St Stithians College wins award at South African Reward Association Gala

LYME PARK – The St Stithians human resources team were awarded for their teacher rewards programme.

The Human Resources team at St Stithians were recently recognised for their project to motivate and thank staff for their contributions to the school.

The team came in third place for the Reward Project of the Year at the recent South African Reward Association Gala dinner, which was hosted at the Wanderers Club. The other shortlisted nominees that the school was up against included national corporate companies. This is the first time an award of this nature has been given to a school.

This prize was awarded for the Saints Thank You Scheme which was launched during this year as part of the College People Growth and Talent development strategy.

Head of Human Resources for St Stithians, Kim Urquhart said, “As teachers are, by and large, intrinsically motivated, we believed it was necessary to enhance and develop our forms of recognition specifically. This was confirmed via a staff survey whereby 75 per cent of respondents indicated that after monetary compensation they would choose written affirmation in the form of a card, note, letter or email from their line manager or peers as their preferred form of recognition. In probing further, it was discovered that it wasn’t about receiving money, gifts or awards but rather an acknowledgement of their contribution to the school and college.”

This is how the Saints Thank You scheme was created.

Recognition at the school is about valuing and celebrating the contributions of the staff who live out the school’s values and honour code. It caters for different preferences in the way recognition is given. All staff are encouraged to provide recognition to peers and colleagues appropriately and when warranted.

Kim added, “We believe this scheme will have both short-term and long-term impact on staff morale and organisational culture and will benefit the College and its staff longer term.”

Details: St Stithians College 011 577 6000.

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