New in employee awards: full-color sublimation on slate or acrylic

Employees love to feel appreciated. They want to know that they matter to the company; they want to know that the work they do is integral to the company’s success.

That’s why great Whatcom County leaders will be sure to reward team members throughout the year with efforts like Employee of the Month and Team Member of the Year campaigns.

Companies don’t have to stop with recognition, though. A recent report from Harvard Business Review notes that appreciation — simply thanking employees for being who they are — can go a long way toward connecting and building trust with team members.

A recognition award idea that’s been all the rage lately uses the sublimation process to unique and completely customizable awards that team members will be proud to display on their desks or in their homes.

What is sublimation?

Sublimation is a pretty cool process through which ink is made part of a product to forever join the image and the product itself. Sublimation can be done with many products, including T-shirts, acrylic and even stone.

Think of it as a full-color tattoo that takes just minutes to apply and lasts for as long as the award itself.

Here at LaserPoint Awards & Promotional Solutions, we have been using sublimation techniques to create eye-catching and one-of-a-kind plaques and awards right here in our Bellingham office.

These are wonderful choices for such things as employee awards; your Employee of the Month or Top Performer of the Year awards could feature actual images of the business or even the employee! Sublimation works well for gifts of appreciation, too; the plaques could feature custom quotes of inspiration or even fun anecdotes about the employee. With a process this unique, the possibilities for personalization are endless.

How sublimation works:

Sublimation is a process that uses heat to transform inks into a gas, in which state they are infused, on the molecular level, with the product being printed. Using special inks, LaserPoint prints the image onto heat transfer paper. That image is taped to the substrate — a block of acrylic, for example, or a piece of slate stone — and placed into a heat press. A few minutes and about 400 F later, the product can be removed from the press. Here’s a short video showing one example of how the sublimation process works to apply a photograph to a slate tablet.

The sublimation process works well with acrylic awards. The image is infused into the back of the acrylic, so that it shows through from behind when viewed from the front. The result is a modern three-dimensional look for unique and personal awards.

The process also works well with special stone slate tablets that are specific to this purpose. Because no two pieces of slate are the same, the awards are truly unique. The image is sublimated into the front of the stone, with the chipped edges of the slate acting as a built-in frame.

When you’re ready to get started on custom sublimation awards for your Whatcom County or Skagit County business, reach out to us here at LaserPoint. We can’t wait to talk fun ideas!