For any workplace, a good morale boost is needed every once in a while. After all, a good employee is a happy employee.
If someone dreads coming to work every day, chances are their performance is going to suffer, and their poor attitude may bring other people down. A great way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to have the occasional get together where your staff focuses on fun rather than work. With the holidays coming up, it is the perfect reason to have a company party and give your employees recognition awards.
Rather than having a typical holiday party, you could make it more personable. A great way to do that is to come up with goofy employee superlatives. At first, you may be at a loss of how to do this, but it is easier than you may think. Here are a few pointers to come up with great employee superlatives.
Get To Know Their Strengths or Quirks
Most workplaces have a diverse staff. This means there are a lot of different people working every day, and playing to their strengths. It is these strengths that need to be highlighted, and coming up with a superlative is a fun way to do so. Maybe you have an employee that makes a lot of copies. You could call them the “copy master”.
That is not the strongest example, or one that may even be relevant to your workplace, but it gives you an idea of what to do. Something like making copies can be extremely helpful, but may go overlooked. Referring to your employee in such a manner is a fun way to recognize their contribution to your company. If the superlative is clever and thoughtful, they are sure to appreciate it.
On the flip side, it may be more fitting for some people to be recognized for their quirks. If you get to know your employees personalities or interests, this should be easy to do. Perhaps you have an employee that drinks way too much coffee. Calling him or her the king/queen of caffeine could be a good way to have fun, and bring you a little closer to that employee.
Avoid Being Offensive or Negative
There is nothing wrong with having some fun at the workplace or at a workplace function, but everyone should be in on it. Offending someone with a superlative that is supposed to be cheeky and fun will be fun for no one. In fact, it might cause you some trouble.
While it can be hard to predict what will offend someone, there are a few obvious taboos to avoid. For starters, avoid being racist or sexist. Also, do not focus on someone’s impediments, like a physical disability, or a stuttering problem. Even if you are focusing on someone’s quirks, doing it in a positive way will be better received. Especially if you pair it with a flattering title like “King/Queen of,” “…Master,” or “Lord of.”
Everyone likes to have fun, and having it with coworkers can be even better. Work can often times be stressful, and being able to unwind at gatherings like holiday parties can be great for morale. Similarly, giving your employees superlatives can be a great way of letting them know they are appreciated. As long as you play to their strengths and be good natured without being offensive, everyone will have a good time. After all, that is what holiday parties are all about.