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Austin Peay launches new Employee Incentive Program

Austin Peay kicked off its new Employee Incentive Program last Wednesday, Feb. 11, with a launch party in the University Center ballroom.

In her opening remarks, President Sherry Hoppe credited Trish Halstead, chair of the EIP Task Force and secretary for the Office of Student Life and Leadership, with initiating the new program. She said, When people ask me, ‘What do you like best about being president? I always say that when someone comes to me with a wonderful idea, I am in a position to support the idea and help make it happen.
Austin Peay kicked off its new Employee Incentive Program last Wednesday, Feb. 11, with a launch party in the University Center ballroom.

In her opening remarks, President Sherry Hoppe credited Trish Halstead, chair of the EIP Task Force and secretary for the Office of Student Life and Leadership, with initiating the new program. She said, “When people ask me, ‘What do you like best about being president?' I always say that when someone comes to me with a wonderful idea, I am in a position to support the idea and help make it happen.”

When Halstead e-mailed her idea for a program to recognize more employees than the former Employee of the Year program, Hoppe realized this new program could “give every person the opportunity to be recognized for the good work he or she does.”

Sean Castleberry, EIP Task Force member and assistant director for Student Life and Leadership, presented a synopsis of the program, which allows staff members to earn points for “going above and beyond.” These “Peay Pride Points” will be awarded by staff and faculty, who each have five points per month to award to deserving staff members.

Only staff members who have worked as regular full-time employees for at least six months are eligible to receive points. A single “Peay Pride Point” commendation may consist of a maximum of three points to any one employee. All points awarded will accumulate in employee-point banks.

So, what do you do with these points?

Reggie Wooden, EIP Task Force member and Web/Internet specialist in the Office of Information Technology, unveiled “PeayBay,” the Employee Incentive Program Web site (http://peaybay.apsu.edu). From July 5-23 and Nov. 22-Dec. 10, employees will be able to use their points to bid on gift items. Some items will be “Buy Now” items; others will have minimum points bids allotted to them. The highest bidders will be awarded their prizes at a future event. Leftover points remain in the employee's account. A grand prize will be awarded through a drawing among the year's top 10 point-earning employees.

The prizes are being purchased with the privately raised funds that were previously allotted to the Employee of the Year program.

All points awarded and earned will be tracked on the EIP Web Site. To log on, type in the username: apsu\(your e-mail ID), followed by your e-mail password. Only employees eligible to receive and award points will have access. Points are awarded based on specific categories of commendation (i.e. good job performance), and employees must explain why they are awarding a co-worker Peay Pride Points.

Hoppe closed the EIP presentation by commending the faculty on their willingness to participate in awarding points and awarding every staff member his or her first three Peay Pride Points.

“Life is full of naysayers, but instead of seeing the glass half-empty, let's see it as half-full,” she said. “Let's work together to make this a good opportunity for everybody eligible.

“It will only be as good as your willingness to participate. Award those points!”
—Rebecca Mackey