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Employee Recognition

Rewards and recognition provide an effective way of encouraging higher levels of performance from employees. Taking time to recognize employee achievements lets employees know that they are valued and are an important part of UC Riverside. Recognition is a great esteem builder and can help create workplace loyalty and build a sense of community.

UCR recognition programs have been created to give managers and supervisors the tools they need to effectively recognize and reward the accomplishments of their staff.

Chancellors Recognition of Staff & Faculty Service Program

The Chancellor’s Recognition of Staff & Faculty Service Program is offered to recognize the dedication and service of staff, faculty and other eligible academic personnel (all non-student academic title series that accrue service credit are eligible). Each service award bears the insignia of the University of California, Riverside and is exclusive to the years of service milestone that has been achieved.

For more information, visit the Chancellor's Recognition of Staff & Faculty Service Program webpage.

Staff Appreciation & Recognition Plan

Policy-covered career PSS employees and MSP employees, as well as exclusively represented employees in the Clerical unit (CX) are eligible for a recognition award under the Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan if, at the time of the award, they:

  • Have successfully completed their probationary period, if applicable;
  • Are on active pay status or on an approved unpaid leave;
  • Earn an annualized base salary of $175,000 or less as of July 1 of the plan year; and,
  • Received a "Successfully Meets Performance Expectations" or better overall rating on their most recent annual performance evaluation (PPSM 23 and the collective bargaining agreement between UC and the Teamsters requires that written performance evaluations be completed annually). Employees who have not yet received an annual performance evaluation may be eligible for an award if their manager confirms on the nomination form that they are "successfully meeting performance expectations."

The following types of appointments are eligible to participate in STAR at UC Riverside, provided that they meet the above requirements:

  • Career
  • Contract
  • Per diem
  • Limited
  • Casual restricted

For more information review the current Staff Appreciation & Recognition Plan and the Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Plan Nomination Form

Non-Cash Employee Recognition Awards

Policy-covered and represented employees (including career, contract, per diem, limited and casual restricted appointments) may be provided non-cash awards in recognition of noteworthy work-related accomplishments. Non-cash employee recognition awards are meant to be occasional and therefore must be presented to an employee on an infrequent basis. An employee should not receive more than three such awards in a calendar year. Such awards must be presented on a basis that does not favor highly compensated employees. Examples include: 

  • Gift card/gift certificate up to $75
  • One-month parking permit up to $270
  • One-month transit pass up to $270

These awards are governed by University Policy BFB-G-41 “Employee Non-Cash Awards and Other Gifts” and are allowable under IRS regulations as non-taxable "de minimis" gifts if provided within the policy restrictions and limitations. 

Staff Assembly Sponsored Staff Recognition Programs

Staff Assembly sponsors both formal and informal recognition programs.  These programs allow the efforts of talented staff to be showcased.

Outstanding Staff and Staff Who Make a Difference Awards
Get Recognized Peer Recognition Program
  • Peers can nominate fellow staff members for anything they do that makes UCR a great place to work.  Each month a drawing will be held from all the submissions received and both the individual recognized and the person who made the submission will receive a free lunch at a campus restaurant and a $25 savings certificate for your new or existing Service Plus Credit Union savings account. Visit the Get Recognized Peer Recognition Program webpage.
 People Helping People
  • In recognition of a UCR staff member, honoring outstanding or exemplary volunteer service within the county of Riverside, the Desert Communities and anywhere UCR reaches. Staff Assembly will present a donation of $250.00 to the charity of choice of the recipient. Staff may nominate themselves or a peer. Visit the People Helping People webpage.
R'Day Spirit Photo
  •  Send Staff Assembly your photos showing UCR Staff wearing blue and gold gear for R'day and win sweet treats for your group or department at UCR. Random winners will be selected each month.  Visit the UCR Traditions webpage.
Retirement Gift
The Retirement Gift Program is designed to provide recognition to employees who have served the university with pride and dedication and who have completed 5 or more years of University service at one-half time or more. UCR congratulates these employees for their valuable contributions and wishes them the best as they embark on their new endeavors. The customized program provides carefully crafted awards and hand-selected items through O.C. Tanner’s exclusive symbols of appreciation. Visit the Retirement Gift Program webpage.