Nominations are being accepted for the ANR Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Program until March 31. The purpose of the award program is to recognize and reward outstanding staff individual and team performance within Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Under the STAR Program, managers are able to recognize, acknowledge and reward employees for exceptional performance and/or significant contributions related to and supportive of individual, departmental, divisional, and/or organizational goals and objectives.
Managers may acknowledge and reward individuals and teams demonstrating:
- Exceptional performance: Demonstrated and sustained exceptional performance that consistently exceeds goals and work expectations in quantity and/or quality.
- Creativity: One-time innovation or creation that results in time/dollar savings, revenue enhancement, and productivity improvement; and/or ongoing innovative/creative activities that benefit organizational systems, protocols, and/or procedures.
- Organizational abilities: Exhibiting extraordinary skills in leadership resulting in the accomplishment of significant departmental or divisional goals and objectives; effective project management, which could include developing a project and/or implementing a project with substantial success; and/or demonstrating organizational capability leading to a greater level of effectiveness.
- Work success: Significantly exceeding productivity, customer service, quality of care or similar goals, including demonstrating superior interactions with managers, peers, supervisors, subordinates, the University community, and/or clients and customers served.
- Teamwork: For team awards, the following criteria, plus the criterion above, will be considered. Acting as an exceptionally effective and cooperative team member or team leader for a team that has significantly exceeded the goals/objectives of the department/unit.
To read the STAR award guidelines and restrictions and to download the nomination form, see the attachments.
Application and selection process:
February 2016: The call for nominations is distributed to all ANR unit directors.
No later than March 31, 2016: Nomination applications submitted via e-mail to email@example.com.
April - May 2016: An appointed review committee will review applications submitted by the due date. The committee will select up to 20 individuals and two teams to be awarded.
May 2016: Unit directors and award winners are notified of the final decisions.
The University of California is proposing revisions to Staff Policy 21 – Selection and Appointment, which applies to staff employees in the Professional & Support Staff and Managers & Senior Professionals personnel groups and to Senior Management Group members.
The revisions are intended to clarify the selection and appointment process. There is expanded content on background checks, including a new section on how to review and assess the background check results, and a new section on reference checks.
The proposed policy is posted on UCnet: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/tools-and-services/administrators/policies/proposed/ppsm-21.pdf
Employees covered by this policy who wish to provide comments on the proposed revisions may submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 4, 2016.
During the four-day program McNab participated in simulated UC management scenarios, received behavioral feedback, attended a career development workshop, and connected with colleagues from throughout the UC system. Before she arrived, she was involved in pre-assessment components and will be involved post-program activities to continue her professional development.
“The MSAP experience was truly transformative," McNab said, when asked about her experience. "The assessment tools and activities provided me with insight into areas where I am strong, and areas for further development. As a leader, dedicated time to reflect and receive coaching and feedback is invaluable. The program also provided time to connect with colleagues throughout the UC system. It was a great opportunity to connect with other supervisors throughout the state. I would highly recommend the experience, and I am very thankful I had the opportunity to attend.”
The next MSAP will be held Oct. 12-15, 2015. We strongly recommend that department heads, unit leaders and Directors discuss the program with supervisors and managers who exhibit potential for management development and encourage them to apply.
Staff applications due at noon July 6, 2015
Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2015 Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP). This program is designed to assess the management skills of high potential, early career staff supervisors and managers for future leadership opportunities at the University of California (academics are not eligible). The program is scheduled for Oct. 12-15, 2015 at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.
UC ANR has one seat for the Fall 2015 program, and we are seeking applicants.
Completed applications must be submitted online http://msap.ucr.edu/ by noon, Monday, July 6.
Eligibility requirements for staff participants include (note: academic employees are not eligible for this program):
- Classification at “___” Assistant III Supervisor, equivalent or above
- Full-time career status with a current, satisfactory (or better) performance evaluation
- Designation as a supervisor or manager in their classification
Participants will be selected based on an evaluation of the applicant's (1) career goals in management, (2) level of skills essential for performing management functions, and (3) demonstrated career path and/or strong commitment to management skill development.
The cost for the program is $1,095 (including all program materials and room and board for three days and two nights). This does not include transportation or other related travel costs. The cost of the program will be covered by ANR for the successful participant, as well as travel costs according to ANR policy.
Further information and the 2015 online MSAP application form (including applicant and supervisor components) can be found at: http://msap.ucr.edu/. Applications are completed and submitted online. An ANR committee will review all applications and make the final selection. Completed applications must be submitted online http://msap.ucr.edu/ by noon, Monday, July 6.
For more information, contact Jodi Azulai at email@example.com.
- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
The purpose of the STAR program is to recognize and reward outstanding staff individual and team performance within Agriculture and Natural Resources. Recipients receive cash awards as well as recognition.
Under the STAR plan, managers are able to recognize, acknowledge and reward staff employees for exceptional performance or significant contributions related to and supportive of individual, departmental, divisional or organizational goals and objectives. Nominations are due April 30, 2015.
Below are comments from past STAR winners:
Although my supervisor thanked me on a regular basis, receiving the star award confirmed that my efforts were truly valued. This award program provides a way to recognize an employee's contribution to the unit and to the division as a whole. It also motivates the employee to continue to do so. – Mary Roberts, UC ANR Human Resources, Staff Personnel
An appointed review team will review the nominations and select as many as 20 individuals and two teams to receive awards. To read the STAR award guidelines and restrictions and to download the nomination form, visit http://ucanr.edu/sites/ANRSPU.
- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
UC is proposing revisions to PPSM 80 Staff Personnel Records, a policy that applies to staff employees in the Professional & Support Staff, Managers & Senior Professionals, and Senior Management Group members.
A systemwide workgroup with representatives from HR Policy, Office of General Counsel, UCPath, Records Management, Information Technology Services and two campuses has reviewed the policy as part of the normal policy-review cycle. Revisions, intended to clarify policy language and to reflect record-keeping in the electronic age, include
- a definition of personnel records in any format
- the expansion of criteria for records not to be released to the public
- the addition of a new section regarding Access to Records by Governmental Agencies
- as best practice, when an employee transfers from one UC location to another, the new location becomes the office of record
The proposed policy is posted at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/tools-and-services/administrators/policies/proposed/ppsm-80.pdf.
Employees covered by this policy who wish to provide comments on the proposed revisions may submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, 2015.