November 24, 2015
by Jenny Watkins

127 Creative Employee Recognition Award Names

At Terryberry, when we consult with a new client on setting up an employee recognition program, we are often asked for ideas on what to name the program or award levels.  We always suggest thinking creatively about employee recognition award names that will fit the organization’s culture.

Being in the employee recognition business, Terryberry has worked with 25,000+ groups worldwide over the past 97 years, and we’ve seen some fun employee recognition program names during that time.

With that in mind, we put together this page that lists 127 Creative Employee Awards Names we’ve seen and liked.  Check out the highlights below.

Getting started with an employee recognition program in your organization?  We’re here to help!


Top Performer Award Names


President’s Circle

Chairman’s Award

Leadership Award

Pinnacle Award

Spotlight Award

Standing Ovation

Top Recognition Club Names

Circle of Excellence

Hall of Fame

Honor Club

Diamond Club

Leaderboard Award

Customer Service Award Names

Calmer of Storms

Customer Whisperer

Client Comforter

Platinum Service Award

Consider it Done Award

Circle of Joy Award


Above and Beyond Recognition

Ace of Initiative

Cruising and Crushing it

Cloud 9 Collaborator

Highest of High Fives

WOW Award

High Five Award

Peer to Peer Recognition Program Names

Associate Appreciation

Sidekick Salute

You’re a Gem

Ripple Effect Award

Key Contributor


3 Cheers

Galactic Gratitude

Perfect Attendance Recognition Program Names

Perfect Presence

Superb Showing

Aces all Day

Absolute Attendance

All Day Everyday

Welcome Aboard

Rockstar Rookie

Good Addition Award

Bright Beginning

Fast Starter


Sales Award Names

Big Kahuna Award

Chief Closer

V12 Award


Safety Award Names

Superbly Safe

Silver Shield Award

Constant Caution

Expert Accuracy

Safety Star Award

Retirement Award Names

Permanent Recess

We Bid You Adieu

Farewell Friend

Leaving a Legacy

Exiting in Excellence

Fun with 401k


Volunteer Awards Names

All for One, One for all

Constant Contributor

Positive Participator

Making a Difference

World Changer

Team Recognition Program Names

Team Impact Award

Team Awesome Award

November 23, 2015
by Jenny Watkins

Thankful for Your Employees? Show Them with These Fun Employee Recognition Ideas

employee recognition ideas

This time of year, many of us take a step back and reflect on the things we are thankful for.  If you are a business leader, your list might include the employees who help move your business forward.

Employee appreciation is a good idea any time of year, and there’s no better time to be thankful than Thanksgiving.

If you want some fun and creative employee recognition ideas that you can use to show your employees that they are appreciated and valued, check out these 35 Employee Recognition Ideas from Terryberry.

Another great resource we love is this blog post from Ashley Bell and @Snack Nation:

33 Amazing Employee Recognition Ideas You Need to Be Using

Among Ashley’s tips are these great ideas and reminders:

>Host a Friday “Crush-It” Call

>Reach out on social media

>Recognize your team by recognizing their passions

>Be true to your company

>Set up a peer-to-peer system

>Dole employee recognition out daily

Terryberry provides employee recognition solutions for 25,000 businesses worldwide.  Check out our 360 Recognition Platform for modules to help your organization easily accomplish all of the above!

images courtesy of SnackNation

November 16, 2015
by Kelsey Rogers

What Makes Your Organization Go?

MotivationMondayToday’s Motivation Monday comes from Terryberry’s Wisconsin/Eastern Iowa Business Development Manager, Kelly Eger

“The salary you offer is replaceable with your competition – so what other ways does your organization attract new talent, inspire current workforce and retain top performers?”


How is your organization doing when it comes to employee recognition?

Terryberry’s 360 Recognition Platform makes it easy to manage all aspects of your recognition program initiatives from one online hub. Modules work together to help you build a culture of recognition in your organization. Plug and Play one recognition module or more anytime to fit your needs as your business changes.

Get a Free Demo, here!


Kelly Eger, MBA

Terryberry’s Business Development Manager for Wisconsin/Eastern Iowa

November 11, 2015
by Kelsey Rogers

Onboarding Recognition Preferences


Today’s WOW Wednesday comes from Dan
He says: “We incorporated a “Self Recognition Form” for new hires to complete during the onboarding process. This allows the employee to share how they want to be acknowledged (favorite snack, beverage, restaurant and whether they prefer to be recognized in front of a group or in private).” 

>>> Download Terryberry’s Free Recognition Onboarding Questionnaire for New Hires Here.  

Share your own “WOW Wednesday” tip or story. Leave a comment here or post on Terryberry’s Facebook Page or Twitter using hashtag #WOWWED. Make it a WOW day!

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November 10, 2015
by Jenny Watkins

The Academics of Employee Recognition

By Dan Jackson, Terryberry Business Development Manager, Midwest

EmployeeRecogniton101“What do you do for a living?”

When meeting someone for the first time, it’s customary to ask or be asked this question. For me, when I say “I’m in the employee recognition business,” often I receive a look like I have six heads.  This is typically followed by a response along the lines of “interesting…” or “what on earth does that mean?”

I have my standard 30-second speech which illustrates that I help organizations achieve optimum employee engagement levels through relevant and targeted recognition programs.   But after a decade in this industry, I thought I would try to illustrate in more detail as to what this actually means.

Like a good scholar, an organization’s employee recognition program(s) must be well rounded in science, art, and math in order to achieve its full potential.  (As you read this last sentence, you might have begun to wonder if I do have six heads). Allow me to explain what I mean.

The Science of Employee Recognition

In order to truly achieve a successful employee recognition program, you will need to identify what it is you want to accomplish through employee recognition.  After that, develop an infrastructure through which this can actually happen. Said in a different way, after you’ve taken the most important step of identifying what you want to accomplish with your program(s), put in place tools or mechanisms that make it easy and timely to deliver recognition.  Here are some questions to consider:

  • What type of employees do I have?
  • How should I communicate with my employees?
  • What type of programs will resonate with my employees?

The answers to these questions will give you direction for what tools to put in place.  Now you’ve taken the first critical steps in improving employee engagement.

The Art of Employee Recognition

This is the fun part of recognition.  When it comes to your specific recognition programs, you should be creative with purpose. Think about how you’re going to express appreciation to your employees when they demonstrate the attitudes, behaviors, and contributions that make your organization successful.  If you have a difficult time identifying those traits, take a look around at your top performers in your organization.  What do they do?  What don’t they do?  Tie your program in to your mission, vision, and values.  Create specific awards and programs your employees can only achieve at their work place.  Have fun with this!  Here are some things to consider:

  • Be relevant.  For example, don’t put your manufacturing people in a sales program.  You want to make sure there are programs which make sense to each of your employees.
  • Be timely.  Try not to wait too long to recognize people for their accomplishments.  If too much time passes, they will think no one noticed and they could become discouraged.
  • Communicate.  When you roll out a program, make sure everyone understands the program.  Make it simple to understand and participate.
  • Be consistent.  If you introduce recognition program(s) to your people and then don’t see it through with your managers and leadership, you have just wasted time and money.

The Math of Employee Recognition

This is where we talk about budget, but don’t tune me out yet.   Employee Recognition doesn’t have to be a huge line item in order to be effective, but there are a few items toward which you’ll want to dedicate some resources. Many organizations make the HUGE mistake of thinking about recognition as a cost.  It’s an investment much like a car that gets you to work or marketing materials and initiatives which grow your business.  Retaining your top talent, minimizing attrition, and developing more engaged employees will not only lead to a happier work environment, it will make your business more profitable.  Your turnover costs will go down and productivity will go up.  To set a benchmark, organizations with the most successful recognition programs spend an average of 2.7% of payroll on employee recognition.   Consider what it would mean if your turnover costs went down 15% or if your productivity went up 15%. This will give you an idea of what you can expect your return on investment to be. Now you have this information.  What should the next steps be?

  1. Contact Terryberry!  We’ll walk you through a process that has proven to be effective with 25,000 happy clients.

Okay, okay.  You want specifics. Here are the ABC’s:

a) Create a team of leaders/managers to set your goals.
b) Identify the budget.
c) Decide how best to communicate recognition to your employees
d) Put tools in place for a sustainable and successful program.

So, what can you expect from a successful employee recognition program centered on a goal of more engaged employees?  Simple…a happier work environment, more productivity, and more profitability!