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You have very difficult jobs and you should be recognized. This area offers ideas for celebrating the hard work done in community corrections each day. Most of them are no-cost or low-cost and very easy to carry out, so try a few this year. Recognition can increase employee retention and morale. Here are just a few ideas to consider:

Recognition can increase employee retention and morale. Here are some ideas to consider.

  • Organize staff to sponsor a local charity and collect for the group’s wish-list throughout the year to be donated during the Week or during the holiday season.
  • Recognize a colleague or staff member by nominating them for the PPPS Week contest.
  • Hold a drawing for a paid individual membership or a training registration to a professional association such as APPA or others as appropriate.
  • Gather a group of volunteers from your office to spend a couple of hours serving food at a homeless shelter or ask if your local women's shelter needs some sprucing up. Most communities never have enough volunteers and your efforts will be welcomed.
  • If your agency is near a college or university, ask instructors to bring a group of students interested in entering the field of community corrections into the office to see what really happens day-to-day. APPA gets numerous information requests each year from students looking to go into community corrections and who ask what the work is really like.
  • Honor deceased and/or injured officers by observing a moment of silence.
  • At a breakfast or a luncheon, recognize your staff with the longest years of service, newest staff person, and create other ways to recognize each of your staff.

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