Showing appreciation to your employees is one of the most important things you can do to keep your team functioning at the high level you need. Whether it is an annual event, retirement or at the end of an important project – appreciation awards can go a long way to show your employees that their efforts are noticed and that they are an important part of your team.

Appreciation Award Details

Once you have chosen the right appreciation plaque or gift, you might have a problem deciding on what to include along with your appreciation plaque. Here are a few ideas:

  • Date
  • Company logo
  • Make sure the employee’s name is spelled correctly
  • Name of the award
  • Name of the organization or event
  • Reason for the award

The date or dates are important. If it is a retirement or years of service award, make sure the dates are clear and correct. From the date of hire to retirement or the current date will be a reminder of the important years served in your company.

The company logo will give the plaque an official and valid aspect to this important award.

Above all, make sure the employee’s name is spelled correctly. Nothing is worse than handing a valued employee a congratulatory plaque with a misspelled name.

The name of the award is important as well. A length-of-service award should say just that or make sure if it is a project well-done, state the name of the project.

Descriptive Words to Use

The wording on the award is just as important as the award itself. You want the wording to encourage the recipient to continue working hard. You also want others to see that they can reach the same heights as the current recipient.

Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with exactly the right adjective or description to use when stating a person’s action or the traits that have gotten him or her the gift. To save you from looking in a Thesaurus, here are a few words and phrases that might help.

  • Dedication
  • Grateful appreciation
  • Enthusiasm
  • Humble
  • Initiative
  • Quickly and thoroughly
  • Shining example
  • Talent
  • Team contributions
  • Timeless service

When it comes time for appreciation plaques or other types of awards, the most important thing to the recipient is how heartfelt the wishes are. At the time of presentation, make sure the audience is quiet and that attention is being paid to what is going on at the podium or the head of the table.

Appreciation is Key

The bottom line is that you want the recipient to feel appreciated and that his or her efforts are important to the company and noticed by management. Recognition awards will be cherished by the recipients for years to come and will show all of your employees that you appreciate their dedication and hard work.