The year was 2004 and my wife and I were on a fantastic sales incentive trip in Bermuda. We had a great time (as you might expect). But one of the unexpected highlights of the trip came when we were given the “Sales Leader” award by the company. We were thrilled, to say the least. Then, as one of the awards, we were given a watch. At the time I was excited about all of the recognition, and I put on the watch right away. It became a symbol of that night for me. I didn’t always think of that evening when I checked the time…but I often did!
A New Wrist Award
I am reminded of that because when I was recognized recently as a Rising Star in the Promotional Products industry, I was given a new watch! The simple fact is, I was very excited. I promptly took the old watch off (yes it was still the one from that night in Bermuda) and attached the new one to my wrist.
Maybe you think that some people don’t wear watches anymore. “They have a phone for that!” And maybe some people don’t. But I don’t think watches are going away. And more importantly, you should never pass up the opportunity to make your team feel this special.
If your organization would like to call out people or teams in a personal way, a watch might be the perfect award. This might just be the award they wear on their wrist, every day. I speak from experience when I say, “It is a powerful and positive reminder.”
If you want to say “thanks” for a job well done, then an everyday reminder is not a bad way to go.