The UCSF HR Employee Recognition Program Selection Committee is pleased to announce the Employee of the Month Award recipients for August 2017, Debbie Albuquerque and Aileen Tam! Congratulations to them both! In addition to recognition, they will each receive a certificate and $50 gift card.

Name: Debbie Albuquerque
Job Title: Staff HR Generalist
HR Team/Work Unit: Staff Shared Services

Why Nominated:
“With the soft launch of People Connect, Debbie took this opportunity to coordinate an informal training session with her colleagues, so they can all sit in a conference room and learn from one another. Even though we have had training, Debbie took it upon herself to schedule more training for herself and her colleagues, which shows innovative and proactive thinking and finding creative ways to address solutions for a more positive outcome.  We had a visit from The Joint Commission (TJC), and they review all operations within our hospitals and administrative functions. At the last minute, I asked Debbie to participate in a file review with a manager (the assigned HR Generalist was not available), and she was more than willingly to help out. She made sure she had all the information, prepared herself by reviewing the file, and anticipated the questions she would be asked by TJC.  In both situations, Debbie showed outstanding customer service, being a great colleague, good work ethics, and innovative ideas and thinking - all the reasons for this nomination!”

Name: Aileen Tam
Job Title: Administrative Assistant
HR Team/Work Unit: HR Business Services

Why Nominated:
“With the recent move at Laurel Heights, Aileen went out of her way to ensure the move went smoothly, responded to all the needs of the staff, and provided updates to all involved in moving. Aileen even created little stickers for the movers and welcome stickers for the staff when they arrived in their new work stations. Moves are stressful at any time, and Aileen's creative touches made it less painful. When the staff arrived at their new work stations, Aileen made sure that all boxes and computer equipment arrived, and, if not, she referred the staff to the lost and found area. No matter what Aileen was doing, she always stopped and answered your question and/or referred you to the appropriate person.  

Aileen displayed all 4 characteristics—outstanding customer service, being a great colleague, good work ethics, and innovative ideas and thinking—to be HR Employee of the Month for August.”

What does Aileen enjoy doing outside of work?
“I like chilling with family and friends and practicing zen art - mindful drawing and painting.”

About the UCSF HR Employee Recognition Program
The Employee of the Month Award (MyAccess login required), created to recognize excellence and effort among UCSF HR employees, is a peer-nominated award and presented to two UCSF HR employees per month. Learn more about the UCSF HR Employee Recognition Program here (MyAccess login required).

Please contact the Selection Committee Co-Chairs with any questions.