Spirit of Excellence Award


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The CSB Spirit of Excellence Award recognizes one outstanding individual or one team of two or more outstanding individuals whose performance and actions promote, reinforce, or exemplify the CSB’s vision and mission.

To be considered for a CSB Spirit of Excellence Award, an individual or team must make a deliberate, obvious, and valuable contribution through actions in one of the following areas:

  • Leadership
    • Demonstrated a positive attitude, exceptional effort or performance that increased colleague satisfaction and morale and benefited the organization.
    • Supported and encouraged staff in completing their duties.
    • Volunteered to take on extra responsibilities in addition to regular job duties.
    • Handled an emergency or unexpected situation in an outstanding manner.
  • Customer Service
    • Demonstrated a positive attitude, exceptional effort or performance that increased citizen, customer, and/or client satisfaction that benefited the community.
  • Innovation
    • Developed non-traditional new ways to do business.
    • Streamlined processes or systems.
    • Developed creative ideas or solutions to problems.
  • Stewardship
    • Saved money or maximized resources.
  • Good Samaritan
    • Demonstrated a positive attitude, exceptional effort or performance that increased colleague satisfaction and morale and benefited the organization. Actions must demonstrate a consistent pattern of behavior.

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  • Partnership
    o Presented to a non-CSB employee who makes a deliberate, obvious, and valuable contribution through actions in one of the service areas listed above.

Award Details

Spirit of Excellence Awards are presented in each of the five service areas listed above. Presentation of an award in each service area is dependent on the Awards Team determining that at least one nomination in each area meets the established criteria.

An individual cannot nominate himself/herself as an individual or as part of a team.

Nominations of Individuals: Any individual, whether a CSB employee or not, whose performance and actions promote, reinforce, or exemplify the CSB’s vision and mission can be nominated for a CSB Spirit of Excellence Award. Only a CSB employee can receive a CSB Spirit of Excellence Award in the five service areas identified above. Non-CSB employees are eligible to receive the Spirit of Excellence Partnership Award.

Nominations of Teams: A team, whether comprised all or in part of CSB employees, whose performance and actions promote, reinforce, or exemplify the CSB’s vision and mission, can be nominated for the CSB Spirit of Excellence Award in the five service areas identified above. A team comprised solely of non-CSB employees is eligible to receive the Spirit of Excellence Partnership Award.

CSB Spirit of Excellence Award criteria and nomination materials are developed by the CSB Awards Team. The CSB Awards Team reviews the CSB Spirit of Excellence Award process after each award cycle.

The CSB Spirit of Excellence Award consists of a trophy/plaque or other similar award and 4 hours of administrative leave. The actual award, including administrative leave, may vary based on funding availability.

The CSB Spirit of Excellence Award is presented one time per year following an advertised submission period at a ceremony scheduled specifically for this purpose.

Nomination Process

CSB Spirit of Excellence Award nominations can be made by any member of the Fairfax County, Virginia, community. This includes CSB employees, Fairfax County employees, individuals and families receiving CSB services, stakeholders, and Fairfax County community members at large. 

A CSB Spirit of Excellence Nomination Packet provides additional background information about the award process; copies of this packet are also available at CSB service sites.

Nominations must be made using the nomination form, at all CSB service sites and offices, and by contacting Joel Friedman at 703-324-4433 (TTY 711). The form may be submitted electronically or returned to the CSB Awards and Appreciation Team by the Jan. 31 Feb. 5 deadline (deadline extended due to weather) and recipients will be recognized at a ceremony this spring.deadline.

Nominators will be notified of the nomination's status after the nominations have been reviewed and an award recipient selected.

The nomination process is confidential. Persons nominated for a CSB Spirit of Excellence Award should not be told by the nominator or anyone reviewing nominations.

Nominees who are not selected to receive a CSB Spirit of Excellence Award will be recognized with an Honors Award.

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