RecogNation: An Employee Recognition Blog

Team Recognition Ideas to Encourage Fun at Work

Creating shared experiences with these team recognition ideas will boost both morale and the bottom line. Research shows that happy employees have a positive impact on an organization's revenues and customer satisfaction by creating an atmosphere of open communication, recognition, trust, respect, and fun.

These team recognition ideas are from our 52 Ways to Have Fun at Work eBook.

1. Get a Standing Ovation for Your Orientation
Make new employee orientation a memorable event where the employees are the stars. The Training Coordinator at the Cleveland MetroParks Zoo created the game show Who Wants to be a Zoo Guru with questions about the zoo, its policies, and attractions. Complete with lights, music, and drama, the attitudes of the trainer and the participants set the tone for a lively, entertaining program that held their attention and increased their retention.

2. New Hire Head Hunt
Don't wait until people leave to give them a party. Host a welcome party when people join and send them on a scavenger hunt to meet co-workers, learn trivia about them, gather supplies, and learn their way around the office. End the hunt at the local eatery where many of their colleagues are already waiting to welcome them to the team. Give them a new office nameplate or other type of welcome gift to make them feel honored and welcomed.

3. Boost Front Lines & Bottom Lines
Bring in a workplace helmet or any other fun hat. When someone comes up with a good idea, makes someone laugh, or works through a problem, send the clever cap their way. This is a fun team recognition ideas your entire team will have fun passing-along.

4. Fun Feedback and Kudos
Send small tokens of appreciation generously and often. Baudville has many resources for recognizing the good things people do on a continual basis, such as notecards, save-and-redeem tokens, or encouraging edible treats.

5. Food = FUN

  • Host a regular potluck breakfast or BBQ luncheon to learn more about the people and the foods they bring. Go with a theme day or with food from their origin.
  • Have employees share their favorite recipes and compile a company cookbook.
  • Surprise your staff with a catered breakfast or lunch.
  • Host a bake sale to raise money for a charity or workplace improvement.
6. Location, Location, Location
Meet someplace besides the conference room, such as the swings at a nearby park, to gain a new perspective. The stimuli that are in variable surroundings generate more ideas than the usual office space. Being at a playground or in an amusement arcade gives us permission to think creatively in our problem-solving modes. Also, giving coworkers time and tokens to spend on some amusement machines, go-kart, or laser tag adds to the fun factor.

7. Personalized Position Titles
Allow each person to create a different twist to their official title and put that title on their business cards or office nameplate to bring a hint of humor and sense of ownership to their position. Invite a brainstorming session to create titles that state value to the customer. Sample titles include:

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