How to Word the Engraving on Retirement Awards

retirement signStatistics indicate the average time a person works for any one company is three years. Typically, retirement gifts and awards are considered when an individual works for an organization for at least five years. A retirement award or gift is a way to convey respect, appreciation and value to individuals who have dedicated a large part of their lives to its success, especially if they’ve been with the company for 20 or 30 years.

Retirement awards are often presented at retirement parties, employee meetings or a special luncheon honoring the recipient. Along with giving a personal award, companies often display a commemorative plaque which lists the individual’s accomplishments. These may be hung along a “Hall of Fame” at the corporate office so that vendors, customers and new employees can witness how the company values long-term commitment.

Fortunately, there are numerous plaques and awards that are appropriate to give as a retirement award. The personality of the individual, position they held, number of years they worked, and the type of company should all be considered when selecting such a memorable gift. After the gift is selected, time and consideration are given to finding just the right wording. Here are a few ideas for gifts and wording on retirement awards.

Choosing the Type of Retirement Award

Captain's ClockThere are so many different types of retirement awards it can be difficult to choose. It’s a momentous occasion for honoring an accomplishment and it’s got to be just right. The gift needs to convey a connection between the retiree and their remaining colleagues as well as the company. One gift that is appropriate for retirees is a clock award. There are also a number of corporate plaques that can be engraved with a special, memorable message for the recipient. Crystal awards make exceptional retirement awards too such as our crystal facet tower.

Engraving on Retirement Awards

Once you decide on the style of award you want to use for the presentation you will want to consider the wording of the engraving. It’s got to be just right for dedicated individuals. Begin by considering the basic information you want included. Remember the 5 W’s? That’s a good place to start.

  • Who is being recognized? (name or title)
  • What is the reason for the award? (retirement)
  • Where is the award coming from? (Company, organization, name/logo)
  • When is the time frame for the award? (Years of service and date of the award)
  • Why is it being presented? (30+ years of service, etc.)

The basics are typically quite easy, but it can be the actual wording that becomes a bit tricky. Here are several suggestions for your custom engraving.

  • Take time off. It’s on us!
  • Loyal, Trustworthy, Professional
  • “Number” of Years of Service
  • In recognition for “#” of years of service.
  • Here’s to your earned permanent vacation time!
  • Through times of trial and times of plenty, thank you!
  • “number of years” in the same office deserves at least a week on an island!
  • We remember “first year of employment”
  • You are loved, appreciated and respected.
  • Here’s to seeing “company name” through “number” of years.
  • For “number” of years of excellence at “job title.”

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Your custom message will, of course, depend on what type of position the individual held at the organization, their contribution to the workforce and years of service.

Let us help you honor the retiree!

Retirement awards at Suburban Custom Awards are engraved with your message for free with no limitations except the engraving space. Contact us today and let us help you find the perfect retirement gift for honoring the deserving individual who dedicated years to your company. We are here to help you!

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