Organizational Effectiveness

Campus Address
121-50 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building, Suite 50
Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
United States

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Campus Awards

View campus award opportunities and nominate a deserving UI faculty or staff member today!

Campus Awards

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Recognition efforts on campus include both formal programs and informal strategies. Reward and Recognition, a service of University Human Resources/Organizational Effectiveness, provides consultation and resources to assist staff and their departments to provide an open and clear process to recognize staff efforts.

Organizational Effectiveness Recognition Programs

Rewards and recognition are known to play a vital role in employee engagement and satisfaction. Organizational Effectiveness, in partnership with Staff Council, manages two programs to help advance reward and recognition efforts across campus. 

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Improving Our Workplace Award

Is there someone who is making a positive difference in the results your workplace is achieving? Nominate them for the Improving Our Workplace Award (I.O.W.A.)! The I.O.W.A. recognizes individuals and teams who have made a difference while demonstrating initiative, innovation, lasting impact and measurable results. 

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Staff Appreciation Grant Program

The Staff Appreciation Grant program is an opportunity for groups seeking funding for appreciation and recognition efforts in their specific area. Departments may request one Staff Appreciation Grant per fiscal year and may request $10 per staff member up to $300 total. This grant is awarded on a first qualified, first served basis and funding is limited.

Reward and Recognition Opportunities

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Units are encouraged to celebrate staff efforts in ways that are meaningful to staff locally and at a time that is convenient for their unit. View opportunities, guidelines, and resources to implement and/or design a recognition initiative that fits your team and their goals. 

Recognize Your Team

Reward & Recognition Campus Policies

Guidelines have been established to support the appropriate use of funds, to abide by payroll considerations, and provide equal opportunity for all staff to be recognized for their efforts.

UI Cash Handling Procedures

Accounting and Financial Reporting
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If you have questions about Rewards and Recognition, call Organizational Effectiveness at 319-335-3558 or email