Learning Day 2013 marked the beginning of a new era and represented the college’s commitment to investing in each other. For the first time, faculty and staff were honored and recognized for their workplace excellence and years of service during this college-wide event. As a supervisor, you can keep the recognition and appreciation going! Your employees depend on you to acknowledge their good work and excellence can be celebrated regularly.
“We work in a fast paced environment, and we don’t always take the time to appreciate the people in our team, and those we collaborate with,” said Wendi Dew, director of faculty development, who recently instituted a team recognition initiative. “My goal is to establish an opportunity for people to take time to appreciate the work that they are doing with one another.”
Wendi shared that starting the initiative was easy to do. “I put a little bag together and I called it the Kudos Program,” she explained. “I filled the bag with open thank you notes and we developed criteria for the use of those thank you notes.” Team members then fill out the thank you cards based on demonstrated actions like teamwork, learning, and collaboration.
Other Tips and Ideas for Recognizing Your Staff
- Begin a team meeting with recognitions (a way to publicly recognize good work)
- Leave a note card or sticky note on an employee’s desk (a private way to note a job well done)
- Implement peer nomination (let coworkers recognize each other for great work)
- Create a recognition wall (an interactive recognition network)
- Implement a “performance points” system (give reward points for positive contributions)
The idea is to build a culture of recognition that reinforces the attitudes, behaviors and contributions that Valencia values most. Remember to provide your employees with opportunities to be recognized for the ongoing ways that they contribute to your department goals and Valencia’s mission, vision and values.
If you have questions about employee recognition methods, please contact Jenny Charriez, director of employee development, at email@example.com or extension 8250.