Funny staff appreciation ideas

Written by anne kemp
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Funny staff appreciation ideas
Boost morale and inspire your employees by showing some appreciation. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Recognising your staff and showing appreciation for their hard work can be expressed several ways. However, using funny staff appreciation ideas is an effective way to remind them of your gratitude for all the hard work they do throughout the year. Implementing a humorous plan to appreciate your employees is creative and will bring to mind lasting memories while creating a bond amongst your team.

Award Ceremony

Offices can be like high school: there is a class clown, the team captain and the company cheerleader. Show appreciation by presenting members of your staff with different accolades that speak to their personalities. Certificates like the Foot-In-Mouth award or the Selective Hearing award can be funny and great morale boosters at the same time.


Contests are another way to encourage staff and boost the morale in the office. Costume contests at Halloween or an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party are great ways to encourage laughter and individuality amongst the team. Prizes can vary from movie or comedy club tickets to a DVD or book that the winner wanted.

Keynote Speaker

Arrange a keynote speaker to come in to the office one day under the guise of giving a motivational speech. Instead of a motivational speaker, secretly hire a local stand-up comic for the "keynote speech." Book local and regional improv groups for leading improv workshops in your office. These workshops promote team building and leadership, as well as laughter, by playing games that focus on listening and working together.

Role Reversal

Switch out roles one day where the senior executives answer the phones for their assistants or the department managers take on the role of the mail room sorter. Assistants will enjoy watching their bosses struggle with juggling multiple phone lines or attempting multitasking. Schedule a staff meeting where an executive assistant has to act as point person in lieu of the CEO, prompting more laughter as she struggles through a presentation on a topic she might not know much about.

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