Recognition shines at Carleton Summer Fest

University’s festive picnic barbecue a fun, inexpensive way to say thanks to employees
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/01/2010

For about a decade, Carleton University in Ottawa held an employee recognition day. Awards were handed out to exemplary employees and the day was very structured, with people signing up for mini professor-taught sessions on topics such as forensic medicine or novel-writing. There were also activities such as scavenger hunts and golf cart races in the underground tunnels.

But four years ago, the university decided to reconfigure the day, not only to better recognize employees and celebrate the end of the school year but to provide more networking opportunities for everyone.

“It’s a fun event to organize and it’s fun event to be at and I think it really has become part of our Carleton culture and really does help us recognize our successes and realize we are one big team, even though we’re spread out over acres,” says BJ Miskelly, assistant director of HR (employee services) at Carleton.