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Unique Employee Recognition Idea: Elmer's Award

September 23, 2009

Our sales manager was traveling recently in Oregon and came back with a fun recognition story that I thought I’d share.

Liberty Bank in Eugene recognizes outstanding employees with a unique award that’s all their own. It’s called the Elmer’s Award. Like the name suggests, the award is an emptied bottle of Elmer’s Glue that is mounted on a plaque with engraving explaining how the recipient is the “glue” that holds Liberty together and makes them a leader in southern Oregon banking. The HR manager at Liberty Bank says that more than any other award, the Elmer’s Award is coveted.

Liberty’s Elmer’s Award follows the principles of award theory with the bank’s own twist: The award is exclusive– it can’t be bought. It’s symbolic of the achievement; and it reflects the unique culture of the organization.

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