Human Resources and Payroll

Reward and Recognition



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George Mason University values a culture of recognition to appreciate, motivate and retain its faculty and staff. The Human Resources and Payroll Reward and Recognition program creates and implements recognition opportunities that are fun, meaningful and linked to the values and mission of Mason.

Purpose of Recognition

The George Mason University Rewards and Recognition program’s purpose is to recognize individuals and teams for contributions to their department, school or the University as a whole. Mason faculty and staff are encouraged to use the recognition tools and resources available to them to foster an environment of shared success and commitment. The program provides various opportunities to acknowledge other’s contributions from gift cards and non-monetary awards to events that celebrate the achievements of Mason’s faculty and staff.

Types of Awards

Recognition is most effective when it takes place on a regular basis in a variety of different ways. Mason’s Reward and Recognition program provides a continuum of opportunities for recognizing colleagues across the University.

Formal Recognition - this type of recognition occurs on a regular basis and is delivered by HR & Payroll, The Commonwealth of Virginia or in schools or departments.

HR & Payroll Awards

  • Employee of the Month
  • Faculty Staff Book Scholarship
  • Outstanding Achievement Awards
  • University Day Service Awards

Departmental Awards

Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Awards for Public Service

Informal Recognition - this type of recognition includes on-the-spot and day-to-day recognition and is typically administered by HR & Payroll but delivered by departments and schools.

eCards - electronic greeting cards that anyone can send to congratulate, encourage or send some cheer.

Monetary Awards

  • Gift Cards - for request for peer-to-peer recognition
  • Impact Awards

Non-Monetary Awards – awards that are material goods, such as non-refundable gift certificates, plaques, trophies, desk items, clothing, tools, electronics or sports equipment.

  • Mason Flare – fun, informal awards for request for peer-to-peer recognition
  • Student Employee Recognition – for request to recognize Mason’s student employees
  • Presidential Citation

Recognition Leave

Mason Flair

Are you looking for a fun, informal way to show your appreciation to another Mason Employee? Look no further than Mason Flair. These fun items can be requested for anyone who works at Mason, including student workers.

To request Mason Flair please login to myMasonHR, choose the 'Mason Flair' menu item, select the flair you're interested in, and complete the online form.

You will receive an email when your Mason Flair is ready for pick up. Each Mason Flair comes with a greeting card for you to sign and share with the recipient.

If you have any questions, please contact the Reward and Recognition coordinator at 703.993.2739 or

Submit a request for the

These green fleece stadium blankets are great for picnics, sporting events or to have on hand in a chilly office (brrrrrr!!). Each blanket measures 60" x 50" and has whip stitching with the Mason logo in the corner.

Submit a request for the

Hot Chocolate on a stick is a portable cube of pure milk chocolate wrapped in a clear cello bag.  Dissolve the chocolate in hot water and you have a warm, yummy treat. Allergen Info:  May contain Nuts, Wheat and Soy.  

Submit a request for the

This award comes with 2 honey graham crackers, 2 Hershey miniature chocolate bars and 2 marshamallows - everything needed to make 2 yummy s'mores.  The entire treat comes in a small box with the words, "Your talents and commitment are a winning combination. Thanks for warming our hearts with your efforts and dedication."

Submit a request for the

Award your colleague with Mason gear they probably don't already own - a green fleece Mason scarf!  

Submit a request for the High Five Award

Give your colleague a high five with a highlighter set.  Each set comes with 5 colors - green, pink, orange, yellow and blue.

Submit a request for the Just in

This card and media case can hold business cards, a tablet or cell phone. With an overall size of 3 and 1/2" x 2 and 7/8" this handy desk accessory has a front metal plate monogrammed with "George Mason University". 

Submit a request for the Noteworthy Effort Award

Each yellow, hardcover journal has 192 lined, acid-free pages for note-taking or journaling. The neoskin journal has an interior pocket, a ribbon for bookmarking important pages, and is embossed with the Mason logo.

Submit a request for the Thanks for All You Do! Award

Spread a little happiness with the Thanks for All You Do! Dude.  This little blue guy has fuzzy hair and he changes from dark to light blue with the heat of your hand.  He's giving a thumbs up and his back says "Thanks for All You Do."

Submit a request for the You Have Awesome Mason Pride Award

It's a Mason car or refrigerator magnet in the shape of our very own mascot, The Patriot.  This sturdy magnet is perfect for any Mason employee who is proud to work here.  Magnet measures 7x4"

Submit a request for the Your Work is Outstanding Award

These SmartPhone Ring Stands adhere to the back of a SmartPhone for a safe grip when carrying your phone or taking photos (selfie anyone?).  Push the ring out and prop up on a table or other surface for ease of binge watching.  The safe grip sticks to a smartphone but can be removed later.  Each SmartPhone Ring Stand comes in metallic gold with the white Mason logo.

Do It Yourself (DIY) Recognition

We encourage Mason employees to print and use the meaningful and instant appreciation cards and labels on this page to recognize others. You can also check out our Pinterest page for more inspiration, ideas and free recognition!

Recognition Mini-Notes

Make someone’s day with an encouraging message! Colorful and fun, these small note cards feature messages like, "Fabulous!" and "Consider this a Citation for Excellence” on the front and are blank on the back to give you room to write a note of praise to a colleague. Each pack includes 2 designs of 12 cards for a total of 24 cards with envelopes.

Please email with your request indicating how many packs you would like and to which mail stop your request should be sent.



Be Kind - Bingo

Play a game of Be Kind - Bingo to show others how much you appreciate them!

Recognition Post-It Notes

...are provided upon request! They come in packs of 25, 3x4” post-it notes. Please email with your request indicating style, number of packs and to which mail stop they should be sent.


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Thank you and congratulations cards

Can be printed on 8.5x11 (letter) or on 5x8 index cards in color or black and white. Be sure to choose the appropriate size (after you choose print, click on properties, then click on the paper quality tab and scroll through the menu to pick the correct size).

Instant Employee Appreciation

Just print, cut and share!

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These stickers could be used alone...

But were designed to put on the bottom of Hershey Kisses or Rolos for some really “sweet” recognition. Avery ¾” round labels are recommended.

Looking for a little reward & recognition inspiration?

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Sympathy Cards

Are provided upon request. Please email with the number of cards you’d like and to which mail stop they should be sent. sympathy card image placeholder