Some Old and New Ways of Honoring People at Penn
The University's Recognition and Appreciation Program, which has grown from a variety of sources over the years, is becoming more integrated as a formal unit of Human Resources, with its own coordinator, Marilyn Kraut of the Quality of Worklife Program.
The three main elements that have been pulled together are Service Awards, which recognize staff length of service to the University; Appreciation Events, including sports events, cultural entertainment (such as the recent Penn Family Day), benefits information gatherings, and health and wellness activities offered throughout the year to faculty, staff, and their family members and friends; and a new one on the drawing board, Achievement Awards.
"The Achievement Awards will recognize staff members and teams who have performed as models of excellence to the Penn community-at-large," said Ms. Kraut. She also provided these details of all three of the elements of the Recognition and Appreciation Program:
Service Awards: This program honors faculty and staff with ten or more years of service (in 5-year increments as of September 15th of the qualifying year). Its new design expands the recognized milestones to include 25 or more years of service. Honored staff members receive letters of appreciation from their respective Dean or Director and gifts newly selected by a campus-wide Recognition and Appreciation Committee.
The gifts for the incremental years are:
A President's Reception has been added to the 25-Year Club annual festivities, specifically for those newly reaching the 25-year mark (see Almanac September 30 for 1997's list.)
Appreciation Events: On October 4, the University held its most recent fall appreciation event, Penn Family Day, which consisted of games, attractions, cultural events, and a football game for faculty and staff and their families and friends.
In late spring of '98, the University will stage an entire week of faculty and staff appreciation events, including cultural events and other forms of entertainment, now being planned. These opportunities will be joined during the week by health promotion and wellness activities.
Achievement Awards: A "Models for Excellence" program has been recently approved, and "best practice" approaches to this type of program are being researched for implementation at Penn next fall. The program is designed to recognize individuals and/or work teams that achieve outstanding performance, to present them as role models for the University, and to inspire similar efforts by others. The process for nominating and selecting these honorees will be established by the campus-wide Appreciation and Recognition Committee, facilitated by Human Resources. Standards of achievement and methods of selection are being considered now by the Recognition and Appreciation Committee and will be announced in an upcoming Almanac.