Employee recognition


Recognition is vital for employee engagement and strategic impact.

Frequent acknowledgement reinforces staff and faculty contributions and fosters a sense of overall well-being. Below are a few ways supervisors can thank and recognize employees. 

Informal recognition (non-represented staff)  cash bonus of up to $500 and/or non-cash awards/leave with pay; gift certificates and more. Please see the policy for exclusions and regulations. 

Awards may recognize exemplary teamwork, special projects, new procedures, unique efforts  and employee appreciation. Additionally, informal recognizing cross-functional teams may help foster collaboration and inclusivity.  

Formal recognition (non-represented staff) Cash bonuses of up to $2,500, leave with pay, or may take the form of a higher profile institutional, organizational, or department-wide program or event designed to acknowledge significant contributions of an individual employee or team. 

A list of faculty and community member awards is located on the provost's website and includes:
Chancellor's Meritorious Service Award
Emil Usibelli Awards for Research, Teaching and Public Service
Faculty Development Awards
Honorary degrees
People's Endowment
President's Adjunct Award

Additionally, professional development can be another way to recognize employees. Be sure to promote travel funds and staff development funds available to employees, as well as the Educational Attainment Incentive Program for staff who want to work toward a certificate or degree. 

Email UAF-welcome-team@alaska.edu for more ideas and information about the importance of recognition.