50 creative award names for employee recognition

Rachel Harmon
Samantha Mikos

Like naming a new product or family pet, naming employee recognition program awards can be just as difficult. Award names are crucial to workplace communication, company branding, and team morale.

At Cristaux International, we’ve helped hundreds of clients develop and name their own award programs. With our experience and expertise, we’d like to share 50 award names to consider when designing your program awards. From leadership awards to sales awards to safety awards, we have you covered. By using an employee award categories list, it’s easier for you to focus on what you need to find inspiration for your specific program.

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Award names for top performers

  1. Excellence in Action Awards
  2. Top 10 Innovators
  3. Brilliance Awards
  4. Best of (insert department name, quarter, project name, etc.)
  5. Prime Performance Awards

Award names for leadership

  1. Impact Awards
  2. Named after your organization’s founder
  3. Pioneer Awards
  4. Movers and Shakers Award
  5. Ahead of the Curve Club

Award names for employees

  1. Employee of the Month
  2. MVP
  3. Circle of Achievement
  4. Named after your organization’s proprietary product, service, office pet, etc.
  5. Employee Excellence Awards

Award names for customer service

  1. Stellar Service Awards
  2. Customer Comrade Awards
  3. Hospitality Hero
  4. Courtesy Awards
  5. Service of the Year

Attendance recognition award names

  1. All In Awards
  2. 100% Awards
  3. Integrity in Action
  4. On Time and on Fire Club
  5. Masters of Time

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Peer to peer recognition award names

  1. Shout Outs
  2. Standing Ovation Awards
  3. The People’s Pick
  4. The Team’s Tribute
  5. Thank You Awards

Welcome aboard award names

  1. The Warm Welcome Award
  2. The First Impression Award
  3. Emerging Leader
  4. Notable Newcomer
  5. Grand Entrance

Retirement award names

  1. Cheers to You
  2. Bon Voyage Awards
  3. Legacy Awards
  4. The Last Hurrah
  5. Farewell Awards

Sales award names

  1. Million Dollar Club
  2. Platinum Club
  3. President’s Club Award
  4. Chairman’s Award
  5. The Victor Awards

Safety award names

  1. The Passionate Protector
  2. Operator of the Year
  3. The Hard Hat Awards
  4. Manager with the Most
  5. Danger Defeater

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How do you come up with an award name?

When brainstorming ideas for your employee recognition award names, consider the following tips:

  • Have fun
  • Make it personal for your team and organization
  • Keep it simple

When choosing employee recognition program names, make sure it reflects the goal of the program. You want the program name to convey the purpose of the program with great clarity.

Inspire excellence with creative award names

Although it takes effort and creativity, naming your project makes it real. By choosing meaningful award names for your company, you make your recognition efforts known. You express great care and appreciation for those around you. Once you’ve decided on a name, you’re ready to start designing and developing your program.

Contact the Cristaux team to begin creating today.

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FAQs: award names

You may have some questions that need answers, so we’ve provided information on frequent questions from people like you. If you can’t find what you’re looking for below, visit our FAQ page or contact our team.

What are good award names?

Good award names are simple and meaningful for your organization. They also convey the purpose of the award in as few words as possible. You want recipients to easily understand what they are being celebrated for. Be clear and concise.

What are well known award show names?

Well-known award show names include the Oscars, the Primetime Emmy Awards, the Golden Globes, and the Grammys. Popular award names are also reflected in the design of the award. These traditions are rooted in well maintained excellence.

What are good superhero award names?

Good superhero award names use words like “Super,” “Captain,” and “Protector.” Separate awards celebrate specific traits or achievements of the recipients. For example, you could honor the Defender of Safety Policies.