Employee awards, sometimes referred to as paper plate awards, are recognitions of contribution and hard work. They’re like high-fives in the workplace and a fun and creative way to say, "Hey, you're awesome!". These awards go beyond the serious stuff and make recognizing good work more enjoyable.
These awards go beyond the formalities. They offer a lighthearted and creative approach to recognizing the diverse talents of employees. Whether you're familiar with the concept or just beginning to explore its potential, here’s a breakdown of what you need to know.
It's important to take into consideration several different variables when giving paper plate awards. Awards should feel meaningful but personal.
Lack of clarity in award criteria can lead to confusion and frustration among winners and those who don't receive recognition. Defining the specific reasons for earning an award is crucial for its meaningfulness. Whether it's excelling at daily tasks or demonstrating outstanding teamwork, clearly identifying the behaviors deserving recognition is a good place to start. Here are some broad categories to consider:
As evident in the examples above, a fun factor should be sprinkled into awards! Balancing fun and meaning in employee awards creates a positive and enjoyable work environment. This can also be done through inside jokes or funny puns.
It’s important to keep inclusivity and sensitivity in mind. Be sure to steer clear of topics that may be offensive or inappropriate. Jokes or awards related to personal appearance, cultural background, or any sensitive personal information should be strictly avoided. By keeping inclusivity in mind, a workplace where employees feel valued can be fostered.
Recognizing someone for consistently delivering exceptional results and coming out on top for the month!
Recognizing someone who always has creative and cool ideas.
Saying a big "thank you" to the person who leads well.
Given to someone who always finishes their work on time.
Recognizing someone excellent at finding solutions to problems.
Celebrating someone good at helping and guiding others.
Saying "thank you" to someone who promotes wellness in the workplace.
Recognizing someone new but already doing a great job.
Saying "thank you" to the person who always inspires the team.
Awarded to someone who always comes up with cool and creative ideas.
Recognizing someone good at paying attention to small things.
Awarded to someone who always does their best and surpasses quotas.
Recognizing someone good at fixing things.
Celebrating someone who's always friendly and welcoming.
Celebrating someone who loves learning new things.
Celebrating someone good at organizing events and get-togethers.
As workplaces implement these awards, remember that fostering a positive work environment is an ongoing journey. Adding a touch of creativity into recognition practices can contribute to a workplace culture that values every individual's unique qualities.
Try implementing paper plate awards in your workplace today!
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