Another year is almost behind us. It’s in these final weeks of the year that we all take stock of what we’ve done, what we’ve seen, who we’ve shared it with. We look over pictures, write out holiday cards, give and receive awards and rewards for another successful year. One of my favorite aspects of December is going shopping, or traveling, anywhere really, where I get to see people in all different service positions wearing their collection of service lapel pins. You see them at department stores, on planes, at your local coffee shop. The recognition is different in every industry, but the sentiment is the same: your hard work has not gone unnoticed.
Many large businesses have these programs in place for their employees, ways to keep incentive high and also morale. They’re small and don’t break a company budget, but their function is gratitude, and that’s no small matter. Years of service, most sales, best customer feedback, most improved, these categories zero in on each person’s strengths and ensure that they know not only that they made a difference in 2013, but also exactly what their particular strengths were.
I try to always make mention when I see someone wearing these service lapel pins when I’m out and about. Take the time to read them and lend my agreement to their achievements. These individuals wear their awards with pride, and as someone who helps supply those throughout the country and world, I feel a sense of pride when I see them worn. It’s the circle of life, folks. (I dare you to not start humming songs from the Lion King now, I dare you.)