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Spot Award

Spot Awards are designed to recognize special contributions, as they occur, for a specific project or task. A Spot Award lets employees know that their noteworthy contributions have been noticed. At the same time, it recognizes and reinforces the behaviors and values that are important at the University of Minnesota and within IT@UMN.

Performance Standards

Individual employees may be nominated for a Spot Award based on one or more of the established performance standards. Performance standards eligible for this award include:

  • Exceptional Performance: Demonstrated and sustained exceptional performance that consistently exceeds goals and work expectations in quantity and/or quality.
  • Creativity: One-time innovation or creation that results in time/dollar savings, revenue enhancement, productivity improvement; and/or ongoing innovative/creative activities that benefit organizational systems, protocols, and/or procedures.
  • Organizational Abilities: Exhibiting extraordinary skills in leadership resulting in the accomplishment of significant departmental or divisional goals and objectives; effective project management, which could include developing a project and/or implementing a project with substantial success; and/or demonstrating organizational capability leading to a greater level of effectiveness.
  • Work Success: Significantly exceeding productivity, customer service, quality of care or similar goals, including demonstrating superior interactions with managers, peers, supervisors, subordinates, the University community, and/or clients and customers served.
  • Teamwork: Acting as an exceptionally effective and cooperative team member or team leader for a team that has significantly exceeded the goals/objectives of the department unit.

Award Details

  • Spot Awards may be awarded at any time.
  • Nominations for Spot Awards should be submitted as soon as possible after the completion of the project or task, within one week of the accomplishment.
  • The value of Spot Awards will be set by the VPCIO on an annual basis. The individual target value is up to $50. The amount of the award is taxable.
  • Awards will be reported on a monthly basis in the Inside IT electronic newsletter.

Nomination Process

Anyone may nominate staff for Spot Awards. Each award nomination must include:

  • A completed IT@UMN Service Award nomination form.
  • Name of individual being nominated.
  • A brief description (1-3 paragraphs) of the specific reason for nomination and linkage to one of more of the award criteria.
  • Input may be requested from the team leader and supervisor/manager if different than the nominating individual.

The VPCIO has approval authority for Spot Awards.

The award may be picked up by the nominator for presentation to the awardee upon notification from the Executive Liaison.

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