Bobbie Fuller Wins Outstanding Supervisor Award
Posted: August 26, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By Tara Laskowski
“An extraordinary university citizen and supervisor” according to staff, Bobbie Fuller, Information Services director, has been named Outstanding Supervisor in an award given by the Staff Senate. She will be honored today during the Employee Recognition Awards ceremony at 3 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.
“Bobbie Fuller epitomizes the concept of an outstanding supervisor,” says Jocelyn Rappaport, public information manager at the Arlington Campus. “She is willing to lead and guide, and yet she does not separate herself from the team atmosphere she creates and encourages. The trust and respect she has for the staff is evident in her daily actions and words.”
Fuller and her staff have the gigantic task of gathering, distributing, and communicating information for all three campuses. Fuller makes sure to keep the information channels open by maintaining a close working relationship with all staff members–from classified to student wage. Because her team works in different locations, Fuller builds a team atmosphere by assigning each of her staff to write a short bio on another member of the staff from a different campus or office location. The bios and photos of her staff are then placed on the department’s web site so that everyone can get to know each other. She also encourages her staff to attend university training programs and lobbied for buying monogrammed fleece pullovers for part of the Johnson Center staff uniform to ward off the cold during winter months.
“Bobbie’s philosophy is that knowledge and the sharing of it makes us better employees,” says Becky Nemeth, manager of switchboard and kiosks. “Because of Bobbie’s philosophy, we feel connected to this university and have realized we have a role in it. We know we can make our customers’ experiences with George Mason positive ones.”
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.