I’m still fairly new into my career working with pins. Building up my knowledge, clientele, (vacation time!) and strengths. But I work a lot with years of service lapel pins, pieces that thank and recognize employees who have stood strong with a company through thick and thin for many years. So the concept of loyalty and longevity are always on my mind.
Right on our website we have some very classy gold pieces that have stones in the center and recognize everything from one year of service all the way to 35, which at this point in my life, seems almost too long to conceive of. But the other day I received a call from a customer requesting 50 year service pins, of which they have quite a few to recognize! I was amazed and impressed by this knowledge, and made a point to tell her so.
We live in a world where the average worker will change jobs anywhere between 5 and 15 times throughout their life. That’s becoming the norm. So unless you plan on living until you’re about 150, and working that long, our generation will not see service lapel pins distinguishin 50 years of service.
What are these companies doing to retain such loyal and dedicated employees? I’m sure the answer is varied and perhaps has a fair amount to do with the employee as well as the business. But the businesses who spend the time and money on employees, recognizing them with service lapel pins, probably have a higher rate of retention than others, for that very reason. While raises, vacations and other perks are wonderful and necessary, a hearty “thank you” seems to go an awful long way as well, and service lapel pins are a great way to do that.