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RAwardsRecognition awards

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. 

Recognition AwardsYou 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).

Team Awards

New - team awards 

Following the temporary suspension of team awards through Gusto, we are pleased to offer two alternative options for team nominations:

  • Sky Codes - Relax at home with a film or boxset of your choice. Sky codes can be redeemed through and you don't have to Sky TV - Ways to watch.
  • £15 - Voucher to be redeemed as an E-code from our list of retailers. The E-codes do not require validation and are sent to your email address to be redeemed online or in store (depending on the retailer).

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.

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Development Everywhere

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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.

How we make decisions

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.

Understanding how we impact on others

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.

Tips for making a recognition award

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:

  1. Be genuine. Only make a nomination when you think the recipient genuinely deserves the recognition.
  2. Be timely. Try to recognise the individual as soon as you can after the contribution or accomplishment. This makes the link between the behaviour and the reward clear.
  3. Be specific. While a “thank you” is always welcome and will have even greater impact if you describe the accomplishment and the value that it created. (For example, “Based on student nominations from the feedback questionnaires we'd like to acknowledge your excellent contributions to teaching this year. Thanks for all your help!”
  4. Keep it proportionate. Make sure the type and amount of recognition is appropriate for the behaviour which is being recognised.
  5. PresentPersonalise it if you can. The Deal – Recognition Awards do allow recipients some choice in the award they receive within categories, however, remember that different people are motivated by different things, and appreciate different things. Some people appreciate being recognised publicly; others may become embarrassed. One person might enjoy a gift; another might prefer additional annual leave or a voucher.
  6. Communicate. Consider how you will communicate the award within the Department including clear information about why the award was given.

Source: Harvard University