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In addition to their daily duties, a committee of City of Minot employees is working to improve the recognition of their fellow employees for outstanding customer service and dedication.
The committee was formed in January 2022 through a directive from City Manager Harold Stewart, who was instrumental in creating committees dedicated to personnel policy, employee evaluations, and employee recognition.
Airport Operations and Maintenance Manager Maria Romanick is one of the original members of the employee recognition committee, which currently has 18 members.
“Our goal is to have a member from every City department,” she said. “Some of us have been members from the beginning, but we’ve gained quite a few members since the committee was formed.”
The committee’s goals include improving recognition of employee work anniversaries, creating a peer-to-peer recognition program, and working to insure City employees continue to represent the City’s five pillars: Professionalism, responsibility, integrity, dedication, and excellence.
Two of the committee’s biggest tasks are organizing a summer employee picnic and a winter employee recognition event. Romanick said the group’s efforts have paid off with an expanded summer event.
“I think one of our first big successes was improving the employee picnic. We wanted to use our available resources to the best of our ability to create a more engaging event so our employees would look forward to it every year,” she said.
The committee added giveaway items, an annual employee T-shirt, yard games, and other items to make the lunch-time event more popular with employees, who are also awarded certificates for key employment milestones during the lunch, which is typically held at Public Works and includes lunch cooked and served by City department heads.
The employee committee also added other events to create essentially an employee recognition week, including food trucks at various City buildings, themed dress-up days, and treats delivered to each department.
“We’ve discussed potentially moving the summer event to a park, but we’re trying to add new things without taking away from the things that have been successful,” Romanick said. “Our group has a lot of good ideas, and we work together well.”
The upcoming winter employee recognition event will be family friendly, and will include food, bounce houses, yard games, and other items. The goal is to also recognize the City’s top employees of the year at the winter event.
“What we’re working on is encouraging the peer-to-peer nominations. We want to boost morale and recognize our outstanding employees,” Romanick said. “What someone thinks is a regular day duty might really stand out as going above and beyond to someone else. We want our employees to feel that recognition.”
“We want to encourage departments from within our own employees, but if someone from the public wants to nominate a City employee, they’re more than welcome to do that, too.”
The employee recognition form can be found here: https://www.minotnd.gov/FormCenter/EMPLOYEE-RECOGNITION-20/Employee-Recognition-Nomination-Form-87