Employee recognition has always been an important part of Caltech. By creating a culture of recognition, employees become more engaged. Engaged employees are happy, loyal, and productive. Everyday there is an opportunity to recognize someone for their service to the Campus without spending a lot of money. Informal rewards are the icing on the cake that keep employees motivated, engaged, and coming back for more.
Consistent with the salary freeze and the Institute's desire to conserve financial resources, the Spot Award program is temporarily suspended through the end of FY21.
The Spot Award Program recognizes individuals on an impromptu basis for their special effort to their department or Campus. This award can be presented on the spot when a manager notices an employee doing something worthy. For a larger impact, present the Spot Award at a staff meeting so the employee can be applauded by their peers. The experience of the recognition will last much longer than the money.
Recipients will receive a $100 MasterCard Gift Card (funded by Business and Finance) and a Certificate of Excellence. The gift card can be redeemed wherever MasterCard is accepted including online purchases.
The administration of this program is intended to be as simple and user friendly as possible. Human Resources will keep track of how many awards are presented on campus, so you don't have to. At this time, there are no limits to the number of Spot Awards allotted to each department. Also, obtaining certificates to award your employees is only a phone call or email away. Spot Awards do not require a nomination process so it is the perfect award to present on the spot when you want to say thank you for a job well done.
Spot Award recipients will be taxed for this $100 on their paycheck as imputed income.
To request a Spot Award, please contact:
Caltech is comprised of many teams working collaboratively to accomplish amazing things. In recognition of the great work of teams the Team Impact Award was introduced in 2016.
The award recognizes and rewards those teams that make significant contributions to the work and mission of the Institute. Teams who receive the award should be able to demonstrate that their work impacted and supported the research and/or education programs at the Institute.
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