Keeping your employees motivated and happy at work always leads to better productivity and an improved bottom line. Achieving a supportive and encouraging working environment does not need to be difficult either. It can be as simple as acknowledging and recognizing the contributions of those who go above and beyond to get the job done. Offering success awards to those who have genuinely earned them improves morale and creates a strong, cohesive team.

When to Give Success Awards

There are a few different situations where a success award is a perfect response to an employee’s accomplishments. Staff members or teams who are able to exceed sales goals, who have been instrumental in breaking into a new market or gaining a new client, or who have been a key part of a major project all deserve some kind of recognition for their efforts.

What to Keep in Mind

Figuring out who to give an award to is easy; trying to tell the engraver what to put on the plaque is much harder. There are a few general rules you can keep in mind to make it much easier. The first is to start with the five Ws:

  • Who are you recognizing? Include their name and title
  • What is the name of the award? Try to go for descriptive names, rather than ones based on puns, as your staff members may want to include these awards on resumes
  • Where is the award coming from? This may be the name of the company or department.
  • When the award is delivered. This is typically the year, though you may want to include the month as well
  • Why the award is being given.

The next thing to think about is the size of the award itself. A large plaque containing a ton of text may look great on a larger trophy, but if you are handing out something smaller, it can be cramped and hard to read.

Success Award Wording Ideas

Here are a few wording ideas to get you started:

Award Wording Idea #1

Thank you for all that you do!

Your hard work is why we have succeeded.

Recipient Name

Title

Company Name

Year

Award Wording Idea #2

Award Title

Your Contributions Have Helped Us Achieve So Much

Thank You for Your Hard Work

Recipient Name

Title

Company Name

Year

Award Wording Idea #3

Recipient Name

Date

Company Name

We Did It!

Thank You for Helping Us Achieve Our Goals

Year

Award Name

Award Wording Idea #4

Company Logo

Project Name

Thank You for Making Project Name a Great Success!

Recipient Name

Title

Year

Award Title

Award Wording Idea #5

Company Name

Proudly Presents

Award Name

To Recipient Name

In Recognition of Your Contributions to Our Team/Company/Project

Year

Conclusion

The most important thing is to be genuine. Don’t use superlatives unless you mean them. For example, if the person is not the Best Employee Ever, consider using a term like “Employee of the Month” instead.

The wording of employee awards is a very important thing to get right, especially if your goal in giving them out is to motivate and encourage your staff members. The ideas above are great places to start, though if you are stuck, you can always contact Able Recognition to ask for additional help or suggestions.