|Kennedy is credited with coming up with Plant Operations new slogan, ŚWe Make Blue Go, available on cling stickers and on many of the clothing items Plant Operations award-winners can select.|
Plant Operations, which recently adopted the slogan, We Make Blue Go, encompasses five units: Administration, Building Services, Grounds and Waste Management Services, Parking and Transportation Services, and Utilities and Maintenance Services.
In opening one of the events, Plant Operations Director James E. Christenson noted that CARE has conditional approval for a one-year pilot, at which time it will be evaluated for renewal. This program benefits the University and it benefits you, he told a May 19 Keen Arena audience. Its up to us to make it work.
John Gleason, assistant manager, Building Services, and a member of the team that designed the program, explained that the team asked Plant staff what they valued, the activities they wanted to be recognized for, and how they wanted to be recognized. They also studied employee recognition programs at the U-M, such as the Youre Super award at the Health System and the UMatter program, and those used by outside organizations.
So far, three awards have been developed under the CARE umbrella. Staff members receive certificates or letters when they receive an award, which are presented at a staff gathering, as well as coupons that can be turned in for merchandise. Winners may turn in a single coupon, or may accumulate several coupons to apply to more valuable items.
|Plant Operations staff attending the May 19 Keen Arena event heard brief remarks by Plant Operations Director James Christenson, John Gleason of Building Services and Anna Tobias of Parking and Transportation Services. Award-winners names were displayed on the arena scoreboard, and refreshments were served as the winners picked up their awards. Photos by Bob Kalmbach|
Silver Arrow Awards recognize those who exceed the expectations of our customers, explains the literature handed out at last weeks events. Recipients, who are nominated by faculty, staff, students and guests, immediately receive a certificate and souvenir, and the nominator receives an acknowledgement letter. Silver Arrow winners are honored at an annual reception, where they receive a certificate, pin and award coupon.
Individuals who win UMatter and Youre Super awards automatically receive Silver Arrow Awards.
IDEAS 2000 awards recognize the efforts of employees who provide innovative ideas for improving processes, methods or activities. Suggestions should benefit Plant Operations by:
Individuals whose suggestions meet the criteria receive a certificate and souvenir. Those who submit a suggestion that is implemented receive four coupons.
A yearly drawing will be held among those who submit valid suggestions that are not implemented. The winner of the drawing receives one coupon. Those whose suggestions result in a savings of $1,000 or more are eligible to receive a cash award of up to 10 percent ($25,000 maximum) of the savings recorded over a two-year period.
Heres a sampling of some of the items staff can select when redeeming their coupons:
Additional awards under development by the CARE team are the Teamwork Award, Building of the Year Award and Employee of the Month/Year Award.