Employee Service Milestones

Determine When to Recognize Employee Service

Employee Service Recognition types

Today's years of service recognition programs have evolved, and are greatly expanded and improved from their humble beginnings during the industrial revolution times.

While standard service milestones, starting with the fifth year of employment, worked fine for a long time, today's employee demographics require changes to the frequency, the type of awards, and how we should recognize loyalty and service.

Many companies have expanded their Employee Service Recognition Programs to include the following categories:

  • Earlier Service Recognition (before 5 years, typically 1, 2 and 3 years)
  • Standard Service Milestone Awards (starting at 5 years)
  • Quarter Century Recognition (with a special event and gift at 25 Years)
  • Retirement Recognition

The following pages will explore each of these  Service Milestone categories in more detail. Review each to see which should be included in your new Service Award program.

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