Bonus points for service awards (Editor’s notes)

Traditional awards still popular, but flexibility is key
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/04/2010

In this issue, we’ve taken a look at how service awards are evolving (see article #7694) and published the results from our survey on how employers are using them (see article #7691).

In Danielle Harder’s story (article 7694), we hear a familiar refrain from HR professionals — young workers aren’t interested in service awards and they don’t like the gifts employers have traditionally handed out. Yet, when we look at the results of the Canadian HR Reporter survey, we find the most popular service award handed out by employers is jewelry. And, when employees are given a choice in their award, the most popular gift is jewelry.

Clearly, news of the death of traditional service awards has been greatly exaggerated, to borrow from Mark Twain.