Most work anniversary gifts are actually demotivating.

Despite good intentions, traditional work anniversary gifts—like plaques, blenders, and golf bags—can leave employees feeling underwhelmed, or worse, bitter. But each anniversary is a critical moment in the employee experience that you can’t afford to squander. With Blueboard, you can mark these milestones with personalized experiences that show your employees they’re seen and valued.

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Keep long-term employees motivated with Blueboard Anniversary Awards.

Blueboard makes it easy for you to celebrate employees for their time, energy, and continued dedication to your organization, in a way that means something to them.

Rewards That Show You Care

Show your people you understand what’s most important to them with personalized, experiential rewards.

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Time is our most precious resource as humans, and your long-term employees are choosing to give you their time and energy. With Blueboard, you can give them the gift of time in the form of an experience curated to their interests.

Automation That Saves You Time

Sourcing and sending meaningful work anniversary gifts can cost hundreds of admin hours, especially for larger teams.

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With our automation tool, Anniversary Engine, you can feed employee data into the Blueboard platform and automatically send rewards on an employee's work anniversary. You can approve rewards in advance and schedule them to be delivered so employees can experience their gift in the moment.

 A Program That Gets People Talking

Experiences are innately share-worthy, and this sharing builds employee connections and excitement.

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Every time an employee talks about their anniversary reward, they build program excitement. Teammates get insight into each other’s lifestyles and interests, and they get to dream about the experiences they’ll choose on their own anniversary.

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“Our team members value having a choice of experiences for their anniversary gift that reflect their varied interests and passions. Our Blueboard partnership elevates two of our core company values—generosity and openness—year after year. Some organizations have eliminated recognition for service anniversaries; we’re investing in it for the future. Blueboard enables us to deliver meaningful recognition at scale.”
Vina Leite
Chief People Officer
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DESIGN YOUR PROGRAM

How to build a work anniversary program people stick around for.

Every work anniversary is an opportunity for you to improve the employee experience and boost engagement and long-term motivation. Here's how:

Work anniversary awards should map to the length of an employee’s tenure. The longer an employee has been at your company, the more significant their award should be, for example:

  • Year 1: A wine tasting experience

  • Year 2: Family day at an amusement park

  • Year 3: Glamping in Joshua Tree

  • Year 5: Learning to scuba dive in Mexico

  • Year 10: Crossing the Northern Lights off your bucket list

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Companies tend to wait too long to give anniversary awards. In 2020, average employee tenure was 4.1 years and this number is much lower for Millennial and Gen Z workers. Consider:

  • Delivering annual service awards, starting on Year 1

  • Sending the reward on the actual anniversary date

  • Giving special rewards for big milestones, like 5 or 10 years

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While anniversary award programs typically fall under the purview of HR, you should involve managers so they can personally express gratitude for their team’s contributions in a 1:1 setting. This helps:

  • Strengthen the manager-employee relationship

  • Show employees how much they’re valued

  • Give managers and employees a reason to celebrate

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Imagine the possibilities with Blueboard.

Here’s a sample structure for inspiration as you think about the right work anniversary program for your organization, plus a sampling of available Blueboard experiences:

Reward examples:

In-Home Sommelier Experience

Enjoy artisan wines and cheese with insight from a professional sommelier.

Gone Fishing

Go open boat fishing and take in beautiful views with friends (license included).

Sea Salt Therapy

Treat your mind and body at a top spa with a 4-session package.

Reward examples:

Pen to Paper

Lean into your creative side with in-person art lessons, from watercolor to drawing.

Life Coaching

Build your personalized well-being toolkit in a 4-week life coaching program.

Get Outdoors with the Family

Enjoy a year’s subscription to a family outdoor learning box. Get outside and explore!

Reward examples:

Escape to Turks and Caicos

Relax on a beachfront resort in beautiful Turks and Caicos with a loved one.

Snowmobile the Canadian Wilderness

Fly to Vancouver, Canada, stay in world-renowned Whistler, and snowmobile!

The National Treasure Experience

Head to D.C. for a full-day VIP tour, boat cruise, and explore the National Archives Building.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Get even more resources to help you build a meaningful work anniversary awards program:

Blog

Best practices to launch an employee anniversary program

Get 5 best practices and essential tips to help you launch a work anniversary program that’ll positively influence employee tenure rates.

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Guide

Work anniversary program planning guide

Go in-depth with this free guide and learn how to make work anniversary awards a key part of your employee retention strategy.

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Case Study

 How Precision BioSciences powers work anniversaries with Blueboard

See how Precision BioSciences builds hype around employee anniversary milestones with Blueboard Anniversary Awards.

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