What Should Be Written On An Award

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When it's time to present awards to employees, you want those awards to be meaningful. You want them to be received in the same spirit in which they are given. That is a spirit of appreciation and encouragement. Conveying that message starts with the wording on the award itself.

So, what should be written on the award?

Luckily, the answer is simple. Whether you are honoring your employee with a plaque, crystal, or acrylic, stick to the basics. Keep the writing to who, what, when, where, and why, and you have it covered. 

Who – This is simple enough, you want the recipient’s name. You can also include the recipient's title. How you identify the award is completely up to you, the only rule of thumb is to stay consistent in your formatting.

What – This is the award title. Employee of the month, President’s award, distinguished service award, or top salesperson.  This line will simply answer, "what did they win."

Why – Briefly explain what the award stands for, and possibly what the recipient did to receive this honor.

When – Typically the time period for the award will be communicated in terms of the year, month, quarter, or any other type of time measurement.  Quite often this descriptor is included with the title of the award.  

Where – This is your company, or the organization presenting the award. Most companies will etch their logo into their awards for consistency.

Following these simple guidelines will make it easy to not "overthink" the wording for your next award.   If you have any questions, or would like suggestions on the specific wording of your award, feel free to give us a call, or stop by, as we have dozens of examples on our walls that could help get you started. 

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