Service awards given makeover

Awards evolving as younger employees eschew traditional gifts, employers become more creative — but classics aren’t dead yet
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/04/2010

Linda Karlson celebrated her 20th anniversary at forestry giant DMI this year by heading south. In addition to the more traditional Calvin Nicholls framed print, the human resources advisor also received the gift of time: 160 hours, or 20 days, of paid time off.

“I spent a month in the Caribbean and had a really nice print to hang on my wall,” she says. “Plus, I still have my regular vacation.”

DMI’s gift of time — ranging from five days for five years’ service to 25 days for 30 years — is among the increasingly different ways companies are rewarding years of service.