Work group developing proposal to improve employee recognition
Representatives from 10 departments started meeting in October to identify options for improving how employees are recognized for exceptional workplace contributions.
The work group was formed to address concerns raised in employee surveys which found that nearly half of City employees do not feel they receive meaningful or appropriate recognition for their workplace contributions. The group plans to bring recommendations to the city coordinator during the first quarter of 2014.
Accomplishments that merit special recognition
Here are the group’s preliminary suggestions for the types of activities or contributions that should merit special recognition:
- Big ideas, innovations or accomplishments that benefit the entire organization or a large segment of the community
Positive influence and leadership
- Taking action that spreads positive energy throughout the workplace
- Outstanding accomplishments by a group of employees
- Mentoring or knowledge-sharing that improves the organization or another person’s career opportunities
- Extraordinary or inspirational service to customers, other organizations or the community
- Initiative and exceptional work habits that produce innovative solutions or result in time or money savings or the completion of a significant project
Years of service
- Years of service milestones, long-term commitment to city service
- Improvements or accomplishments that enhance workplace or community safety
Why the work group was created
This work group was created to formulate a response to concerns raised in the 2011-12 employee engagement survey and a 2013 follow-up survey.
The surveys found that, while more than 90 percent of employees want their work to be valued and recognized, less than half felt they are recognized in a meaningful way for their contributions.
Thank you work group members
The following employees volunteered to serve on the work group:
- Alyssa Browne - Assessor’s Office
- Chris Carlson - Finance & Property Services
- Jennifer Gabbard - Human Resources
- Janelle Harris - 911
- Julie Johnson - City Clerk’s Office
- Jessica Lopez-Love and Dan Smoliak - Convention Center
- Connie Perila - Information Technology
- Bryan Seboe - Public Works
- Julie Sikora - Police
- Bryan Tyner - Fire.
For more information
Contact Chuck Bernardy or Jolanta Sears, Human Resources Department.
Published Nov. 26, 2013