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Plaques are Keys to Success for Dealerships

by Presenta Plaque | on Mar 23, 2018 | No Comments

When you walk into a car dealership, obviously, the first thing you notice is the bright, shiny cars. Once you get past them and pick out the one you want, the next step is usually heading into an office or somewhere in the showroom where you can talk about the price with the sales representative.

Whether in the showroom or a nearby office you’ll probably notice plaques displayed. Dealerships love to promote when they get an award for being #1 in sales, customer satisfaction and service. There’s a good chance you could be looking at these honors displayed in a Presenta Plaque.

Our plaques have a professional finish on them and are great for displaying not only awards but anything a car dealership wants to brag about to customers. Maybe it’s a special employee with an employee appreciation award or perhaps it’s a write-up in a local print/online publication. Of course, any licenses are also important to display.

Presenta Plaques makes the process easy. All you need to do is slide a certificate, article or license into the plaque and it’s pretty much ready to go. All you need is a small hammer.

As the owner or manager of a dealership, think about all of the places you can display Presenta Plaques. In each office, there should at least be several plaques for customers to look at. In a huge showroom, there are plenty of places to display plaques including the receptionist/customer service area.

The service and parts area is also a good place to display dealership awards, especially in the waiting room. What about the rental car office? You’ll want to display a Presenta Plaque in any prominent place you think a customer will be.

You could easily go through several boxes of Presenta Plaques. What are you waiting for? Order today!

Gym Plaques

by Presenta Plaque | on Dec 29, 2017 | No Comments

It’s the New Year and that means many of people are either returning to the gym or signing up. With so many gyms to choose from, if you’re an owner or manager of one, you’ll want to do what you can to make sure your facility stands out!

We can think of no better way to do this than with a Presenta Plaque. It’s a great way to communicate with your clients and potential clients about what your gym is all about and display any accomplishments or awards your fitness facility has received.

A Presenta Plaque is also a great way to display weekly or monthly offers or discounts. Even if it’s displaying a photo of management interacting with customers or photos of gym members, a plaque is a great way to go!

In addition to hanging plaques in the front of the gym or sales office, think about displaying awards and promotional offers in the locker rooms so regular customers can view them.

If you have personal trainers, you might want to award them with a plaque for a job well-done or use a plaque as a way to display customer compliments or reviews.

A Presenta Plaque is also a great way to display signs like “No Food or Drink in Gym”.

What are you waiting for? Order a box of Presenta Plaques today and get the New Year started off right!

We Have A Lot to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving!

by Presenta Plaque | on Nov 20, 2017 | No Comments

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, our family at Presenta Plaque has a lot to be thankful for, including our great customers!

For all of you who have ordered plaques throughout the years, we thank you! We also hope you will keep us in mind heading into the New Year.

If you own a business, such as a restaurant, a Presenta Plaque is a classy way to display a write-up in the local paper and a certificate bragging about a great food inspection score.

Don’t forget about your employees. When they go the extra mile, what a great way to recognize all of their hard work than with a plaque? Be sure to include the employee’s name, date and/or date they started with your company, the company name along with an award title.

In addition to presenting plaques to employees, make duplicate plaques so you can prominently display them for customers. It’ll send a strong message you care about your staff. You could even do a customer appreciation day where you offer discounts, displayed on a plaque at the front, or recognize loyal customers by presenting them with a plaque.

During this season of giving, you might want to recognize that special volunteer. Thanking volunteers is not only good manners but a great way to build relationships. When their friends and family members see their Presenta Plaque, it could also encourage them to get involved with your cause and volunteer and/or donate.

Think about people at your church. As part of the congregation, you might want to do something nice for a person in charge whether it’s the minister, priest, rabbi, or someone else on the administrative staff.

Of course, there’s always going to be special occasions such as the birth of a new baby or baby dedications, weddings, anniversaries, or retirements. A plaque is a nice way to mark the special day! 

Going into the New Year, there are plenty of reasons why you should order a box of plaques from us.  Order today!

Honor an Educator During National Educators Week

by Presenta Plaque | on Nov 02, 2017 | No Comments

The National Education Association (NEA) – American Education Week is coming up November 13-17, 2017. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate public education and recognize those individuals who make a difference in educating children.

A Presenta Plaque is a great way to recognize these teachers and other professionals. Buy a box or two and distribute the plaques to all of the outstanding people who make a difference at a child’s school.

Even though the occasion is only a couple of weeks away, we can get your plaques to you if you order right away. Normal ground shipping takes five days.

Below is the theme for this year’s celebration. Make sure to get enough Presenta Plaques to honor those special people every day of the week.

◦ Monday, November 13, 2017: Kickoff Day

◦ Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Parents Day

◦ Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Education Support Professionals Day

◦ Thursday, November 16, 2017: Educator for a Day

◦ Friday, November 17, 2017: Substitute Educators Day

The first American Education Week was observed on December 4-10, 1921. It came about since it was discovered during World War I, 25-percent of the country’s draftees were illiterate. So, representatives of the NEA and the American Legion met in 1919 to brainstorm ideas to generate public support for education.

In 1921, the NEA in Des Moines, Iowa called for designating one week each year to spotlight public education in all communities. It’s always celebrated the week before Thanksgiving.

What are you waiting for? Order a box of Presenta Plaques today and honor that special educator!

’Tis the Season to Give a Plaque

by Presenta Plaque | on Oct 12, 2017 | No Comments

You probably would rather not think about it but the holidays are right around the corner. There are parties to plan, decorations to put up and gifts to give. Speaking of gifts, finding that perfect gift for a family member or friend can be a challenge. But what about employees?

There’s no better way to show your appreciation for a job well done than a Presenta Plaque. Order a box or two and you’ll have enough to give one to each of your employees.

A Presenta Plaque can be a unique keepsake that employees will cherish for years. Be sure to include the employee’s name, date and/or date they started with your company, the company name along with an award title.

The award title can be basic such as “Star Performer”, “Service Award”, “Over Achiever” and so on. But you could always have some fun with the awards by giving them to the “Best Baker” (for potlucks), “Best Organizer”, “Best Office Decor”, “Office Comedian”, “The Socializer”, “Best Coffee Maker” etc.

You might find employees displaying these plaques on their office or cubicle walls. Or they might take their Presenta Plaque home and find a good spot to show it off to family and friends.

Bottom line, it’ll be different than anything your employees have probably received and the plaque will have special meaning since you put some thought into it.

If you end up doing an end-of-the-year party, it would be the perfect time to hand out plaques to employees. An office gathering works well, too.

You might want to keep some extra Presenta Plaques on hand for the rest of the year in case you want to recognize a promotion, retirement or some other accomplishment of an employee!

Choosing the Right Words are Important on a Building Dedication Plaque

by Adam Solender | on Sep 13, 2017 | No Comments

Such a long list of ways to use Presenta Plaques. One that sometimes can be overlooked is a building dedication. If there’s a standout person who made the construction of a new building possible, why not memorialize them with a Presenta Plaque inside? Even if the dedication has already taken place, it’s never too late to hang a plaque reminding visitors who made it all possible.

One obstacle you might encounter is how to word a Presenta Plaque for a building. You want to make sure you get it right since words last forever. Getting the sentiment and message right can be a challenge, explaining why there’s a particular name on a building or who’s responsible for it.

It’s best to focus on one main thought. Maybe it’s the major contribution the person made or a highlight of their life. Always include dates on a building dedication plaque since it puts things more in perspective. Dates are a good way of connecting the present with the past.

In addition to the reason of the plaque and dates, you’ll want to include some type of tribute. It can simply be a thank you, a quote or even a few lines of poetry. The goal is to express the impact the person has made.

When writing a dedication, try to think how someone else might react to it when they see it for the first time. You might want to run it by a few associates before you put the certificate inside a Presenta Plaque.

Depending on the size of the building and the number of entrances, you might want to display several plaques around the building. You might also want to order extras to give to family members as a token of appreciation!

How to Properly Hang a Presenta Plaque

by Adam Solender | on Aug 25, 2017 | No Comments

Presenta Plaques are great for so many occasions. They’re great to give out to show your special appreciation to employees or volunteers. But they’re also nice to have to display your accomplishments such as awards or degrees and any special recognitions or honors your business or non-profit organization has received.

Hanging a Presenta Plaque is quite easy. But if you’ve never hung one before, you might be wondering how to do it.

A plaque can be hung on the wall just like a picture, family portrait or other art work. First, you obviously need to find the perfect spot for the plaque to hang. You want it to be at eye level so it’ll be easy for everyone to see.

Next, you’ll want to find a stud. You can do this by softly tapping on the wall until you hear a solid sound. Mark the location with a pencil.

Hammer the nail or J-hook into the stud. If it’s a nail, don’t leave more than a 1/2 inch showing. Hang the plaque and adjust it until it looks level. It’s always good to stand a few feet back.

The beautiful wood finishing on Presenta Plaques looks good with just about any decor in an office or home. Our plaques accent any color well and look even better when several are hung together on a wall.

If you don’t already have a box, order now so you’ll always have one on hand.

Rewards and Recognition: Recognition as a Basic Human Need

by Presenta Plaque | on Oct 30, 2012 | No Comments

Did you know that by establishing recognition programs in your company, what you’re really doing is meeting the fundamental needs of your employees? Some believe that basic need is simply a job that pays. Well, that’s not so. According to one interpretation of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, anyway.

If you’re unfamiliar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, it goes like this: all humans have essential needs that must be met through the course of their development. The most basic of all needs are the physiological needs which are critical to human survival: air, food, water, sleep, etc. The layers of need most important after the survival needs are those that would leave a person’s life empty and discontented when not met, for example, the security of home and employment, friendships, family, self-confidence, and the mutual respect of others. Once these crucial yet basic, lower-level needs are met, the final level of need – that of self-actualization – can be reached. This is the level of creativity, challenge and problem solving that works as a motivator to propel one’s life forward with purpose.

Forbes has recently conducted research with the result of being able to link directly Maslow’s Hierarchy with the needs we as humans have to be fulfilled in our careers. The basic human survival needs remain at the bottom of Forbes’s hierarchy, but above that, where Maslow places the need for safety, researchers have associated the need for employees to receive compensation and benefits. In correlation with friends and family, they place the need for social acceptance and team building, while self-confidence and respect directly translates into the workplace unchanged.

These two tiers, the social need to belong and the need for confidence and respect, are obtained through recognition from fellow employees. Psychologically, humans require the social reinforcement and validation of feeling like we belong among our peers and are appreciated by them. This need cannot be met without our actions being recognized by those we work with. When our peers acknowledge our efforts as part of a team, and when they respect the work that we accomplish, this motivates us to maintain our efforts and provides us with a sense of pride and satisfaction which is indispensable to our psychological development.

The final tier of self-actualization (Maslow’s idea of challenge, creativity and problem solving) is seen in the workplace structure as the needs we have in order to achieve career development opportunities. However, as is the hierarchy of needs, the more basic levels of need must be met before self-actualization occurs. Once our basic needs of compensation, benefits, social acceptance, team building, self-confidence, and respect have been met, only then can we meet our need for personal and professional development.

It’s time to throw out the idea that recognition programs aren’t worth the effort. Can you remember all the times that you were recognized for your accomplishments? Didn’t those times make you a better employee, a better professional, a better person? Recognition is necessary to meeting the needs of your employees and helping them grow into valuable contributors.

For more information on how Presenta Plaque can help you provide the essentials for your employees, give us a call or visit our website!

How Recognition Programs Build a Positive Workplace Culture

by Presenta Plaque | on Oct 23, 2012 | No Comments

In recent blogs, we’ve discussed the importance of recognizing your employees’ performances and recognition activities you can incorporate into your practices, but one detail we haven’t stressed enough is the impact a recognition program can have on your overall business culture. Regardless of the business you’re in, workplaces can be a hotbed of negativity; all it takes is one unhappy person to bring others down. It’s crucial to your business success that you foster an environment that helps your employees thrive. This means building an open, positive atmosphere in which people are given due credit for their accomplishments. After all, employees function better when they know that they will receive praise for any praiseworthy actions, and they won’t be as quick to develop bitterness about any perceived slights.

According to Inc.com, an online news resource for entrepreneurs, simply saying a regular “thank you” to employees may help them accept constrictive criticisms better. Rick Maurer, a business consultant interviewed by Inc.com believes that “if you make it clear that you are trying to make employees better at what they do, positive and negative feedback become a regular part of the conversation.” So tell your employees that their work is noticed and thank them when it’s actual quality work, but don’t just hand out “thank yous” like cheap candy. Maurer states, “If you say thank you all the time, even when people do mediocre work, you won’t build an environment where people handle criticism better.” By offering both positive and negative feedback to your employees, you send the message that they are a valuable part of the team, and you are improving their skills for their own professional development and for the sake of improving your company. Many employers believe that cash bonuses are the most effective way of thanking employees; however, Inc.com reports that employees prefer an in-person thank you and having their accomplishments displayed to management. Surely, “it’s easier to hand out a bonus than to create a culture in which saying thank you is a regular occurrence,” but cash bonuses can send out the wrong message to employees. Namely, one that says all accomplishments have their price, whereas a culture that supports honest and sincere appreciation sends the message that your staff is a team aiming to better themselves and the company.

Below is a list of tips we’ve seen across a myriad of sources who all agree these practices will help turn your business culture into a breeding ground of positivity:

  • Actively listen to your staff. Don’t brush off lower level employees or a colleague you don’t feel is worth your time. You never know when you’ll hear something important, or who will say it when you do.
  • Walk around the office and always know what’s going on. Great accomplishments won’t always make it through the grapevine, so walk around and recognize achievements first-hand.
  • When you see an employee succeed at something, tell their supervisor. Their skill may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
  • After telling the supervisor, reinforce all successes by vocalizing it to everyone. Tell coworkers, managers, and anyone else you can think of when someone accomplished something noteworthy.
  • Acknowledge progress too. Don’t just praise someone for a well-finished project. Applaud them for the road they took to get there.
  • Encourage coworkers to share their talents with others. Build a community where everyone can benefit from someone else’s greater skill or knowledge for the benefit of all, and make your employees proud to be an expert at something.
  • Be consistent in these practices to effectively direct your business culture into a positive and constructive place that will make employees happy to be there.

For more information on how Presenta Plaque can be a part of your daily recognition program that will transform your business culture, give us a call or visit our website!

Tips for Implementing a Recognition Program

by Presenta Plaque | on Oct 16, 2012 | No Comments

It’s a nice thought to imagine that implementing a system that supports recognition is as easy as giving credit to the most valuable employee, but executing such a system takes creativity and careful thought. It’s not just about awarding the shining star who does something particularly spectacular. It’s about recognizing the strengths of each individual supporting your team, making sure that their distinct merits don’t fade away behind the glow of team effort, and telling someone just how much you appreciate them in the day-to-day. It’s not just when they do something exceptional; showing appreciation for someone for any reason can be very motivating.

There are limitless opportunities to provide recognition to those around you, whether it’s your employees, your class or your family. Below is a brief list of different activities you can organize to recognize the good in those around you:

  • Host an Olympics meet. This can be done in the office, at school, at home (family reunion, anyone?), at a neighborhood block party, etc. A friendly competition is a great team building exercise to use whenever you have a large group of people, and it’s a great way to assess and honor individual strengths within a team.
  • Hold an awards ceremony. Have classmates or co-workers nominate their fellows for special awards. This will be particularly sincere for the recipient because it’s not just management handing out an award, but the entire team reinforcing the acknowledgment.
  • Hold an award ceremony for your students to distinguish their achievements such as high grades, perfect attendance, and completing work on time. Don’t forget about the students typically labeled as the class failures – they have their successes too. Figure out what they’ve done particularly well or what weakness they’ve overcome during the school year, and let them know it didn’t go unnoticed. Reinforce the good rather than dwelling on the negative.
  • Give your employees an award when they turn in a project early or display advanced commitment to the company. The key here is to be consistent; don’t award one person for accomplishing something that you wouldn’t award someone else for performing with the same level of skill or difficulty.
  • Surprise a deserving recipient for no particular reason other than to say how awesome they are.

It’s important to remember when recognizing individuals for their talents that you are making the gesture special and memorable for them. Give them memories they can walk away with and something they can hold onto and look back at with pride for their accomplishments. Most of all, be creative in your recognition to make it all the more special. Take a look at this website that provides a list of reasons to recognize your employees (although, it works just as well for other people in your life!) that goes beyond the typical awards you would give out for attendance and performance. So what will you do to create a recognition program in your class, home or office? To learn how we can help you accomplish your goals to recognize the people in your life, give us a call or visit our website.