Employee recognition underscores HRMs commitment to outstanding service
Winners of the grand prize at the 2008 Loma Linda University employee benefits fair celebrate their success. Left to right: Patricia Larios-Gil, manager of benefits and compensation; Todd Murdoch of La Loma Federal Credit Union; Bonnie Forrester, winner of the $200 bronze award; Jacob Theruvathu, winner of the $300 silver award, Alan Gonick, winner of the $500 gold award, Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, president of Loma Linda University; and Lizette Norton, assistant vice president of human resource management
Been to an employee recognition banquet or benefits fair lately?
According to a schedule of events distributed by the human resource management team, your answer likely depends on where you work.
That’s because Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (LLUAHSC) comprises several constituent entities, each with its own specific employee groups. To simplify the process, event planners in the department of human resource management (HRM) tailor the banquets and benefits fairs to the needs of each group.
On April 23, HRM hosted the first of four 2008 employee recognition banquets in Drayson Center. According to Patricia Larios-Gil, manager of benefits and compensation, more than 550 employees and their guests from the LLU Behavioral Medicine Center and LLU Medical Center joined forces to feast, fraternize, and commemorate a total of 7,950 years of combined service to their two entities.
The logistics of planning and executing a total of four distinct employee recognition banquets and five benefits fairs requires the time, talents, dedication, and teamwork of many individuals.
Ms. Larios-Gil observes that the employee benefits fairs and recognition banquets are important and highly anticipated annual events. She cites the communication of information regarding benefits and services LLUAHSC offers its employees as the primary purpose of the benefits fairs, while recognizing and thanking employees for their years of service is the chief purpose of the banque
These individuals were honored for 40 years of service to LLUAHSC at the 2008 employee recognition banquet held in Drayson Center.
“Our benefits fairs provide employees with opportunities to gather information and educate themselves on available benefits,” Ms. Larios-Gil states. “Our benefit vendors are on-hand to provide information and answer questions. Plus, they bring giveaways that are always popular with employees.”
The HRM team pulls out all the stops to make sure employees have a good time at the benefits fairs. “Each annual benefits fair is given a different theme to enhance the fun and excitement of the occasion,” Ms. Larios-Gil notes. “There is a different theme for the fairs each year. The theme for 2008 is the Olympics. The decorations, prizes, and food add to the flavor of the event!”
That same excitement carries over to the employee recognition banquets. Since the 2008 Summer Olympics will be held in Beijing, China, the banquets this year feature elaborate Chinese décor and delicious Asian cuisine.
Ms. Larios-Gil says that “HRM is proud to provide our employees with recognition of their years of service” at these annual events. “Employees of Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University Health Services are recognized starting at five years of service,” Ms. Larios-Gil notes.
“Employees of the Medical Center, Behavioral Medicine Center and University Health Care are recognized beginning at their tenth year of service.”
Regardless of when recognition begins, employees are presented with a gold pin and check commensurate with their years of service at another banquet held every five years following their initial recognition.
She stopped short, however, of saying what many attendees enthusiastically attested after attending one of the banquets this year; namely, that the food and décor were absolutely second-to-none!
That’s apparently just the way the HRM team likes it. “We are very proud of our employees,” Ms. Larios-Gil concludes. “We want to make sure they know how much we appreciate them and their years of dedicated service!”
Members of the five-year employee group from Loma Linda University gather on the roster inside Wong Kerlee International Conference Center at the 2008 employee recognition banquet.
Members of the 10-year employee group from Loma Linda University Health Care smile for the camera in the Wong Kerlee International Conference Center at the 2008 Employee Recognition Banquet held in their honor.