Employee Service Awards

Times have changed…

Has your service anniversary program kept up?

A Modern Day Employee Service Award Program
An employee service award program today has to start from the first day that a new employee comes on board. Why? For the simple fact that employee tenure for younger workers is only 2.8 years, and for all workers, tenure is 4.2 years.



Give employees what they want vs. what you think they want. Merchandise, charitable donations, experiences.


Make it a personal WOW moment. Let them “blow out the candles” in front of their peers. Make the event bigger than the gift itself. Involve the team and celebrate.


Celebrate more than just tenure. Recognize success, accomplishments, friendships, and relationships.


Combine all your recognition initiatives into one platform, which creates a holistic view of accomplishments beyond traditional 3, 5, 10, 15 year milestones.

Evolution of a Years of Service Program

The war for talent is here and will continue on until workers close the gap on the skills they currently have, with what the best jobs demand. With that in mind, it has become very clear that organizations have to dedicate resources to increase employee retention and employee engagement. The cost is just too high to not do anything as your best talent packs up and moves on to organizations that will show them the love. An employee service awards program, when done right, is an easy want to increase the engagement that companies need.

Whether you call it a service award program, service milestone award program, length of service award program or employee anniversary program, they all are based on the simple premise of recognizing employees on their work anniversary or corporate birthday. In and of itself they are basic, simple programs that check the box for most companies who can say – we offer an employee service award program.

What worked yesterday does not work today when crafting your employee service award program. Traditionally, employee service awards were awarded starting at 5 years of service, and every 5 years thereafter.  Great companies, are starting employee recognition on day 1, the employee’s corporate birthday, through onboarding recognition, followed up by formal recognition at 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years. This doesn’t mean that a significant amount of budget dollars is needed, as the public and social act of recognition is what will have the highest impact.  During these early years of recognition, it is imperative to let younger tenured employees know that “we value you now”, and want to say thank you early and often.

There are 4 Common Sense Components to any Recognition Program. CoreCentive’s Gary Roberts explains…


Create a tangible, creative presentation process for achievements or milestones

Program Administration

With today’s technology a service award program should be easy to administer

Impactful Rewards

Today’s employees want and deserve great choices in their available award options


Partner with a provider that’s taken exorbitant markups out of the gifts

Solutions Designed to Fit Your Organization’s Needs

Large or small. Simple or complex. Domestic or global. CoreCentive has a solution that works around your organizations service award programs needs. From recognition presentation pieces to the vast gift reward selection available, we provide you and your employees with the perceived gift value that you should expect!

Stretch your employee service awards budget to the max with our no markup on gifts approach. The industry average markup for service award gift merchandise is between 50% and 150%! Not with CoreCentive. Enjoy the value and pricing transparency that we brought to the industry years ago.


Perfect solution for domestic U.S. only service awards. Thousands upon thousands of award choices with multiple ways to touch and impact the employee. Built in responsive design to work on any device and create a lasting and memorable service recognition experience. We build custom levels by milestone based on any budget. Our platform approach is a robust and cost effective solution for many customers that don’t need every bell and whistle.


When tasked with providing Service Awards around the globe, Enterprise is your solution.  Enterprise is a SaaS based, multilingual solution with in country award delivery in over 100+ countries.  Culturally appropriate awards and brands that your employees expect in different parts of the world.  Whether it is merchandise, a digital download, a book, game, mobile top off, event tickets, travel or many other categories, we’ve got you covered!


When offering a service award program, if you do not incorporate employee touches and some type of meaningful presentation, research shows you are losing anywhere between 50% to 100% of the anticipated ROI.  An employee’s anniversary is their corporate birthday. Celebrate the event in the same fashion. There are multiple ways to achieve this goal and no one solution fits every company.  Don’t worry, we will make you look like a Hero!

Program Management

If you are going to have a service award program, you should have to do as little as possible… Supply us your employee service anniversary dates or data and that is all there is to it.   Our experienced customer experience team makes it easy for you to oversee your program without having to run the day to day tasks associated with a program. Extensive reporting provides you with the insight you need to stay in touch with your program.

Fresh Thinking

We are never satisfied with the status quo

Relentless Execution

We believe execution means handling the day-to-day with minimal friction and going the extra mile

Our Platform Works

Our technology platform works – exceptionally well

Global Capabilities

Global footprint. Global suppliers. Global rewards. Local touch.

We Started a Revolution

This industry needed a revolution – & CoreCentive is leading the way

Building a Culture of Recognition

Building a culture of recognition requires expertise, fresh thinking and a collaborative approach

What We Do

Service Award Programs

Years of Service Award programs that make employees proud

Points Based Programs

Points Based programs that motivate and drive desired behaviors

Performance Based Programs

Performance Based programs that makes your review process relevant to your managers, employees & business

Sales Incentives & Channel Incentives

Strengthen your channel relationships and better engage your partners

Safety Incentive Programs

Safety Incentive programs that help create a culture of safe behaviors

Custom Recognition Strategies

Custom Recognition Strategies – Leverage our expertise to design and customize targeted programs


CoreCentive is a global employee recognition and incentive company. We offer comprehensive and scalable recognition and incentive solutions to companies who are looking  to drive engagement with their employees and business partners, domestically and across the globe.

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