On the Spot: December through February Spot Awards
Laura Burns-Wood, with the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, found herself truly in need of some exceptional aid when her appendix burst a week before an important SSRL review. With one e-mail and one phone call she was able to notify her colleagues of work remaining to be done. Upon her return to work, she found that her team was ready for the review.
"Everybody pitched in and did an amazing job," Burns-Wood said. "We have a great team." She thanked her teammates with Spot Award nominations, only to find her own work for the review recognized with a Spot Award as well. "I was really surprised," she admitted. But pleasantly so.
SLACers from Fikret Alisic to Slawomir Zalog received Spot Awards for exceptional work during the past three months. The Spot Award program, begun in May 2009 and revamped and reintroduced in December, recognizes SLAC employees for exceptional work in one or more of several areas. These include Safety and Security, Environmental Stewardship, Process Improvements, Teamwork, and Good Citizenship or Extraordinary Effort.
Anyone at SLAC can nominate a colleague, either through their own supervisor or the nominee's supervisor. Nominations are not restricted to one's own group or directorate. Honorees receive their choice of $25 gift cards to Target, Stanford Book Store or Cinemark Movie Theaters with a limit of two gift cards per award.
Teresa Juarez, the Spot program administrator in Human Resources, would like to remind Spot Award recipients to collect their gift cards. "There are a few employees who have not responded to the notification e-mail," she said. So if you see your name listed below and you suddenly realize you've been so busy doing good deeds you forgot about your award, simply respond to the original e-mail with your choice of gift card.
December 2010 Spot Award winners:
January 2011 Spot Award winners:
February 2011 Spot Award winners:
óLori Ann White