Valuing recognition

When was the last time you either:

  1. Honored an employee for exemplary work

or b) received an award for outstanding performance?

If it’s been awhile, chances are you have staff feeling underappreciated.

Mike stands in the Prism Place showroom with several acrylic awards.
Mike works in Prism Place and also cleans awards in the showroom.

In a study published in the Harvard Business Review, when a company has an established employee recognition program, 87% of workers feel they have a strong relationship with their direct manager, compared to just 54% of employees who identify their workplace as having a weak recognition program.

There’s also a correlation between recognizing excellence in the workplace and employee happiness. According to a 2015 study (also published in the Harvard Business Review), 70% of employees who say they’ve been praised for their work report being happy in their job. On the flip side, only 39% say they’re happy when not receiving recognition. Not surprisingly, the time since last being recognized also plays a factor in employee satisfaction; the more time has passed, the less satisfied the employee.

Prism Place’s employee recognition products can help your company boost morale, increase productivity and reduce turnover rates.

The Awards and Trophies division of Dale Rogers Training Center, which provides training and jobs for people with disabilities, is one of two companies in the nation that sands, buffs and polishes acrylic awards by hand. The end result is a beautiful, custom award worthy of your employees’ hard work and dedication.

Prism Place has many standard acrylic awards to choose from, each customizable with your company’s logo and branding. We also have the ability to print color and even texture onto our acrylic awards for a unique award. If you’re looking for something that will really impress your workers, our experienced crew can design a unique award worthy of their accomplishment.

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About Dale Rogers Training Center

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

About Prism Place

Founded in 1983, Prism Place was DRTC’s first entrepreneurial division. The Awards, Trophies and Promotional Items of the nonprofit agency advances DRTC’s mission of providing jobs for people with disabilities who hand sand, buff and polish acrylic awards, assemble trophies and quality control check promo items. Learn more at: PrismPlace.org.

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2016 Governor’s Awards

The Governor’s office honors the hard work and dedication of people with disabilities in the workforce, as well as efforts by employers in fostering an inclusive environment in their respective businesses.

Congratulations to the 2016 Governor’s Disability Employment Awards of Excellence winners, including DRTC Employment Services Program participants Markus Mullin and Clay Stephens who both work at St. Ann’s Retirement Center, and to Ken Holt with Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma, who received a Business Award for hiring people with disabilities.

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Denise Young, DRTC Employment Training Specialist, said in her nomination of Stephens, “His upbeat personality and willingness to work hard has really impressed the staff at St. Ann’s.”

Mullin, who also works at St. Ann’s, also received a Award of Excellence. “He anticipates what needs to be done and does it before being asked,” said Young in her nomination letter.

Embassy Suites in Norman was one of several companies receiving an award in the Business category. The hotel hires individuals through DRTC’s Employment Services department. Embassy Suites is also the business partner for Project SEARCH to provide job skills training, support and career exploration in a variety of entry level positions and internships. Project SEARCH at Embassy Suites also includes  Norman Public Schools, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the National Center for Disability Education and Training.

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.