Superior Accomplishment Awards
The Merit Award Program administers Superior Accomplishment Awards for performance resulting in exceptional contribution to improving State government or Sustained Superior Accomplishment over a two-year period. These awards are excellent tools for recognizing teams and individuals.
Many State agencies have used Superior Accomplishment Awards to enhance their employees' morale. Agencies must submit their nominations for these awards on a Std. 278 - Superior Accomplishment Gift or Cash Award Recommendation.
Specific areas of accomplishment may include the following topics:
An important contribution to science, research or development
An unequaled personal effort in overcoming unusual difficulties or obstacles in the completion of a major project or task with substantial benefits to the State
Completion of a major project or task in a significantly shorter period of time with substantial benefits to the State
The Superior Accomplishment Award
This award is for performance by an individual or team of employees, which results in an exceptional contribution to improving state government.
For a silver award, departments may issue one or both of the following to an individual or team:
The awards may range from $25 to $250 per individual or team. Departments may provide cash or equivalent gift awards.
For a gold award, departments may issue one or both of the following to an individual or team:
The awards may range from $50 to $500 per individual or team. Departments may provide cash or equivalent gift awards. It's rare for a group of individuals to receive a gold award, as this award is of such prominent degree that it merits recognition of the highest order.
The Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award
This award is for an employee's sustained act of superior job performance over a two-year period which results in an exceptional contribution to the efficiency of State government. The maximum standard for this award is 1 nomination per 100 employees. Departments with 100 employees may nominate 1 employee - departments with 200 employees may nominate 2 employees, etc. Departments may wish to hold an annual award ceremony to recognize these outstanding employees.
Departments may issue one or both of the following to an individual or team:
The awards may range from $25 to a maximum of $250 per individual or team. The Department is responsible for the design, purchase, and printing of certificates.
For more information, please contact your agency's Merit Awards Administrator or the CalHR Merit Award Program.