Employee Recognition Awards with Attitude


Show employees you value their work and appreciate their unique contributions with one-of-a-kind recognition.

Employee recognition awards are an excellent way for businesses to retain good workers and re-enforce strong team dynamics. Keeping these honors from becoming boring or stale is the real trick. Rather than sticking with the same categories every year, break away from the traditional with employee recognition – try humor.

Well-known funnyman Victor Borge once said, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” There is no hard and fast rule saying you cannot take a tongue-in-cheek approach to award categories. Make them apply to your office quirks or your employees’ personalities. Here are some to give you a head start.

10 Fun Employee Recognition Categories

  1. The Leader of the Pack – Salute the employee who always gets everyone working together.
  2. The Cheer & Sunshine Chairperson – Single out the one person who can bolster your team’s spirits and make any project exciting.
  3. The Wizard – To the individual who magically knows how to use every device, gadget and piece of equipment in the office.
  4. The Fix-It Phenom – Applaud this person’s ability to keep everything working from printers and copiers to laptops and coffee makers.
  5. The Record Keeper – For the team member who remembers everyone’s birthdays, wedding anniversaries and children’s names in addition to project deadlines.
  6. The Wellness Guru – Recognize the unofficial staff health nut who works tirelessly to encourage coworkers to eat better, limit caffeine and take the stairs.
  7. The Forward Thinker – For the thinker who continuously researches better ways to improve office productivity.
  8. The Job Whisperer – Three snaps for the team player who finishes job tasks while helping others.
  9. The Cool Under Pressure Coworker – For the guy or gal who can keep calm and carry on when deadlines are looming.
  10. The Jigsaw Puzzler – Clap for the person who shuffles the pieces of the office puzzle around and keeps things running smoothly.

Do any of these award categories remind you of a coworker? Nominate them!


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Looking for more ideas? Find 15 (more) unique categories for employee recognition awards here.

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