Apple’s Rare 10-Year Employee Plaque: A Symbol of Loyalty and Achievement

Apple's unique approach to retaining top talent and celebrating employee milestones

In the fiercely competitive world of Big Tech, retaining and nurturing top talent has become an ongoing challenge for companies. One tech giant, Apple, has devised a special way to recognize and celebrate its employees’ dedication and loyalty.

When an Apple employee reaches the remarkable milestone of 10 years with the company, they are awarded a rare and highly coveted plaque.

This article delves into the significance of this plaque, its exclusive design, and the impact it has on employee motivation and loyalty.

Letter signed by CEO Tim Cook

The first thing you see when you open the package is a letter signed by Tim Cook himself.

Letter signed by Tim Cook / Tap to enlarge image

In it, Tim Cook congratulates and thanks the person for all their contributions to the rest of the company, emphasizing the help they provided to transform the world into a better place.

Congratulations on reaching this milestone moment. The work you’ve done, the challenges you’ve met and the breakthroughs you’ve made possible–they all add up to a profound and lasting contribution to Apple’s mission to change the world for the better.

On behalf of everyone at Apple, thank you for all you bring to our journey together.

Tim Cook

Apple has always made a point of recognizing the dedication of its teams. The previous prize was made of methacrylate, but as far as we know, Apple redesigned the format in 2020.

The award that was delivered before 2020, made of methacrylate

A very rare object

In addition to all the symbolism of receiving recognition from your own boss, this prize is a very rare object, as it is not for sale and only a very few employees receive it.

In addition to all the symbolism of receiving recognition from your boss, this award is a very rare object because it is not for sale, and only a very few employees receive it.

It is a block made entirely of recycled 6000 series aluminum, the same material used to make the company’s products.

In the center is the Apple logo, with an ultra-reflective effect. Another text accompanying the award explains the careful manufacturing process.

Your 10-year award is made from the same 6000 series aluminum that we use to make our products. Remnants from the production process are collected and reformulated to create a 100 percent recycled, custom alloy. The alloy is cast into long ingots, then each ingot is sliced into blocks that are machined to the finished size. The surface is fine blasted and the edges are diamond-cut. The block is then anodized to seal the finish and create a protective layer. Finally, a stainless steel Apple logo is set into the center.

Check out the full video at this link, with all the details of the unboxing.

It’s really an object of desire for any Apple fan. Can you imagine what price it will be in a few years on eBay?

Well, I’m already starting to save money from now on… 😜

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