Office Award Categories

Office awards can be difficult to tackle. You don’t want people to feel left out but you do want to recognize hard work.  These downloadable awards certificates can be a real time saver. There are categories already established. From “Job Well Done” and “Teamwork Awards” to “Poking Light Fun” awards.

To me this was great and such a time saver. I didn’t even have to think about it. Reading through them, I could identify the person in the office who fit the award ["Oh that's Larry, and this one is Laura", etc.].

Happy awarding!

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Office Party Game Planning Tips

You should keep the following things in mind when planning your Christmas office party games:
  • Goals – What is the purpose of playing games at your party? Do you want to use them as icebreakers to get people talking? Do you want to provide entertainment? Do you want an opportunity to award prizes? Knowing your goals can guide your game choices. For any game, these printable award certificates can be a fun addition to any game or party.
  • Personalities – What is the personality of your office? Is it filled with hip, young twenty-somethings, is everyone close to retirement age, or is there a mix? More people will play along if you can tailor the games to their interests.
  • Atmosphere of the party – What is the overall feel of the party? At a casual party, you’re more likely to find an “anything goes” mood where guests won’t feel opposed to acting silly for the sake of a game. If the guests are in tuxedos and evening gowns, they will be less likely to enjoy games requiring physical activity.
  • Inclusiveness – Usually the first step towards inclusiveness is to call it a company holiday party instead of a Christmas party and to avoid overtly religious decorations and party themes. However, you should strive to be as culturally and religiously inclusive as possible in games, too. For instance, if you’re playing a game of People Bingo, include a Hanukkah-based square, and make sure there are squares devoted to non-holiday-specific winter activities like skiing.
  • Size of the party – The larger the group, the more difficult it will be to pull off a game involving the entire party. Smaller gatherings lend themselves toward team-based games where everyone can join in.
  • Venue – Take the size and set-up of the venue into consideration when planning games. A room filled with tables offers less flexibility than an open space for mingling and dancing. You don’t want to inconvenience the guests to play a game, and making guests scramble over tables and chairs could potentially cause injuries.
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Rescue Your Office Christmas Party

So many office parties are being canceled this year due to budget woes. A quick, easy and inexpensive way to create something fun is to download these award certificates and create an awards ceremony in your office.

The ceremony can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. The certificates print in full color and can be personalized with people’s names right on your PC before printing.  The final presentation can be an elaborate “ceremony” (even with tuxedos and other formal attire) or can be as simple as stopping by someone’s office to show appreciation.

If you’re not sure what to include on the award, these award certificates have some great and funny ideas already on them… or you can make up your own for that personalized award touch.

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Quick ideas for an office party

Before the party starts you will want to have your props, questions and the prize certificates ready. Names can be filled in on these printable employee award certificates on your computer or just by hand. These employee awards can be customized to read whatever you want.

Office Scavenger Hunt: This is a fairly simple game, which nevertheless can be quite fun. Get a caller to go in front of the room, and call out the names of various items, like:

•red lipstick
•black high heel shoe
•$5 bill
•red swingline stapler
•a photo of a dog
•15 pennies
•any kind of hat
•something from a foreign country
Whoever runs up first with any of the items gets a prize.

Famous Movie Lines: Before the party, write down famous bits of quotes from well-known movies, e.g. “I’ll be back.” – Terminator, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” -Star Wars. You can go a little more “racy” depending on your office type. During the party, read out these quotes, with the guests having to guess which movie it is from. Whoever guesses right gets a point. After every quote has been read, whoever has the most points becomes the winner. To make it more challenging, extra points can be given if they can name the character, actor or actress who said it.

Statue: Explain the rules of the game once the guests arrive. One person has to be chosen as the statue. At a certain point of the party, this person must turn into a statue, in the middle of whatever he or she may be doing. As the other people begin noticing, they too turn into statues. Whoever notices what’s going on last becomes the ‘statue’ for the next round. This game can be quite hilarious, especially when people have to turn into statues in the middle of saying something.

Liar, Liar: Let the guests gather around either a table or just in a circle, and apoint someone as the score-keeper. Each person tells one statement about themselves that is true, and two that are untrue. As each player finishes his/her turn, the others must vote on which statement was the truthful one. The truthful statement is then disclosed, with the player given a point for each incorrect guess. After all players finish, the person who ends up with the highest score can be presented with an award certificate that reads: ‘The Biggest Liar in the Office!’ Award Certificate Download.

Transferring the Cotton Balls: This is a hilarious game, and before long everybody will be razzing and laughing at the proceedings. You will require 2 buckets, 2 chairs, some cotton balls, a large serving spoon, a blind fold, and a timer.

Place the two chairs about five feet apart, both in the same direction. Put a bucket in each of those chairs. Put the cotton balls in one bucket. Blindfold the first player, turning him/her around 2-3 times and placing him/her in front of the chair that has the cotton balls. Give the player the spoon, placing it at the edge of the bucket that has the cotton balls, in order to give the player an indication where it is, and setting the timer according to a specified time, say about 2 minutes.

As soon as you say ‘go’, the blindfolded player must start using the spoon to scoop the cotton balls up and putting them into the empty bucket, on the other chair. After each person finishes his/her turn, count the cotton balls that were actually put into the empty bucket. After everybody has had their turn, the one who could successfully transfer the most cotton balls is declared the winner.

Although this game may not sound like anything much, however, it can be a hilarious sight to see the blindfolded player carefully transporting the often empty spoon to the other bucket and gingerly putting empty air into it.

Before the party starts you will want to have the prize certificates ready. Names can be filled in on the computer or just by hand. These employee awards can be customized to read whatever you want. Download award certificates now!

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Office Party Do’s and Don’ts

Going to the company office holiday party this year? You can take advantage of the office party to have some fun and advance your career or misbehave and really blow it. Here are some basic rules to survive and thrive at any company-sponsored party.

Do act graciously if you receive an award. Some offices will have funny awards and some will be serious. If the awards are “funny” be gracious and take the chance to laugh at yourself. You can find many office award certificates both funny and serious.

Do remember that although office parties are intended as social events to reward employees and raise morale, they remain strictly business events. Do conduct yourself professionally at all times. Don’t use the office party as an excuse to blow off steam. It’s still a company function, so proper etiquette and decorum matter.

Do enjoy yourself at the party. Employers spend lots of money to reward their employees, so be sure to enjoy the only holiday gift you may be getting from the company.

Don’t dress like you were going out to clubs — and do ask whether the attire for the party is formal or casual. The party is still a business function, so conservative party clothes are a good choice. Remember to skip anything too revealing or too flashy.

Do keep your hands to yourself. Don’t flirt, and do avoid any other inappropriate behavior. The office party is not the time to end your career with the company by doing something inappropriate or illegal.

Don’t spend all evening talking business.

Don’t monopolize conversations — and, especially, don’t talk about yourself or your accomplishments all night. Do show interest in others and be gracious and thank coworkers and team members for all their help and hard work during the past year. And don’t even think about gossiping about others.

Don’t feel you need to drink excessively just because it’s an open bar. And don’t pig-out at the food buffet either. Moderation is key. You can always eat and drink more after the party.

Do take the time to network and schmooze with people at the party who can influence your career or who you may not see regularly, such as top management, people from other departments, and employees from other locations. A holiday party is a great event to begin building or strengthening business relationships, so do introduce yourself and build your network.

Don’t assume everyone celebrates the same holiday, so despite your preferences a “Happy Holidays” may be in order.

Do be sure you know exactly who is invited to the party. Spouses or significant others are not always on the guest list for office parties. And if guests are permitted, don’t bring an inappropriate person as your guest.

Don’t forget to thank the person responsible for the planning and coordinating of the party. And do consider sending a thank-you note to top management for hosting the party.

Don’t drink and drive.

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Award Categories

Funny Award Categories:
• Job Well Done Awards
• Poking Light Fun Awards
• Teamwork Awards
• Department-Specific Awards
• Miscellaneous Awards
• Build-Your-Own Awards

The PDF download also includes 6 templates for making up your own Fun Awards! Just type in the funny award titles on the template along with the recipient names and you’re done. Get more information on these Funny Employee Awards.

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