We want to recognise the excellent contribution you make to the success of the University.
The Recognition Awards complement the other tools in the reward and recognition framework and provide a flexible, responsive and transparent means of recognising and rewarding staff contribution via a range of awards. It is also linked to the values and behaviours of The Sheffield Professional; details of which can be found here.
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Overview of recognition awards
The Recognition Awards allow your manager to recognise and reward you for the contribution you make as an individual and as part of a team.
You will also be able to use the Recognition Awards to send a “thank you” e-card to any employee in the University and your message will be copied to the recipient’s line manager.
Responsibility for decision making about the awards is devolved to Departments and a dedicated budget has been provided to allow your managers to make immediate decisions which recognise excellent contribution in the areas which are important to you locally.
How do I access the Recognition Awards?
You can access the Recognition Awards through The Deal via myServices.
Once you enter The Deal home screen, the Recognition Awards link is the 2nd Icon under the Reward & Recognition tab.
Types of rewards
The Recognition Awards include a range of awards to suit different types of recognition and to appeal to different tastes incorporating individual choice as much as possible.
The awards range include a formal e-card thank you, annual leave (either half a day or a full day of leave), gift vouchers (in denominations of £30, £50, £75 or £100), additional payments (paid via payroll of £150, £200 or £250) and a range of team awards.
The range of awards should give you and your managers the ability to appropriately recognise different types and impacts of the contribution of your staff to the Department and University.
Redemption of Vouchers
Vouchers of £30, £50, £75 or £100 can be redeemed through a range of retailers on our Recognition site. When redeeming a voucher, this will be delivered to your email address as an E-code which does not require validation and can be used either online or in store (depending on the retailer).
New - team awards
Following the temporary suspension of team awards through Gusto, we are pleased to offer two alternative options for team nominations:
New - team awards - manager opt in
When creating a team award the nominating manager can now choose to include themselves in the team awards by ticking the include me box. The team nomination will then be sent to the Budget holder or Delegate for approval.
Gusto team awards - currently unavailable
Please note that due to the pandemic, we have taken the decision to suspend team awards through Gusto for the foreseeable future. We will keep this decision under review and will make these team awards available as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
Staff can still be nominated for team awards through Whitby’s at Catcliffe in Rotherham, however when redeeming vouchers, staff will need to ensure they follow the restaurant guidelines to ensure they are Covid secure.
In the interim we are exploring team award options and would be grateful if you could refrain from creating nominations for Gusto whilst these changes take place.
Bookings for team awards
There are a range of Team Awards for which staff can be nominated. To view details of the Team Awards please select Reward Options from the main menu on the portal page or Types of Award under the Manager's Area.
If you have selected the Afternoon Tea or Prosecco Afternoon Tea, a meal at the University Arms, Lunch at INOX Dine or any event in the INOX Lounge vouchers will be delivered to you to distribute to your Team Members. Once the vouchers are received, teams can book their event.
Cancellation process for individuals and teams on group bookings
Please be advised if you are booked onto a Team Award, it is your responsibility to cancel if you can no longer attend. Further information on our cancellation policy can be found here.
There are a number of key skill areas for managers to use when making decisions about rewarding staff, and we have collated some resources to help you to make decisions that are fair and justified, as well as communicating these decisions to staff in your teams.
There are a range of resources in each of the following sections of Development Everywhere, but ones that we think will specifically assist you with recognising contribution through the recognition awards are highlighted with "The Deal" logo.
Obviously, giving someone a recognition award will involve making a decision, but how do you go about doing this in a way that is fair, based on evidence and leaves people feeling valued and supported? Resources in this section include ways to identify expectations of the job roles of your staff, assess how far people have gone beyond the expectations of the role, and then actually make decisions that you can stand by.
The decisions you make will have an impact on other people, both the people who receive the award, and the others in your team who don't receive an award. These resources provide you with tools to help you reflect on how to communicate the decisions that you make to help celebrate the success of people's high performance, as well as dealing with disagreements with decisions in an honest, transparent and confident manner.
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Tips for making a recognition award
When making a nomination for a Recognition Award or simply saying thank you through the recognition award scheme, the following tips may help your nomination have more impact:
Source: Harvard University http://hr.fas.harvard.edu/recognition