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Our recognition program rewards the excellence that exists in all units and job functions at Haas. There are four ways to formally recognize employees for their contributions and accomplishments: HEART, Spot, Achievement and Outstanding Staff awards.

If you simply want to recognize on-the-spot a colleague for putting the Defining Leadership Principles in action, grab one of the DPs cards and write a note of thanks. It's that easy!

HEART Awards

These awards let employees know that someone has noticed their outstanding work. At the same time, it recognizes and reinforces the behaviors and values that are important at Haas. Nominees should meet the following criteria in their day-to-day work performance:

  • Collaboration - demonstrates outstanding teamwork in the achievement of campus or department objectives
  • Inclusion - significantly furthers diversity goals and/or makes a major contribution in promoting an inclusive work environment
  • Initiative - demonstrates extraordinary resourcefulness and the ability to act and make sound decisions without direction from others
  • Results-oriented - goes the extra mile to meet a critical deadline or deliverable
  • Service - provides inspired service to students, faculty, staff or the public that goes beyond what is expected
  • Stewardship - implements a process or takes some action which significantly reduces risk on campus (e.g., making information for decision-making more accessible, reliable, consistent, and secure; supporting continuity planning or emergency preparedness; etc.)

Represented Employees (other than in CX bargaining unit) in career, contract or limited term positions, may be nominated for the Haas HEART Award. The winners receive a non-monetary gift. Employees may be nominated by their supervisors, customers or colleagues.

Spot & Achievement Awards (STAR Program)

Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards allow the campus to acknowledge and reward exemplary performance and contributions by employees. UC Berkeley offers Achievement and Spot Awards under the UC STAR Plan.

  1. Achievement Awards ($2,000 - $10,000): For sustained, exceptional performance and/or significant contributionsabove and beyond normal performance expectations. May be awarded to an individual or team.
  2. Spot Awards ($500): For special contributions to a specific project or task, or group of projects or tasks, accomplished over a relatively short time period. May be awarded to an individual or team.

Outstanding Staff Awards

Each year Dean Lyons recognizes staff who have exhibited individual performance that reinforces the values that are important to the Haas School of Business. The categories for the awards are the Defining Leadership Principles (Question the status quo, Confidence without attitude, Students always and Beyond yourself) as outlined in the School's Strategic Plan.

In addition, one award is given to a team whose performance reflects collaboration and inclusiveness.

Recipients are announced at the annual Staff Appreciation Lunch in April.

To read about the 2018 Outstanding Staff Award Recipients please click here.

Defining Leadership Principles Thank You Cards

Have you noticed a colleague or team putting the Defining Leadership Principles into action? Before you move to your next task, take a moment to recognize their good work! Grab one of our new Defining Leadership Principles cards, write a note of thanks and hand-deliver it. This simple action not only reflects your gratitude, but also our collective commitment to the Berkeley Haas culture. Cards are available at the Staff Lounge, Dean’s Suite, Professional Faculty Suite, Faculty Lounge, and Development Office at 2001 Addison. You may also pick some up at S-518 with Alex Austin.

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Haas Recognition Program at a Glance

  HEART Spot Achievement Outstanding
Criteria Collaboration, inclusion, initiative, results-oriented, service, stewardship and sustainability. Special contributions to a specific project or task accomplished over a relatively short period of time. E.g. Outstanding contributions to waste reduction activities. Sustained, exceptional performance and/or significant contributions above and beyond normal performance expectations. Haas Defining Leadership Principles (Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, Beyond Yourself). For team nomination, the criteria are collaboration and inclusiveness.
Eligibility Employees in represented positions (other than the Clerical (CX) bargaining unit.) PPSM or employees in the Clerical (CX) bargaining Unit in career, contract appointments, limited appointments. PPSM or employees in the Clerical (CX) bargaining unit in career, contract appointments. Employees in represented positions and PPSM employees (career appointments only).
Amount Non-monetary /token of appreciation $500 (less taxes) $2,000-$10,000 based on impact of the achievement Non-monetary/token of appreciation
Information Requested Completion of nomination form. Completion of nomination form. Completion of nomination form. Completion of nomination form.
Approval Level Heart & Spot Award Committee Heart & Spot Award Committee Personnel Committee Committee comprised of past recipients, HR Director and COO
Budget Source Haas funds Campus allocated funds to Haas Campus allocated funds to Haas Haas funds