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All You Need To Know About Team Awards

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All You Need To Know About Team Awards

Team award is one of the types of recognition often offered by organizations. They are significant because they aim to recognize the collective efforts and achievements of a group of employees rather than those of individual employees.

What is a Team Award?

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A Team Award is usually given to a group of employees working together as a unit to accomplish common business objectives.

What are the Benefits of Giving Team Awards?

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Team awards are a great way to promote collaboration at the workplace and highlight the importance of team effort across the organization.

Here are the key benefits for organizations for including team recognition as part of their employee rewards and recognition programs:

All You Need to Know about Team Awards

1. Promotes Teamwork and Collaboration


Team Awards are great for encouraging teamwork and collaboration in the workforce, as employees feel motivated to work together towards a common purpose.

2. Builds Relationships and Mutual Trust

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Team awards help to strengthen relationships between employees and create stronger connections among them.

This helps in building a better work environment.

3. Align Workforce to Business Goals


Recognizing teams for their achievements is also an effective way to align their efforts with the organization’s business goals.

What are the Best Practices for Team Awards?

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While including team rewards and recognition as part of an employee recognition program might be a no-brainer; making them effective requires some consideration.

Here are a few best practices that can help enhance the effectiveness of these awards:

Best Practices of Team Awards

1. Choose Team Awards over Individual ones

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Organizations should look at opportunities to reward and recognize teams over individuals wherever possible.

This will encourage employees to collaborate more effectively to achieve greater results.

2. Ensure Fairness while giving the awards

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Members of a team should be chosen based on their contribution to the overall achievements of the team.

Efforts must be made by the organization to include all significant contributors and exclude ‘freeloaders’, even if they might be part of the same function or group.  

3. Reward Project Teams

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Rewarding teams that have made significant achievements working on projects, initiatives, or business challenges is a great way to encourage effective teamwork and collaboration.

4. Reward Cross-Functional Teams

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Organizations should look at promoting seamless and cross-functional collaboration by rewarding teams that are working on cross-functional initiatives and special projects across the organization.

5. Create Visibility for Team Awards

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Organizations should leverage digital recognition platforms, internal collaboration apps, and external social media integration to communicate team awards effectively. 

Virtual or offline forums such as town halls, ‘all hands meet’, etc., with the presence of the senior management, can also enhance the social visibility of such awards.

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Team Awards can be a powerful tool for organizations to motivate their employees to work together effectively and to build a highly committed and engaged workforce for higher business growth.

Sagar Chaudhuri

Lead author: Sagar Chaudhuri, the Co-Founder and CEO of HiFives. He is an HR Tech Evangelist with over 25 years of experience in the corporate world and entrepreneurship. In the past, Sagar has worked with companies such as Genpact, Infosys, and ICICI Bank, in leadership roles. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. Connect on LinkedIn

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