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Offbeat Employee Recognition Awards

There really is no end to what you can recognize people for at work. And more and more companies are creating fun, offbeat awards as a way to inject some humor, boost morale, and create a culture of appreciation all at the same time. Here are some real-life awards from companies from around the world:

  • The Almost Hit It Out of the Ballpark Award (to encourage people to keep taking risks and keep trying new ideas)Beryl trophy
  • The Exalted Order of the Extended Neck (a peer-nominated award for whoever took a risk and spoke some uncomfortable truths to the higher ups)
  • The Road Warrior Award (for the person who’s logged the most travel miles)
  • The Commuter Road Warrior Award (for whoever has the longest commute)
  • The Least Likely to Be Voted Off the Island Award
  • The Most Likely to OD on Caffeine Award
  • The Swiss Army Knife Award (for the best multi-tasker)
  • The “I Got Your Back” Award (for whoever contributes most to keeping their teammates safe)
  • The Ha Ha Award! (to whoever best used their sense of humor in a serious emergency)
  • The Golden Plunger Award (this is what Alpine Tubular Management & Supply gives out monthly to the employee who most “gives a crap” about their work)
  • The Houdini Award (for whoever made a big work problem disappear)

Michael Kerr, October 7, 2015.  Leverage YOUR humor advantage today with The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank

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