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Informal, Funny, or Fun Awards for Employees

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Informal or Fun Awards for Employee Engagement

Informal, Funny, or Fun awards are not new – they have been around for a long time. Moreover, they have often been used in office get-togethers and parties as ice-breakers. Therefore, they can help build an atmosphere of fun, camaraderie, and team bonding.

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Hence, in the current situation, with a large segment of the employees in most organizations working remotely, funny or fun awards have acquired new relevance.

Therefore, fun awards are slowly making their way into mainstream rewards and recognition programs. So, let’s try to understand how they work.

Organizations have realized the importance of fun awards for employee engagement; to break the monotony of work from time to time and create a more fun-filled and informal atmosphere that foster better team building and collaboration.

What Are Informal Or Fun Awards?

Importance of Celebrating Personal Milestones of Employees

So, fun Awards are a way to appreciate and recognize co-workers informally and creatively; for their hobbies, interests, and personality traits.

Hence, they create a positive and informal atmosphere at work without offending anyone.

The whole idea of funny or fun awards is to ensure that the employees feel valued while having a good time and a great laugh

Hence, it’s all about recognizing an employee as a person and not just a co-worker or a resource for the organization.

Therefore, they should be integral to the employee engagement plan of every organization.

What are Innovative/ Creative Ideas For Funny Awards?

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Undeniably, fun awards are a great way to build a positive, informal, and engaging atmosphere at work.

Therefore, every organization should look at incorporating them in their employee rewards and recognition programs.

So, here are a few creative and innovative ideas for funny/ fun awards:

1. Dr. Fixit Award

Seems to have a solution for every problem.

Dr. Fixit

2. Office Picasso Award

The most artistic person around.

Office Picasso

3. Fitness Freak Award

Live and breathe fitness.

Is employee wellness a fad or necessity?

4. Caffeine Lover Award

Those who cannot do without his or her cup of coffee.

Caffeine Lover

5. Early Bird Award: 

Arrives at the office and to every meeting much before anyone else.

Early Bird

6. The Clean Slate Award

Keep their work areas spic and span.

Clean Slate

7. The Fashionista Award

Always perfectly dressed for the occasion.


8. Walking Wikipedia Award

Those who seem to know everything about everything.

Walking Wikipedia

9. Stand-up Comedian Award: 

Those who always crack witty jokes to keep others in good spirits.

Stand-up Comedian

10. Super Snacker Award

Those who are true foodies and live and love their food.

Healthy Snacks

11. Instagramer Award

Those who are very active on Instagram and post stories several times a day.


12. Office DJ Award

Always have the best music playlist for office parties or trips.

13. Terabyte Memory Award: 

Have a terrific memory and rarely forgets anything.

Terabyte Memory

14. Netflix Navigator Award: 

Those who always have the best recommendations for shows on Netflix.

Netflix Navigator

15. Event Planner Award

Those who are amazing at organizing office parties and other events.

Event Planner

16. Hot Spots Award: 

Those who always have great recommendations for the best places to hang out.

Hot Spots

Other Ideas for Fun Awards

Without a doubt, there is no limit to the number of categories of fun awards that can be conceived and implemented.

Examples of Fun Awards

How To Develop A Funny Awards Program?

The key objective of any employee recognition program is to keep the employees motivated and engaged.

Hence, enhancing the fun element of these programs can prove to be a simple yet effective way to make the employees feel appreciated and happy.

So, here are a few guidelines that can help organizations come up with a great funny awards program:

How can organizations develop a program for Fun Awards?

1. Be as Creative, Innovative, and Wacky as possible

Fun Activities

Since the entire focus of funny awards is being as wacky and funny as possible; it is important that this is reflective of all aspects of the program.

So, from the award categories to the titles of the awards, the nomination criteria, and even the process of recognition should be innovative and creative.

Hence, the awards should focus on recognizing the quirky and interesting traits of employees that only a few co-workers might be aware of.

2. Seek the Involvement of the Employees

Impact of Fun @ Work Activities on Employee Engagement

The organization should seek ideas and inputs from their employees while deciding on the fun awards and titles.

So, this could be achieved by getting together a group of employees to brainstorm ideas for fun awards.

Hence, making the process of deciding on the funny awards inclusive in this manner can go a long way in enhancing employee engagement and their involvement in the program.

3. Be Sensitive to Cultural Nuances

Creating a Culture of Collaboration through Employee Recognition

Organizations need to ensure that the fun awards they choose do not embarrass the employees rather than entertain them.

Also, the awards should never make fun of ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, or other such aspects.

Organizations should keep in mind the cultural sensitivities of their employees while deciding on the fun awards program to avoid hurting their sentiments.

4. Use a Digital Platform for Implementation


A digital employee recognition platform such as HiFives should be leveraged to make the implementation of the Funny or Fun Awards program easy and ensure a high level of employee experience.

Hence, the digital platform should make the process of recognition, communication, and reward simple, seamless, and easy.

Social features such as a digital wall of fame, likes, comments, leaderboards, etc. can help enhance the employee experience.

Additionally, reward points given along with the fun awards can be redeemed for electronic gift cards, driving greater participation and engagement.

5. Develop a Calendar for Fun Awards

Event-based Employee Recognition

Also, it might be a good idea to create a schedule for inviting nominations and announcing the winners of the funny awards.

For example, every fourth Friday of the month can be called a ‘Fun Friday’, ‘Freaky Friday’ or ‘Fantastic Friday’.

So, nominations could be accepted through the week and the winners could be announced on that Friday.

6. Communicate to Drive Participation

Integrate Reward and Recognition with Innovation Efforts

Additionally, regular, engaging, and peppy communication can help drive participation in these programs.

Digital means of communication such as email, Teams/ Slack channels, and WhatsApp groups can be leveraged to build up excitement for these fun awards.

Also, read How to Make Employee Recognition Fun and Wacky


In conclusion, informal or fun awards can be an excellent and inexpensive way to drive greater employee engagement and create a positive, informal, and friendly atmosphere at work.

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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