Employee Recognition

Nomination forms for the Recognition Program can be downloaded here.


The Administrative and Staff Employee Recognition Program

(Approved by College Council, 2/12/08)

Recognizing, celebrating, and rewarding employees’ exceptional performance is an important way that Messiah College strives to cultivate a culture of excellence and to be a place where people love to work. In addition to the many ways that our employees informally thank each other, Messiah College has established a new formal recognition program, designed specifically to acknowledge administrative and staff employees, which has several elements:

Thank You Program

The first element is the Thank You Program. This program, which is managed by Human Resources, gives any employee the opportunity to recognize another employee by requesting that a thank you message be sent to a colleague, along with a candy bar, via Campus Mail.

This is an excellent way to provide “on-the-spot” recognition for an employee assuming extra duties during a crunch time, an employee delivering good work under tight deadlines, an employee who demonstrates an especially good attitude during a trying time, an employee who provides excellent customer focus, etc. There are no limits to the number of Thank You messages that can be sent to or requested by an employee. Simply email Human Resources with the thank you message you would like to send, and Human Resources will put the message with a candy bar into Campus Mail.

Pride in Performance Award

The second element of our recognition program is the Pride in Performance Award. This award is a means for the College to promote excellence and to provide visible recognition of exceptionally consistent, superior performance.

Eligible Employees

All full and part time administrative and staff employees are eligible to receive Pride in Performance Awards. Independent contractors, student employees, and temporary employees, either those employed by the College or from an agency, are not eligible to receive an award. Prior recipients are not eligible to be considered for a Pride in Performance Award until three subsequent award years have passed. Five awards will be given each year.

Criteria

The Pride in Performance Award is used to recognize an employee based on the following criteria:

  • The employee has consistently demonstrated exceptional performance and remarkable proficiency in his/her assigned duties;
  • The employee has demonstrated hospitality, customer focus, and has been active in promoting a pleasant working environment;
  • The employee has demonstrated dependability, innovative ways to manage work and effective problem-solving;
  • The employee has been committed to professional development and enhancing his/her skill set.

Award Amount

The Pride in Performance Award is a cash award of $200. (All awards are considered taxable income and will be reflected on the employee’s income earning statements.)

Recommending For the Award

The recommending supervisor can be the employee’s immediate supervisor, next level manager, director or vice president/provost. If presented by someone other than the division vice president/provost, the recommendation should be submitted to the division vice president/provost as soon as an employee is considered, but all nominations need to be submitted to the division vice president/provost by February 28 of each year. Each division vice president/provost will review all submissions for his/her division and select those candidates that he/she feels best meet the criteria for the award. Those names will be given to Human Resources, and Human Resources will prepare a file for President’s Cabinet to review by March 15 of each year. President’s Cabinet will vote to select each year’s class of recipients by March 31. Awards will be given at the annual Service Award Ceremony in May.

Team Falcon Award

This award is a means for the College to recognize a group or team that collaborated successfully on a significant project or initiative that advanced departmental or college-wide goals.

Eligible Groups
Eligible teams include units, departments, task forces, and committees or other cross-departmental work groups.  The team may be comprised of part-time or full-time staff, administrative and/or faculty employees.  Team members recognized must have had significant involvement in the accomplishment of the project, process or initiative.  Generally, teams will consist of 3 to 10 individuals.  One team will be recognized each year.

Criteria
The Team Falcon Award is used to recognize a work group based on the following criteria:

  • The team made a significant contribution towards achievement of a strategic goal
  • The team exhibited innovation, creativity and excellence
  • The group fostered a team environment that promoted communication, trust, cooperation and respect for differences. 

Award
Each member of the team recognized will receive a distinctive commemorative pin. 

Recommending For the Award
The recommending supervisor can be the team’s immediate supervisor, next level manager, director, or vice president/provost. If presented by someone other than the division vice president/provost, the recommendation should be submitted to the division vice president/provost as soon as a team is considered, but all nominations need to be submitted to the division vice president/provost by February 28 of each year. Division vice presidents/provost are encouraged to solicit recommendations that cross functional boundaries. Each division vice president/provost will review all submissions for his/her division and select those teams that he/she feels best meet the criteria for the award. Information on the teams will be given to Human Resources, and Human Resources will prepare a file for President’s Cabinet to review by March 15 of each year. President’s Cabinet will vote to select the team to receive the award by March 31. Awards will be given at the annual Service Award Ceremony in May.

President’s Award

The final element in the Messiah College employee recognition program is The President’s Award. This award is for notable employee action or accomplishment that is well beyond the scope of the employee’s regular day-to-day activities and assignments. For example, the award could be for an employee who uses initiative and creativity to resolve a serious problem, situation or conflict. It could also be given to recognize an exceptional achievement or to recognize an employee’s successful improvement/re-design of a significant process resulting in greater efficiency or cost savings for the College.

Eligible Employees

All full and part time administrative and staff employees are eligible to receive President’s Awards. Independent contractors, student employees, and temporary employees, either those employed by the company or from an agency, are not eligible to receive an award. Two awards will be given each year.

Criteria

The President’s Award is used to recognize an employee who has accomplished something exceptional and particularly noteworthy. As such, the award should be tied to the specific and exceptional action or achievement rather than awarded for a situation that is consistent with expected performance.

Award Amount

The President’s Award is a cash award of $500. (All awards are considered taxable income and will be reflected on the employee’s income earning statements.)

Recommending For the Award

The recommending supervisor can be the employee’s immediate supervisor, next level manager, director, or vice president/provost. If presented by someone other than the division vice president/provost, the recommendation should be submitted to the division vice president/provost as soon as an employee is considered, but all nominations need to be submitted to the division vice president/provost by February 28 of each year. Each division vice president/provost will review all submissions for his/her division and select those candidates that he/she feels best meet the criteria for the award. Those names will be given to Human Resources, and Human Resources will prepare a file for President’s Cabinet to review by March 15 of each year. President’s Cabinet will vote to select each year’s class of recipients by March 31. Awards will be given at the annual Service Award Ceremony in May.

The Employee Service Awards Program

Celebrating the commitment of our employees is a cherished tradition at Messiah. We gather annually each spring to applaud employees who have reached significant service milestones and to honor our retirees.

Service Milestone Recognition

Longstanding commitment to the College is celebrated at our annual Service Awards Reception in May. Faculty, staff, and administrators who have reached service year milestones are honored and receive an accompanying awards catalog from which they can select a gift to their liking.

Criteria

Employees who meet the following criteria are recognized:

  • Full-time and part-time employees
  • Employees who will reach a significant service year milestone (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc.) on or before September 15th of that year
  • Employees who are re-hired by the College will be credited with service years earned prior to an approved break in service
  • Temporary or occasional assignments are not considered when calculating service years

Honoring Our Retirees

Employees who are retiring from the College are also recognized at the annual Service Awards Reception in May. Faculty, staff, and administrators who meet the retirement criteria receive a gift based on their number of years of service to the College.

Criteria (for determining service award eligibility only and not benefits eligibility)

Employees who meet the following criteria are recognized:

  • Employee is at least 55 years of age
  • Employee has voluntarily terminated employment after at least 10 years of full- or part-time employment
  • Employees who are re-hired by the College will be credited with service years earned prior to an approved break in service
  • Temporary or occasional assignments are not considered when calculating service years