Staff Recognition Program

This program institutes staff recognition for outstanding performance beyond standard job expectation in effort and achievement, service, innovative ideas and contribution towards the success of a project, unit, college or University. 

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ELIGIBILITY

  • Employment classifications:
    • Classified Staff
    • Appointed Professionals (administrative, research, technical)
    • Ineligible: Faculty, graduate students, student employees
  • Two Nomination Maximum: Staff may submit a maximum of two nominations per year/per recognition category (as applicable).
  • Nominee has completed probationary employment period (as applicable) and one-year satisfactory job performance.
  • Nominee received an annual performance evaluation with an overall rating of “meets expectation” or greater. 
  • Nominee demonstrates at least three qualities under “Examples of Exemplary Performance” listed below. 

NOMINATION PROCESS

  • Nominations are accepted year-round. 
  • Complete a nomination form: (See Below) 
  • Electronic confirmation of receipt is sent to the nominator.
  • Electronic notification is sent to the nominee upon verification of eligibility requirements.
  • Nominations are reviewed by the Staff Recognition Committee. 
  • Selection factors include number and quality of nominations, impact of basis of nomination and outcome of employee’s action.
  • Recipients are spotlighted in the OSC Watts Up! newsletter.

Online Nomination Form   Fillable/Printable PDF Nomination Form

Recognition Categories

1) Spot Recognition 

Instantaneous recognition of employees performing over and above standard job expectation in management of a specific task(s); as observed by managers and supervisors

  • Spot Recognition nominations are submitted by managers/supervisors only. Input from faculty and staff is encouraged by way of communication with employee’s manager/supervisor. 
  • Spot award nominees are reviewed monthly by the Staff Recognition Committee.
  • Factors affecting recipient selection include impact of Spot Recognition and impact of action.
  • 24 Spot Recognitions are issued annually/two per month.
  • Deadline: Monthly, at end of month
  • Award: $50 

2) Peer-to-Peer Recognition 

Consistent exemplary performance in peers’ day-to-day activity, initiative, service, innovative ideas, achievement and collaborative efforts; as observed by peers

  • Nomination is submitted by peers in the Classified Staff and Appointed Professional classifications.  
  • Cross recognition is encouraged. Classified Staff may recognize Appointed Professionals and vice versa.
  • Administrative, research and technical staff may nominate peers outside their employee classification, work unit and report structure. 
  • Nominator provides written description of nominee’s outstanding performance and brief examples of qualities identified from “Examples of Exemplary Performance” listed below. 
  • Nominations are reviewed quarterly by the Staff Recognition Committee. 
  • Staff is eligible for selection twice a year.
  • Nominees not selected in the quarter nominated are eligible the next quarter. 
  • Deadline: March 1, June 1, Sept. 1, Dec. 1 
  • Award: $250 (issued through payroll)

3) Staff Employee of the Year 

  • All Peer-to-Peer and Spot Recognition recipients are automatically eligible for Staff Employee of the Year.
  • Staff Employee of the Year is determined by the Staff Recognition Committee, factoring in number of Peer-to-Peer recognition nominations received throughout the year and the impact of Spot Recognition actions.
  • An alternate winner may be selected in case of unforseen circumstances.
  • Award: $1,000 (issued through payroll)
  • Honorable Mention: $500 (issued through payroll)

4) Year-end Staff Recognition Event

  • Employee of the Year will be announced at the year-end staff recognition event, along with all recognized employees nominated that year.

Staff Award Recipients

2015

SPOT RECIPIENTS

January                             Hector Garcia

March                               Ruth Corcoran & Jennifer Garcia

May                                  Linda Schadler

December                         Lucy Valenzuela

PEER-to-PEER RECIPIENTS

1st Quarter                        Susan Nares

2nd Quarter                       Cindy Robertson

3rd Quarter                       Cindy Gardner

4th Quarter                       Laura Ross

HONORABLE MENTION    

Laura Ross

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR   

Hector Garcia

2016

SPOT RECIPIENTS

January                             Ashley Bidegain

March                               Cindy Robertson,  Michelle Bryan

September                       Ashley Bidegain, Graeme Hunt

October                            Hector Garcia, Amanda Ferraris

November                        Amy Maniscalco

PEER-to-PEER RECIPIENTS

1st Quarter                        Melissa Fasulo

2nd Quarter                       Lucy Sandoval

3rd Quarter                       Amanda Ferraris

4th Quarter                       Graeme Hunt

HONORABLE MENTION    

Graeme Hunt

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR   

Amanda Ferraris

2017

SPOT RECIPIENTS

February                           Melissa Ayala

May                                  Mark Rodriguez, Laura Ross

August                              Brianna Moreno

September                       Lisa Armijo, Lucy Sandoval, Cindy Gardner

PEER-to-PEER RECIPIENTS

1st Quarter                        Jennifer Garcia

2nd Quarter                       no nominations

3rd Quarter                       Linda Schadler

4th Quarter                       Lucy Sandoval

HONORABLE MENTION   

 Jennifer Garcia                   

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR   

Lucy Sandoval                    

2018

SPOT RECIPIENTS

June                                  Hector Garcia, Michelle Bryan

PEER-to-PEER RECIPIENTS

1st Quarter                        Ashley Bidegain

2nd Quarter                       TBA

EXAMPLES OF EXEMPLARY STAFF PERFORMANCE

Innovative Ideas or Contributes to Success of a Project:

  • Consistently reaches out to collaborate with peers on projects to enable advances in research, administration and academic programs.
  • Develops or initiates original and/or high-impact ideas and processes that facilitate or promote advances in administration and research.
  • Shows exceptional engagement in activities that support instruction, academia, research or service.

Outstanding Effort and Achievement in the Workplace: 

  • Regularly performs beyond standard expectation.
  • Consistently produces high-quality work.
  • Goes the extra mile to complete a task and/or takes on heavier workload than peers. 
  • Assists when unit is short-staffed or a project requires additional support.
  • Volunteers for special projects or events.
  • Contributes towards efficiency and effectiveness of workplace operations.
  • Improves utilization of resources and reduction of waste.
  • Integrates information, procedures or equipment to improve office or unit efficiency.

Outstanding Service to UA, Other Employees or Visitors: 

  • Offers outstanding first impression resulting in positive attention to the college and University community.
  • Performs in an exceptionally courteous and cooperative manner at all times.
  • Demonstrates and encourages a supportive team-oriented environment.
  • Participates on committees and proactively contributes to achieve goals.
  • Contributes towards development, opportunities, improved skills and abilities in others.
  • Makes special effort to recognize excellence of others.
  • Assists others to achieve their assigned responsibilities and goals.