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    Whew, six weeks into my internship and I am just getting into the Baudville groove! I got my name plate on my cubicle and can finally clear a paper jam in the printer. But I am constantly experiencing new things about Baudville every day. For example do you know how we actually recognize our employees and co-workers?

    Last week was a busy week of recognition for the whole company. We had baby showers, birthdays (mine!), casual days, and an entire company meeting. I‘ve never experienced so much celebrating with my co-workers before and who knew it would be such a blast!

    I attended my first entire company meeting last week. I know what you are thinking right now, a “dull” meeting cannot include recognition. Absolutely it can and the best part, the meeting becomes exciting! Everyone gathered in a huge room located in our distribution center. Our CEO, Brad Darooge, gave us some encouragement for the upcoming six months and recognized us for achieving goals in the first half of the year.

    Next, Cindy, the Human Resources Manager talked about how our Health and Fitness challenge is going thus far. (For those who don’t know, currently we have undergone a “friendly,” 10 week, Health and Fitness competition here at Baudville). On the first day of the competition we all received t-shirts displaying our work out pride. We received new water bottles to stay hydrated. Finally, she opened the floor for employees to share personal Health and Fitness goals. It was a great way for the whole company to encourage and praise people for a job well done.  

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    Since the whole company got together, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a mini competition. We were given plastic bags, scotch tape, string, and tissue paper. With these random elements we had to cushion an egg so that when it dropped it didn’t splatter everywhere. Whoever kept the yolk in their egg won points for their Health and Fitness challenge team. The absurd concoctions caused a lot of laughter and conversation in the days after.

    I also found out this week that birthdays are a huge deal at Baudville. At the beginning of the month, birthday cards get passed from cubicle to cubicle and are filled with special notes or drawings. Then on your birthday, you receive your card with a little present inside. Lastly, you have to choose where your birthday lunch is going to be so co-workers can take you out to celebrate.


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    These are just some ways we have been recognizing co-workers lately and having fun here at Baudville. Other companies have been doing a great job recognizing as well. Tell me about some big or little ways you’ve recognized your employees or co-workers lately!



    Kendra is the newest Baudvillian. She is currently an advertising intellectual at Grand Valley State University, and is ecstatic about the change of atmosphere as Baudville’s web marketing intern. Watch out because this young professional just touched down at Baudville.

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    ePraise® is Baudville's free recognition ecard tool that is an easy and fun way to incorporate daily recognition into your workplace. Our ecards are available in many of our popular recognition themes so you can easily coordinate with other gifts.

    Send a Free ePraise recognition ecard today!
    It's been a while since ePraise launched and it was about time to update it and make it even easier for you to find and send ecards!

    Wow! Check out these great enhancements:

    • Find the perfect card easily with the new selection layout
    • Save time and schedule your ePraises with the new date and time scheduler
    • Share ePraise with your colleagues, co-workers and friends to pass on the recognition with our easy to share buttons
    • The recipient can easily print the ecard with a click of a button
    • Easily allows the recipient to quickly send a special thank you ePraise to the ecard sender
    • Quick links to top products and resources to help keep those recognition ideas flowing after you send your ecards
    Also, just in case you didn't know, you can also...
    • Sign in to your account to save your ePraise history
    • Use the handy tips writing guide to help you write the perfect note on any ecard
    • Know exactly when the recipient views the ecard with the automatic email that is sent to you after pick up

    So make sure to take advantage of this fanstastic free tool offered by Baudville and send an ePraise now!


    Kimberly is the Baudville Website Manager and star of our online product videos. She applies her knowledge of the web to create the ultimate online experience for Baudville customers.

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    Certificates are a popular award because of their low price point and easy customization capabilities.  Because Customer Service Week and year end award ceremonies are just around the corner, I wanted to take a more careful look at certificate design to help you prepare for the busy award season!

    There are three steps to creating an impressive certificate award. First, choose your components, such as paper, folder, seals, ribbons, and frames. Second, format the certificate design with templates and award verses. Finally, make a memorable presentation to the recipient.

    1. Award Components
    A certificate starts with your paper selection. Depending on the occasion, you may prefer a more traditional certificate design, like our popular scallop design. Or you may prefer the glitz and glam the foil certificate designs offer. One of the main benefits of the foil-stamped papers is the addition of an award title. Certificates have a variety of different sentiments, including “Excellence,” “Certificate of Completion,” or “Academic Star.” Depending on the award occasion, the foil-stamped design can enhance your award.

    Get Certificate Design Tips Once you’ve selected the certificate paper, choose a folder or frame to display the certificate. Rather than presenting the certificate on its own, the added display tool helps to make a grand impression on the recipient and anyone witnessing the award. Choose a certificate seal to make your award look official, and add a ribbon for color.

    2. Certificate Formatting
    To simplify the certificate design process, use a template that is already formatted with the appropriate margins and spacing. Next, decide what you want to say on your certificate. Visit our Certificate Idea Gallery for inspiration and download our Sample Award Certificate Titles for ideas. An award certificate design usually includes a title, award verse, the recipient’s name, date, and the signature from a leader. The font you choose also contributes to the design. The award title should be the largest text on the certificate, and the recipient’s name the second largest.

    Font choice is also an important part of your certificate design. If your certificate is for a formal award, such as a service anniversary, you will want to use a formal serif font. But if you’re having fun with certificates and using goofy award titles, you can have a little fun!

    3. Memorable Presentation
    The final step in the certificate creation process is presenting the certificate to the award recipient. Now that you’ve invested a lot of time and effort into carefully designing your certificate, you want to make sure your presentation hits the mark! Take time before your award presentation to consider what you want to say. Download our Award Presentation Guide for useful tips to help you prepare!

    Do you consider yourself an expert certificate designer? Share your tips with us in the comments below!


    Cori is Baudville's in-house Recognitionista (she's officially a Certified Recognition Professional, too)  and a member of the Millennial generation. Get her employee recognition tips and special discounts by liking Baudville on Facebook.

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    One of the greatest new tools in our Managers' Corner this year is our 30-Day Recognition Mission. The inspiration for this product came about a year ago when our CEO held an inspirational meeting for a team of us that were about to be tasked with doing a little blue sky thinking. He hoped that this TED talk by Matt Cutts might drum up a little "we can do it" team spirit, and while it certainly did that, it also inspired a wonderful new product that can bring big change to your workplace in just 30 short days.

    The idea behind Matt Cutts' talk is that if you really want something badly enough, you can do anything for 30 days. And, as it turns out, 30 days is just the perfect amount of time to build a new habit into your lifestyle, or let an old habits fall to the wayside!

    Enter in the 30-Day Recognition Mission! This product line has been designed to help managers on all levels within the organization build habits of recognition, appreciation, awareness, and ultimately individual and team growth.

    30-Day Mission

    We've developed 4 different sets to accommodate all management scenarios:
    The 30-Day Recognition Mission: Excel as a NEW MANAGER in just 30 days!
    The 30-Day Recognition Mission: MASTERING MANAGEMENT in just 30 days!
    The 30-Day Recognition Mission: Build a SUPREME TEAM in just 30 days!
    The 30-Day Recognition Mission: Become an INSPIRING LEADER in just 30 days!
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    Each mission comes with 30 activity cards, and when I say activity, don't let that scare you. Some days you are simply inspired by a quote, while others you are prompted to take some time in your journal (we've included one with every 30-Day Mission so no excuses!), and every 3rd day you will be encouraged to get out and act on the new habits you are building.
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    Whether you're a brand new manager, a seasoned veteran in the management field, team leader, or a leader in the C-Suite, our 30-Day Missions will help you build better relationships with your team members, peers, and the people around you.

    Ready for the icing on the cake? Once you've received your 30-Day Mission, head online to register your product. We'll be there with you each step of the way, cheering you on, reminding you how awesome you are, helping you to gain as much from your 30-Day commitment as possible. And at the end of it all? A sweet reward just for you: your very own 30-Day Recognition Mission Twist Top Tumbler! But you have to start, register, and FINISH the mission first!

    Ready? Let's do this! I can't wait to hear about your results!


    As a team member since 2005, Falon has worn just about every hat the ‘ville has to offer. She’s seen both sides of working life — as an employee and as a manager — so if it sounds like she knows what she’s talking about, we’re pretty sure that’s why. When she’s not juggling between the IDville and Baudville brands, she’s been known to whip up a mean diorama - just like that!

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    As we continue to troubleshoot some of the HR issues that came up at SHRM 2014, I have to say I was pretty surprised that so many attendees are still feeling that lack of budget is one of them. I don't want to put Baudville out of business or anything, but I'm here to tell you that some of the best recognition is free or darn near

    Sure, sometimes money talks and other times big shiny awards shout, but what's really important in most people's days are the small moments of appreciation and encouragement. If you think you can't afford a recognition program, you should know that, these days, you can't afford not to have one. And, if you follow these simple ideas, you can reap all of the benefits without breaking the bank.

    The Magic Touch. High-fives, handshakes, and pats on the back are all perfectly acceptable ways of giving on-the-spot, totally free recognition. Served up strategically, by the right person at the right time, they have day-changing power. Trust me on this. I've experienced it firsthand.

    Public Displays of Appreciation. This next no-cost recognition idea comes from one of my favorite virtual consultants: Harvard Business Review. Giving verbal props to a deserving employee at an all staff or a more private team meeting is a meaningful form of acknowledgement that gives the recipient a pride-worthy and memorable moment. You only spend a little bit of your time, but you earn ten-fold in employee satisfaction. Here's an abridged version of HBR's advice:

    "…because recognition is a powerful motivator, you need to find ways to give it. Try sending written acknowledgment, like a thank-you email with senior management copied. In team discussions, recognize behaviors that people should continue. Hold sessions focused on positive feedback and have everyone share what they appreciate about each team member, whether specific contributions or general strengths. Finally, share credit publicly." (You can read the entire tip of the day here.)

    Group Love. If you're operating with little or no recognition budget, you can still build a culture of recognition, by inviting everyone's participation. Peer-to-peer recognition not only takes pressure off managers, but, by nature, it costs little or nothing. Think small notes, Shout Outs™, free downloads, and free ePraise. Make these tools accessible to your team and provide incentives (like casual days) for participation, and you'll achieve a robust program for less than a daily trip to the vending machine.



    Allison is a self-proclaimed Copywriting Diva and has the certificate to prove it! She's been writing for Baudville for five years and has worked in a variety of business settings for 20 years. Before becoming a professional writer 13 years ago, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She's what we call a true believer!


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  • 08/04/14--11:08: Celebrate Coast Guard Day!
  • In Michigan, we are blessed with super-great summers (usually), where you can find families soaking up the sun on the beaches all over the state. I love spending my summer weekends on the lake! If you ever get a chance to visit Michigan, I recommend doing so in the summer time—it's gorgeous!

    About 50 miles west of Baudville is a town called Grand Haven or, during the summer months, "Coast Guard City, USA." Every year, Grand Haven hosts the Coast Guard Festival , which is a ten-day event to honor members of the US Coast Guard. Over 340,000 attend the festivities that include parades, a carnival, ship tours, fireworks, and more!

    This year the festival ended August 3rd. It usually begins the last week of July and ends right around August 4th, which happens to be Coast Guard Day. Though Coast Guard Day is usually just celebrated internally among service members, Coast Guard Festival is a great way to celebrate those men and women externally!

    So, if you know anyone who is currently in the Coast Guard or has served in the past, send them an ePraise today, or a Shout Out™. Let them know their job doesn't go unnoticed!

    Or, if you get the chance to come to Michigan, be sure to visit Coast Guard City, USA!


    Jenny became a Baudvillian in 2013 and started out as a member of our sales team. She seemed to have a creative knack for Marketing and joined ranks with Krista in 2014 as Baudville's second Web Marketing Coordinator. She loves our products and probably owns every piece of drinkware we have to offer! Equipped with great knowledge of our customers and products, she's excited to help make your web experience even better

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    Did you know that in the next five years, a whopping 18% of the workplace could retire? Yep, the Baby Boomers (the generation born between 1946 and 1964) are getting to that age when they're ready to trade cubicle walls for wide open spaces, business casual for casual-casual, and the daily commute for quiet stroll around the neighborhood.

    Are you prepared? We're not just talking about ensuring that you have adequate staff who are well trained to fill the shoes of those soon to move on...we're also talking about the fun part: the retirement party!

    It turns out, a lot of our customers do have employee retirement on the brain—and we know this because they've been asking us for tips and ideas on how to celebrate, what to give as retirement gifts, and best presentation practices for honoring retirees.

    I've started creating some information for those searching for help, and my first article featuring top retirement gifts is now available in Baudville's Recognition Resource Center.

    Check it out and stay tuned for more as I continue this series through the month of August!


    Allison is currently living out the elaborate fantasy she described to her now-former staff and colleagues in early 2001. With a hearty dose of courage and absolutely no plan of action, she abruptly left her middle-management job to become a writer—and today she is doing just that in her role as Baudville’s Senior Content Writer. She’s here to tell you everything she’s learned in her 20-years+ professional life, plus a lot more. She’s wordy like that!


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    So many of us have cell phones, iPads, tablets, desktop computers, laptops: every electronic device you can think of. We are constantly on them all day long! It's the power of technology that has taken over not only work life, but our home life too. There are numerous studies out there about how much time we are spending on our electronic devices nowadays, but I want to touch on something that is getting lost: the hand-written note, and the power the hand-written note can have on someone.
    For years and years my mom would make me write a thank you note to my family members after every Christmas
    or birthday. They would all read the same, "Thank you so much for the… I loved it. Love, Jen" And, every year, I never understood why I would send basically the same card to the same person. But it wasn't until I got older, I realized it wasn't what the card said, but it was the gesture of writing the card that was important.

    The power of the hand-written note may have gotten lost over the years, but you can bring it back to your office! Here a few quick tips that will help you make it just a little easier!

    1. Stock up on stationary. From greeting cards, to our Caboodles® and mini note cards, we have every theme, design, and size for all your hand-written note needs!
    2. Schedule time throughout the week. Set aside maybe 15 minutes each morning to write your notes and then they are taken care of and you won't forget. Make it part of your daily routine!
    3. Be professional, but personal. Don't make it too stuffy, but make your colleague feel like you didn't just write this note to everyone in the company! Add a personal touch to it. Maybe bring up something you recently talked about. Let them know you appreciate them!
    4. Check spelling and grammar. If you want, have someone proof read it! It's better to be safe than sorry. I'll be the first to tell you someone proofreads my blog every time before it gets posted on here.

    Don't forget to just take the time and add a personal touch to someone's day by sending them a hand-written note. Your gesture will go a long way!


    Jenny became a Baudvillian in 2013 and started out as a member of our sales team. She seemed to have a creative knack for Marketing and joined ranks with Krista in 2014 as Baudville's second Web Marketing Coordinator. She loves our products and probably owns every piece of drinkware we have to offer! Equipped with great knowledge of our customers and products, she's excited to help make your web experience even better!

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    As I mentioned in my first post in this series, in the next five years many members of the Baby Boomer Generation will be retiring. They could be leaving companies they've been with for 40-plus years or five years—and, while honoring them in a meaningful way is a must, the way they are celebrated will likely be different depending on their years of service. 

    The Informal Get Together. Over the years, in your working life, you've probably had colleagues leave your company for new opportunities. How do you sendthose folks off? Maybe you host a happy hour or afternoon party with close coworkers and present a casual parting gift with hearty well wishes. Consider a similar retirement celebration for your retirees who don't have as much longevity with your company. Make sure to have a card signed by everyone and an appreciation gift as a memento of their time with your organization. Our Dedicated Service Award Card Gift Pack makes an ideal gift, and comes (conveniently!) in graduated card values. They'll appreciate the gesture and you'll give them a proper goodbye that's befitting the situation. 

    The Semi-Formal Celebration. For somewhat longer-term employees, consider a more involved retirement celebration. If you have a large meeting area or lunchroom, you can plan an onsite catered event or potluck (and there should definitely be cake!) with everyone in the company invited. You'll want to have some structure to your party—with a welcome announcement and a presentation with a prepared speech and keepsake award for your retiree. Our Jade Glass Trophies are a customer favorite that are priced just right for the occasion.

    The Elaborate and Formal Ceremony. Imagine what it would be like for those who have worked for your company for most of, or their entire, careers. They probably started in entry-level roles, and, over the years, established themselves as mainstays of your organization—and contributed a great deal to your success as they grew. These are your most important honorees, as they represent loyalty and dedication you want others to emulate. The location of these types of retirement celebrations should be offsite at an upscale venue, and involve not only colleagues, but the retiree's friends and family, as well. Our Event Planning Checklist will help you with the fine details, but also schedule in extra time for a speech from the retiree and any attendees who want to say a few words. Remember, this will be a proud and memorable moment, and the retirement award you give from your company will communicate respect as well as the weight of the occasion. Baudville offers a beautiful selection of premium trophies—many of which are exclusively designed by our talented artists.

    However and whomever you commemorate, take these ideas into consideration as you plan your retirement celebrations. And, don't forget: our recognition specialists are at your service if you need help! Give us a call today at 800.728.0888!


    Allison is currently living out the elaborate fantasy she described to her now-former staff and colleagues in early 2001. With a hearty dose of courage and absolutely no plan of action, she abruptly left her middle-management job to become a writer—and today she is doing just that in her role as Baudville’s Senior Content Writer. She’s here to tell you everything she’s learned in her 20-years+ professional life, plus a lot more. She’s wordy like that!

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    Today is a special day that doesn't get a whole lot of attention or recognition: Senior Citizens Day. We're here to shed some light on the meaning of this special day and give you ideas for what you can do to celebrate! 

    Senior Citizen's Day was proclaimed by Ronald Reagan on August 21st, 1988. In his explanation, Reagan wrote, "For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older — places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity."

    So, today, do a little something extra for any senior citizens you come in contact with. Hold the door open for them, carry their groceries to their car, volunteer at a nursing home, or call your grandparents just to say hi. But, while doing those nice little extras, do yourself a favor and engage them in conversation. Senior citizens have experienced so much during their lives; their life stories are so interesting and full of history. I promise, if you take the time to listen, you won't be disappointed!

    Set aside some time today to show the seniors in your life how much they are appreciated and cared about!


    Krista is the 'ville's Web Marketing Coordinator. She came to us in 2012 as part of our stellar Sales team. Using her experience with Baudville customers, she helps create an online experience we're sure you will enjoy! Being the chatterbox she is, she truly misses talking with all of you so don't be shy and drop her a line!