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Rewards and Recognition

“The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
William James, 19th Century American Philosopher


Recognition is most effective when it takes place on a regular basis and in a variety of ways. Informal recognition can be used every day to acknowledge the contributions of individuals, teams, and work groups.

Managers are encouraged to utilize the tools below to recognize employee excellence and to bolster employee engagement.

Employee Engagement and Recognition Tools

Budgeting Questions

Guiding Principles of Recognition


Video:  Employee Engagement - The Power of Praise and Appreciation 
(6:30 minutes)

Formal RecognitionInformal Recognition

Ctr. for Leadership & Community Engagement
Classified Employee of the Month
Distinguished Professor
Exempt Employee of the Month
Honorary Degree

Nine Minutes on Monday Template
Nine Minutes on Monday 8-Week Tracker
Nine Minutes on Monday Review Sheet

Recognition Ideas

Sticky Teams


Recent Employee Recognition Events

Exempt Employee of the Month
Civil Service Employee of the Month Winners
FMD Cocoa Bar - February 3, 2017
National Employee Appreciation Day - March 3, 2017

CWU - Des Moines Outstanding Service Award 2017 
Rebecca Nguyen
CWU - Des Moines Educator of the Year 2017
Dr. Eric Hougan and Professor Cynthia Engel


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