A Guide to Hosting a Stellar Corporate Award Ceremony

Written By Alla Levin
April 09, 2024

Your Much-Needed Guide to Hosting a Stellar Corporate Award Ceremony


  • Recognition is key in award ceremonies, not just for upper management but for everyone in the company, showcasing the importance of appreciating the collective efforts of all employees.
  • Setting the right objective and theme is crucial for a successful event, emphasizing the need to clearly define the purpose and ensure the venue aligns with the event’s formality and ambiance.
  • Award categories should be diverse and meaningful, highlighting both individual and team achievements across departments, with a preference for personalized plaques as awards for their timeless appeal.

Do you know that episode of The Office, where they have that award ceremony, The Dundies?

Well, how that episode plays out isn’t exactly how award ceremonies go; in fact, a lot of people actually like award ceremonies.

Just take a look at the show Fraiser; basically, every season, there’s an award ceremony; just scroll through LinkedIn for a few minutes; it’s the same thing.

People within a company love being recognized, not just those board members but the little guy, the collective unit that makes up the company. 

They’re the ones that deserve recognition, and if you want to maximize the success of a corporate event, then giving some notice to them is exactly how you do it! So, with that said, where do you even begin? Like all corporate events, there’s quite a bit of work that goes into this. Well, here’s exactly what you need to know!

So, What’s the Objective Here?

What you’re going to want to do before basically doing anything is figure out the whole objective. There’s a lot of work and logistics involved in all of this. So, you’re going to want to take the time to define the purpose and objectives of the ceremony clearly.

Are you celebrating sales milestones, employee excellence, or team achievements? It’s all about shaping every aspect of the event so the ambiance is right and the actual purpose can be achieved. 

The Venue is Everything

Basically, you can count on the venue to set the tone for your award ceremony. For example, if you’re opting for a sophisticated banquet hall- then the award ceremony is going to be seen as something super elegant and major.

But if you were to do it in a trendy urban loft or an outdoor garden, then these would still be nice, but they would create a more casual tone. 

So, you need to ensure that it aligns with the formality and theme of your event. There are some other things you might want to consider, too, like the capacity, location, amenities, and accessibility for all attendees.

The Award Categories Need to be Compelling

You’re also going to want to design a diverse range of award categories that reflect the accomplishments and contributions valued within your organization.

Again, you can’t just create and hand out awards to only upper management, even upper-middle management.

Sure, they deserve recognition, too, but it’s going to leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth if they’re the only ones getting recognition when it’s usually the “bottom tier” of the team that’s carrying all the weight.

 So, with that all said, you’re going to want to recognize both individual achievements and team efforts across various departments. Another thing to keep in mind is the award itself.

You could go with trophies, but that’s maybe too childish; the same goes for ribbons, but you can almost never go wrong with personalized plaques, as these are pretty timeless (plus they blend better in a room). That’s something you’ll want to think about. 

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