Inscription, or engraving, on a plaque or trophy sets an award apart. When done with creativity and tact, inscriptions can transform an award from a token into a cherished item the recipient displays with pride and enjoys with satisfaction for years to come. In addition to a company or organisation logo and the recipient's name, a customised inscription makes an award complete.
One of the common reasons prompting the giving of an award is an employee's or member's years of service to his company or club. Design an award that fits your budget and reflects your company's or organisation's values and culture. A modern-style glass or coloured crystal award may fit your club perfectly, or a traditional wooden or marble plaque may be more appropriate. Choose classic words, for example:
Given to <First and Last Name> for <Number> years of service and dedication. Your work paved the way for future success.
Another common reason for presenting a plaque or award is to recognise outstanding performance or sales achievement. Select an award design that promotes easy display of the award. Keep your inscription brief but specific. Magnify the recipient's name, and mention the contest name (if applicable) and time period for which the performance is recognised. Consider wording, such as:
Recognising <First and Last Name> as a winner of the <Recognition Club or Contest Name> in <Month and Year>. <Commission Earned, Revenue Generated or Points Accrued>
Plan a simple retirement celebration or ceremony for the retiring individual. Allow him to invite friends and family to attend. Provide a cake and drinks. During the ceremony, have the person's manager or a close co-worker present a short speech commenting on the employee's faithful work and innovation throughout his career. Present an award at that time that says:
In Honor of <First and Last Name>, <Title>. Thank you for your <Number> years of service to <Company Name>.
A final common reason for creating an award is to thank a member or employee for exceptional service or completion of managing a special event or project. Consider an inscription that details the name of the project or event the person led. An example includes:
Distinguished Service Award presented to <First and Last Name> in appreciation for leading <Event or Project Name> on <Date>.
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