Monday, May 4, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week


Teacher Appreciation Week is here! Also known as National Teacher Week, it occurs on the first full week of May in the United States and Canada. Teacher Appreciation Day occurs on Tuesday of Teacher Appreciation Week.


If you want to do it up right, see if you can top the fine folks over at "Sweeten Your Day Events". In 2014, they threw a themed Hollywood Teacher Appreciation Week at their school, entitled "You're a Star".

Here are some of the things they did to make the teachers feel special:

  • "One of the most popular things that the teachers look forward to during this week are the door decorations!
  • About 2 weeks before the event I put up flyers around the school to get the students and teachers excited.
  • We also sent home reminders sheets to all the students of the daily activities so they could come prepared.
  • Each day we treated the teachers and staff with food or refreshments in the lounge to enjoy.
  • Each morning we had the principal play a little Oscar music and announce a few funny teacher awards over the speakers. It was a great way to spotlight everyone. Here were some of my favorites..."
From 101 Funny Teacher Awards by Larry Weaver
These are from my collection of 101 Funny Teacher Awards. I have to tell you, it feels good to see how people make fun and creative uses of these awards. They really went the extra mile! 
"We went around to all the classrooms and delivered the certificates along with a little star trophy. The kids all clapped and cheered for their teachers, so adorable!"
Small trophies with the award add that extra touch!
Thank you to Jen H. for your wonderful ideas. I hope it inspires you all to have the BEST Teacher Appreciation Week ever! 

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Administrative Assistant Day - Free Certificate of Appreciation

Administrative Assistant Day is actually a misnomer for Administrative Professionals' Day, although no one really calls it that. [Queue best Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade voice] Some folks call it Secretary's Day, some folks call it Executive Admin Day, some folks call it Office Managers Day...

No matter what you call it, the unofficial holiday occurs on the Wednesday of the last full week of April. Administrative Assistant Day 2015 falls on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. If one day isn't enough time for you to celebrate, the entire week is known as Administrative Professionals Week (formerly known as Secretary's Week).

Free Administrative Assistant Appreciation Certificate

Nurse of the Year Award Certificate


The best gift for administrative assistant's day is something homemade and from the heart. Quickly customize your own "Admin Appreciation" Award Certificate with our free printable PDF.  You can type directly onto the certificate template and add your own message before printing. Within seconds you'll have a unique award that will bring smiles to your favorite Executive-Admin-Professional-etary! Just click the link to download the PDF and enjoy!

Typical gifts for Secretary's Day include cards, pins, flowers, gift certificates, lunch, and gift baskets. The  International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) suggests that employers support the holiday by providing training opportunities for their administrative staff through continuing education, self-study materials, or seminars.

So throw a party. Buy some gifts. Arrange some training.

Just don't ask your Administrative Assistant to plan their own party. What are you, a cast member from Mad Men? April 22 is their day to enjoy!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Employee Appreciation Day 2015

National Employee Appreciation Day occurs annually on the first Friday of the month of March. This year, it falls on Friday, March 6, 2015.

How about a catered lunch? A half day? Free bagels!

If you're looking for the least you can do, then stop now. You're trying too hard.

If you're looking for slightly more than the least you can do, here are some free printable employee appreciation certificates to download, customize and share.

Employee Appreciation Certificate - Free Download
Patriotic-themed appreciation certificate - Free Download
Employee of the Month Appreciation Certificate -  Free Download

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If you need more serious National Employee Appreciation Day gift ideas, gift certificates are a good place to start. Or free bagels. And don't skimp on the cream cheese, either. Gheesh. We're not animals.

Most importantly, don't forget to say "thanks" for a job well done!

It's the least you can do.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Funny Office Superlatives

When I wrote the original collection of Funny Awards in 2008, it had an obvious office slant. This largely came from my own experience working in an office environment.

In 2013, I set out to put all of the office-specific awards into their own collection for the first time. The result is “101 Funny OfficeAwards.”

From 101 Funny Office Awards by Larry Weaver
Whether it’s a corporate office, church office, or manufacturing plant office, there are certain situations and references that are unique to office culture. From cubicles to computers, meetings, break rooms, desks, office gossip — 101 Funny Office Awards covers it all.

I find the best source of awards inspiration comes from performing at company office parties.

I hear the same things everywhere – the coffeepot is always empty, Internet surfing is restricted, and the office temperature is too hot (or too cold). Sound familiar? 


Managers want to show employees that they are fun and have a sense of humor. Unfortunately, their attempts at humor often border on inappropriate or offensive.

If you’re trying to come up with your own office awards, don’t worry. I've done the work for you.

Some of the office superlatives honor those co-workers who are:
  • most likely to pass off work to others
  • least likely to commit to anything
  • most likely to lose paperwork
  • most likely to extend meetings
  • most likely to surf the Internet
  • most likely to dress casually
  • most likely to devour the break room food
  • most likely to send emails in ALL CAPS 

I am serious about customer satisfaction. Every purchase comes with my cell phone number. If you have any issues, I’m here to help.

If you want to purchase 101 Funny Office Awards, look for 3 things: written by “Larry Weaver”, my photo on the cover, and “funawards.com” in the URL. Purchase directly from me at www.funawards.com/office-awards

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Funny Certificates for Employees


When it comes to Funny Employee Awards, there is one name you can trust – Larry Weaver. This prolific author and professional stand-up comedian released the first edition of Funny Employee Awards in 2008. He had no idea he was starting a worldwide phenomenon.
From 101 Funny Employee Awards by Larry Weaver
Weaver doesn’t claim that he came up with the concept, only that he introduced it to the masses through his original site, FunnyEmployeeAwards.com 

He began incorporating the awards into his stand-up comedy performances for company events as early as 2006. 

He later moved operations to FunAwards.com – both to expand into non work-related awards, and because the domain was shorter and easier to remember.


There’s no denying that Weaver is an expert at using humor in the workplace. He has the unique experience as both a professional touring stand-up comedian, and as company employee.

Weaver has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and worked for 10 years as a consultant. He’s seen his share of interesting employees and unusual workplace situations.

Some of the 101 employee awards honor those employees who:
  • can fix anything
  • are never around
  • love Wednesdays
  • don’t explain things well
  • are ready to go when needed
  • always puts foot in mouth
  • will eat anything left out
  • are eager to quit working
  • always tells the truth
  • start the week in a bad mood
Funny Employee Awards has been used across the Globe. The original book is even registered at the U.S. Copyright Office.

Weaver is fanatical about customer satisfaction. Every purchase comes with his cell phone number. He personally handles all support calls. And he offers a 30-day, money-back guarantee.

Weaver sells the employee awards directly to consumers through his site FunAwards.com

If you want to purchase 101 Funny Employee Awards, look for 3 things: the author’s name “Larry Weaver”, his photo on the cover, and “funawards.com” in the URL.

101 Funny Employee Awards

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