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Once a supervisor decides to formally recognize an employee, how does he or she determine which kind of award to grant? The options are many, and the purposes for the award can be varied. The type of award and the way a supervisor should grant it depend on:
Supervisors should check with their agency awards administrators to determine the types of awards available in their agency. Governmentwide regulations give agencies flexibility in designing their awards programs. The types of awards agencies may grant Federal employees as individuals or members of a group include:
Awards may be granted based on:
Each agency designs its awards program to meet its needs, and most awards programs include the types of awards listed above.
Supervisors should select awards that support organizational goals and objectives. The questions below can guide supervisors in their awards choices as they consider organizational needs:
While keeping in mind the organizational perspective for granting awards, supervisors also should consider the employee's perception and ask the following:
For more information on awards, check out the rewarding topic area on our web pages .