Human Resources and Payroll

Reward and Recognition



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George Mason University values a culture of recognition to appreciate, motivate and retain its faculty and staff. The Human Resources and Payroll Reward and Recognition program creates and implements recognition opportunities that are fun, meaningful and linked to the values and mission of Mason.

Purpose of Recognition

The George Mason University Rewards and Recognition program’s purpose is to recognize individuals and teams for contributions to their department, school or the University as a whole. Mason faculty and staff are encouraged to use the recognition tools and resources available to them to foster an environment of shared success and commitment. The program provides various opportunities to acknowledge other’s contributions from gift cards and non-monetary awards to events that celebrate the achievements of Mason’s faculty and staff.

Types of Awards

Recognition is most effective when it takes place on a regular basis in a variety of different ways. Mason’s Reward and Recognition program provides a continuum of opportunities for recognizing colleagues across the University.

Formal Recognition - this type of recognition occurs on a regular basis and is delivered by HR & Payroll, The Commonwealth of Virginia or in schools or departments.

HR & Payroll Awards

  • Employee of the Month
  • Faculty Staff Book Scholarship
  • Outstanding Achievement Awards
  • University Day Service Awards

Departmental Awards

Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Awards for Public Service

Informal Recognition - this type of recognition includes on-the-spot and day-to-day recognition and is typically administered by HR & Payroll but delivered by departments and schools.

eCards - electronic greeting cards that anyone can send to congratulate, encourage or send some cheer.

Monetary Awards

  • Gift Cards - for request for peer-to-peer recognition
  • Impact Awards

Non-Monetary Awards – awards that are material goods, such as non-refundable gift certificates, plaques, trophies, desk items, clothing, tools, electronics or sports equipment.

  • Mason Flare – fun, informal awards for request for peer-to-peer recognition
  • Student Employee Recognition – for request to recognize Mason’s student employees
  • Presidential Citation

Recognition Leave

Mason Flare

Are you looking for a fun, informal way to show your appreciation to another Mason Employee? Look no further than Mason Flare. These fun items can be requested for anyone who works at Mason, including student workers.

To request Mason Flare, scroll through the list and click the title or logo of the desired item below.

You will receive an email when your flare is ready for pick up. Each item comes with a greeting card for you to sign and share with the recipient.

If you have any questions, please contact the Reward and Recognition coordinator at 703.993.2739 or

"Color Yourself Relaxed" Award

Submit a request for the

Each adult coloring book comes with a set of colored pencils and has 24 perforated pages with detailed patterns to color.  Request one for a colleague who could some recognition in the form of relaxation or stress relief.

High Five Award

Submit a request for the High Five Award

Give your colleague a high five with a highlighter set.  Each set comes with 5 colors - green, pink, orange, yellow and blue.

Thanks for All You Do! Award

Submit a request for the Thanks for All You Do! Award

Spread a little happiness with the Thanks for All You Do! Dude.  This little blue guy has fuzzy hair and he changes from dark to light blue with the heat of your hand.  He's giving a thumbs up and his back says "Thanks for All You Do."

Warm Wishes Award

Submit a request for the Warm Wishes Award

Hot Chocolate on a stick is a portable cube of pure milk chocolate wrapped in a clear cello bag.  Dissolve the chocolate in hot water and you have a warm, yummy treat.

Allergen Info:  May contain Nuts, Wheat and Soy.


We Need S'More Employees Like You Award

Submit a request for the We Need S'More Employees Like You Award

This award comes with 2 honey graham crackers, 2 Hershey miniature chocolate bars and 2 marshamallows - everything needed to make 2 yummy s'mores.  The entire treat comes in a small box with the words, "Your talents and commitment are a winning combination. Thanks for warming our hearts with your efforts and dedication."

You Have Awesome Mason Pride Award

Submit a request for the You Have Awesome Mason Pride Award

It's a Mason car or refrigerator magnet in the shape of our very own mascot, The Patriot.  This sturdy magnet is perfect for any Mason employee who is proud to work here.  Magnet measures 7x4"

Your Work is Outstanding Award

Submit a request for the Your Work is Outstanding Award

These SmartPhone Ring Stands adhere to the back of a SmartPhone for a safe grip when carrying your phone or taking photos (selfie anyone?).  Push the ring out and prop up on a table or other surface for ease of binge watching.  The safe grip sticks to a smartphone but can be removed later.  Each SmartPhone Ring Stand comes in metallic gold with the white Mason logo.

Do It Yourself (DIY) Recognition

We encourage Mason employees to print and use the meaningful and instant appreciation cards and labels on this page to recognize others. You can also check out our Pinterest page for more inspiration, ideas and free recognition!

Thank you and congratulations cards

Can be printed on 8.5x11 (letter) or on 5x8 index cards in color or black and white. Be sure to choose the appropriate size (after you choose print, click on properties, then click on the paper quality tab and scroll through the menu to pick the correct size).

Instant Employee Appreciation

Just print, cut and share!

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These stickers could be used alone...

But were designed to put on the bottom of Hershey Kisses or Rolos for some really “sweet” recognition. Avery ¾” round labels are recommended.

Looking for a little reward & recognition inspiration?

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Sympathy Cards

Are provided upon request. Please email with the number of cards you’d like and to which mail stop they should be sent. sympathy card image placeholder

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Recognition Post-It Notes

...are provided upon request! They come in packs of 25, 3x4” post-it notes. Please email with your request indicating style, number of packs and to which mail stop they should be sent.