3 Reasons to Create an Employee Awards Program


One of the best ways to recognize employees is through having an employee awards program that celebrates the behavior you want to promote in the workplace. Not only does it give you a chance to reward employees, it also shows the rest of your company what you’re hoping to get out of all employees.

Flickr / ADAM & EVA Award 2012 / eveos

Flickr / ADAM & EVA Award 2012 / eveos

That’s what we recently set out to do when launching the Corporate Humor Awards. We sought to celebrate individuals and organizations using humor to improve their work while at the same time promoting humor in the workplace.

Whether as part of an existing rewards & recognition event (such as what I did while at Procter & Gamble), or as a standalone event, hosting your own employee awards has a three key benefits:

3 Reasons to Create an Employee Awards Program

Here’s why you should host your own employee awards:

Reason #1: To Recognize Employees Who Go Above and Beyond

An awards program creates the perfect opportunity to provide recognition for employees who are delivering exceptional value to their organization. This helps the employee feel respected and appreciated which further encourages their positive behavior to continue.

With the Corporate Humor Awards, we wanted to shine a light on individuals and groups who use humor to make the workplace more enjoyable because of the tremendous benefits of humor at work.

Reason #2: To Encourage Others to Act Similarly

Employees have a knack for doing what work gets recognized, it’s a correlation of “what gets measured is what gets done.” They see what type of work that gets applauded and think “If I want to be recognized next time, I better do that type of work.”

For the humor awards, rewarding humor not only let employees know that humor is OK, but also that it is encouraged and celebrated as a way to make an organization more effective, more productive, and more awesome.

Reason #3: To Showcase Examples that Can Be Shared and Reapplied

Awarding specific types of behavior gives employees a roadmap of the exact type of work they can do. They don’t have to reinvent the wheel with new ways to deliver exceptional value to the company–they can just mirror what they say award-winning corporate citizens doing.

One of the reasons people don’t use more humor at work is that they don’t know how. The Corporate Humor Awards showed people what type of humor is appropriate for the workplace which can help kickstart ideas for their own humor use. And even if they don’t come up with their own idea, they at least have a few ways they can blatantly steal share and reapply with their own group.

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