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’Tis the Season to Give a Plaque

by Presenta Plaque | on Oct 12, 2017 | No Comments

You probably would rather not think about it but the holidays are right around the corner. There are parties to plan, decorations to put up and gifts to give. Speaking of gifts, finding that perfect gift for a family member or friend can be a challenge. But what about employees?

There’s no better way to show your appreciation for a job well done than a Presenta Plaque. Order a box or two and you’ll have enough to give one to each of your employees.

A Presenta Plaque can be a unique keepsake that employees will cherish for years. Be sure to include the employee’s name, date and/or date they started with your company, the company name along with an award title.

The award title can be basic such as “Star Performer”, “Service Award”, “Over Achiever” and so on. But you could always have some fun with the awards by giving them to the “Best Baker” (for potlucks), “Best Organizer”, “Best Office Decor”, “Office Comedian”, “The Socializer”, “Best Coffee Maker” etc.

You might find employees displaying these plaques on their office or cubicle walls. Or they might take their Presenta Plaque home and find a good spot to show it off to family and friends.

Bottom line, it’ll be different than anything your employees have probably received and the plaque will have special meaning since you put some thought into it.

If you end up doing an end-of-the-year party, it would be the perfect time to hand out plaques to employees. An office gathering works well, too.

You might want to keep some extra Presenta Plaques on hand for the rest of the year in case you want to recognize a promotion, retirement or some other accomplishment of an employee!

Advantages for Companies Who Give Certificate Awards

by Presenta Plaque | on Dec 20, 2012 | No Comments

For most managers, the biggest factor in selecting an award is what they think the recipient will appreciate most. While there are several reasons why recipients increasingly prefer certificates awards to other types of awards, there are significant advantages for the awarding company who chooses to use certificates as awards.

  1. Time and cost savings – From an administrative standpoint, the advantages of certificates over other types of awards comes down to a savings of cost and time. For many managers, this is the most important reason to choose certificates as awards. Since the award is just a simple piece of paper, there are no items to specify, order or keep in stock. Additionally, managers enjoy fewer tax and accounting issues. For most managers, the entire program only takes up a single file folder!
  2. Flexibility. Using certificates as awards can be appropriate and appreciated for anything from reaching a minor milestone to obtaining a significant goal such as a graduation. That makes certificates great for programs for awards at a variety of levels.
  3. High perceived value. Because of the wide range of styles of sophistication available, certificates have great trophy value.
  4. Fast, low-risk turnaround. Gift certificates can be printed immediately in-house or filled out from stock templates, so these can have an extremely quick turnaround. Managers who have stressed about receiving trophies on time for a big event appreciate not having to wait for awards to be shipped.
  5. Desirable to all. Even within a program, there can be many types of recipients, and they may not all have room to store various types of awards. No matter who the recipient though, everyone will have options for displaying their certificate. With all the different gift certificate styles, it’s possible to find an appropriate one for any occasion. And with Presenta Plaque’s options, managers can choose from presenting the certificates in pre-assembled plaques that they slip the certificate right into or kits that come with all the hardware and pieces needed to turn a certificate into a beautiful plaque.

Seven Common Sections on a Certificate for an Award Plaque

by Presenta Plaque | on Nov 18, 2012 | No Comments

There are no hard and fast rules for how to word or format an award certificate, but there are seven common wording sections.

  1. Title (Certificate of Achievement)
  2. Presentation line (is awarded to)
  3. Recipient (Name)
  4. From
  5. Description (Reason for award)
  6. Date
  7. Signature

Common titles include:

  • Achievement Award
  • Award
  • Award Certificate
  • Award of Excellence
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Certificate of Excellence
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Recognition Award

While a title on a straight line is fine, text on a curved path looks fancy. It can be done in graphics software, some desktop publishing software or using the Word Art features of Microsoft Word or Publisher. The title is commonly larger in size and in a different color from the rest of the text.

Presentation Line
Following the title it is customary to include one of these phrases or something similar:

  • is awarded to
  • is hereby bestowed upon
  • is hereby awarded to
  • is given to
  • is presented to

It is common to have the name of the recipient emphasized in some way, such as in italics, bold, larger or in a decorative font.

Following the recipient’s name is some brief wording following by a description:

  • in recognition of [description]
  • is hereby awarded this Certificate of Recognition
  • for [description]
  • is hereby awarded this Certificate of Appreciation for [description]
  • is recognized as  [description]

Some certificates may include a line saying who is giving the award. This may be the company or a specific individual.

This section, either a few words or a brief paragraph, gives more specifics of why a person is receiving the certificate. It is an optional section and is used if needed to describe specific achievements.

If this description is more than two or three lines, it will usually look better flush left or fully-justified rather than centered, as the rest of the text is.

The date can come before or after the description of the reason for the award. Various formats for dates can be used. The date used is typically the date on which the award is made. Specific dates for which the award applies may be listed in the title or descriptive text.

Signatures are important to a certificate because they make it more legitimate. It’s good to add the printed name of the signer beneath the signature line.
We suggest that for a single signature line, it be centered or aligned to the right side of the certificate. If the certificate has two signature lines, it looks balanced to place them to the left and right with a little bit of space between.

Once you’ve completed your certificate, the best way to showcase it, of course, is with one of our high quality plaques!