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60 Fun, Creative, and Unique Employee Award Ideas for 2023 [Updated]

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Do you want to bring some fun to your office?

Looking for more interesting and fun ways to recognize your employees rather than handing out “Employee of the month” certificates?

In this article, you’ll find 60 fun employee award ideas that you can simply apply to your company.

Here’s the List of 60 Fun Employee Award Ideas

  1. Walking Encyclopedia Award
  2. Duct Tape Award
  3. Office DJ Award
  4. Social Director Award
  5. Always In a Meeting Award
  6. Office Parent Award
  7. Wannabe MJ Award
  8. The Bermuda Triangle Award
  9. Thinks In emoji Award
  10. Stand up Comedian Award
  11. The Foodie Award
  12. Mr. Clean or Ms. Clean Award
  13. The Picasso Award
  14. Super Snacker Award
  15. The Instagrammer Award
  16. I’m Giphy Award
  17. The Coffeeholic Award
  18. The Green Thumb Award
  19. The Chit-Chat Award
  20. The Angry Bird Award
  21. The Beautician Award
  22. The Iron Chef Award
  23. Always Late Award
  24. Buzzword Award
  25. Mission Impossible Award
  26. Elephant Memory Award
  27. Alice In Wonderland Award
  28. Astute Observer Award
  29. Calmer of Storms Award
  30. Dressed to Kill Award
  31. The Early Bird Award
  32. The Take the Stairs Award
  33. Loud Typist Award
  34. The Empty Fridge Award
  35. Dish Destroyer Award
  36. New Hobby Award
  37. The Informant Award
  38. Nameless Award
  39. The All Rounder Award
  40. Gourmet King/Queen Award
  41. Code Red Award
  42. One Liner Award
  43. The Vigilant One Award
  44. The Poet Award
  45. Budget Cruncher Award
  46. Note Maker Award
  47. Work from Home Award
  48. Bestie Award
  49. The Optimist Award
  50. Full of Enthusiasm Award
  51. Five More Minutes
  52. The Email Vigilante
  53. Vampire Award
  54. Best Hair
  55. Office Bestie Award
  56. Gourmet Lunch Award
  57. Drowsy Mondays Award
  58. The Empty Desk Award
  59. On-a-Call Award
  60. Me, Myself and I Award

Must Read: 20 Creative Employee Recognition and Appreciation Ideas

First, How to Make Employee Award Experience Meaningful

Do you want to start an employee award program?

Start with “WHY.”

Ask two questions to yourself:

  • Why am I launching an employee reward program?
  • And what do I really want to achieve with it?

Here are some common reasons companies start employee recognition and award programs:

1. Create a positive office culture. 

2. Create a culture of recognition. 

3. Motivate high performance. 

4. Reinforce certain behaviors. 

First, discover your own WHY and then move on.

Here are some steps to follow to build a successful award program: (Click to Tweet)

Make Sure The Program Suits Your Organization 

It is important to make sure that the employee award program can be seamlessly integrated into the existing system. You might also want to look out if you can white label the program to give it a company identity. Look for a solution provider who can provide complete customization. 

Resonate The Core Values

These programs can be a great way to spread and articulate your company’s core values. So before choosing an employee reward program, you must ensure that you can customize your program to tie with the company values and ideologies. 

GoSkills, a Learning Management System, allows companies to customize rewards for employees who learn the most.  

Build a Team of Champions 

Appoint a few people who will be responsible for the implementation, managing, and establishment of a recognition program.

When building your team, look for people with the following characteristics:

  • Good knowledge of the program benefits.
  • Positioned as a team leader.
  • Should have an interest in the program.
  • Believes in company values. 

Get Social

When an employee receives an award, shout out on your company page or your internal newsletter, and your employees can like or comment. Give your entire workforce the opportunity to celebrate together and it encourages your employees to recognize each other.

Doubt the power of appreciation? Take a moment to view this humorous and thought-provoking talk by Mike Robbins:

Share Moments

Use Slack to share special moments with everyone and then instantly send recognition to your peers. This also provides more opportunities for employees to understand what’s going on, outside their day-to-day, with the ability to comment, tag, and even react with a thumbs up!

Make It Fun

Your employee award program should be fun and meaningful. Funny employee awards are best for a casual and fun way to recognize your team for their off-kilter strengths and quirks. Fun at work makes the team immune to the negative effects of stress and anxiety, thus reducing absenteeism and improving employees’ well-being.

Patrick Lencioni put it best:

When leaders throughout an organization take an active, genuine interest in the people they manage, when they invest real time to understand employees at a fundamental level, they create a climate for greater morale, loyalty, and yes, growth.

create a culture of recognition

Below is a list of ideas to get your creativity flowing, feel free to use them!

Drum roll, please… 

60 Funny Employee Award Ideas

Here are some out-of-the-box and fun employee award ideas: Click to Tweet

1. Walking Encyclopedia Award

Does your team have a member that knows everything? Or they think they do. Yeah, this is their award.

2. Duct Tape Award

This award is for a person who’s able to fix anything.

3. Office DJ Award

Give this award to the person that knows how to jam. Everyone appreciates their good tunes, even if they play it a little too loud.

4. Social Director Award

This award is for the person who takes ownership of any and all group activities for the office.

5. Always In a Meeting Award

For the person who is never available to answer a phone call or reply to an important email because they’re always in a meeting.

6. Office Parent Award

Give this award to a person who remembers and collects money for everyone’s birthday, orders cakes, and is the office pharmacist.

7. Wannabe MJ Award

This award goes to the teammate who is pretty much a smooth criminal on the dance floor.

8. The Bermuda Triangle Award

Does someone own a mysterious desk where things go in and never return? Give this award to them.

9. Thinks In emoji Award

Do any of your employees know the slack emoji dictionary? This is that person who has a perfect emoji reaction to everything. 

10. Stand-up Comedian Award 

This award is for that very special employee who always makes witty puns, jokes, and wordplay (you don’t have to admit if they’re good or bad).

11. The Foodie Award

This award goes to the employee who has the perfect recommendation for any cuisine and price range, and their taste is impeccable.

12. Mr. Clean or Ms. Clean Award

Is there someone on your team who keeps their workspace immaculately clean? Give this person Mr. Clean or Ms. Clean award.

13. The Picasso Award

This award is for an employee who is always doodling something.

14. Super Snacker Award

Give this award to the employee who’s snacking, snacking, snacking all the time.

15. The Instagrammer Award

They stop everyone and everything to take a picture for their Instagram. Click, click, and click.

16. I’m Giphy Award

Giphy is this employee’s first language. They always have the right gif on hand at any given moment.

17. The Coffeeholic Award

This award is for the employee who is inseparable from their cups of coffee (rumor has it they worked as a Starbucks barista in college).

18. The Green Thumb Award

The employee who has the most alive plants in their workspace? This person loves plants and gardening. Give them the Green Thumb Award.

19. The Chit-Chat Award

You all know a person in your team who talks more than anyone else. Give them the Chit Chat Award.

20. The Angry Bird Award

Give this award for an employee who gets easily upset and is always scowling.

21. The Beautician Award

Are you in need of new hair, skincare, and makeup recommendations? Contact the office beautician. This person has all the beauty tips, tricks, and info you need to glow up.

22. The Iron Chef Award

This award goes to the employee who always packs a delicious looking lunch while everyone else goes to restaurants or Subway.

23. Always Late Award

This award is for the person that is always late for every meeting. They’re even late for the meetings they organize! 😀

24. Buzzword Award

This award goes out to the person who constantly uses any and every corporate acronym and buzzword.

25. Mission Impossible Award

There was that deadline that no one thought your team would be able to hit, but this person came through like a rock star and made it possible.

26. Elephant Memory Award

Forgetting things is common. But there is always that extraordinary person in the office who believes everything is unforgettable! The Elephant Memory Award is for that employee.

27. Alice In Wonderland Award

Lots of employees lose themselves in their fantasies. There will usually be a colleague who always seems lost in a fantasy of their own. The Alice in Wonderland Award is for them.

28. Astute Observer Award

It’s always nice to meet someone who notices a new haircut. Or a new dress. Or a new shirt. This award goes out to a person who is the most observant.

29. Calmer of Storms Award

The peace-makers are a very valuable resource. Every company needs them. Calmer of Storms ward is for the person who can quell any storm.

30. Dressed to Kill Award

Lots of people love to dress well to work. Some like to dress really really well. Dressed to Kill award goes out to the employee who lives to dress up.

31. The Early Bird Award

Is there someone who’s always first to the office? They should get a little appreciation. So give them some prizes that go with the early bird theme!

32. The Take the Stairs Award

You could work on the 10th floor or the 2nd. It doesn’t matter. This award goes to someone who always takes the stairs.

33. Loud Typist Award

Can you hear your coworker’s typing sound (coming from miles away)? As a funny award, get them a fun keyboard cover.

34. The Empty Fridge Award

An award for that coworker who always knows when the tastiest treats are on their way.

35. Dish Destroyer Award

Your office sink would be overflowing with dirty dishes unless you have a coworker named “The Dish Destroyer.”

36. New Hobby Award

Employee who is always trying out new interests.

37. The Informant Award

If a spectacular event is taking place in your city, you can be confident that this employee is aware of it and will attend.

38. Nameless Award

This award should be given to those who can’t remember anyone’s name.

39. The All Rounder Award

This award is given to a coworker who possesses a diverse set of skills.

40. Gourmet King/Queen Award

This coworker comes to work every day with a different lunch recipe in mind.

41. Code Red Award

Award is given to the individual who everyone knows to go to in times of emergency.

42. One Liner Award

It makes no difference where you locate this person; they always have the perfect one-liner ready to go.

43. The Vigilant One Award

Regardless of the time of day or night, this employee always responds within 0.2 seconds.

44. The Poet Award

This person will take a long time to communicate with you.

45. Note Maker Award

If you get lost in the shuffle during a meeting, you can always rely on this coworker to take proper notes!

46. Work from Home Award

Coworkers who are frequently asked, “Can I work remotely?” are eligible for this honor.

47. Bestie Award

Regardless of how long someone has worked at the company, this person seems to know everybody.

48. The Optimist Award

This colleague is always able to have a cheerful outlook on life!

49. Budget Cruncher Award

If you have a budget cruncher on your team, give him or her this prize.

50. Full of Enthusiasm Award

Everyone else is tired by 5:00 p.m., yet this coworker is still going strong.

51. Five More Minutes

This award is for the employee who schedules meetings on the hour but always needs 5 more minutes 

52. The Email Vigilante

This award goes to the employee who always responds immediately to all emails.

53. Vampire Award

An employee who arrives earliest and leaves latest.

54. Best Hair 

An employee who has great hair even after being in the wind! 

55. Office Bestie Award

The person who knows everyone, even new hires.

56. Gourmet Lunch Award 

For the employee who always makes something new at lunch.

57. Drowsy Mondays Award 

This award is for the employees who return from the weekend with resentment for Monday.

58. The Empty Desk Award 

Whether they’re in a meeting or out to lunch, somehow, this employee never seems to be at their desk.

59. On-a-Call Award 

It could be three in the morning — somehow, this person needs you to wait for just a minute because they’re on a call. 😀

60. Me, Myself and I Award

The person who just loves showcasing themselves, their life, and everything I. This award is for them.

Recognize your employees

Create Fun Employee Award Certificates

Want to personalize your employees’ awards with a certificate to make the experience more meaningful and intimate? 

Here are a few inspirations for you:

Note: Canva offers certificate templates that you can customize in just a few clicks!

Template #1: Certificate of Awesomeness

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Template #2: The Brainstorming Whiz

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Template #3: The Standup Comedian Award

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Template #4: The Specs-Tacular Award

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Template #5: The Most Introverted Award

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Template #6: Mission Impossible Award

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Template #7: The Picasso Award

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FAQs

What are some employee recognition awards?

Here are some employee recognition award ideas:

– The employee of the year
– Extraordinary leadership award
– Customer service award
– Team player award
– Standout performer
– Social contributor award

How can I appreciate my colleagues professionally?

Here are some tips for recognizing your peers:

– Let your peers know the reason for appreciation
– Cite the positive impact that their work brought
– Take care of your message tone
– Give a personalized touch to your message

How can you build a recognition program in your organization?

It takes a lot of planning and efforts to create an employee recognition program that people believe in and wants to use. Check out this guide to build an employee recognition program.

What are some funny employee award ideas?

In this article, you’ll find some out-of-the-box employee award ideas and templates.

It’s Your Turn!

Get creative with the way you celebrate your awards. You can use paper plates, certificates, or even create your own trophy!

Now go on and start having fun with your employee awards. Do you have any other employee award ideas? 😁

EngageWith is easy to use and effective employee recognition tool that will help you attract, engage, and motivate your employees.

Originally published May 18, 2020 3:46 PM, last updated Oct 31 2022

Pawan Kumar

I'm a Content Marketer at Springworks. I've been featured in many reputed publications and online magazines! I'm an avid reader and movie buff. Let's connect on Social Media.

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