GENERAL RECOGNITION

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. takes pride in our associates and the success they strive for every day.

Whether celebrating a service anniversary, recognizing the achievement of a performance goal, or highlighting a specific milestone, associates’ outstanding performance and dedicated service is rewarded and recognized with a variety of programs, such as Catch the Spirit, People First, and the Howard Lester Award of Excellence, as well as a variety of programs which are utilized in specific operation locations.

HOWARD LESTER

The annual Howard Lester Award of Excellence is Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s highest honor. Recipients exemplify Howard’s Rules — our Guiding Principles — and demonstrate the values that are the essence of our culture: delighting customers, inspiring others, and focusing on quality and continuous improvement. All WSI full-time, part-time and casual associates are eligible for nomination.

PAT CONNOLLY SPIRIT OF INNOVATION AWARD

This award was created to honor Pat Connolly – WSI’s former Chief Marketing Officer – for his 37 years of innovative service to Williams-Sonoma Inc. A continuous spirit of innovation in all areas within the company has been a significant factor in our success over the past 60 years. From Chuck’s first store, with its innovative approach to merchandising, to the development of our multi-channel strategy, associates at all levels have brought forth and successfully implemented innovative ideas that have made this continuous growth possible.

PEOPLE FIRST

Each year the People First award honors managers of others who consistently inspire their teams to reach new levels of performance and create an environment in which our associates can excel. All managers of others across the organization are eligible for nomination.

CATCH THE SPIRIT

The quarterly Catch the Spirit recognition program is designed to recognize and reward associates who consistently embrace the values of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and embody the spirit and the culture of the Company. All WSI full-time managers and below are eligible to be nominated for the Award.