When you’re engraving a customized retirement plaque, every word matters. Previously, we’ve discussed how to personalize a retirement plaque and choose the wording.

Today, we’ll discuss some of the most important traits of business professionals so you can choose the terms that best describe your retirees. We’ll also help you choose a plaque to fit your needs.


The term ‘integrity’ has been thrown around so much it has nearly lost its meaning. Transparency is an important part of integrity that’s become increasingly important in an age of sound bite and social media. For business leaders, transparency involves answering questions without relying on jargon, being willing to say ‘I don’t know’, and letting people know what’s going on behind the scenes.


Every business needs someone who can see the long-term vision – the person who keeps the end goal in focus even when the daily grind is discouraging. Tenacity may be seen when a salesperson keeps their spirits up even after the hundredth ‘no’ or when a visionary keeps working away on a project that’s flailing.


The true optimist sees problems and has bad days but understand that as part of the ebb and flow of business. They are positive about their work and don’t complain about the frustrations that come along with it. They see opportunities that others might miss because they’re willing to believe things will work out.


Building a good career over time comes down to being a reliable worker. From the CEO to the most recent entry-level hire, each person’s reliability (or lack) creates a company’s reputation. When you work with someone who completes projects on time, does their part when working in a group, and doesn’t need supervision to complete their work, then you know the joy of dependability.


Success in business is a worthy goal and most people will want to use their financial success to benefit their community. Recognizing someone’s philanthropic involvements may be a very important part of their retirement celebration.

Final Tip: Know What They Value

A meaningful retirement plaque will represent what retiree has contributed to the company and what they personally value. Knowing what is important to the retiree will be a guide for how you plan their retirement celebration and what you emphasis when given them an award.

What traits do you most value? What do you want to be known for in the business world? Let us know what you think.

Need help choosing a retirement plaque? Contact us to get started.