Outside-the-Box Strategies to Enhance Employee Appreciation
This conference workshop presentation looks at creative strategies that two different departments implemented to improve performance and morale. Employee appreciation can boost performance and engagement, but also an employee's well-being and health. However, demonstrating such appreciation can be a much easier task said than done. Extending far beyond awards ceremonies and/or letters of commendations, these departments have partnered with local organizations and celebrities on video projects and connected with residents in ways that has resulted in the community praising officers without prompting. This presentation dives deeper into how these strategies and opportunities came together, what challenges arose and how challenges were overcome.
Director of Communications & Media Relations, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Police Department
Jeremy Warnick is the Director of Communications and Media Relations at the Cambridge Police Department, where he facilitates information between the police department, the media, and the people who live, work, visit and study in Cambridge via the department's website, social media channels, e-mail platforms and marketing programs. He has more than 15 years of communications experience with city governments and major corporate brands, including ESPN and LoJack Corporation.
Chief, Ossining, New York, Police Department
Kevin Sylvester is the Chief of the Ossining Police Department. He began his career as a police officer in 2003, was promoted to Sergeant in 2009, Lieutenant in 2013 and Chief of Police in 2016. Chief Sylvester holds a Bachelor of Science from Empire State College and a Juris Doctor from the Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. In addition to his duties as Chief of Police, he currently serves as an adjunct professor at Pace University and is a practicing attorney. He is the 2nd Vice President of the Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association and 2nd Vice President of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police. He was named a 2019 '40 under 40' awardee by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.