According to a 2017 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management polling over 700 human resources professionals, employee recognition improves workplace culture. Organizations with employee recognition programs report positive effects on both employee turnover and productivity.
Why not make employee recognition in your organization an enjoyable endeavor with funny office awards?
While your company's long-standing employee recognition protocol can play a role in team organization, discipline and promotions throughout the year, funny work awards can be one-off events that give employees a much-needed laugh and improve team cohesiveness.
Let's have a look at what makes for a successful funny work awards program and dive into some lighthearted suggestions for funny award titles for employees.
Designing Your Funny Office Awards
When you're putting together ideas for your company's funny work awards, use the company's mission as your guide. Corporate mission statements are all about improving the world, bringing people together and solving complex problems to improve quality of life. You want your humor-infused awards to follow the same guiding principles.
Awards that are mean-spirited that could divide your employees instead of unite them aren't the goal. Remember the Dunder Mifflin “Dundie Awards"? While the employees in the TV show The Office were fictional, there's definitely a lesson to be learned from their reaction to The Dundies. No one wanted to attend and no one looked forward to the backhanded compliments each trophy represented.
As you design your funny office awards and awards program, be thoughtful and encouraging. Celebrate the quirky, yet positive traits of those who make your team a delight every day. If you need suggestions for award categories, ask employees to make anonymous suggestions.
When it comes time to nominate and vote, create a system that allows employees to do both anonymously. And as you tally the votes, be sure to spread the recognition out across a wide sampling of your team and avoid multiple awards going to a single team member.
An official awards ceremony makes for an ideal team-building event, too. Find a time and location that works for your whole team, ideally during work hours so that employees aren't tasked with rearranging family schedules or finding childcare to attend.
Trophies also make for fun giveaways and can be anything you conjure up, from actual statues with nameplates to a prop that signifies the award.
6 Funny Award Titles for Employees
To get your creative juices flowing, here are some funny office awards that might be an ideal fit for your company.
Remember, as you brainstorm these funny award titles for employees, lead with positivity and lean towards celebrating, not ridiculing, your team members.
Trophy idea: A bag of coffee or a custom coffee mug
Why: If coffee culture leads at your company, there's one person who makes more roundtrips to the coffee pot than anyone else. Celebrate their commitment to meeting deadlines with this funny office award.
Master/Maven of the Mission Statement
Trophy idea: A framed copy of the company's tagline/mission statement
Why: If your office has someone who jokingly drops the company tagline or mission statement into as many conversations as possible, this award celebrates their commitment to the company's values.
Trophy idea: A small tool kit or a roll of duct tape
Why: Every office has its go-to person when something needs fixing on the fly. Recognize their craftiness and unconventional repair methods with a smile.
It's all about sharing a laugh, lifting up your coworkers and celebrating what often goes uncelebrated in the workplace: the unique characteristics of each employee...
Trophy Idea: A pair of dark sunglasses or a Bluetooth headset in an envelope marked “confidential"
Why: There was that deadline that no one thought you'd be able to hit but this person came through like a rock star and made it possible.
British Baking Show Contestant
Trophy Idea: A pair of oven mitts
Why: The perfect award for the generous soul who always brings their delicious baked goods to share with coworkers. You could frame this as “Most Likely to be a Contestant on The Great British Baking Show."
Chain of Love
Trophy idea: A piece of chain link
Why: There's someone in your office who is the link that connects their team, department or the company together. Honor this important role with a representation of the bond they've forged.
Now that you have some guidelines for creating your funny work awards along with some ideas for funny award titles for employees, how will you shape your own awards?
The good news is that creating a bit of levity doesn't have to be a costly or time-consuming endeavor. It's all about sharing a laugh, lifting up your coworkers and celebrating what often goes uncelebrated in the workplace: the unique characteristics of each employee that makes them an invaluable part of your team, day in and day out.
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