Effective May 2, 2012, the Washington legislature loosened the restrictions on cash and cash equivalent awards for employees that have been in place since July 1, 2010. UW departments may now expend funds from discretionary budgets alone to pay for cash and cash equivalent awards.
All other cash and cash equivalent awards (including gift cards and gift certificates) funded from designated operating funds, general operating funds, and all other sources remain prohibited through June 30, 2013. View Planning & Budgeting’s amended cash award policy. Please direct questions to Planning & Budgeting at 206-543-6277.
Employee recognition can be given in many ways—through saying thank you, giving praise, providing opportunity, or showing respect. Many studies on the work place have shown that being recognized for achievements, knowing that one's contributions matter to the organization, and the opportunity for growth and professional development have a considerable impact on employee satisfaction and commitment.
Recognition is most effective when it takes place on a regular basis and in a variety of different ways. It is also important that recognition activities be aligned with the culture of your unit or department. The Employee Recognition Program provides you different opportunities for acknowledging staff members, peers and colleagues.
Find ideas for informal, on the spot recognition activities for individuals, teams and work groups.
Develop a department- or college-wide formal recognition program that recognizes significant accomplishments.
Each year the University of Washington recognizes and honors alumni, faculty, staff and students who contribute to the richness and diversity of the university community.
The University of Washington funds the Service Recognition Program to show appreciation to permanent classified and professional staff for continuous years of dedicated University service.