Day lands on Wednesday October 16th. While it’s great to have one day especially for recognizing your boss, there are many ways to show appreciation throughout the year. If you are fortunate enough to have a kind, considerate, capable boss, it’s worthwhile to let him/her know you’re thankful for all his/her hard work because, well, they have some pull when it comes to you keeping your job…

Showing gratitude is not to be mistaken with kissing up. A great way to thank the big man/woman without seeming like you’re pulling for that big promotion is by collaborating with other co-workers. If you invite other associates to join in on the action, not only will it please everyone, but it will remind your boss that s/he is a truly appreciated member of the team.

A great way to congratulate your boss for a promotion, big success in the company or important life event (i.e. engagement, new baby, new house etc.) is a card. Though it seems minimal and somewhat obvious, one should never underestimate the power of a well-written, sincere card. It’s important to realize that this is an opportunity to say what you would like to say clearly and in the right moment.

For big successes related to the company, a plaque is a great way to express congratulations or gratitude. While your boss may have received their pat on the back from upper management, a plaque from his/her group is a great and more permanent way to let him/her know the team is supportive. Presenta plaque offers beautiful plaques that are easy to display in office spaces.

Last but definitely not least are sweets, and we know everyone is ok with that. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to whip up a feast, but something as simple as homemade cookies or cupcakes works great too. It is also a good idea to check your business’s food policy as well as to take into consideration any food allergies fellow co-workers may have.

It’s also important to remember to celebrate with your co-workers. Plaques and cards are a great way to motivate a team to continue striving to do better. The workplace should be somewhere where employees know their hard work will be appreciated and rewarded not just monetarily.

 

 

Unusual Accomplishments That Deserve Recognition

by Presenta Plaque | on Aug 28, 2013 | No Comments

People achieve the extraordinary every day. Sometimes, achievements are quite unusual. In these instances, recognizing such accomplishments is tricky yet deserved. Giving recognition in the form of a plaque is the perfect way to show your friends and colleagues that you appreciate their actions. Although plaques aren’t typical gifts, they’re the perfect way to show someone how you feel, and the recipient will undoubtedly remember such a unique gift for years to come. Plus, unusual gifts are the perfect way to reward unusual accomplishments!

The humorous plaque: If you know someone who is particularly good at making others laugh or has a skill that people find amusing, a humorous plaque is a great way to relay how much you appreciate them. Rewarding humor with humor will surely catch their attention! It’ll keep the mood light, but there’ll be no mistaking the sincerity behind creating such a great reward.

The serious plaque: For the people who are a constant source of light in your life, a more serious award may be appropriate. If you’re looking for a heartfelt way to say “thank you,” this is the perfect way to do it! Let your creation convey exactly how much someone means to you. Since you can choose what your plaque says, it’s truly up to you to decide what message you’d like to send!

The formal plaque: In the workplace, awards are often appropriate for various accomplishments. Congratulate your coworkers with formal plaques they’ll be able to display in their offices or entryways. This is an excellent way to show the people you work with that you recognize their successes. Promotions are definitely worthy of congratulatory plaques, and plaques also make great gifts at retirement parties!

The casual plaque: For the everyday hero, casual plaques can be just the right ways to reward the people in your life for the little things they do that make a huge difference. Keep it simple! The message will be perfectly clear. By keeping your plaque low-key, you’ll be able to show your appreciation without making anyone too emotional. 

The holiday plaque: Perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, and Mother’s and Father’s Days, holiday plaques are much more exciting than cards. Plus, they’re ready to display, and your loved ones will think of you every time they see their plaques. They’ll have a constant reminder that you recognize what an influence they are in your life!

Reward the people in your life with gifts as unique as they are. Creating a custom plaque is the perfect way to show them your appreciation. No matter what the achievement, show them how you feel with a plaque that matches the occasion. The five different suggestions above will help you in creating your plaque. The thoughtfulness, sincerity, and preparation you put into your gift will be unmistakable, and the recipient will remember it forever. Inspire the people in your life to continue to be unique and irreplaceable with a gift they’ll see every day. You’ll be as proud of your plaque as you are of them!

Which Awards Are Appropriate to Display at Work?

by Presenta Plaque | on Jul 17, 2013 | No Comments

Awards give us a sense of pride; they are a tangible symbol of our efforts. Naturally, we want to hang them up for everyone to admire. However, when it comes to the workplace, it’s probably wise to be selective with what you display. We suggest the following guidelines for making good choices for what awards to display in the workplace.

Education: Educational achievements are a fantastic addition to the workplace. If you have a diploma, go ahead and hang it up. A degree is one of the best symbols of credibility, especially if it was earned at a prestigious university. Professionals that require great amounts of trust and investment from customers, such as the medical and legal fields, almost always exhibit educational accomplishments. Educational success serves as a reassurance that the service provider is well-qualified.

Significance: Hang up any awards that are relevant to your current field of work. For example, a photojournalist should display awards for photos s/he’s taken, but should not display awards from the hot dog eating contest s/he won last summer. Achievements related to your current job add credibility and value to your opinions and work. Clients and co-workers tend to respect decorated members of their field because awards show that they have gone above and beyond expectations.

People’s Choice: An award won by popular vote is an impressive sign of well-done work. If you own a business that won an award due to popularity, display it proudly in a visible area. For example, a restaurant may win “Favorite Diner” after a vote by residents of the town. An award like this is fantastic because it validates hard work, gets your business name out there, and builds a positive reputation. Show off these awards proudly.

Irrelevance: Awards that do not belong in the workplace are ones that have no relevance and are frivolous in nature. A certificate from a three-legged race has no value on your desk.  The same goes for outdated awards. Your coworkers will not respect you more because of a high school soccer trophy. Old and irrelevant awards are clutter that adds no significant value.

Elegant certificates, stately plaques and shining trophies were made to be on display. Your home can be decorated with every award you’ve ever received. However, it is best to use your discretion when you embellish the workplace. Remember that awards can add or take away your credibility and value, so be smart!

How Award Plaques Can Benefit Disabled People

by Presenta Plaque | on Jun 19, 2013 | No Comments

Why are goals so important to us? They are points to strive toward in the future. Tasks that seem impossible or endless feel attainable when there are smaller goals in place and we can reward ourselves along the journey. When we receive awards for meeting goals, the tokens eventually form a physical record of the progress made. An athlete collects trophies, a student collects report cards and diplomas. The satisfaction becomes sweeter and the sense of recognition is greater when an award can be proudly displayed.

Awards are common in mainstream education and athletics, but Presenta Plaque knows awards can be expanded to other areas of achievement. For example, award certificates could be extremely beneficial to the physically disabled. Physical therapy and rehabilitation can be a grueling process depending on the extent of the disability. People who were gravely injured in an accident, military duty, etc. have an especially difficult rehab. These people are often fighting to regain the ability to walk, an action that was routine before. Since progress is so slow, award plaques can provide feelings of accomplishment and motivation throughout therapy. Perhaps a person learning to walk again could be awarded for standing without assistance, then for taking a step forward, then walking the length of a room, so on. Another benefit of award plaques is that all ages can benefit from this type of award. Eventually the recipient can look back at his/her collection of plaques proudly, physical proof that s/he overcame the seemingly impossible.

The mentally disabled can benefit from award certificates as well. They strive toward goals with the same energy as a person working to achieve a physical goal. It can be extremely discouraging and frustrating to the mentally disabled when they do not meet the same milestones as their peers. For example, many high schools have small classes of high-functioning autistic children. Traditionally, students graduate within four years, but commonly the autistic children are required to stay several extra years to prepare for higher education or a career. Award plaques give these students a greater sense of self-worth during a time when self-esteem is fragile and feelings of incompetence are common. People of all ages and mental capacities deserve to feel significant and accomplished.

All too often, awards are given for a few specific types of achievements. But, the physically and mentally disabled deserve reassurance of their achievements too. Award certificates validate hard work. Quite simply, plaques make people feel good about themselves. Presenta Plaque proudly produces awards for every achievement and encourages the implementation of award programs in unexpected places.

Suggested paper options for award certificates

by Presenta Plaque | on May 22, 2013 | No Comments

As the school year comes to an end, the time for graduations and commencements is near. This is the time of year when certificates are greatly anticipated by students and parents alike, and selecting the perfect certificate is very important. There are a few components to a certificate, one of those being the paper. Many paper choices are available, but which choice is right for your celebration?

First, consider the occasion. Is this certificate going to kids, sports players, education, or government? Each category needs a different look since they’ll all have different interests in the overall look of the certificate.

Children love color, so instead of focusing on quality, look for something that will grab their attention. Certificate paper is available with various prints and colors, so choose something fun and age-appropriate, like balloons or fireworks in the background!

Sports players want something they’ll be able to hang on a wall or put in a plaque. Consider a nice quality paper with some foil embellishments. They probably won’t display their sports achievements forever, but they’ll certainly want their certificates to attract attention as long as they’re featured. Consider focusing your attention on the embellishments rather than the quality of the paper.

Graduates and government officials are going to keep their certificates forever. They have to be visually pleasing, and they have to last a long time. Education and government certificates merit the highest quality paper. They also need to look the most professional once the text and borders are complete. These are designed for long-term display, so courser paper is necessary for expanding the certificate’s lifespan. Remember, this is something they’ll keep forever, so make it something they’ll treasure forever.

No matter what the occasion, you can still manipulate the level of formality by choosing various certificate styles. Standard certificates are great for semi-formal events. Casual certificates are appropriate for kids, casual events, and sports certificates. Custom certificates are probably the best choice for formal events.

No matter what you choose, present it like you’re proud of it! Certificates are automatically a symbol of achievement and respect. Choose the style that works best for you and your students, employees, or athletes. Regardless of the design, the certificates you choose will represent a job well done for the recipient, and that is the most important part.

5 Ways to Boost Morale at Work

by Presenta Plaque | on Mar 27, 2013 | No Comments

It’s easy for your team to lose the pep in their step in the monotony of everyday work. However, that doesn’t mean that they’ve lost their competitive edge. Here are 5 affordable, easy ways to boost morale and performance at your work place.

  1. Have off-site meetings. Showing up to the same place day in and day out can stifle creativity and create a stale work environment. By having an off-site meeting, you will see your employees re-energized and the creative energy flowing. A neutral setting allows everyone to get to know each other in a different light and breathe easier. Even if just for a lunch or quick game of pool, fresh surroundings will get the brain moving again and ideas will come more quickly and easily.
  2. Share improvements. If you’ve seen a big change in the commitment in one of your employees, honor his/her dedication to your company with a certificate displayed in a classy plaque. We suggest you create an Employee of the Month award to honor employees who have shown the most dedication every month. Award personalized plaques for employees to keep in their office as well as plaques displayed in the lobby which are updated with the current and past employees of the month. We even suggest including a gift card or some other incentive to sweeten the deal.
  3. Have a friendly competition. Get your company involved in some sort of challenge or competition against another organization. Everyone is at least a little competitive, and you’ll be surprised to see how quickly your company bands together to become the champions. Try organizing a kickball tournament or a fundraiser to entice the competitiveness of your team. Competitions within the company can also be a great morale booster. Create a plaque for “The Most Generous” when participating in fundraisers to show appreciation for the employee who gave the most or a plaque for “Most Valuable Player” in your kick ball tournament.
  4. Make Friday a “theme-day.” Make Friday a Take-Your-Dog-To-Work Day or have everyone bring in a childhood photo. This will create a new fun environment and encourage conversations between coworkers. The companionship of bringing in employees’ dogs will get the whole office excited to introduce their furry friends to their coworkers. These theme-days don’t have to be every Friday; even just once a month will help relieve the tedium of everyday work and get employees energized about being able to share a part of their personal life with the office.
  5.  When all else fails, give free food. If employee morale is really low, lighthearted attempts to lighten the mood and increase morale may be lost on them. However, free food never fails to bring a team together. They’ll be happy just to save a few bucks and spend some time out of the office conversing with coworkers on Pizza Fridays or Bagel Mondays.

15 Tips for Hosting a Successful Awards Ceremony

by Presenta Plaque | on Feb 05, 2013 | No Comments

Whether you’re holding an awards ceremony at the conclusion of your daughter’s soccer club season, to honor class graduates, to pay tribute to volunteers who have gone above or beyond the call of duty or for any other reason you’re looking to honor people, planning the award ceremony carefully will ensure the event goes smoothly and everyone gets the most out of the experience.

Observe these tips and we know you’ll have a successful and memorable awards ceremony!

  1. Order award certificates from PresentaPlaque to be presented to the honorees.
  2. Establish a plan.
  3. Select a date and time for the ceremony that doesn’t conflict with the majority of attendees.
  4. Select a location for the awards ceremony that is large enough to accommodate maximum attendance by attendees, coworkers, friends and family. Make sure there is accommodation for the disabled (e.g., ramps for wheelchairs, an interpreter for the hearing impaired).
  5. Notify award recipients and their guests with invitations long enough in advance that they can plan ahead and let them know if they are expected to make some remarks upon receiving their award certificate.
  6. Recruit a team of helpers to work as part of an Awards Ceremony Committee.
  7. For each member of the Awards Ceremony Committee, assign specific tasks.
  8. Arrange for a special person involved in the organization to present awards.
  9. Invite a leader of the organization or special guest speak on a topic important to the attendees.
  10. Publicize the award recipients and the upcoming ceremony as much as possible, including through press releases, where appropriate.
  11. If possible, hire a musical ensemble to make the event extra-special.
  12. Prepare a high quality brochure with photos, a letter from the leader and description of honorees’ accomplishments.
  13. Arrange to have a professional photographer take photos of honorees receiving their award certificates.
  14. Hire a professional caterer to prepare the food for the award recipients and their guests.
  15. Decorate the room with festive decorations such as banners, balloons, flowers, etc.