University of Virginia Adds New Outstanding Employee Rewards Program

by: Nichole Gunn September 22, 2010

The Human Resources (HR) at the University of Virginia (UVA) renamed its annual Outstanding Contribution Awards for Leonard Sandridge. The name change is to acknowledge Sandrige’s long service to the university, along with his untiring role as "an avid champion of UVA’s staff," the university announced.

The outstanding employee rewards program is not replacing the University’s other general rewards and recognition program, it has been added to enhance the existing rewards programs. Nominations for this annual outstanding employee award will be sought directly from the employees. Selection committees from the Academic Division, Medical Center and U.Va's College at Wise choose employees to receive this rewards program.

Vice president and chief human resources officer, Susan Carkeek, noted that "there are many dedicated, hard-working staff across [the campus], and this is an opportunity to recognize their excellence."

According to the HR announcement, “Each recipient is publicly recognized and receives an engraved gift as well as a $1,000 cash award. This award is exclusive of any other pay action or any other potential monetary recognition through routine departmental programs such as the Rewards and Recognition program.”

Strong employee rewards programs benefit the public sector as well as the private sector; they help booster employee productivity and morale if initiated and maintained properly. Facilities, such as UVA, are taking advantage of this practice and implementing newer and better rewards incentive programs.

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