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

Student Employee Recognition

These options are available for request to recognize student wage, graduate assistants and work study employees. Mason Flare awards are also available to request for student employee recognition.

To request an item, scroll through the list and click the title or logo of the desired item. You will receive an email with the student employee recognition 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

Donut We'd Do Without You Award

Submit a request for the Donut We'd Do Without You Award

$5.00 gift card to Dunkin Donuts - perfect for a pick-me-up or treat!

Espresso of Gratitude Award

Submit a request for the Espresso of Gratitude Award

Temporarily Out

Out of Stock until early 2018 - $5 gift card to Starbucks - perfect for a pick-me-up or special treat!

* Indicates a required field
Name of person nominated: *  
Email address of the nominee's supervisor: Nominee's G Number *
Check if multiple people will be receiving this award

Submitted by: *  
Submitter's email address: * Submitter's Unit/Department *
Briefly explain why the person should receive this award: 0 of 4000 character limit *
Confirm: 7 + 2 = *

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

Reel Mason Stars Award

Submit a request for the Reel Mason Stars Award

Two movie tickets and gift card for concessions to Regal Movie Theatres.

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.