Continue the Celebration – Tips for Recognizing Your Team

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 or extension 8250.


  • Pya said:

    You are so on point; managers can sometimes forget to just say "thank you for being part of my team". I gave one of my employee's a 'thank you card' and she looked at me and cried. That is when I realized how powerful that gesture can be.

    A moment of recognition often goes a long way 🙂

    Thank you for the tips and ideas.

    PMThu, 14 Feb 2013 17:10:41 +0000Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:10:41 +0000pm13,5:10 pm

  • JennylyC said:

    Pya, First let me tell you how much I appreciate what you have shared with us. It is certainly true that we can build very complex systems for recognition, but we don't always need to. Each employee is unique – and what they do all have in common is the need to recognized for their efforts. The fun part comes in figuring out how to recognize them 🙂

    PMThu, 14 Feb 2013 18:38:30 +0000Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:38:30 +0000pm13,6:38 pm

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