Olympic gold medalist Dan Gable said, “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”
Symbolic awards represent the hard work, effort, and dedication one puts into their craft. And symbolism in employee recognition awards tells the stories of the accomplishments and contributions of your employees. Custom awards with symbolism can reinforce your company’s purpose, brand, and workplace culture, and help employees feel they belong to a workplace community. Let’s look at a few of symbolism’s superpowers.
Research from the O.C. Tanner Institute’s 2023 Global Culture Report found that thoughtful, high-quality symbolic awards that reflect a company’s culture produced a higher emotional impact in employees than cash, gift cards, and generic awards. And when a recognition experience includes an award with symbolism, employees’ feelings of connection with their team, leader, and the organization increase:
Employees are also more likely to do great work and stay with the organization when they receive symbolism during key career milestones.
Probability of great work when symbolism is included in a recognition experience at key career milestones.
Probability of retention when symbolism is included in a recognition experience at key career milestones.
When organizations use symbolism often and early in an employee’s career with them, they can improve not only the recognition experience but also the employee’s perceptions of the organization, and even business results:
Learn more about symbolism’s superpower and how you can use symbolic awards to create a thriving culture in our 2023 Global Culture Report.
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