Faculty and staff: Recognition matters

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(Image courtesy of the Office of Human Resources)
Engagement is at the heart of what we do in the Office of Human Resources. One of the ways we strive to engage DePaul employees is through recognition. In the 2016 university climate survey, DePaul staff indicated they would like to see increased efforts on non-monetary recognition. To make sure we didn’t miss the mark, we held three focus groups to understand what types of non-monetary recognition would be meaningful. It was clear from both the feedback and the overwhelming response that we needed to hear from the entire community. In February 2018, we sent out a survey on non-monetary recognition to DePaul staff and 682 employees responded.

Over the last few months, we reviewed your feedback and discussed strategies to increase efforts on non-monetary recognition at DePaul. We appreciate everyone who took the time to complete the survey and provide your honest feedback. It will continue to inform and guide HR as we develop new strategies for non-monetary recognition. But, before we move forward, we wanted to share the results with you. They can be found here on our new Employee Engagement page.

We’d also like to share a few of the key takeaways which resonated and confirmed what we all know about recognition:  
  • Recognition is personal and one size does not fit all 
  • Monetary component is important
  • Don’t start something you can’t finish
  • Managers matter
  • We need to connect with the staff’s affinity for DePaul 
  • Recognition is not a one and done -- it needs to be part of the culture and supported by ongoing efforts 
In the coming months, we will be rolling out a new “Recognition Matters” campaign via @worklifedepaul on Instagram​. This campaign will provide tips, resources and best practices on employee recognition and highlight some great examples already happening here at DePaul. We will also be adding resources and information to the new Employee Engagement page in the coming months.    

Recognition makes us feel appreciated and valued. It also provides encouragement as we strive to carry out the mission of St. Vincent in our daily work. Whether it’s a positive shout-out during a meeting, a potluck lunch or simply a handwritten note, remember that​ recognition matters.