The 2017 Staff Recognition All-Star takes an inclusive approach with his staff.
Nominator Russ Keating writes that at Ecole Pine Grove Middle School in Edson, where Staff Recognition All-Star James Randall is principal, “All staff are treated as valued members of the school team.”
Both teachers and support staff are involved in school development activities. “Special event days are supported through the purchase of event T-Shirts (Orange T-Shirt Day, Pink Shirt Day) for all staff members,” Keating wrote.
Principal Randal acknowledges staff members for how they contribute and what they achieve, both at school and during their non-work hours. “In the weekly staff email, individual staff members are recognized for school activities that were organized the prior week. Staff is also recognized for accomplishments that occur outside of school hours, such as professional awards and community awards,” Keating wrote.
The purpose of the annual search for Staff Recognition All-Stars is to salute those who do a good job of using simple, cost-effective ways to recognize others for what they do, in ways that the recipients value.
While these people don’t have to be in a leadership or management position—peer recognition may be the most powerful type of recognition that anyone will ever receive—those identified over the years have usually been principals, managers or supervisors.
This is hardly surprising, as leaders are “expected” to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of staff whose work they supervise.
In a small way, discovering Staff Recognition All-Stars is a statement that recognition doesn’t always have to come from above. It is a way to recognize the recognizers.
As the 19th century industrialist Andrew Carnegie observed, “I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.” In other words, leaders desire to be recognized as much as anyone in the organization.
Each year, the names of the Staff Recognition All-Stars are announced just prior to National Boss Day (October 16), which is a reminder to staff to thank their bosses for the support and leadership they provide.
Who do you know who is a Staff Recognition All-Star? Next year’s search will begin in August 2018.