Recognition can make an important contribution to the engagement and retention of staff members at UBC.
The University of British Columbia values excellence, and has made a commitment to creating an exceptional work environment. Within the framework of Place & Promise and Focus on People, the University strives to provide a stimulating, rewarding, and supportive work environment. A variety of programs and reward mechanisms are available to support managers in creating meaningful work environments for staff. By rewarding employees’ initiative, dedication, and productivity we can create a sense of belonging, purpose, and dedication.
Staff Matter. Excellence Matters.
UBC’s staff recognition programs and practices have the fundamental underlying intention of relaying appreciation for work-related approaches and/or outcomes. Recognition tells staff that their work is valued.
UBC’s recognition program has both centralized and distributed components. This promotes a common culture and consistent human resources practices, while acknowledging differences at the faculty/department level.
Consistent with the University’s overall culture of decentralization within a central guiding framework, there are some centralized programs available to assist faculties/departments and managers with staff recognition.
Some examples are:
The 25 Year Club recognizes staff members with continuous service of 25 years.
A number of achievement-based awards are available for staff, both across the University, and by campus:
Other staff awards are available, specific to various categories of achievement, such as enhancing the student experience
Acknowledgment, appreciation, and saying “thank you” can serve as recognition for exceptional work-related contributions. This sort of recognition can be for an individual employee, or for groups of staff. It can be for a single act, such as contribution to a project that went beyond the call of duty.
Recognition can also be given for projects and exceptional circumstances, such as taking on an increased work load to allow a colleague the opportunity to focus on a special project.
The key commonality in that recognition is an acknowledgment for, and appreciation of, exceptional work-related contributions.
UBC has many award and recognition opportunities available for our Faculty and Staff. Visit the UBC Award Opportunities page for information on celebrating outstanding contributions to the University.