Looking for unique and creative staff awards ideas? We’ve tried to cover all the bases here ranging from awards you’ll find in most businesses to those that will be unique to you.
We’ve even thrown in some creative ways to present your awards!
The staple staff award ideas
These are those classic awards that are popular for a reason!
Long service award
For any organisation, this is a must. Loyalty is often hugely undervalued and long serving staff are part of the foundations of your business.
Not only will the employee feel more appreciated, but others will see how much you value everyone in the business, particularly those who are loyal!
Take the time to recognise when the employee joined and how long they’ve been at the company to the day!
The more years they’ve been at the company the bigger the award!
Employee of the month/quarter award
This is probably one of the most used of all the staff awards ideas. Recognising employees for their performance is hugely important.
Whether it’s every month or every quarter it’s up to you! According to research, less than 30% of all staff feel valued by their bosses.
This could be for someone in the sales team who’s brought in the most clients/customers for the month, a customer service advisor who’s received the best feedback, or someone who’s generally performed well in their role in the last month.
It could also be for an employee who has overcome significant pressure or difficulty in their role. Recognising your overachievers is key!
Creative office awards ideas
These are some awards you may not have thought of!
Going above and beyond award
Pick out someone who’s gone the extra mile or done something out of the ordinary! It doesn’t always have to be work related.
Maybe someone has done something nice for a colleague or raised money for charity? It doesn’t even have to be a regular award.
Simply hand this award out as and when you wish! Of all the staff awards ideas this is one of the most thoughtful!
Team Impact Award
Maybe there’s a department or a team that’s achieved something significant for the company recently? It could be that they’ve overcome difficult circumstances and continued to deliver.
Rewarding them will not only make them feel valued but will let everyone in the business know what they’ve achieved and how important it is for the company!
Are you a fast growing company? If you’ve taken on lots of new hires recently this could be a great staff award!
To make it fair try and stick to a particular time frame, for example employees who have joined in the last year but have been part of the team for at least 3 months.
The performance review is great, but an award on top of that is even better!
This doesn’t necessarily have to apply to someone leading a successful team or department. It could be that one of your managers has helped an employee develop their skills and deliver success.
Listen to your employees and see if they credit someone in particular for their successes.
Whether it’s the Chairman, CEO, Founder, Co-founder, Managing Director or otherwise, receiving an award from a senior figure in the business means a lot to any employee!
If there’s someone who has impressed the boss, give them a personalised award and let them know they’re appreciated.
Health & fitness award
Chances are there’s someone in the business who’s turned their health around or exceeded their fitness goals.
Whether it’s weight loss/gain, quitting bad health habits or even achieving something like completing a marathon, let the person know you’ve recognised their achievements!
This award shows the importance of switching up your staff awards ideas to suit everyone!
Peer to Peer award
The best office awards ideas don’t just involve bosses. Give your employees a chance to award each other.
Employees could come together and decide there’s someone on their team they’d all like to award.
Retirement is a major event in a person’s life. Let them know you recognise all that they’ve achieved, not just in the time at your company but in their career as a whole!
Volunteers who offer their time, both individually and as a collective, provide invaluable support for charities and organisations who often depend on their selfless contribution!
Those who volunteer and go out of their way to help others should always be rewarded!
Award in style!
Present your awards in a way that will be remembered!
Post on social media
Take a picture and post it on the company social media (with the person’s consent of course!) and tag them in.
Giving staff a shout-out on social media shows everyone inside and outside the business just how much you value them!
Your own awards event
A great way to show appreciation is to take the team out for a meal or drinks and create your very own internal awards event.
This is a great opportunity to take all of your staff awards ideas and present them in a fun and relaxed setting!
Take the opportunity to make the employee’s day that bit better (providing they aren’t on annual leave of course!) by awarding them on their birthday.
Have a company trophy
It doesn’t always have to be a trophy, it could be something related to the company that gets passed around to people who receive an award.
Think of something that is unique and represents your business, it’s culture or something that is either interesting, funny or useful!
Wall of fame
You may have heard of this one before, but having a wall of fame is a great way to show everyone who’s been rewarded recently!
The more creative your office awards ideas are, the better! Create awards that are unique to your business, timely and thoughtful and you’ll be on to a winner!
For more on implementing employee awards effectively, take a look at our Complete Guide to Reward and Recognition.
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