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Steps to Take Your Employee Long Service Awards to the Next Level

We all know that keeping your team motivated and engaged is key to a thriving workplace. One fantastic way to achieve this is through employee long service awards – a celebration of loyalty and dedication that truly deserves the spotlight. At Virgin Incentives, we’re all about turning those work milestones into unforgettable experiences, and we’re here to share some top-notch tips on taking your long service awards to the next level!

Gift Personalised Experiences:

Personalised rewards are one of the key trends of reward and recognition in 2024, so it’s important to choose a gift that is personalised to your employee. Make your long service awards memorable by tailoring them to each employee’s unique interests. Our range of products from Virgin Experience Days has something for everyone, from spa enthusiasts to adrenaline junkies. Picture your team members unwinding in a luxurious spa or conquering the skies with a thrilling skydiving adventure!

Group Celebrations:

Strengthen the bonds within your team by transforming long service milestones into group celebrations. Imagine the collective excitement of a supercar driving day or the shared awe during a helicopter ride over the picturesque British landscapes. Even a a small team lunch out together can make a huge difference. These experiences not only honour the individual but also foster a sense of camaraderie among your team members.

Recognition that Lasts:

Unlike traditional gifts, experiences linger in the memory for much longer. Instead of a forgettable certificate and flowers, gift your employees an experience they’ll talk about for years. Every time they reminisce about that amazing getaway or thrilling flying lesson, they’ll be reminded of your appreciation. Even cash bonuses will be forgotten very quickly as they will often be spent on everyday things such as groceries or bills, move beyond forgettable gifts and embrace recognition that lasts.

Flexibility with Gift Cards:

Life is all about choices, and so should be your long service awards. Sometimes, you might get stuck thinking of a gift that your employee will love and maybe you need a bit of flexibility. Consider using Virgin Incentives gift cards, allowing recipients to choose from over 100 of the UK’s biggest brands. This flexibility ensures that your employees get a reward that truly resonates with their preferences. Maybe they’d like to catch a movie at Odeon, get some new furniture from Ikea, enjoy a meal out at Miller & Carter or even purchase some top of the range wines from Virgin Wines, the Virgin Incentives Gift Card has it all. 

Showcase on Social Media:

Spread the joy beyond office walls! With permission, showcase your employees’ long service awards on your company’s social media platforms. This not only adds a personal touch but also demonstrates to the world that your company values and celebrates its dedicated workforce. Sharing a post on your company’s LinkedIn account for example can really create a buzz around your employee’s milestone and will encourage even more years of service. 

Seamless Implementation:

The last thing you want is a complicated awards system. Virgin Incentives makes it easy for you to integrate our experiences and gift cards into your long service awards program by offering all of our products as physical vouchers and gift cards or as digital alternatives which can be sent via email. We don’t do contracts, we have no hidden fees and we don’t ask for minimum spend, all of that is uncool and not our style. With a dedicated account manager, we ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience for both you and your team.

Company Announcements: 

A company announcement serves as a powerful tool to enhance your employee long service awards scheme by fostering a positive company culture, boosting morale, and creating an environment where employees feel valued and appreciated for their contributions. Remember to shout out about their achievements and success stories since they’ve been with the company as well as their funny moments to add a fun light-hearted touch to the announcement.

We believe that every milestone is a unique chapter, and every employee deserves an experience that transcends the ordinary. Ready to transform your employee long service awards from routine to remarkable? Virgin Incentives is your partner in creating a workplace where loyalty is not just acknowledged but celebrated in style. Dive into our extensive range of experiences and gift cards today, and let the celebrations unfold! Find out more below: 

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