2008-2009 Staff Incentive Award Guidelines
Purpose of Incentive Awards
PPSM 34 (Incentive Awards): The purpose of the program is to encourage excellence in
University service, recognize and reward significant achievements and contributions, recognize
and reward outstanding individual and team performance, and support professional development.
Merit Increase versus Incentive Award: Merit increases are intended to reward sustained
performance of regular duties and responsibilities; incentive awards should have a strategic focus
and should have a relationship to the accomplishment of organizational goals.
Vice Chancellors may continue to customize the award programs.
Types of Awards
Lump-Sum Cash Awards: The Staff Recognition and Development Program, Incentive Award
Program, and Department-Funded Awards described below provide for cash, lump-sum, non-
base building incentive award payments. The payments are considered taxable income and are
processed through Payroll.
Professional Development: Payments intended for professional development (e.g. seminar
fees, conference registration) should be paid directly to the third party when possible.
Employees may pay the third party and be reimbursed when necessary. Travel and other
expenses related to the professional development may be included in the reimbursement.