Want to make a positive difference in your workplace?
Happy employees make for a happy workplace, and giving corporate awards to your employees is one way you can make sure they know their hard work is recognized and appreciated. While you may not be able to give your employees a pay raise, you can make sure they are recognized for their hard work. This is important to all employees, especially millennials–and there’s no better time than today to start taking positive steps to make your employees feel appreciated.
Here are a few good ways to start…
Create an awards wall in your office.
While all employees appreciate being recognized, one way that you can make sure their happiness lasts is to create a wall at work to display award plaques. This can serve as a reminder to all employees that hard work is valued and recognized, and further motivate them to do their best.
2. Make different award categories.
Having an Employee of the Month is great. Unfortunately, for many employees, it may not be clear what they have to do to earn the award. Many corporate awards programs use different categories for their employee awards. You might try giving awards to employees for saving the company money, or for never being late. Your employees will know what’s expected of them, and be motivated to earn the awards!
3. Customize the award plaque.
If you’re handing out awards, why not make it fun? You can use different plaque designs to match the awards to your employee’s personality. They’ll know you’re paying attention to their interests, and it will make the award that much more meaningful. It will help foster a positive relationship between you and your employees.
4. Add an incentive to your corporate awards.
While winning an award can be a big motivator for some employees, others will surely be even more engaged if the award comes with some sort of prize. Try to find room in your budget for a gift card to your employee’s favorite restaurant, or even take them out to lunch yourself.
5. Hold an awards ceremony.
You don’t have to make it anything like Michael Scott’s infamous Dundie Awards Ceremony, but having a little ceremony where awards are handed out can help generate enthusiasm for your corporate awards program. Try booking a venue on an annual or quarterly basis, and give your corporate awards plaques out with a little fanfare!
6. Have your employees vote for award winners.
To shake things up a bit try having your employees vote on who will earn a certain award. It’s one of many often overlooked corporate award ideas that can help build office camaraderie. The award recipient will be happy with the respect of their peers, and you can feel proud of having built a better functioning work environment.
7. Don’t be afraid to be silly.
Even the most professional of work environments won’t be hurt by taking some time to laugh. Consider having a few silly awards, like “Most Outrageous Email Subject” or “Flashiest Presentation.” After all, the company that laughs together stays together!
8. Have holiday themed awards.
Everyone loves a good office holiday party, and with awards, it can be even better. Try picking “Santa’s Jolliest Helper” at Christmas time. It will help keep your employees motivated around the holiday season!
9. Give awards to teams.
Instead of recognizing individual employees, consider recognizing entire departments or teams. Group awards will help employees realize how important it is to support each other. You can give awards to groups as small as two or even give an award to your entire staff!
10. Write letters to go with the awards.
Being recognized your achievement means even more when you know exactly why you’re being recognized. If you have time, consider writing a thoughtful personalized letter to each award winner thanking them for what they’ve done.
11. Have employees give awards to each other.
We’ve already talked about having employees vote, but here’s another idea to build office camaraderie. Try assigning awards to individual employees and telling them it’s their responsibility to find a winner. For example, tell Jane it’s her job to pick the Most Efficient Employee.
If you liked any of the ideas on this list, why wait to get started? Head here to start working on making your ideas a reality. Your employees will thank you for it!
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