Make Your Own Award Certificates

How to Design Certificates

In today’s economy, having to make every dollar in each department’s budget stretch as far as possible is more important than ever. But cutting programs could actually cost more in collateral damage than it would to even increase the amount being spent. For instance, employee recognition programs are vitally important to the health of the company. An employee that feels appreciated is one that will work harder and will be more loyal, even during times of financial struggles. So having to find ways to make your HR budget go farther can sometimes mean bringing things in-house to lower the expense. This is especially true when you make your own award certificates.

Many times, an award or certificate is all the encouragement an employee needs to feel their efforts are being noticed. Even though it may be a blank certificate purchased and then filled out at the job, the point of recognizing the employee is still uppermost. And the process to get the certificates, fill them out and give them to the employee is little different than if you were to have a third party do it. It merely takes a little longer.

First, choose a great blank certificate. Next, download a template for the certificate to be used in your favorite word processor. After that, all you have to do is put in the employee’s name, the reason for the award and hit “Print”. You’ve created the certificate in a matter of minutes. You can even have the company logo, motto, and other graphics on it with just a few clicks of a mouse.

After having the CEO or President of the company sign the certificate, you have something that is suitable for framing. Whether you frame it, or you let the employee frame it is up to you. The point is, the certificate is done, it cost a fraction of what it would if you had an outside company make it, and the employee gets that appreciation and validation they deserve. And you look like a hero, because you’re doing things that will help keep the budget under control when you make your own award certificates for your employees.