Create your own printable certificate of appreciation using our free online certificate maker. Select any certificate of appreciation template free of charge, select a ribbon, and then edit the text. There are hundreds of designs available. You can also upload a logo or photo.
Certificate of Appreciation Template
You can edit all the text on the certificate templates. For example, in the following certificate template, it was changed to “Certificate of Appreciation”. You can change all the text and use the templates for any purpose.
Certificate of Appreciation Wording
An appreciation certificate should include details such as the recipient’s name, the person awarding the certificate, the reason for receiving it, the date, and signature. All certificate of appreciation templates on this site include this standard wording. You can edit every word on the template. You can also add more text.
The certificate of appreciation sample templates available when you open the certificate maker include the following wording (which can be edited):
Certificate of Appreciation
[Type Reason for Receiving]
Date and Signature
How to change the text
You can use these certificate templates for any purpose if you change the text. You can change both the title and the rest of the text. For example, if you want to change it to “Certificate of Completion” then double click on the title and type the title that you would like to appear. Instead of the reason for receiving the award, you can describe the program or course that the recipient completed. Change the text to prepare certificates for donor appreciation, appreciation in the workforce, certificates for volunteers, etc. Once you have the free download on your PC you can print it at home or at your local office supplies store.
Why is gratitude in the workplace important?
Appreciation in the workplace can keep employees satisfied, engaged, and motivated. Lack of gratitude is one of the major causes of job dissatisfaction, absenteeism, lack of motivation, and burnout.
Appreciation in the workplace is vital, according to Dr. Robert Emmons, UC Davis psychology professor and author of The Little Book of Gratitude: Creating a Life of Happiness and Wellbeing by Giving Thanks. Robert claims that gratitude is a key to happiness, and happiness increases your productivity and work quality (for example, greater productivity, higher quality of work, greater occupational attainment).
Findings from the Workhuman Analytics and Research Institute, show that workers are looking for meaningful work at organizations where they feel recognized and respected more than pay or free food or a fun team. The study showed that frequent recognition is associated with higher gratitude levels and lower stress levels.
What are the benefits of gratitude in the workplace
Using a certificate of appreciation for employees can have the following benefits:
Gratitude motivates employees
81% of employees reported that they’re motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work, according to a Glassdoor survey. An employee recognition certificate is a great way to show gratitude and appreciation.
Gratitude makes employees more committed to their jobs
Happy employees are less likely to leave and more inclined to be committed to their jobs. 53% of employees admit they would stay longer at their company if they felt more appreciation from their boss, according to a Glassdoor survey. These employees are more engaged and dedicated to their place of work.
Gratitude creates a positive organizational culture
As mentioned above, gratitude causes happiness. When colleagues are happier, they experience better social interactions, have more motivation and energy, and are more pleasant to be around. When employees feel appreciated, it limits negativity, complaints, gossip, and other symptoms of lack of appreciation. Workplace morale improves. Therefore, an organizational culture of appreciation and kindness can bring multiple benefits to your team and company.
Gratitude improves job performance
When the workplace environment is better, employee performance improves. Appreciation lets employees know that their work is valued. It motivates them and makes them more productive and committed to their jobs.
Appreciation turns employees into company advocates
Before someone takes on a job at a new company, they are likely to ask other employees what it’s like to work for the company. This will encourage new talent to join the group.
How to give appreciation
For some people, expressing gratitude doesn’t come easy. They find it easier to focus on what their employees are doing wrong than appreciate what they are doing right. These managers will significantly benefit from making a conscious effort to express gratitude and appreciation. There are many ways to show employee appreciation, such as:
Thank You Certificate
You can use any of the above templates to offer thanks but we also offer specific Thank You Certificate templates.
Ongoing positive feedback and expressing thanks for good work
Ideally, managers should give recognition daily via ongoing positive feedback and expressing gratitude for good work. However, some managers do not remember to do this and need a reminder.
Certificates of Appreciation
Awarding a “Certificate of Appreciation” to a different employee each week, month or year offers an opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate employees’ work even if managers forget or find it difficult to express gratitude.
You can award gift cards for dinner, a spa session, happy hour, etc.
You can use our free gift certificate template to customize a gift voucher with your company logo.
Company-sponsored Social Event
Organize fun events for employees (with or without their families).
Recognition at a meeting or in a company newsletter can make employees feel appreciated.
When is Employee Appreciation Day?
Employee Appreciation Day falls on the first Friday of March in the US and Canada. However, we suggest that you recognize your employees throughout the year and not only on Employee Appreciation Day. As mentioned above, studies show that their productivity will increase as a result. It’s a win-win situation!