Dan Walsch Named Outstanding Supervisor

Posted: March 14, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Dan Walsch, executive director of media relations, was recently named Outstanding Supervisor in an award given by the Staff Senate. He will be honored during the Employee Recognition Awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 19, at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall.

This award is given twice a year and honors a supervisor who creates a pleasant and productive work environment for employees, listens to suggestions and ideas, recognizes and rewards superior performance, and is fair and flexible in dealing with employees. The recipient acts as an advocate for classified and nonstudent wage employees, encourages professional growth of employees, provides a sense of vision for the department, and makes classified and nonstudent wage employees feel actively involved in the goals of the department.

“Dan Walsch is a benevolent leader, the kind of leader who facilitates production by recognizing the talents of his staff and trusting their expertise,” says Paras Kaul, electronic publications coordinator. “He cares about the people he works with and makes himself available for communication with staff members whenever needed. He creates a nurturing work environment where staff members care about each other and work hard at jobs they like to do.”

Walsch improved employee morale by incorporating a birthday celebration into the normal work schedule to ensure that all workers–from full-time staff members to student interns–are acknowledged individually on their birthdays. According to staff, Walsch continuously suggests various training courses, seminars, and other educational workshops to improve work skills and confidence on the job.

“Whether he knows it or not, Dan uses the MBWA management technique: Management By Walking Around,” wrote Carrie Secondo, publications project manager, in her nomination letter. “He stops in to check on me a couple of times a day–not to make sure I’m on task, but because he genuinely wants to know how my day is going and if there is anything he can do to improve it.”

The Outstanding Supervisor Award was developed by the Staff Senate to recognize supervisors of classified and nonstudent wage employees who possess exemplary supervisory skills. The recipient receives a plaque, a gift bearing George Mason’s signature or seal, and a $50 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble.

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