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Sharing employee recognition and appreciation across Stanford

A great workplace includes frequent recognition and appreciation sharing from managers and co-workers. Whether for lending an extra hand, individual or team results, mastery of key competencies and behaviors, or service contributions, faculty and staff make Stanford an exceptional place to work and learn.  Below are just a few ways the university is celebrating, recognizing, and showing appreciation for your hard work!

Appreciation Pop-up

Each quarter, the Cardinal at Work: Faculty & Staff Appreciation tent pops-up across main campus, SLAC, Stanford Research Park, and Stanford Redwood City sharing gratitude for the hard work and contributions of employees. Faculty and staff take their turn at spinning the recognition wheel to receive a gift as a token of appreciation. The pop-up also provides recognition postcards for employees to take back with them and share gratitude and appreciation with colleagues; postcards can be taped to an office door, placed on someone’s desk, or sent in ID mail!

You can be the first to know where the next pop-up will be by following Cardinal at Work on Facebook and checking the Cardinal at Work website. We might pop-up near your work location next quarter!

Digital appreciation

A sustainable approach to sharing appreciation is by using the Cardinal at Work appreciation graphics posted on the Cardinal at Work website. Anyone can share recognition and the graphics can be downloaded and included in an email, or pasted into a Slack post with a short note telling your colleague why you think they are awesome!

Send a digital appreciation graphic


Special Awards for Faculty and Staff

Many special university-wide awards are given to faculty and staff with outstanding contributions to the university each year. The awards include the Amy J. Blue award which honors staff who are exceptionally dedicated, supportive of colleagues, and passionate about their work; the President’s Awards for Excellence through Diversity honor individuals and programs that have made exceptional contributions to enhancing and supporting diversity. In addition to these programs managed by various university offices, many schools and units also sponsor local recognition awards. Visit the Cardinal at Work website to learn more about special university-wide awards.

Recognition for staff service

Yearbooks and awards

Each year over 1,500 staff reach career milestones with a service anniversary of five years, and in five-year increments thereafter! These staff are recognized with their choice of a service pin or a different award gift selected from a secure web portal. In addition, employees receive a commemorative yearbook publication typically presented during their local school or unit service award celebration. Some schools and units also have taken advantage of a new option in 2019 allowing managers and colleagues to add personalized congratulatory messages  and photos to the yearbooks that are only visible to the honoree in their yearbook.

Staff Recognition Ceremony

The annual Stanford Celebrates You: Recognizing Staff Careers ceremony honors staff across the university who have reached a significant career milestone of 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 years of service in the previous calendar year. Each year Provost Persis Drell presides over a commencement-style ceremony recognizing individuals for their years of contributions to Stanford. In the past, the ceremony has taken place in conjunction with the annual Multicultural Springfest where; this year, it will take place on April 9 at Bing Concert Hall as a separate event to provide a more personal experience focused solely on the honorees. Also starting this year, honorees will be able to invite up to two guests (family, friend, or colleague) to join them in celebrating at the ceremony and reception. You can read about this year's honorees in the March Cardinal at Work Insider!

Staff Honoree profiles

In addition to the recognition honorees receive being recognized on stage at the Stanford Celebrates You ceremony, each honoree has the opportunity to create a profile on the Cardinal at Work website that is designed to share a few of their experiences at Stanford with the community and gives colleagues an opportunity to leave congratulatory messages. View last year’s honoree profiles; it’s not too late to congratulate them!

Make 2020 a year of gratitude, recognition, and appreciation

There are countless ways to share genuine expressions of gratitude, whether a congratulatory note, appreciation graphic, or a shout-out on Slack. This year, let’s work together to share appreciation to one another across the university and make 2020 a year of recognition!

Let us know how your team, department or school/unit are sharing recognition and appreciation