Employee Recognition

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Senior leadership meets twice a year to do organizational talent planning for every position from the top down. We talk about who are the potential high-performers.
ingredients
Chesapeake Public Schools created a competitive recipe contest between schools in the district using pantry items and new ingredients.
bowling ball pins
Skidmore College patterned its chef culinary competition after the one pioneered by the University of Massachusetts. This year, 11 teams of college chefs registered.
trail mix
Penn State University added fueling stations in its units for its workers who need a snack. Snacks include trail mix, crackers, cookies and water.
business card
Overlook Medical Center gives new hires abridged business cards to help with confidence.
ice cream waffle dish
The University of Vermont Health Network Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital decided to expand its employee of the month program outside of the department.
pizza boxes
Kansas State University does an annual employee recognition on a day it's closed during the year. Managers and some of the student workers come in and eat pizza...
handwritten thank you
Write “thank you” on every paycheck. This era tends to text thank-yous, but a handwritten note goes a long way. You can’t just preach it; it’s an active thing.
indian bowl rice chicken
Student employees from India approached a manager at Murray State University and said they would like to do a hot line of authentic Indian food for everyone.
holiday stuffing
Employees who work during the holidays receive a $6 dining-facility credit. Staffers can use it to pick up items to help spend less time in the kitchen.

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