Award Program Tested New Guidelines

'93-'94 Distinguished Service Honors Blended Recognition for the Team and the Individual

The results are in, showing that the 1993-94 Distinguished Service Award program succeeded in blending a new emphasis on teamwork and collaboration with traditional recognition for individual contributions.

Awards went to 411 Berkeley employees, with about two-thirds receiving their awards as part of teams and the remainder receiving individual awards.

This year's program embodied several changes from prior years, in addition to emphasis on team performance.

For the first time, all three personnel programs were combined, instead of having separate Special Performance Awards for Staff, Professional Development Awards for A&PS, and MAP Incentive Awards.

A second change reflected the trend toward decentralized decision-making that is occurring in a number of campus programs.

This year, decisions on awards were made by separate committees in the control units, rather than by the single, campuswide committee that previously made decisions for MAP and A&PS awards.

The control unit committees were able to administer their programs within the guidelines developed by the campus Personnel Office in collaboration with a group of control unit administrators and approved last year by the Vice Chancellor's Administrative Council. The guidelines were described in SuperVision in April, July and September 1994, and in the July 6 Berkeleyan.

What's Ahead for Award Programs?

While an award program is definitely planned for the 1994-95 fiscal year, the amount of money available is not yet known. The control unit administrator committee and Personnel Office representatives have met to review the last program and to recommend revisions to existing guidelines based on last year's experience.

When guidelines are final, details will be published in Berkeleyan and SuperVision, and will be available on the Personnel Office gopher.


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