History of the Staff Excellence Fund
The SEF was established in January 2009 by the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Staff Compensation (PACSC) when the Special Recognition Award Program for University Support Staff was discontinued. $250,000 is allocated annually to fund the following initiatives:
High‐Quality Speakers. The fund will continue to sponsor speakers and events coordinated by Organizational & Human Development on topics relating to staff training and development, both within and independent of the annual staff conference. Estimated cost: $65,000/year.
Service Recognition. This fund contributes to the university’s annual Years of Service Reception for USG Staff at their at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 year milestones(as determined by Human Resources). (This recognition is independent of 25 Year Club Reception) Estimated cost: $50,000/year.
Engagement and Leadership Development. The funding previously allocated for the Special Initiatives Fund will be redirected to activities, programs and services to enhance employee engagement and foster leadership development. Estimated cost: $50,000/year.
Healthy Workplace Initiatives. The salary previously allocated for the Staff Career Advisor position will be redirected to initiatives in 2014 and 2015 to establish Healthy Workplace Initiatives, with a review in 2016. Estimated cost: $85,000/year.
In order to give staff input into how to allocate the Healthy Workplace Initiatives and the Engagement and Leadership Development initiative, PACSC delegated responsibility for generating and reviewing funding proposals to the UWSA. The SEF Committee was established as a standing committee in 2016.