UPPS 04.04.33 - Recognition Programs
UPPS No. 04.04.33
Issue No. 9
Effective Date: 5/30/2017
Next Review Date: 6/01/2025 (E5Y)
Sr. Reviewer: Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
This policy establishes a Staff Employee Recognition Program for Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year, a Texas State Quarterly Team Recognition Program, the “What Makes a University Great” Program, and the President’s Super Star Program.
Furthermore, this policy defines the composition of the selection committee, eligibility criteria, nomination and selection procedures, and awards for these programs.
PROCEDURE FOR APPOINTING THE SELECTION COMMITTEE
- * The vice president for Finance and Support Services (VPFSS) will appoint a selection committee for the Staff Employee and Team Recognition Programs. Committee members will have three-year staggered terms and will include two employees from each division. Each vice president will recommend employees from their division to the VPFSS. The associate VPFSS Planning will chair the committee and serve as a permanent representative from the Finance and Support Services division. Committee responsibilities cannot be delegated.
PROCEDURES FOR SELECTING STAFF EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Criteria for determining eligibility:
must be a regular full-time or regular part-time staff employee (except administrative officers as designated in the University Pay Plan); and
must have worked at Texas State University for at least one year (cumulative).
The selection committee will not normally consider a nominee previously named as employee of the month for a period of three years. Exceptional conditions will warrant review by the committee.
The selection committee may not consider current Staff Employee Recognition Committee members for the award.
Employees will be considered based on the following:
What are the nominee’s job responsibilities that prompted the nomination?
What has the nominee done to exemplify quality service at Texas State?
Additional pertinent comments, with supporting documents uploaded to this online form.
Procedures for nomination and selection of employee of the month:
Anyone may nominate an eligible employee (see Sections 03.01 a., b., and c.). The committee will not accept self-nominations.
Twice a year, or as needed, the selection committee’s chair (or the chair’s staff) will send out a call for nominations email. The committee will address effective and efficient methods of accessibility on an annual basis to ensure employees receive the opportunity to submit nominations (i. e., email distribution, posters in buildings, etc.).
Nominations must be submitted to the selection committee chair before the seventh day of the current month to be considered for the following month’s award. The committee will hold nominations received on or after the seventh day of the month for consideration of awards for the month after next.
The criteria for evaluating a nomination include the nominee’s overall performance over time or the nominee’s outstanding performance for a specific event.
The selection committee chair (or their staff) will verify each nominee’s eligibility through records in the Human Resources office.
The selection committee chair (or their staff) will validate information contained in the nomination as deemed necessary.
The chair of the selection committee (or their staff) will contact the appropriate vice president regarding nominations from their division to ensure the nominee is worthy of consideration prior to having the formal committee review the candidate’s submission form.
The selection committee may ask a nominator (or the nominee’s supervisor) for additional information or clarification, if needed.
The selection committee will review and rank nominations and will name the nominee receiving the highest ranking, as employee of the month.
PROCEDURE FOR SELECTING STAFF EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
- The selection committee will recommend one of the 12 people who were selected as employees of the month and two alternates for the president to consider for selection as employee of the year.
PROCEDURES FOR TEXAS STATE QUARTERLY TEAM RECOGNITION PROGRAM
* Anyone may nominate a team for recognition. A team may include individuals from one or several divisions (i.e., cross-functional). Self-nominations are allowed. Although faculty and students can be included on a team, the team should be primarily comprised of staff.
A team is a group of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.
The committee will review a team based on the following:
Was exemplary service provided to on-campus clients, off-campus clients, or both? Explain.
What was accomplished? Was the team responsible for a one-time project, or did the team develop new or improved standards and procedures?
How did the team achieve its accomplishment?
How did the team’s actions benefit the institution? Examples include: improved service, completed project ahead of schedule, saved money, reduced error rate, minimized time between initiation and completion of an action (cycle time, etc.).
A summary stating the reason the committee should consider this team outstanding.
The chair of the selection committee will distribute a memorandum to the university community, quarterly, seeking nominations for the Quarterly Team Recognition Award. Persons may submit nominations to the chair. The selection committee will follow this calendar:
Request for nominations: January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15.
Nominations due: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.
Staff Employee Recognition Committee meets for selection after: February 5, May 5, August 5, and November 5.
Presentation of awards after: February 10, May 10, August 10, and November 10.
The selection committee chair (or their staff) will contact the appropriate division manager on submissions for teams in their division prior to having the formal committee review the nomination.
The selection committee chair (or their staff) will validate information contained in each nomination.
The selection committee will review and rank nominations and select the team receiving the highest ranking for the Quarterly Team Recognition Award.
PROCEDURES FOR “WHAT MAKES A UNIVERSITY GREAT” PROGRAM AND PRESIDENT’S SUPER STAR PROGRAM
When a vice president receives either a letter or memorandum regarding a “good deed,” they may forward it to the president.
The president may:
decide to distribute the memo or letter to all faculty and staff under the “What Makes a University Great” program, with the vice president who forwarded the memo or letter responsible for the distribution; or
decide to recognize the Texas State faculty or staff mentioned in the letter by authorizing the vice president to present the “President’s Super Star Award” to the employee (see Section 07.04 for procedures for presenting awards and benefits). Any of the following criteria may apply to assist the president in reaching a decision:
employee brought significant recognition to Texas State through their professional endeavors;
employee made innovative contributions to the university; or
employee demonstrated the “something extra” beyond their own job.
PROCEDURES FOR PRESENTING AWARDS AND BENEFITS
Staff Employee of the Month:
The staff employee of the month will receive $500 cash (less taxes) and a framed certificate signed by the Texas State president and the appropriate vice president. The vice president will present the certificate to the employee of the month, with supervisory staff present. University Marketing will photograph the presentation. The university will display a collage of the photographs on the fifth floor of the J. C. Kellam building.
The university will give the selected employee administrative leave to take a day off from work. The employee should coordinate the choice of day with their immediate supervisor.
Each month, the Human Resources Bulletin will recognize the selected employee as the staff employee of the month.
Staff Employee of the Year:
The president will host an annual luncheon in August to honor the previous 12 staff employees of the month, as well as past recipients of the employee of the year award (still at Texas State). Each of the 12 staff employees of the month recipients may bring a guest.
The president will announce the staff employee of the year at the annual luncheon in August and at the fall convocation.
The staff employee of the year will receive an engraved plaque, $3,000 cash (less taxes), and a designated parking space close to the employee’s office for the fiscal year. University Marketing will photograph the presentation.
An article in the university Human Resources Bulletin will recognize the person selected as the staff employee of the year. The university will display a collage of the photographs on the fifth floor of the J. C. Kellam building.
Texas State Quarterly Team Recognition:
The appropriate vice president will recognize the team selected at a reception held quarterly (March, June, September, and December). The university will make available a maximum of $150 per team per reception. The vice president will determine the type of reception, and University Marketing will photograph the presentation.
State law permits use of state funds for awards for professional achievement or other outstanding service if purchased through the General Services Commission, the cost of which shall not exceed $50 per employee (i.e., lapel pins, coffee cups, key rings, t-shirts, etc.). The Staff Employee Recognition Committee will select which award to present to each of the team members.
Each member of the selected team will receive a certificate signed by the selection committee’s chair and the appropriate vice president.
The selected staff employees will receive administrative leave to take a day off from work, which the employees should coordinate with their immediate supervisors.
The Human Resources Bulletin will recognize all teams nominated.
The university will display a collage of the photographs on the fifth floor of the J. C. Kellam building.
President’s Super Star:
The vice president (who forwarded the memo or letter to the president) will present a Texas State Super Star coffee cup, with no prior notice, to the honoree. The vice president will present the award briefly and informally before the recipient’s closest colleagues, at department meetings, or during an unscheduled visit to the recipient in their office. The vice president will copy the memo or letter sent to the president to the Human Resources office for inclusion in the Human Resources Bulletin.
REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS
Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:
Position Date Assistant Vice President for Human Resources June 1 E5Y Chair, Staff Council June 1 E5Y
This UPPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.
Assistant Vice President of Human Resources; senior reviewer of this UPPS
Vice President for Finance and Support Services