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Employee Recognition

The Department of Corrections believes that consistent use of recognition is a key in inspiring employees, creating a positive work environment, and reducing turnover.

The Employee Recognition program (pdf) was established to provide DOC employees with opportunities to recognize their peers for their outstanding achievements. Bestowing honor on our co–workers helps recognize the merit of our most valuable asset — employees. The process of recognizing someone by remembering their outstanding accomplishments is a great way to acknowledge everyone’s efforts at DOC.

The Annual Agency Awards are given annually to nominated staff. Nominations are currently being accepted through February 1, 2019.

Annual Agency Awards

Classification Counselor
Presented to a Classification Counselor whose performance goes above and beyond normal requirements and models the highest standard of ethics and accountability. They strive for a safe and healthy environment for staff and/or individuals. They are responsive to individuals and/or their families and other staff and treat others with dignity, fairness, and respect. This counselor exemplifies teamwork, has strong communication skills, provides sound decision making, is a positive role model, and maintains professionalism at all times. Three recipients will be chosen.
Community Corrections Officer
Presented to an officer whose performance goes above and beyond normal requirements and models the highest standard of ethics and accountability. They strive for a safe and healthy environment for staff and/or individuals. They are responsive to individuals and/or their families and other staff and treat others with dignity, fairness, and respect. This officer exemplifies teamwork, has strong communication skills, provides sound decision making, is a positive role model, and maintains professionalism at all times. One CO or CCO per Community Corrections section, including Work Releases will be chosen.
Community Partnership
Presented to an employee who understands the importance of partnering and collaborating with the community. Promotes DOC's vision and mission working with external partners to assist in a successful transition back into the community, for individuals under the jurisdiction of the department. This may include education and/or trainings. Up to ten recipients will be chosen.
Correctional Officer
Presented to an officer whose performance goes above and beyond normal requirements and models the highest standard of ethics and accountability. They strive for a safe and healthy environment for staff and/or individuals. They are responsive to individuals and/or their families and other staff and treat others with dignity, fairness, and respect. This officer exemplifies teamwork, has strong communication skills, provides sound decision making, is a positive role model, and maintains professionalism at all times. One recipient per prison will be chosen.
Equitable & Inclusive Workplace
Presented to an employee who promotes equity, diversity, inclusion, and respect in the workplace. They understand that each person is unique, value individual differences, and empower individuals to work more effectively cross-culturally and with diversity of thought. They provide a safe, positive, and nurturing environment while exploring these differences. This individual increases cultural competency and understanding, helps all people under their care to be successful, and achieves equity and inclusion business goals. Up to five recipients will be chosen.
Excellence in Service
Presented to an employee who values the importance of building and maintaining relationships, both internally and externally, and conducts business in a professional manner. Demonstrates open, honest, effective communication skills by being inclusive and embraces diversity and respect. Up to twenty recipients will be chosen.
Innovation
Presented to an employee who thinks outside of the box and has developed creative ways of doing business to drive the organization forward. When presented with a problem or challenge, they question existing assumptions and beliefs to produce suggestions and solutions for process improvement. Approaches innovation with a practical, task-oriented mindset. Up to twenty recipients will be chosen.
Leadership
Presented to an employee who exhibits exceptional leadership qualities and provides a clear vision of what success looks like and how to achieve it. They strive for a safe and healthy environment for staff and/or individuals. They provide optimism and demonstrate integrity and have the ambition to succeed with the courage to take actions as needed. Understands the importance of delegating to promote employee growth and motivate the workforce and is seen as a reliable leader. Up to five recipients will be chosen.
Outstanding Performer
Presented to an employee who consistently exhibits superior job performance and displays a strong work ethic. Excels in their position and is detail oriented, self-disciplined, and not afraid to take initiative. Plays a vital role in contributing to a safe and supportive work environment. Goes above and beyond by participating on committees or workgroups. Up to twenty recipients will be chosen.
Petrine Marciniak Inspirational
Presented to an employee who was confronted with a life-altering situation and used perseverance, dedication and determination to overcome it. Continually demonstrated an exceptionally high standard of professionalism and optimism on the job. Serves as a role model to give hope and inspiration to others in similar situations. Up to five recipients will be chosen.
Team Excellence
Presented to a group of employees for incomparable teamwork. They have outstanding performance results due to group achievement and promote the spirit of working together. Recognized for superior work ethic and reinforcing the collaboration and partnership necessary to achieve agency goals. Cohesiveness is articulated and demonstrated by example. Up to five teams will be recognized.
Valor
Presented to an employee who demonstrated courage and bravery in the face of danger. Understood the seriousness of the situation that demanded immediate action to prevent the possibility of injury or death. Up to five recipients will be chosen.