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150 Innovative Names for Employee Recognition Programs

A well-designed and implemented employee recognition program should be able to capture the interest of the employees and motivate them to participate in the program, We have put together a list of 150 innovative names for employee recognition programs to help organizations come up with interesting names for their programs.

So, What’s in a Name?

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To make the recognition program truly interesting for employees to sit up and take notice, it should have a name that stands out.

Studies have shown that over 70% of employees across organizations believe that an interesting program name is indicative of how interesting the program is likely to be.

So, how to decide on the name for an employee recognition program?

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Sometimes, selecting an appropriate name for an employee recognition program can often prove to be a challenging task.

This is because the program name is likely to act as the first element of communication of the program.

Organizations can consider the following points while deciding on the best names for their employee recognition programs:

 deciding on the best names for their employee recognition programs:

1. Firstly, Create Emotional Connect

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The name of the program, just like the brand name should create an emotional connection with the employees like a sense of aspiration, achievement, or fulfillment.

It could relate to terms from sports or adventure such as ‘Aces’, ‘Extra-milers’, ‘Bravo’, ‘Cheers’ or Shine’.

Also, the program name itself can be a source of motivation and excitement for the employees as they can relate to it.

Also, different cross-cultural nuances should be considered to avoid offending any segment of the employees

2. Make it Meaningful and Relevant

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Also, the program name should be in sync with the other elements of the program including the objectives, names of recognition, criteria, and even the visual aspects of it.

For example, a program name such as ‘Extra-milers’ or ‘Above and Beyond’ immediately creates an image of a program that focuses on performance beyond designated goals.

Also, if the program incorporates significant elements of peer-to-peer recognition then the program name should be like ‘Wow’, ‘X-Factors’, or ‘Hurray’.  

The program name should also gel with the corporate brand and organizational culture.

3. Keep it Simple, Catchy and Unique

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Moreover, is important that employees can easily recall the program name.

Hence, the name should be decided to keep in mind the demographic and cultural profile of the workforce.

For example, a program name such as ‘Hall of Fame’ or ‘Achievers Club’ might do well in an organization with a more mature workforce whereas names such as ‘Transformers’ or ‘Rockstars’ might do better for an organization that has a younger workforce. 

However, choosing a name that is easy to understand, pronounce, and remember is highly advisable.

Similarly keeping the names short is likely to provide more positive results than having longer and complicated program names.

4. Link it to the Corporate Brand

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Establishing a linkage with the corporate brand (as a prefix or suffix) can help integrate the recognition program with other organizational initiatives; rather than being seen as something standalone. 

For example, program names such as ‘IBM Heroes’, ‘Microsoft Aces’, ‘Bravo Infoscions’, or ‘Wow Wipro-ites’ might add a stronger organizational connection to the program.

5. Invite Suggestions from Employees       


Involving the employees to come up with suggestions for the program name is a very good way to not only get creative and innovative ideas but to engage them in the implementation of the program itself.

Employees who come up with good suggestions can be incentivized or recognized during the launch of the program, further increasing their engagement levels with the program.

Examples of Innovative Names for Employee Recognition Programs

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So, we have put together this list of 150 program names to make it easier for organizations to decide on the best possible names for their programs.

One-word names tend to work best but they are harder to come up with. Two or three-word names can do well but one should be careful not to make it too long and difficult to recall.

Organizations can prefix or suffix their corporate brand to the suggested names as required. Also, organizations whose brand names start with ‘I’ can leverage the ‘i’ in their program names (as a prefix).

One-Word Names for Employee Recognition Programs

Two-Word Names for Employee Recognition Programs

Three-Word Names for Employee Recognition Programs

Names for Employee Recognition Programs starting with ‘i‘

Organizations should complement innovative program names with innovative and creative names for the awards or recognition policies themselves.

Read more:
40 Creative and Innovative Award Names for Employee Recognition
70 Innovative Award Names for Employee Recognition (part 2)


Hence, organizations need to invest time and effort to come up with innovative names for employee recognition programs as one of the first steps toward developing an effective employee recognition program.

Hence, a unique, innovative, and relevant program name is likely to generate more interest and engagement in the program from the employees.

Sagar Chaudhuri

Lead author: Sagar Chaudhuri, the Co-Founder and CEO of HiFives. He is an HR Tech Evangelist with over 25 years of experience in the corporate world and entrepreneurship. In the past, Sagar has worked with companies such as Genpact, Infosys, and ICICI Bank, in leadership roles. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. Connect on LinkedIn

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