I found out I was recently chosen as a staff all-star at my university job!
Here's the memo from the coworker that nominated me:
"If we had a "team spirit award", Dean would most definitely be the recipient. He creates a friendly and collegial environment for the entire staff.
It's not uncommon to receive an e-mail from Dean announcing we're celebrating something that week and he has brought treats (we had a "hot chocolate" week in the midst of the Polar Vortex).
The small (and sometimes big) things that our colleagues do to create a warm and welcoming work environment for the rest of us are often overlooked, but it's these gestures which help us all bond together and provide the best service for our students, staff, and faculty."
I even got a small trophy!
It was nice getting noticed for boosting morale--not something so easily discernible.
As a supervisor there, I've found it's important to include your entire department, always thank/take care of those who help you, and do things to help make the job fun and more enjoyable.
These are things management at my retail job still haven't learned or seem to care to recognize. What a shame.
But I'm glad the university staff values it though.
Now I have to figure out where to put the trophy at home.
Look out, world, because now I'm an all-star!