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Coffee, TEA or SB?

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    No, there are no Coffee Awards (though some mornings we may wish there were), but here is a primer on the two awards—Tradition of Excellence (TEA, though sometimes referred to as TOE) and Spot Bonus (SB) – that staff can receive during the year. Read more about the impact these awards are having across campus in this month’s Spotlight. (there will be a link to the article with the interviews here).

Tradition of Excellence Awards (TEA)

Criteria: To qualify, an individual or team should demonstrate outstanding behaviors or produce exceptional results, either within a single department or across the University, in one of three categories: Job Performance, Character, and Team Focused Contribution.

Who Can Nominate: Anyone may nominate an individual or team. This includes staff, faculty, students, alumni, visitors, and vendors. All nominators must identify themselves. Anonymous nominations will not be considered.

Evaluation: Nominations are evaluated by a committee of staff members from across the campus community.

The Award: Recipients receive…
  • A congratulatory letter from the VP or Dean of their stem,
  • A check in the amount of $150 net,
  • A certificate,
  • A medallion inscribed with the Lehigh TEA logo
  • Invitation to annual recognition breakfast.

Spot Bonus Awards (SB)


Criteria: Performance substantially beyond expectation, contributions that have a significant impact, and/or extraordinary efforts above and beyond the normal responsibilities of the position which advance a department, stem or university goal Senior leaders are not eligible for these awards, which are now awarded to individuals only.

Who Can Nominate: A staff member’s supervisor or above may begin the nomination process for an award. Each successive supervisor will need to concur with the nomination.

Evaluation: Final determination rests with a three-person committee of senior administrators.

The Award: The size of the bonuses will vary based on the achievement and will be in the range of $300 to $3,000 which may include a departmental contribution. Recipients also receive an invitation to the annual recognition breakfast.

Information on the annual Lehigh University Awards is also available on the HR website.

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Spotlight is published monthly by Human Resources. Please address any comments to Hillary Kwiatek, Spotlight Editor, Human Resources, 428 Brodhead Avenue, send email to hik210@lehigh.edu, or call extension 85165.

Current and past issues of Spotlight can be viewed and searched at: Past Issues.