A Personal Note on the Power of Recognition

Vice Chancellor Clare Shinnerl
Vice Chancellor Clare Shinnerl

Early on, I had a boss who knew how to spark a fire in me. It might sound surprising, but his way of recognizing my efforts was by entrusting me with more responsibility. This gesture made me feel valued and motivated me to enthusiastically tackle each new challenge. That experience shaped my professional growth, and it's a lesson in recognition I carry with me to this day.

When recognition hits the mark, employees are five times as likely to be connected to company culture and four times as likely to be engaged. And engaged employees are more productive, involved in and enthusiastic about their workplace. – Gallup

Recognition isn't just an annual event but a daily practice. And it’s essential to remember that it shouldn’t only come from the top. Peer-to-peer recognition is equally impactful. Imagine the difference we could make if we all embraced this practice more fully!

I sometimes struggle with consistently providing meaningful recognition. In the whirlwind of daily tasks and meetings, it’s easy to forget to take a moment to express gratitude. I often find myself reflecting on missed opportunities to say "thank you" during quieter moments. It’s a work in progress for me.

Recognition is not one-size-fits-all. It's about understanding what resonates with each individual. A friend recently opened my eyes to seeing our UC Benefits as a form of recognition – a gesture that offers peace of mind and a sense of security.

Let’s take this opportunity to learn, grow and recognize each other in ways that truly matter. Together, we can make FOA not just a place to work, but a place where we all feel genuinely appreciated and valued.

Warm regards,


Clare Shinnerl, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor
Finance, Operations and Administration

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