Recognizing fellow employees on the spot

Kay Van Vreede

Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column.

In the spirit of the new year and continuous improvement, I am pleased to announce the On the Spot Recognition program.

After a recommendation from the Employee Advisory Group and discussions with them and human resources, WDRS designed the program to encourage and recognize individuals and teams with “on-the-spot” rewards at the time of achievement. The goal is to offer a means for more immediate employee recognition not only from supervisors, but also from peers, thus providing a way to support each other as we make positive contributions to the lab.

After an employee is nominated for a Spot Award using an online form, the supervisor and HR partner briefly review the nomination for approval. Each nominated employee will receive a pin and will be eligible to receive a gift card from his or her supervisor. The actual process of awarding gift cards will be managed by each division, section or center. We will release details on how to nominate someone soon.

Did you catch my use of “HR partner” above? Another area for continual improvement in WDRS is better defining the services of your D/S/C human resources rep (formerly called a generalist). Your HR partner supports D/S/C employees and leadership, strives to understand the diverse needs of each group, partners to resolve people issues and challenges, and acts as a liaison with the core HR services to ensure rollout of HR programs. View the HR partner website to learn how they can partner with you and your organization.