I supervise a small staff in res-life. One of the things my group does, which is standard at this institution (and many other institutions) is to fill out a weekly report. On the weekly report, staff have the option to fill out a section called “Staff Recognition.” In this (optional) section, the staff member has the opportunity to recognize a fellow student staff member. I’d guess about 2/3rds of our staff do this on a weekly basis. The form itself just asks for the person’s name & then what they are being recognized for. Staff members will recognize each other for everything from great programs to helping study for an exam to giving one another a cookie. The gambit is huge.
However, when this information is written down, it only goes directly to the supervisor. So, when my RA Brady writes something down, I am the only person who reads it! I have always tracked this information. (I have a tracking sheet where I record how many times individuals recognize others & lots of other data)
One of the other supervisors started something last year which was HUGE! She would email the student who was recognized and cc the supervisor. So, if Danielle recognized Brady, then Brady would get an email & I’d be cc’ed in on it. The email might say: “Hey Brady! You were recognized this week on Danielle’s weekly report! Way to go!”
It’s a little thing, but getting this type of email mid-week is sure to make someone smile.
I think this helps to build the team, helps to encourage staff, helps to keep me in the loop, but also is just a very little thing that makes our team better.
What kinds of little recognition efforts does your team/staff/supervisor do?