Thompson Named August Employee of the Month

Posted: August 1, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Hope J Smith

“I love working here, and I see myself working at George Mason a long time.” says Nicole Thompson, Human Resources (HR) generalist and August’s Employee of the Month. Thompson, who has worked at the university since fall 1995, does a little bit of everything, including policy enforcement, employee relations, and compensation for departments on all three campuses.

“I’m a people person,” says Thompson, “and it doesn’t matter what part of HR you’re in, HR revolves around people.”

Thompson’s nominators call her “an exceptional member of the staff” who “brings an innate sense of fairness to her job.” She prefers to do things right the first time: “It’s more my nature and personality to do it right the first time and not to have to go back and fix it later,” she says. This comes in handy, say her nominators, when handling some of the university’s busiest departments.

Not only does she attend to her clients’ needs with care and attention, she shares her experience and knowledge of the commonwealth’s human resources policy with her coworkers–answering their questions, holding training programs, mentoring new employees, and helping to interpret policy. “If Nicole doesn’t know the answer, I’m surprised,” says one of her nominators.

The most difficult part of her job is also the most rewarding part of it-working with people. “You’re either the bearer of good news or bad news; there’s little in between.” And nobody likes breaking bad news to someone, she says. So what makes her want to stay here? “Our managers recognize you for what you do,” she says. “It makes you feel good inside when you know you’re appreciated, makes you want to do it again. I’ve found my niche.”

President Alan Merten presents Thompson with a framed certificate at a ceremony in his office on August 4. As Employee of the Month, Thompson receives a specially designated parking space near her office for August; a floral arrangement from Burke Florist; two tickets to a men’s or women’s Mason basketball game; two complimentary meals from George’s Restaurant; two tickets of her choice, one to an event at the Patriot Center and the other to an event at the Center for the Arts; and a $25 gift certificate to the Bookstore. In addition, her photograph will appear in the display case in the Johnson Center Food Court and on the Human Resources website.

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