When the work of someone who is a PPSM employee or in the Clerical [CX] bargaining unit stands out, you can recognize their contribution by nominating them for a SPOT award. Spot Awards are designed to recognize special contributions, as they occur, for a specific project or task. Spot Awards are generally for a special contribution accomplished over a relatively short time period. A Spot Award lets employees know that someone has noticed their noteworthy contribution. At the same time, it recognizes and reinforces the behaviors and values that are important at UC Berkeley.
Eligibility includes someone who is a PPSM employee or in the Clerical [CX] bargaining unit in a career, partial year career, contract, limited, student employee, or per diem appointment. In addition to the above, nominees must also have an Achieve rating of “Well Done” or above and have no outstanding disciplinary actions. Employees may be nominated by their supervisors, customers, or colleagues.
Employees may receive up to four Spot Awards per year; however, an employee may only receive one Spot Award per activity. When the same activity is nominated, we will review all the nomination forms and should the activity meet the Spot Criteria, we will award it to the nomination form that explains how the activity aligned with the criteria the best.
The Berkeley “Achieve Together” criteria also apply to the Spot Awards. Whatever contribution is being recognized, it should reflect at least one of the Achieve Together Criteria:
- Collaboration – Enhances individual work by soliciting contributions from others and enhances others’ work by contributing to their success to more effectively meet unit goals.
- Goal Accomplishment – Achieves individual goals that contribute to unit priorities.
- Inclusion & Belonging – Demonstrates respect for people and their differences, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, country of origin, cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations. Understands the benefits of a diverse workforce, is trusted and respected by others, includes and welcomes others, and works to understand the perspective of others.
- Innovation – Uses knowledge, skills, and professional experience to seek efficiencies and improve work outcomes.
- Job Mastery – Demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities that result in high performance and contributions within the scope of the employee’s job description.
Complete the Spot Nomination Form.
The nominee may receive up to $500 (less taxes). The nomination form should be specific with regard to how the nominee’s activity meets the Achieve Together Criteria. The budget source for winners in the STAR program come from campus allocated funds to Haas.
Award Review Process
The processes for Spot Awards require endorsement of the employee’s immediate supervisor, who is responsible for determining the employee’s eligibility. The nomination form is then reviewed by the Recognition Committee. If approved, the nominee’s supervisor will be notified and will be provided with an award letter and certificate to present to the recipient.
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