Employee Recognition

Employee Recognition



From serving and protecting, patching streets, reviewing proposed developments to providing recreational activities, the Town of Wendell employees provide many diverse services that citizens are accustomed to receiving. 

Town of Wendell employees are the Town's number one asset! 

In an effort to acknowledge Town of Wendell employees throughout the year for going above and beyond in their everyday work for the Town's residents, businesses and visitors, the Employee Committee launched an Employee Recognition Program to applaud Town employees for being team players, exhibiting exceptional customer service, going above and beyond and providing WOW moments.

About-Page-Nominate-Now-Button-2013Criteria can be found at the bottom of this page. 







Past Employee Recognition

We want to congratulate all Town of Wendell employees who were nominated for the WOW! Award. Your excellence and achievements mean the world to our community and we thank you every day for all that you do.
2024
February
Wow Award 2-2
Congratulations to Joshua Harper for being selected as the Town of Wendell’s WOW! Award recipient for the month of February!
 
While responding to a call for a request for service Officer Harper arrived to a young driver who had a popped tire at 2:00am on a cold 35-degree night. While calling a tow truck was an option, Officer Harper possessed the knowledge, experience and ability to not only change the tire, but to also share that knowledge with the young driver in the event that this were to happen again, turning a bad situation into a teachable moment. While loading the flat tire in the back, he also explained what needed to be done next to repair the damaged tire. The young driver left with a smile and a positive story to share.
 
Thank you, Officer Harper, for displaying professionalism, friendliness, positive attitude, and a servant’s heart by turning a bad situation into a positive one. The Town of Wendell proudly presents to you the WOW! Award for being selected as the February 2024 employee of the month!
March
WOW! Employee of the Month Winner -March 2024 Officer Jody Wall_ - Copy
May
WOW! Employee of the Month Winner -May 2024 Stephany Brantley - Copy
June
WOW! Employee of the Month Winner -June 2024 Darby Bishop
2023
January 2023
WOW--Employee-of-the-Month-Winner---January-2023-Talena-Loy - Copy
February 2023
WOW--Employee-of-the-Month-Winner---February-2023-Donald-McCLure
March 2023
WOW--Employee-of-the-Month-Winner--March-2023-Megan-Howard
May 2023
WOW--Employee-of-the-Month-Winner--April-2023-Kori-Garrett
June 2023
WOW--Employee-of-the-Month-Winner--June-Kenneth-McLean
July 2023
WOW--Employee-of-the-Month-Winner--April-2023-Kori-Garrett  WOW--Employee-of-the-Month-Winner--July-2023-Cristy-Pendergraft
Annual Awards
Front_Desk - CopyAll employees receiving the WOW Award are recognized during the Employee Christmas Banquet. Employees receiving the WOW award throughout the year are the pool of candidates for one of the Annual Employee Recognition Awards at the Employee Christmas Banquet. 

Annual Employee Recognition Awards Include: 

  • Team Player 
  • Customer Service 
  • Oliver Award
The chair of the Employee Committee will submit the nomination forms of each employee recognized from December through November to the Town manager after the recognition of the November Employee of the Month. 

The Annual Employee Recognition Committee includes: 

  • Planning Director
  • Finance Director
  • Police Chief 
  • Parks and Recreation Director 
  • Public Works Director 
  • Previous Oliver Award recipient
The Annual Employee Recognition Committee will meet prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday and will review and select for the following Annual Employee Recognition Awards: 

  • Team Player
  • Customer Service
  • Oliver Award
After the Annual Employee Recognition Committee selects the recipients for each of the annual awards, the Town Manager and Finance Director will collaborate on the trophies to be awarded during the Employee Christmas Banquet. 
WOW Award
  • Department heads may nominate a group of employees who exemplified stellar service for the Town. 
  • Anonymous nominations will not be considered. 
  • An employee may be nominated more than once a year and is eligible to receive the WOW Award more than once a year. 
  • The employee being nominated must be a Full-Time Employee in good standing. 
  • The employee must have completed the probationary period of six months from their start date. 
  • The employee's exemplary act of service must have occurred within three months of the submission for consideration. 
  • The employee being nominated can not be a Manager or a Department Head.

Each month, the Employee Committee will review the nominations and select one (sometimes two) deserving employees for recognition. The Town Manager will visit the employee(s) and present them with the WOW! Award. A photo and a short write-up for the employee(s) receiving the WOW Award will be posted on the Town's website. 

The WOW! Award remains with the employee for one month before it rotates to the next deserving employee. An Employee Committee member will pick up the WOW! Award so that it is available for the next deserving employee. 

Employees receiving the WOW! Award between December and November become the pool of candidates for Annual Employee Recognition Awards: Team Player, Customer Service, and Oliver Award at the Employee Christmas Banquet.
Awards (Annual & Monthly)
Annual Oliver Award
Farmhouse_TY - CopyThe candidate for the Oliver Award will be from the pool of employees recognized as an Employee of the Month through the WOW! Award and is distributed annually. The winner of the Oliver Award will be recognized at the Employee Christmas Banquet. 

Criteria includes:

  • Must have been employed with the Town for at least one year as of October. 
  • Must be a Full-Time employee. 
  • Good standing 
  • Any job classification except for manager, town clerk, department heads and part-time employees. 
  • Previous Team Player recipients are eligible. 
  • Previous Customer Service recipients are eligible. 
  • Ineligible to win back-to-back Oliver Award. 
The Qualities Exhibited for the Oliver Award:

  • The employee is productive, one who is committed and possesses quality in carrying out responsibilities for the Town. 
  • The employee is an asset to the organization, as well as to the department. 
  • The employee is enthusiastic and is willing to take up more initiatives and accepts more of tasks apart from the regular job routine. 
  • The employee is punctual and dependable in reporting duties. They complete assignments on time and also take on additional responsibilities. 
  • The employee has a positive eye on work responsibilities, customers and colleagues, and serves as a role model for others. 
  • Delivers exemplary service in daily work and also a notable contribution to the department. 
  • The employee has the willingness to work in a team setting.
  • The employee is an expert individual in knowledge and experience within the department. 
Annual Customer Service Award
Larry_TY - CopyThe candidate for the Customer Service Award will be from the pool of employees recognized as an Employee of the Month through the WOW! Award and is distributed annually. The winner of the Customer Service Award will be recognized at the Employee Christmas Banquet. 

Criteria includes:

  • Must be a Full-Time employee 
  • Good standing
  • Completed the probationary period of six months from initial start date
The Qualities Exhibited for Customer Service:

  • Loyalty: upholds the Town's image; exhibits good morale and commitment to the Town. 
  • Optimistic: positive attitude; patience with customers and is polite to all. 
  • Problem Solver: great listener; takes ownership; is able to provide a solution 
  • Conscientiousness: reliable; disciplined; methodical and organized; goal-driven; responsive to citizens and colleagues. 
  • Persuasiveness: displays great marketing and sales skills. 
Annual Team Player Award
Seniors_TY - CopyThe candidate for the Team Player Award will be from the pool of employees recognized as an Employee of the Month through the WOW! Award and is distributed annually. The winner of the Team Player Award will be recognized at the Employee Christmas Banquet. 

Criteria includes: 

  • Must be a Full-Time employee 
  • Good standing
  • Completed the probationary period of six months from initial start date
The Qualities Exhibited by a Team Player: 

  • Reliable: count on them to get the job done; meets deadlines; keeps their word and provides consistent, quality work. 
  • Communicates with Confidence: communicates ideas honestly and clearly and respects the views and opinions of others on the team. 
  • Exceeds Goals: does more than is asked; comes up with creative ideas; takes on more responsibilities and extra initiatives. 
  • Adapts quickly and easily: adapts to changing situations; doesn't get stressed or complain; is flexible. 
  • Displays genuine commitment: takes the time to build work relationships with other team members while displaying a genuine passion and commitment toward their team. 
WOW! Outstanding Workers Award (monthly)
Beginning in June 2019, an employee, department head or citizen may recognize a Town of Wendell employee for going the extra mile, having an idea that improved a work process, set a good example for others, handled a challenging situation or exemplified stellar service! 

The criteria for the WOW! Award is as follows: 

  • Department heads may nominate a group of employees who exemplified stellar service for the Town. 
  • Anonymous nominations will not be considered. 
  • An employee may be nominated more than once a year and is eligible to receive the WOW Award more than once a year. 
  • The employee being nominated must be a Full-Time Employee in good standing. 
  • The employee must have completed the probationary period of six months from their start date. 
  • The employee's exemplary act of service must have occurred within three months of the submission for consideration. 
  • The employee being nominated can not be a Manager or a Department Head.

Each month, the Employee Committee will review the nominations and select one (sometimes two) deserving employees for recognition. The Town Manager will visit the employee(s) and present them with the WOW! Award. A photo and a short write-up for the employee(s) receiving the WOW Award will be posted on the Town's website. 

The WOW! Award remains with the employee for one month before it rotates to the next deserving employee. An Employee Committee member will pick up the WOW! Award so that it is available for the next deserving employee. 

Employees receiving the WOW! Award between December and November become the pool of candidates for Annual Employee Recognition Awards: Team Player, Customer Service, and Oliver Award at the Employee Christmas Banquet.