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Elevate the workplace with employee awards and recognition

To show heartfelt appreciation, award employees with Kudoboard. Get started today!

How to use Kudoboard for employee awards

Use Kudoboard to recognize and reward employees. Use photos, videos, messages, custom printed books and gift cards for employee awards.


Create a board

Choose a background and schedule your invites and delivery dates.


Invite coworkers

Invite coworkers, managers, executives, and other teams to recognize and add to the board.


Send and share

Once everyone has added their shout outs and optional gift cards, deliver the board via email or in-person as an employee award.


Enjoy the award

Save the employee award forever—bookmark it for a rainy day or print it as a book or poster.

Check out these sample employee awards

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Kudoboard is the perfect tool for employee award events. Our platform makes it easy to create personalized, heartfelt recognition boards that celebrate your team’s achievements. Make your next employee award event unforgettable with Kudoboard!

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  • Custom pricing
  • Custom URL
  • Proactive moderation
  • Multiple administrators
  • Embeddable content
  • Board export
  • Tagging, likes, and comments
  • Custom disclaimer
  • Custom input fields
  • Board metrics
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  • Kudoboard has truly solved a problem for the company I work at. We struggled to find a way to celebrate our employees, and felt that some folks were left out of celebrations, especially our remote workers. With Kudoboard, no one is left out! We can create a Kudoboard anywhere, any time, and send a little appreciation to anyone!

    Anna C. Office Manager Computer Software
  • Kudoboard is a fast way to engage your team and present a united front to celebrate, recognize or let team members know that they’re being thought of. We use it regularly.

    Ali M. Director, People Experience Enterprise
  • This is a great resource to use to help people feel appreciated and thought of. Great for morale!

    Lisa M.  Administrative Assistant Health, Wellness and Fitness

Prints, slideshows, and gift cards for employee awards

Reward and recognize employees with these thoughtful add-ons.

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Print your Kudoboard

Award employees with a Kudoboard printed as a beautiful, hard-bound book or poster — we can ship international.

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Play as slideshow

You can also play an online slideshow of the Kudoboard – perfect for in-person employee award events.

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Gift cards

Award employees with gift cards. You can even crowdfund!

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Kudoboard’s best features for employee awards

  • Totally Custom

    Easily customize the look and feel for your employee award board, including background artwork, fonts, personalization, display experience and add-ons.

  • Invite Contributors—Anywhere

    Executives, coworkers, clients, vendors… anyone can add to your employee award board, no matter where they are. Just drop them the link or display the QR code.

  • Authentic Posts

    A Kudoboard post is much more than a signature or quick “Thank you!” Posts can include shout outs, memories, photos, videos, and any other tribute.

  • Schedule Delivery

    Schedule reminders to participate and delivery the board on the occasion date.

  • Thank Contributors

    Recipients can quickly thank contributors once they receive their award. Thank you FOR thank you!

  • Save Forever

    Boards last forever, so recipients can bookmark for future inspiration or confidence boosts.

  • Print It

    Print your memories, photos, and shout outs for a permanent reminder of their appreciation.

  • Display Slideshow

    Display your employee award board during a party or on a team meeting—our slideshows are perfect!

  • Add a Gift Card

    Attach a gift card to your Kudoboard for even more appreciation. Crowdfund with the team or fund from a single source.

  • Great for Hybrid Teams

    Remote and hybrid teams can still be connected through virtual company events. Kudoboard’s features are designed for virtual connection.

Give employee awards. Appreciation matters.

Acknowledging achievements of an employee is important. It is proven to change the way we think—and perform.


reason people leave their job is because of a lack of recognition.


of people would be happier if they were celebrated at work.


of people feel happier at work when they receive a Kudoboard.


prefer a Kudoboard over a paper card. It’s more authentic.


of customers experience a positive impact on morale with Kudoboard.


prefer contributing to a Kudoboard over a paper card. It’s more fun.


improvement in team morale is gained by Kudoboard deployment.


say companies undervalue the effects of recognizing people.

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Frequently asked questions about employee awards

An employee award is a formal recognition or honor bestowed upon an employee in an organization to acknowledge their outstanding performance, achievements, contributions, or years of service. These awards are a tangible way for employers to express appreciation and gratitude towards their employees, motivating them to excel in their roles and fostering a positive workplace culture. These awards serve as a means to motivate, retain, and engage talent while fostering a positive and appreciative work environment.

Employee awards come in various forms, ranging from individual recognitions to team-based accomplishments. Some common types of awards include Employee of the Month, Salesperson of the Year, Team Achievement Awards, and Longevity Awards for years of service. Each award category serves a unique purpose, but all share the common goal of recognizing excellence and encouraging employees to strive for continuous improvement.

Kudoboard plays a pivotal role in enhancing the employee awards experience. It transforms the traditional approach of awarding certificates or trophies into a modern, digital, and highly personalized celebration. Here’s how Kudoboard can help organizations take their employee awards to the next level:

  1. Personalization: Kudoboard allows employers to create customized boards filled with messages, photos, videos, and GIFs. This personal touch goes beyond a generic certificate and makes the recognition heartfelt and memorable. It showcases the unique qualities and achievements of each employee, making them feel valued.
  2. Accessibility: In today’s digital age, remote and distributed teams are becoming increasingly common. Kudoboard bridges the gap by providing a virtual platform where employees from different locations can participate in the recognition process, ensuring that no one is left out.
  3. Efficiency: Traditional award ceremonies can be time-consuming and logistically challenging. Kudoboard streamlines the process, saving both time and resources. Employers can easily create and share recognition boards, along with physical awards or events.
  4. Team Engagement: Employee awards are not just about recognizing top performers but also about motivating others to excel. Kudoboard encourages peer-to-peer recognition, where colleagues can express their appreciation, reinforcing a culture of recognition and camaraderie.
  5. Long-lasting Impact: Unlike physical awards, which may end up collecting dust on a shelf, Kudoboard recognition boards are digital and can be revisited anytime. Employees can look back at their achievements, boosting their sense of accomplishment and pride in their work.
  6. Analytics and Feedback: Kudoboard provides insights into the impact of recognition efforts. Employers can track engagement, see which employees are actively participating, and gather valuable feedback to refine their recognition programs.

In conclusion, employee awards are a cornerstone of modern workplaces, fostering a culture of appreciation and motivation. Kudoboard enhances this tradition by making recognition more personal, accessible, efficient, engaging, and impactful. By utilizing Kudoboard, organizations can elevate their employee awards programs and create a workplace where employees feel valued and inspired to achieve their best.

Employee awards are important for several reasons, and they play a significant role in fostering a positive and productive workplace culture. Employee awards hold importance in organizations in the following ways:

  1. Recognition and Appreciation: Employee awards are a tangible way for employers to express gratitude and appreciation for the hard work, dedication, and contributions of their employees.
  2. Motivation: Recognition through awards serves as a powerful motivator. It not only acknowledges past accomplishments but also encourages employees to continue striving for excellence and putting in their best effort.
  3. Retention: Recognized and appreciated employees are more likely to stay with the organization. Employee awards contribute to higher employee retention rates by creating a sense of loyalty and attachment to the company.
  4. Productivity and Performance: When employees are recognized and rewarded for their achievements, they are more inclined to maintain and improve their performance. This leads to increased productivity, higher quality work, and better outcomes for the organization.
  5. Peer Inspiration: Employee awards can inspire other employees to excel in their roles. When colleagues see their coworkers being recognized, it sets a positive example and encourages healthy competition and a culture of continuous improvement.
  6. Employee Well-being: Feeling valued and recognized at work contributes to overall employee well-being and reduces stress. It creates a positive work environment where employees are more likely to thrive.
  7. Customer Satisfaction: Employees who feel appreciated and motivated are more likely to deliver excellent customer service.
  8. Attraction of Top Talent: A workplace known for recognizing and rewarding its employees is more attractive to potential recruits.

Employee awards are essential. Kudoboard not only recognizes past achievements but also inspires continuous improvement which contributes to the overall success of your organization.

At Kudoboard, we are constantly looking for fun ways to award employees and surface up employee awards ideas. Visit this blog, 25 Workplace Appreciation Ideas That Really Work, for some examples.

But what are the best company employee award programs?

In general, the best employee awards ideas can vary depending on the organization’s culture, goals, and the preferences of its employees. What works well in one company may not be as effective in another. However, here are some popular and effective employee awards ideas that many organizations find valuable:

  1. Employee of the Month/Quarter/Year: Recognizing outstanding individual performance and dedication.
  2. Team Achievement Awards: Celebrating the collective accomplishments of a department or project team.
  3. Salesperson of the Year: Honoring top sales performers who exceed targets.
  4. Innovation Awards: Recognizing employees who introduce creative solutions or ideas.
  5. Customer Service Excellence Awards: Acknowledging exceptional service and customer satisfaction.
  6. Longevity Awards: Celebrating employees for their years of service and loyalty.
  7. Leadership Awards: Recognizing those who demonstrate strong leadership qualities.
  8. Safety Awards: Honoring employees who contribute to a safe work environment.
  9. Mentorship Awards: Recognizing employees who guide and mentor colleagues.
  10. Most Improved Employee: Acknowledging significant growth and development.
  11. Employee of the Quarter: Providing recognition more frequently than annually.
  12. Peer-to-Peer Recognition: Encouraging employees to nominate and recognize each other.
  13. Values Awards: Recognizing employees who embody the organization’s core values.
  14. Inclusive Excellence Awards: Celebrating diversity and inclusion efforts.
  15. Employee Wellness Awards: Recognizing contributions to employee well-being programs.
  16. Community Service Awards: Honoring employees’ volunteer efforts and community involvement.
  17. Above and Beyond Awards: Acknowledging employees who consistently go the extra mile.
  18. Outstanding Project Awards: Recognizing excellence in project execution.
  19. Creativity and Innovation Awards: Celebrating creative solutions and innovative ideas.
  20. Employee Choice Awards: Allowing employees to nominate and vote for their peers.

The best employee awards ideas align with an organization’s objectives and values. To see real life examples of employee awards powered by Kudoboard, schedule a demo today.

Employee awards can have tax implications for both the employer and the employee. The tax treatment of employee awards can vary based on the type of award, its value, and the tax laws of the specific country or jurisdiction. For more specifics, please reach out to your HR or Accounting department at your company.

In general, here’s an overview of how employee awards are typically treated for tax purposes in the United States:

  1. Tax Deductibility for Employers:
    • Nominal Awards: In the United States, employers can generally deduct the cost of providing nominal employee awards and incentives from their taxable income. Nominal awards are typically considered to be of low value and have a minimal tax impact.
    • Recognition Awards: Awards given for length of service or safety achievements may also be tax-deductible if they meet specific criteria outlined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These criteria include award caps and requirements for presentation.
    • Exclusion for Employee Achievement Awards: Certain employee achievement awards, like those for outstanding performance or service, can be excluded from an employee’s taxable income up to a certain limit (as of my last knowledge update in September 2021, this limit was $400 per year per employee for non-cash awards). Employers can generally deduct the cost of these awards if they meet IRS criteria.
  2. Tax Implications for Employees:
    • Taxable Income: In the United States, employees are generally required to report the fair market value of non-cash awards, as well as the cash value of cash or cash-equivalent awards, as taxable income. This means that employees may be subject to income tax on the value of certain awards.
    • Exceptions: There are exceptions for certain types of awards, such as those considered de minimis (of minimal value) or employee achievement awards within the IRS-established limits. Employees may not have to report these awards as taxable income. For more information on achievement and safety awards, see See Publication 5137, Fringe Benefit GuidePDF or Publication 535 by the IRS.
    • Are lengths of service awards taxable?
      To learn more about length-of-service tax implications, visit SHRM.org

It’s important to note that tax laws can change, and the treatment of employee awards may vary by country or jurisdiction. Therefore, it is advisable for both employers and employees to consult with tax professionals or refer to the most current tax regulations to determine the specific tax implications of employee awards in their respective locations.

Employers should also keep detailed records of employee awards, including their type, value, and purpose, to ensure compliance with tax laws and to provide accurate information to employees and tax authorities.

The responsibility for running employee awards and recognition programs typically falls on a combination of HR (Human Resources) professionals, managers, and leadership teams within an organization.

The key is to have a well-structured program that aligns with the organization’s values and goals, is communicated effectively, and involves various stakeholders in the process to ensure its success.

Here is a list of resources related to employee and workplace awards. In addition, we recommend you browsing our resources.

  1. U.S. Department of Labor (DOL):
    • Website: www.dol.gov
    • The DOL may have resources related to workplace recognition and employee awards, particularly in the context of labor and employment laws.
  2. Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM):
    • Website: www.shrm.org
    • SHRM is a professional organization that often provides articles, guides, and resources on employee recognition and awards.
  3. WorldatWork:
    • Website: www.worldatwork.org
    • WorldatWork is an association focused on compensation and benefits. They may have resources related to employee awards and recognition.
  4. Nonprofit Organizations (e.g., Great Place to Work Institute):
    • Organizations that promote workplace excellence, like Great Place to Work, often publish research and articles on employee recognition and awards.
    • Website: www.greatplacetowork.com
  5. Local Government Websites:
    • Check the websites of local government agencies or departments of labor in your specific region or country for information on employee recognition programs and awards.