This is not staff recognition

This teacher never won the recognition lottery

During a conversation several months ago, a teacher recalled that when she transferred to a new school, her colleagues told her how lucky she was to be going there. This school was known for its staff recognition program.

The teacher described arriving at the school to discover that the recognition program consisted of a monthly draw from all staff members to identify the employee of month. Other teachers were asked to write something positive about this individual. These comments were collected and presented to the employee of the month.

The next month, another name was drawn from those who had never been so honoured previously. Several years later, when the teacher moved to another school, she claimed the distinction of being the only teacher to have never become the employee of the month.

Not surprisingly, her assessment of the school’s staff recognition efforts is not as positive as those of her former colleagues, who had never experienced recognition by lottery.

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