Rewards & Recognition Program

Program Principles

The Rewards & Recognition Program is designed to recognize employees for achievements. Recognition means encouraging, supporting, praising and honouring individuals and teams whose behaviours, actions and achievements contribute to the success of the College and of our students.

Rewards and Recognition at Fleming College is based on the following key principles:

  • All employees groups will be recognized
  • Competencies and contributions are diverse among employees
  • Rewards & recognition will be meaningful and will encourage employee involvement in achieving business and strategic objectives.
  • All employees will have an opportunity to recognize others on a formal, informal and spontaneous basis
  • Employee creativity, flexibility and innovation is encouraged as it relates to the College values and strategic objectives

Program Goals

  • Incorporate practices that complement the College culture and core competencies
  • Provide a consistent message around the behaviours valued by the College
  • Demonstrate leaders’ commitment to employee recognition
  • Provide a consistent approach to recognition and adherence to other policies, procedures and legal considerations
  • Link employee achievements to organizational success
  • Provide public awareness of employee achievements
  • Help sustain high levels of employee morale by appropriately recognizing employee efforts, contributions and successes

The Key Elements of Recognition

Timely – Recognition should be given as close as possible to the performance being acknowledged. If too much time has passed, the effectiveness is greatly diminished.

Sincere – recognition must be honest and sincere. Meaningless recognition is easily recognized.

Specific – the recipient needs to know specifically what was considered worthy of the recognition. The right recognition motivates performance.

Personal – do your best to make the recognition meaningful to the person receiving it – personalize where possible.

Fleming Recognition Programs

The links below will take you to specific information about each of the program components.

Current and past winners can be viewed by selecting the award link on the Award Recipients webpage.

Informal Recognition
Personal Handwritten Notes
General praise is not an effective way to recognize. When you think about others you work with, what is it about them that you should recognize – a certain skill set, an attitude, a behaviour? A handwritten note that commends a desired trait/behaviour and clearly describes what the person did and the positive results of their actions will often result in more of that behaviour. To assist you in showing your gratitude, the College will provide you with a supply of unique note cards. Please contact f you would like to receive a supply of these cards.

Easy Recognition
If your team has regular meetings, consider adding ‘Recognition’ as a standing agenda item, open to any member of the team to recognize another.

Quick Recognition
If time is a restraint, consider sending a short but specific thank you by e-mail. While personal thanks is always best, an e-mail message is better than not recognizing at all.

Informal recognition sould be…
– Immediate
– Personal (through conversations)
– Spontaneous
– Sincere
– A source of motivation
– Public (if appropriate)

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