In 2002 when the Office of Human Resources conducted nine focus groups across campus, "recognition and rewards" was in the top ten items named by both Administrative and Support Staff employees. A task force was formed to determine what the University is already doing as well as what our sister institutions, the City of Jacksonville, and local corporations are doing.
- Research shows that employee rewards and recognition are motivating mechanisms in the workplace.
- These programs provide tangible or intangible rewards to recognize excellence and to encourage continued high performance standards.
- In the U.S. more than $25 billion annually is dedicated to rewarding positive behavior in the nation's workforce. This expenditure on rewards programs is viewed by most as an investment.
- Improved individual performance aggregates into enhanced organizational performance.
The overall coordination of the Presidential Excellence Awards Program is handled by the University's Presidential Recognition & Rewards Committee, which is appointed by the UNF President. The Committee is comprised of at least three Administrative staff, at least three Support staff and a representative from the Office of Human Resources.
Other forms of UNF recognition
- Annual UNF Service Recognition Awards Luncheon
- Enrollment Services: Spirit Award; Employee Excellence Award; Osprey Excellence Award
- University Police Department: Employee of the Quarter and Employee of the Year
- Student Affairs: various recognition initiatives
- Physical Facilities: National Custodian Week — Breakfast event for all custodians.
- Administrative: GABOR Award
- Support: GABOR Award
- Susan B. Anthony Award (Women's Center)