Employee recognition is a vital part of the workplace. But, there are times you may want to add a little humor to the workplace and recognize employees for the unconventional things they do! Humor is a great way to forge bonds among teams and lighten the load.
If you are having a hard time coming up with an award for someone who just doesn’t see the humor in things, then consider giving them an award for one of their personal interests or hobbies.
When an award has a chance of embarrassing an employee, always speak to them first about it. That will allow them to put a stop to it if they are too embarrassed, or to come up with a speech for the moment! It won’t take away from the humor in the office and can keep you from actually embarrassing an employee (never a good situation).
Dewey Decimal Award: Most organized
Squirrel Award: Has the greatest stash of stuff in their desk
The Traveling Medic: Aspirin, Tums, you name it, they have it and are always willing to share
Calendar Color Coder Award: For the person who has every second of their day scheduled out!
Bermuda Triangle Award: For the desk where things go in, but never come out
Most Likely to Have Thought of That! For the person who thinks and prepares for everything!
Most likely to move into the woods and never talk to a human again
Human Megaphone Award: For talking loudly on the phone so that everyone knows you are/aren’t working
On A Call Award: This person needs you to wait just a moment- they are on a call
Ps & Qs Award: For the best manners
The Email Vigilante: For the employee who always responds immediately to emails
Lengthiest Messages: It takes a while to get their message out
Stop Shouting Award: For sending emails in all caps
Selective Hearing Impairment Award: For only hearing what they want to hear
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Numbers and Data Awards
Spammie Award: For excellence in forwarding emails
Notetaker Award: Always has your back with the perfect notes!
The Question Asker: The right questions at the right time!
Bottom Line Award: For coming in under budget and on time
Person Most Likely to Secretly Love the Annual Budgeting Process
Eager to Work, or Eager to Leave Awards
The Early Bird: To The one who always arrives at the office early
The Late Award: For the person who always has a reason they are late
Clock Award: Always knows when its time for lunch or 5 pm.
It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere: Most eager to quit working
Vampire Award: Most likely to arrive earliest and leave latest
14 The 4:00pm Star: Still going strong at 4, when everyone else has a slump
Night Owl Award: For keeping the latest hours
Racehorse Award: For always being the first out of the office at 5
Hump Day Award: Most excited about Wednesdays
Running Out the Clock Award: For the person 18 months away from retirement.
Five More Minutes: To the employee who schedules appointments on the hour, but usually needs 5 more minutes
On the Dot Award: Best at meeting tight deadlines
Appointment Maker: This persona always has an appointment
White Rabbit Award: Shows up chronically late for every meeting- even the ones they schedule
The Event Planner
I’ll Pencil You In Award: Least likely to make a commitment
Popularity & Party Awards
Most Likely to have a Date Every Night of the week
Best Person to Take Home to Mom
Celebration Award: Knows all the reasons to celebrate from random holidays to everyone’s birthday and anniversaries.
Confetti Award: Finds the most reasons to celebrate!
Hallmark Award: For always remembering everyone’s birthday
Funny & Entertainment Awards
Best Standup Comedian: Always has a joke for the situation
One Liner Award: Always has a quip to share
Best Pranks Award
Office Clown Award: Through pranks or jokes, this colleague keeps everyone laughing
Class Clown: Can take any situation and turn it humorous
Best Singer: thanks for always brightening our day!
High School Musical Award: For being the most likely to burst into song
Most Likely to Win the Hunger Games
Peacocking Award: For the biggest showoff
Fashion & Style Awards
Most Likely to Tattoo their Entire Body
Most likely to wear company swag every day
Fashion Week Award: Best Dressed
20 Casual Monday-Friday Award: For continually pushing the limits of business casual
Best Beard Award
Runway Award: The person whose attire is alway runway presentable, no matter what the weather is!
Lady Gaga Award: Always pushing Dress Code Limits
Best Hair: Even after being in the wind!
Most Likely to Have A Better Halloween Costume than You
Wormburner Award: For tearing up the runway
The Funkiest Sock Wearer
Most Likely To Be The First Person On Mars
Running with the Bulls Award: For the biggest risk taker
Skydiving Award: Mostly likely to take a risk
Where Angels Fear to Tread: For the person who has taken the biggest risk!
Most Likely to get 3 PHDs
Linguist Award: Most likely to know 8 languages
Wikipedia Award: Always has an answer- whether it’s right or not!
Busswordaholic: This person knows all the catchy phrases, idioms, or acronyms
Best Vocabulary: uses the most sophisticated words
Most likely to Invent the Time Machine: So creative!
Got Your Back Awards
99% Perspiration Award: For the willingness to put in the hard work
Abacus Award: For being there to count on
Old Faithful Award: For always being dependable
Got Your Back Award: For always supporting your colleagues
Swiss Army Award: For being the most indispensable
The Meeting Hater: They have the courage to say what everyone else thinks!
Raisin Award: Most deserving of a “raisin” pay
Web and Social Media Awards
Twitter Addict Award: Most likely to tweet about this award
Facebook Finatic: For an unhealthy obsession with Facebook
Compulsive Blogger Award: The person most likely to blog about winning this report.
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Big Kahuna Award: Most time spend surfing the web
Tunnelling Out Award: For the employee who spends the most time updating their LinkedIn profile.
Most Likely to Break The Internet
Post Likely to Use PowerPoint As a Primary Communication Tool
Most Likely to Believe that AI Will Take Over the World
The Tech Expert: This person knows just how to fix it
Most LIkely to Build a Drone
The Most Likely Person To Use A Spreadsheet to Solve A Problem
Hundreds of Tabs Open Award: They always have dozens of tabs open on their computer!
Tin Cans and String Award: For the person whose internet is so horrible they are hard to hear
The Multitasker Award: For the person who insists on 2 screens
Page 6 Award: Most up-to-date on office gossip
GPS Award: Most likely to know where anyone is at any given time
Office Social Chair: For the person who coordinates and attends all the social events
Office Bestie Award: The person who knows everyone, even newbies
Ear to the Ground Award: For the person who always knows what cool events are coming to your city
Take the Stairs Award
Worst Dancer Award
14 Take a Lap Award: For the coworkers who is always moving or walking
Gold Medalist: For the person who exercises during their lunch hour.
The Interior Designer: The person who transformed their cubicle into something worthy of the Parade of Homes
Holiday Royalty: Always has their space decorated
Pop Culture Expert: This person does the thankless task of keeping the office up-to-date on pop culture
Hard Work Awards
The Laser Focus: Always zeroed in on the task to be completed
Empty Desk Award: It might be meetings or lunch, but this person seems to never be at their desk.
Mission Impossible Award: For achieving the impossible. You are now expected to do this every time.
Busy Bee: This person doesn’t even have time for this award
Most Likely to Underpromise and Over deliver
Coffee Pot’s Best Friend: Always has a cup of coffee in their hand, no matter what time of the day!
The Empty Fridge Award: The one who always knows when the good snacks are being delivered
The Bean King (Or Queen): For the person who refuses to drink office coffee
Most Likely to Surprise you with Food
Super Snacker: For the person who’s always snacking
The Wonka Award: For always bringing donuts/candy to the office.
The Order Up Award: For the colleague who is always trying to get you to try new foods and restaurants.
Most Offensive Smelling Lunch Eaten At A Desk Award
Swarm of Locusts Award: For devouring the break room buffet
Always Hungry: For the person always looking for something to eat.
Gourmet Lunch Award: For the person who always makes something new at lunch
Most LIkely to be on Jerry Springer:
Best Potential Reality TV Star
The Seinfeld Award: For excellence in making something out of nothing
Most Likely to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
The Center of the Universe Award: It’s always about them!
Vastly Overqualified Award: Just ask them
Librarian Award: Always keeping everyone inline
Babies Bottom Award: Smoothest in times of crisis!
Single File Award: for keeping everyone in line
People Whisperer: For HR or someone who can calm down any situation
Closet Hero Award: To the person who has saved the day, but not been recognized
Firing on All Cylinders Award: For getting the best out of everyone
Hall Buster Award: For the most diligent
The Terminator: Given to the manager who has outsourced or fired the most people in the last year
Future CEO Award: For the employee going places
The Avenger Award: For the manager most willing to defend their team and right wrongs!
Optimistic & Cheerful (Or Not) Awards
Light at the End of the Tunnel: Most likely to see the positive
Champagne Award: Most sparkling personality
Carpe Diem Award: For making the most out of every day.
Energizer Bunny: They keep going and going
Playground Award: Most likely to make work fun
Silver Linking Award: For the person who can always find it
Little Miss Sunshine Award: For the brightest smile
Head Cheerleader: Most team spirit
Bubbles Award: For always having a bubbly and enthusiastic personality/perspective
The Coach: Always able to give a pep talk when you need it most!
Eternal Keeper of the Motivational Poster Award
Contagious Smile: to the person with the most infectious smile
Bright Idea Award: Always comes up with a great idea just when the chips are down!
Helping Hand Award: Always willing to help out
The Toolbox: For the person who can fix anything!
Code Red Award: The person you can always go to in a panic because they can fix any situation!
First Responder Award: For always being ready to go when needed
Most likely to be a Superhero: Always saving the day!
Fire Extinguisher: To the person who always puts out the metaphoric fires
Houdini Award: Always getting us out of troubles
White Knight Award: Most likely to save the day
Most LIkely to Win the Nobel Prize
The Janitor Award: For the person who can fix or clean up any problem!
Fix-It & Creativity Awards
Guru Award: For being able to fix any problem, no matter how hard!
Every Department Award: For the employee who can do any task
Duct Tape Award: For being able to fix pretty much everything
Bunsen Burner Award: For the hottest ideas
The Picasso: for the person who is always doodling something
Mind-Blowing Award: Most likely to generate Creating ideas
Jack of All Trades Award: For the person who has useful skills we never thought we’d need at work!
Best Confidant Awards
Back in the Day: Most nostalgistic
Grandma’s Dumpling Award: For the most comforting
Brown Envelope Award: For excellence at keeping secrets
The Sports Fan
Quarterback Award: Most likely to pass off work
The Super Fan: The dedication of this person to a show, sports team, or pop star is inspiring
Point Guard Award: For running with the ball
Ten Points Award: For always talking a “Big Game”
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Most Likely to be Batman
Most Likely to Be in a High-Speed Car Chase
Most Likely to Marry A Random Stranger
Most Likely to Have 10 Kids
Secretly Lex Luther
A.D.D. Award: The person most likely to be distracted by- Look! Something Shiny!
The Nomad Award: For the person who finds inspiration around the office!
Honorary Mechanic: For the one who’s had their car in the shop enough to become a mechanic themselves!
Outer Orbit Award: Most likely to push all limits
Dish Destroyer: For the person who breaks the most dishes. Or perhaps the person who tackles the sink full of dirty dishes in the breakroom.
New Hobby Award: For the coworker who is always trying something new
Free Finder: This person always grabs the free stuff from the workplace!
Road Warrior for whoever travels the most or has the longest commute
Joe Six-Pack Award: For being one of the regular people
Border Patrol Award: For being the most protective of their space
Cat Lady Award
The Dr. Doolittle Award: For talking more about their pets than spouse or children
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- 1) Personalize your message. ...
- 2) Use the employee's name when writing the letter. ...
- 3) Be clear and precise. ...
- 4) Recognize recent achievements or actions. ...
- 5) Use a positive and active vocabulary. ...
- 6) Say “Thank you”
Employee recognition – also known as Social Recognition® – is the act of publicly acknowledging your people for who they are and what they do. With employee appreciation, workers recognize each other and make the workplace feel more inclusive and human.
An employee rewards program is a fantastic way to show appreciation for the work your team members do. And, it allows them to choose the reward they prefer most. With an employee rewards program, managers and peers can recognize team members by awarding them points in the company's employee store.
- Thank You for All Your.
- Contributions to the. Project Name/Campaign/Goal.
- We truly appreciate your.
- Commitment and Dedication. Recipient Name. Date.
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- Calmer of Storms. Customer Whisperer. ...
- Ace of Initiative. Cruising and Crushing it. ...
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An example of recognition is when you spot a familiar face in the crowd who is someone you met before. An example of recognition is when someone is given an award to recognize and honor his service.
- “Thank you, it makes my day to hear that.”
- “I really put a lot of thought into this, thank you for noticing.”
- “Thank you, I really appreciate you taking the time to express that.”
- “Thank you, I am happy to hear you feel that way!”
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- Let employees give and receive “props.” ...
- Feed them. ...
- Express your gratitude on social media. ...
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- Give employees extra time off.
Thank you kindly for this acknowledgement and recognition of my work. Thank you for this praise, everyone has been extremely helpful. Thank you, I greatly appreciate the compliment. I feel very encouraged by this recognition and am happy to hear that my skills have improved since joining the team.
"Thank you for recognizing my hard work. I'm glad the project was a success and I enjoyed being part of it." "Thank you so much! I appreciate your recognition.
- “You're a great communicator . ”
- “I really admire your work ethic.”
- “You're so organized. Can you give me some tips?”
- “You think about things in such a creative way. You help me think about problem-solving in a new way.”
- You handle stress so well. You help me keep work in perspective.”
- I thank you for the recognition of the brilliance of my poem with an award.
- Thank you so much for giving me another moment of gratitude on life with this award.
- I appreciate this unique gesture of an award for my poem.
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Other names for this type of recognition award can be: Rising Star Award, Shining Star Award, People Pleaser Award, Above and Beyond Award, All Star Employee Award, Company Excellence Award, Spotlight Award, Pinnacle Award Manager's Choice Award, Customer's Choice Award, Merit Award, Flash of Brilliance Award, Game ...
So, what is 'meaningful recognition'? Simply put, it is thanking or acknowledging someone in a way that is valuable to them.
Briefly state your name, position and relationship to the person you are recognizing. Discuss the hard work, passion and effort of the person you are recognizing. Focus on the highlights of his work. Avoid telling too many stories to exemplify the efforts of the person.
- Informal recognition. Informal recognition includes every form of appreciation that isn't planned in advance by your organization. ...
- Formal recognition. Formal recognition encompasses many forms of appreciation that organizations have practiced for decades. ...
- Social recognition. ...
- Monetary recognition.
- Length of service.
- Excellence in performance.
- Peer-to-peer communication and association.
- Leadership qualities.
- Personal accomplishments.
- Team accomplishments.
- Milestones crossed.
Effective employee recognition helps everyone — employees are happier and more engaged, and companies can feel a boost on the bottom line. But don't fall into the trap of implementing reward programs that don't work or, worse, harm the company. One major example is the ever-present Employee of the Month award.
Reward and recognition
Companies use rewards and recognition to motivate employees and demonstrate that they are appreciated. Often, rewards and recognition take the form of extra compensation for employees who carry out the activities in their role description and meet their objectives.
- I appreciate your hard work.
- You are the best at what you do.
- You have a talent for attention to detail, and it shows in your work.
- You continue to amaze us with your talent and dedication.
- Thank you for being an amazing coworker.
- I can always count on you.
- Thank you so much.
- Thank you very much.
- I appreciate your consideration.
- I appreciate your guidance.
- I appreciate your help.
- I appreciate your time.
- I sincerely appreciate ….
- My sincere appreciation.
- Offer good compensation packages. ...
- Provide meaningful work. ...
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- Have performance pay or bonuses.
You receive support from teammates
It's helpful to take notice of how you feel when at work. If you feel supported by your team and your manager, it's likely because they value you. This is a good indicator of being valued at work since your team consistently shows their support so you can succeed.
A simple way to begin is: “I'm honoured to…” or “I'm humbled to have received…”. If you want to say more, consider describing the significance of the award or the achievement to you. Add a visual to increase the likelihood of your post or tweet being viewed. Consider posting a short video clip.
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- Address the team by their name. ...
- Thank the team for their work. ...
- Discuss the effects of their contributions. ...
- Reinforce your appreciation.
- You are more fun than anyone or anything I know, including bubble wrap.
- You are the most perfect you there is.
- You are enough.
- You are one of the strongest people I know.
- You look great today.
- You have the best smile.
- Your outlook on life is amazing.
- You just light up the room.
- Love everything you write.
- I just loved it!
- Very well written.
- You've explained it better.
- What perfect writing!
- Such a great piece!
- No words, just applause.
Duct Tape Award
The Duct Tape Award goes to the person who can fix anything. They find solutions to problems, no matter what, and usually without complaint. Most people on the team have no idea how to repeat their troubleshooting methods but are just happy the show went on.
- Black Hole Award: Most Likely to Lose Things on Desk.
- Confetti Award: Most Likely to Find a Reason to Celebrate.
- Dewey Decimal Award: Most Organized.
- Fashion Week Award: Best Dressed.
- GPS Award: Most Likely to Know Where Anyone is at Any Given Time.
"Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence." "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." "Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success." "Survival was my only hope, success my only revenge."
- Believe in yourself! ...
- Talent is God given. ...
- Humility is the true key to success. ...
- Being real is what keeps me humble. ...
- Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. ...
- People always tell you, 'Be humble.
- 'Not all dreamers are winners, but all winners are dreamers. Your dream is the key to your future. ...
- 'You're not obligated to win. ...
- 'Winning doesn't always mean being first. ...
- 'Winning takes precedence over all. ...
- 'It's not the will to win that matters—everyone has that.
- An employee is being a good team player. ...
- An employee is doing high-quality work. ...
- An employee recently took on new responsibilities. ...
- An employee reached conflict resolution. ...
- An employee met their goals. ...
- An employee is new to the company and already making an impact.
- Recognition master award. The recognition master award is for the person who recognizes others on the team most often. ...
- Most recognized employee award. ...
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- Living by our values award. ...
- Keeping us safe award. ...
- Always growing award.
- I'm so grateful. Thanks is an expression of gratitude, so cut to the chase. ...
- I appreciate it. ...
- Thanks for your hard work on this. ...
- I couldn't have done it without you. ...
- I owe you one. ...
- Much obliged. ...
- Thanks for having my back. ...
- Please accept my deepest gratitude.
with gratitude He smiled at them with gratitude. gratitude (to somebody) (for something) I would like to express my gratitude to everyone for their hard work. I feel a deep sense of gratitude to her. in gratitude for something She was presented with the gift in gratitude for her long service.
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- Transferred ownership of professional development. ...
- Diffused office conflicts before they happen. ...
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- Giving your people something they actually want.
- Be specific and include examples.
- Provide the feedback on a timely manner.
- Highlight your employees' effort (what they did).
- Give direct feedback.
- Provide regular feedback.
- Employee of the Month Awards.
- Work Anniversary Awards.
- Department MVP Awards.
- Teamwork Awards.
- Most Improved Award.
- Employee Choice Award.
- Above & Beyond Award.
- Sales Awards.
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“The work you do is important and so appreciated.” “Sending a little heartfelt appreciation your way today!” “Just wanted to express our deep gratitude for the dedicated work you do day after day.” “For all you do—and for the kind, thoughtful way you do it—thank you.”
“I'm so grateful to have a manager like you. Thank you for your ongoing flexibility with my schedule and letting me work from home whenever I need.” “I am so appreciative of your kind words at today's team meeting. Thank you for sharing with me and everyone else that you are happy with the work I've done this quarter.
- “Thank you, it makes my day to hear that.”
- “I really put a lot of thought into this, thank you for noticing.”
- “Thank you, I really appreciate you taking the time to express that.”
- “Thank you, I am happy to hear you feel that way!”