New reward, recognition program to roll out for eligible faculty, staff

September 10, 2013  

A new reward and recognition program for eligible employees will be available Oct. 1: The Bravo Award. The Bravo Award seeks to highlight the excellence found across all areas and job functions at the University by recognizing extraordinary achievements on every scale. Bravo is an after-the-fact discretionary award program, designed to provide recognition for substantial accomplishments to an individual or work group.

The Bravo Award was designed by the Compensation Advisory Committee, which was chartered in June by Purdue's executive leadership to develop and implement new and improved compensation practices to recognize efforts by Purdue employees who move the University forward, support excellence and innovation in all it does, and help it operate more efficiently and effectively.

To ensure that all eligible faculty and staff have an opportunity to be rewarded for exceptional performance, all units are strongly encouraged to participate in Bravo. Award amounts may range from $100 to $1,000 with a limit of two awards per fiscal year for individual faculty and staff, given the value and application of the accomplishment.

Each unit can provide Bravo Awards up to a maximum of 10 percent of its eligible faculty and staff in the following employee categories:

* Tenured/tenure-track faculty, clinical/professional faculty, research faculty and continuing lecturers.

* Operations/Technical, Administrative/Professional and Professional/Management staff.

* Clerical and Service staff.

Award criteria have been separated into four categories:

* Moving the University Forward: Accomplishments or contributions that transform or advance University objectives (i.e., initiatives that improve graduation rates, development of programs to measure student academic knowledge, enhancing the academic excellence of the University, improving student affordability, etc.).

* Operational Excellence: Extraordinary effort during times of critical department need (e.g., contribution that clearly and significantly exceeds standard job requirements and impacts the accomplishments of important and critical business operational goals and deliverables).

* Innovation/Creativity: Innovative work or suggestions, well beyond standard job requirements, that significantly improve operational efficiencies, introduce a new or modified business practice or improve work process, workflow or customer service.

* Fiscal Stewardship: Significant cost saving or cost avoidance realized beyond normally expected or established standards.

Each college/unit will establish its own nomination and award process. Additional details on the Bravo program, including a complete description of eligibility criteria, are available at

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