The Mayor's Award of Excellence for November was presented today to Deborah Baines, an office specialist in Aging Partners. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City. The award was presented at today's City Council meeting.
Baines has worked for the City since 1995. The Aging Partners management team nominated her in the categories of customer relations, loss prevention and productivity for her leadership in Aging's recent office consolidation.
To save money without cutting services, Aging Partners decreased its square footage by 20 percent, saving more than $12,000 a month. The management team said Baines continually monitored progress and adjusted the schedule as needed. The agency did not need to hire movers because Baines recruited and supervised volunteers and a team from County Corrections. Just four days after the lease expired, all 100-plus staff members had work stations, computers, phones and equipment along with the files and equipment they needed to do their jobs. Services were provided almost seamlessly throughout the summer with only minimal disruptions.
The nominators wrote that Baines is a wonderful example of the power of a positive attitude and what can be accomplished when an individual employee takes pride in her work.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are safety and valor. Consideration also may be given to nominations that demonstrate self-initiated accomplishments or those completed outside of the nominee's job description. All City employees are eligible for the Mayor's Award of Excellence except for elected and appointed officials. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public. Nomination forms are available on the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: personnel) or from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department, which oversees the awards program.
All nominations are reviewed by the Mayor's Award of Excellence Committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor. Award winners receive a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. Monthly winners are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.