NASA LaRC Internal memo: CD Comm # 2008-02 - Improving Financial Performance: Look What's New in Langley's Awards Program!


From: Lesa B. Roe [mailto:center-director@larc.nasa.gov]
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2008 3:51 PM
Subject: CD Comm # 2008-02 - Improving Financial Performance: Look
What's New in Langley's Awards Program!

CD Comm # 2008-02 - Improving Financial Performance: Look What's New in Langley's Awards Program!

December 8, 2008

To: All Employees at Langley Research Center

I am pleased to announce the establishment of the new Langley Peer Award!

This new award allows employees to give immediate recognition to a co-worker, colleague, or contractor for going above and beyond in providing outstanding service and/or support on an important work project or task.

The new Peer Award is simple, fast, and easy -- simply print out a certificate found on the Office of Human Capital Management's (OHCM) web site that you present to your peer. The award presentation may be done one-on-one or publicly -- your choice! To go directly to the Peer Award web page click on the following link: http://ohcm.larc.nasa.gov/benefits/awards/peer_award/index.html. For future reference, this web page can be found under "Hot Topics" on the OHCM web site.

The Center will run a pilot of this new award program from December 8, 2008 to May 1, 2009. At the end of the six months, the OHCM will survey the Center to receive feedback on this award. If the general consensus is to continue with the Peer Award, then it will become a permanent part of the Center's formal recognition and awards program.

Who can receive the award? All active Langley civil service employees are eligible to both nominate AND receive the NASA LaRC Peer Award. Contractors are eligible to receive the award; however, contractors may not nominate recipients for the award.

The intent of this award is to recognize our peers, which means, it should be presented from employee to employee. It is not meant to be an award from supervisor-to-employee or from employee-to-supervisor. An employee from one organization may award an employee in a different Center organization.

The OHCM will provide additional information about the Peer Award program soon.

I encourage employees to participate in this new program -- it is a great way to show our personal appreciation to one another for a job well done!


Have you ever wanted to say "thank you" to a co-worker or a colleague for a job well done or for going above and beyond in order to help you complete a project or important task? Maybe because of colleague's assistance, you were able to complete a project on time and move on to the next one. Now you will be able to say "thank you" using the new Langley Peer Award.

The Peer Award is simple, fast, and easy. It allows employees to give recognition at any time to a co-worker, colleague, or contractor for their outstanding service, support, or assistance. Langley will conduct a pilot of the new award program from December 8, 2008 to May 1, 2009. At the end of the six months, the Office of Human Capital Management will survey the Center to receive feedback on this award. If the general consensus is to continue with the Peer Award, then it will become part of the Center's formal recognition and award program.

Eligibility

All active Langley civil servant employees are eligible to both nominate and receive the NASA LaRC Peer Award. The intent of this award is to recognize peers. It should be presented from employee to employee. It is not a supervisor-to-employee or an employee-to-supervisor award. An employee from one organization may award an employee in a different LaRC organization. Contractors are eligible to receive the award; however, contractors may not nominate recipients for the award.

Requirements

Certificates should be presented in a timely manner for recent efforts or services completed. Provide brief details of the effort made by your peer in the textbox located on the PDF certificate template. Click here for examples of short justifications.

How to Access the Peer Award Certificate

Accessing the certificate is simple. Click here to open the certificate. Click on the drop down menu to select the appropriate award type, enter the recipient's name, a brief justification for the award, presenter's name, title and date the award was given.

Submit a Copy of Your Certificate to OHCM

Nominators are requested to submit a copy of their final certificate during the pilot program to the Training Development and Employee Relations Branch, Attention: Kelli S. Franks by using one of the following:

* Mailed to: Mail Stop 309
* Emailed to: kelli.s.franks@nasa.gov
* Faxed to: Ext. 48543

This will enable OHCM to monitor the use and success of the program which will aid in the decision to make this award a permanent part of the Center's recognition and award program. The Langley Peer Award is a great way to show our appreciation to one another for a job well done!!

Point of Contact
Karen Ridlon
Human Resources Specialist

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