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Carbon dating your service awards program

Mar 20, 2019

Written by: Steve Huffman, Vice President, Recognition Services
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Service Anniversary Awards

While many companies have kept up with the evolution of service awards programs, some still exist in the past.

Your answers to questions on this infographic will allow you to determine where your Service Awards Program lies on the historical timeline:

1930 to 1949: Emblematic Period
Awards were symbolic and consisted of jewelry items such as lapel and stick pins that employees wore at work and in public.

1950 to 1969: Certificate Period
Printed certificates began to appear and were given to employees along with their emblematic jewelry.

1970 to 1979: Heirloom Period
Awards with heirloom status became popular. Crystal, silver, watches and clocks became standard offerings.

1980 to 1989: Merchandise Period
Gift offerings began to include lifestyle merchandise in addition to emblematic and heirloom items.

1990 to 1999: Internet Period
The Internet began to replace printed materials and opened the door for automation. Lifestyle awards used away from the workplace began to dominate program offerings.

2000 to 2009: Social Period
The Internet expanded and programs became social recognition conduits for domestic and global audiences. Lifestyle merchandise continued to expand.

2010 to present: Mobile Period
Communications are moving from the desktop to the phone. New offerings like digital downloads and donations to Charitable Organizations are gaining acceptance.

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Steve Huffman BI WORLDWIDE

Steve Huffman

Vice President
Recognition Services

As VP of Recognition Services, Steve works with an experienced team of Design and Delivery Specialists that are devoted to the development and distribution of symbolic and lifestyle merchandise awards programs. His focus is on the customer’s needs and expectations as they relate to recognition systems and individual award initiatives. Steve has been a member of the Recognition Team for over 25 years and with BI WORLDWIDE for more than 30.